How to Decorate a Room to Be Like a Dining Car on a Train for a Dinner Party

by Alice Godfrey

Train dining cars were moving restaurants catering to passengers as they traveled from one location to another. To duplicate the effect of a train's dining room car for a dinner party, decorate the room to imitate the decor that train passengers would find there and that are seen in period piece movies set on trains. You will need supplies from a department store and from around the house.

Items you will need

  • Folding tables
  • Chairs
  • Tablecloths
  • Dinner plates
  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Napkins
  • Teacups
  • Saucers
  • Teaspoons
  • Printer
  • Printing paper
  • Hammer
  • Picture hooks
  • Pictures
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Shot glasses
  • Tumblers
Step 1

Place a folding table against one of the walls of your room. Place another folding table against the wall, three feet away from the first table. Continue to add tables until there is no more space on that side of the room. Repeat this procedure with folding tables on the other side of the room.

Step 2

Place a chair at each end of each table. Place a tablecloth on each table. Place dinner plate, knife and fork on a napkin, teacup on a saucer with a teaspoon next to it, and a water glass at each end of each of the tables.

Step 3

Create a menu for your dining room car, using a word processor, that includes the name of a dining car from a real train. Print out the menu in sufficient numbers for each table setting. Place a menu on the dinner plate of each table setting.

Step 4

Hammer a picture hook into the wall above each table in the room. Place a picture on each of the hooks; use various pictures of trains, train dining room cars and scenery.

Step 5

Place a folding table smaller than those by the wall against the wall at one end of the room. Cover the table with a tablecloth. Place bottles of alcoholic beverages on the table. Place shot glasses and tumblers on the table that is now a bar for the patrons of your dining room car "restaurant."

Tips & Warnings

  • Play a CD of train sounds to create audio ambiance for your dinner party.

About the Author

Alice Godfrey is a marketing analyst with more than 15 years of experience in her field. She holds a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology. Past positions include market research analyst at various advertising agencies and corporations. Her articles on a wide variety of issues relating to entertainment have appeared in numerous trade publications.