Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Airplane Party Details

If you are looking for party action and people shots check out this post. Otherwise you can find all the details for my little man's airplane birthday party below!

Once I had the venue and date set I reached out to Carli at DimplePrints to see what we could do for Ryan's Airplane party. I used DimplePrints for Ryan's Red Wagon 1st birthday party and loved how everything turned out so I was excited to use them again.  I purchased the full biplane party package and she also made a lot of custom items for me. Love working with her! I love how Ryan's invitation turned out!

Of course I checked out all my favorite party blogs and pinterest for inspiration and ideas. One of my favorite parties that I saw was on the Amy Atlas Blog and I recreated her runway tables for Ryan's party. 
My wonderful husband assembled the model biplanes that lined the runway.

Each place setting had a placemat, silverware, party hat & small water (all printables from DimplePrints). I also included a little wooden airplane for the kids to assemble and decorate with markers, crayons and stickers. 

The sweets table was one of my favorites! I created the backdrop ahead of time and just popped it up once we got to the museum - all about making things easy! The pennant banner was from DimplePrints but I added the letters (cut from my cricut). I also used my cricut to cut the airplane and clouds out. 

As you can see I had some issues with the cotton candy clouds - they started discinigrating on me! Clearly I do not know the secret to keep cotton candy fluffy! Seriously, like 5 minutes after they were out they shriveled up so I just threw them away before guests arrived. Oh well, I would say at least I got a good pic but I really didn't - they look really sad. 

Cupcakes with Fondant AirplaneToppers
Airplane Sugar Cookies
"Cloud" Cotton Candy
Candy Bar


Our party guests had a variety of food to munch on. Since the party was from 10am to noon I added a few breakfast items to the food cart.  Adults (and kids) could grab from the food sitting out but I also made "In-flight" lunches for each of the kiddos to make things a little easier. 
Food Served:
Tea Sandwiches - central market
Penne Mozzarella and tomato salad - central market
Sausage and Cheese Donut Sliders (a party pleaser!)
Fruit and Dip
Cheese & crackers

Kids "In-Flight" Lunches included PB&J or Turkey & Cheese sandwich, Pirates Booty, Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks and a Juice box

My beverage cart also looks a little sad. The drink dispenser that I bought (from Target for $8) started leaking so we had to move it off to the side. Luckily it still worked and people were still able to grab a drink from it. I had thought about doing cans of soda like they do on airplanes but I already had too much to carry in so we kept it simple with just water, lemonade and iced tea. 

On the welcome table I displayed recent pictures of Ryan (taken by ChelleCates Photography) and his party invitation. 

I also created a photobook on snapfish with pictures taken over the last year. Guests were asked to leave a little message for Ryan in it. (I did the same thing last year and plan to do this every year for him). 

Each little guest went home with some aviator sunglasses that I found at The Children's Place. All guests went home with a bag of candy from the candy bar.

 Some more details...
Ideas/Inspiration: My Airplane Pinterest Board
Printables: DimplePrints
Cookies & Cake: Society Bakery
Cupcakes: Sams
Cake Topper: Created with Cricut
Fondant Airplane Toppers: Created using mini airplane cookie cutter
Wooden BiPlanes: Amazon.com
Wooden Model Airplanes: Discountschoolsupplies.com
Chevron Table Runners: Fabric from Etsy

If you have any questions on where I found something or how it was made shoot me an email or leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I just love your party theme and everything about it! Where did u happen to find the little suitcases that the cake sits on and the one that's hold the aviator glasses?

    1. Hi Natalie - Thanks for your sweet comments! I found them on Land of Nod.

  2. LOVE this party! The table runway looks awesome and all the tiny details have come together perfectly. This party has fun written all over it!

  3. How did you do the tablecloth? :) So cute

  4. Great job decorating! How was your experience at the museum, especially for 2 year olds. My son is turning 2, and exploring this venue as an option.


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