I’m excited to share with you one project that I’ve been working on lately, (and why it’s been quiet around here) my son’s 2nd Birthday Party. He loves all things Cars, Trains and Planes and instead of incorporating all three, we choose one of his favorites and went with a Vintage Airplane Theme party. I found his cute bi-plane shirt on Etsy.
All the beautiful Photography was done by Megan Long Photography. She did an amazing job capturing all for our lil guy.
First things first, I always design the invitation and then build around that. I wanted to do something different than a boarding pass, so I designed a Paper Airplane Invitation that the kids could fold and have some fun with too! Then of course, a coordinating address wrap. I wrapped the invites in bakers twine with a tag saying, “Fold me into a paper airplane”. Then attached these tiny wooden airplanes that were engraved saying, “Grayson’s 2nd Birthday”.
I lined the envelopes with scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby of a vintage map. I always use my envelope liner template from Paper Source, I love this! It’s a must have when doing your own invitations.
When thinking of the kids table, I like to bring in the same elements and feel there as well. I designed this flying Airplane on my silhouette and strung it across the kids table. I anchored it to two buckets on each end with plaster of paris in the buckets and used wooden rods. Then used fiber fill to the top of the buckets to look like clouds.
These custom plates were from Create UR Plate . They’re a shop where you can either upload your own image or they have images to choose from to create some personalized party plates that match your theme. You receive the plates and the stick on images and just peel and adhere to the back of the plates. They’re so easy to do!
I did “In-flight meals” which included a Airplane sandwich which I found a cookie cutter online and just cut out the sandwiches with. “In-flight Snacks” were goldfish and pretzels. For the placemats, they’re just 12×12 Scrapbook paper again, found at Hobby Lobby. It’s a inexpensive and create way to make a placemat. The “Road” down the middle was tape found in the Model Car section of Hobby Lobby.
Next to the kids table was a “Fuel Up” station. I found this darling Gas tank drink dispenser on Amazon. The kids really enjoyed pouring their drink cups from this. I added “clouds” to the straws and the airplane glasses were borrowed from Sweet Jelly Parties.
The other tables were decorated with Vintage Map and Striped Pinwheels from Paper Weeds with some gumballs and paper wrapped books to give a vintage feel. Note: one trick instead of buying Vintage books, just find some fun scrapbook paper that gives that feel and cover the books you already have. Wall-ah!
For the dessert table, I designed this backdrop and had it printed from Clover Mill Graphics. The puffy clouds were paper lanterns and fiber fill (pillow batting) from Michaels and just hot glued to the lanterns. These were really easy to make, just took some patiences. Some of the Vintage props were from Sweet Jelly Parties inventory too!
For all the desserts, with it being more of a Vintage Airplane party, I wanted some vintage desserts like, fruit tarts, pies, and cake in a jar among other fun current desserts.
I painted an old globe, cut the wording in vinyl using my Silhouette Machine and just stuck it to the globe. Fun project!
I printed this design I made on paper bags found at Paper Source. These bags were for the guest to take home their goodies in.
Cookies & Cake pops were by Sweets by Gigi!! Ingrid is one of my go to gal for cookies and cake pops. The artistry is just impeccable and they taste so good.
These lovely cloud macaroons were from the Lil Darz. She made them white and blue in a coconut and vanilla flavor. They were just like puffy lil clouds.
This incredible cake was by the very talented Berries and Blush. When I picked this cake up, my mouth dropped with excitement. I was over the moon about this. It matched perfectly and my lil guy, said “WOW” when he saw it too.
These were tiny chocolate “earths” that were too cute to pass up. I found these on Amazon.com.
These cake in a jar were from Maeg’s Bakes Cakes. She’s a local So. Cal baker and her cakes are delicious! I made the tiny spoons by using vinyl airplanes on the ends of them and then she tied them to the jars.
I’ve always loved the big marshmallows and thought they resembled a vintage feel + who doesn’t love a marshmallow? I purchased the pumpkin spice and coconut macaroon flavors. The coconut macaroon ones, were my favorite. If you like coconut and chocolate, these are for you! These were found online from Fluff if Marshmallows.
One of the games I had for the kids was this “Airplane Toss” game. I set up little foam airplanes for them to make and then fly them through the holes of the large stand up game. Once they were done playing, they received a “Flight school Completion” certificate with their name on it.
One thing I wanted for Grayson as he gets older is to look back not just at his parties, but who was there to support him. I set up a station for guests to sign the book from The Guestbook Store. What you do with these books, is you can go online and order and it’s personalized to you. They have many different templates to choose from. You set out a polaroid camera, some pens or markers and have the guests fill out a page for him to reflect back on years later.
As the kids got ready to leave you have to have a “Baggage Claim” station for them to take their favors home. These printable luggage bags were from Wendy’s Printable Party. I love working with Wendy, I just let her know the theme and what I’m looking for and she’s creates my boxes or bags for me.
Inside the favor bags were pilot wings, an activity book I designed, foam airplanes and more.
It was also my husbands birthday and I wanted to do something special for him and the guys that were there and were troopers for a kids party. I set up this “First Class Lounge” bar area that was strictly 21 and over ONLY.
Signs, printables + styling: Just a little Sparkle
Banner & Game printed at: Clover Mill Graphics
Cookies & Cake Pops: Sweets by Gigi
Pie Pops-Bella’s bakery & Bowtique
Mason jar cupcakes: Maegs bakes cakes
Cake: Berries & Blush
Cloud Macaroons: Lil Darz Sweets
Fruit Tarts: French’s Bakery
Marshmallows: Fluff it Marshmallows
Signing Book: Guestbook Store
Plates: Create Ur Plate
Specialty Vintage props: Sweet Jelly Parties
Luggage Favor boxes: Wendy’s Printable Party
Photography: Megan Long Photography