Saturday, April 26, 2014

Airplane Party

We live very near the airport and as a result we see and hear a lot of airplanes in these parts. Wesley's fascination with airplanes is what inspired the theme for his second birthday party. That, along with this adorable airplane costume from one of my favourite blogs Oh Happy Day. Kevin and I were able to create our own little cardboard airplane using left-over diaper boxes, it was surprisingly easier than expected.

I really embraced the cloud & sky part of flying in the invitations and décor. I printed out the invitations on pale blue cardstock and then sponge painted clouds along the top edge and stamped a tiny red biplane among them.

I made a bunch of my favourite tissue paper poms in white and strung them along the ceiling to create clouds.

I printed out some of my favourite photos of Wesley from over the past 12 months and displayed them along the mantel. I loved being able to see how he's grown and changed in a year!

I loved the fonts that I used for the invitation so I used them again for the Happy Birthday and name banners.

We tried to keep on-theme with the food we served as snacks. Peanuts and Bits & Bites were obvious airplane food choices but we also included chicken salad sandwiches and popcorn balls (a nod to the clouds again).

Instead of a cake I decided to make cupcakes - a much easier option for feeding toddlers. I used these baking cups to look like a cloud-speckled sky and made little cupcake toppers using these paper straws and my biplane stamp. They were a hit with the littles!

Finally, as a parting favour I decided to bake sugar cookies again, this time in the shapes of clouds and airplanes.

I wish I had a close up photo of the cookies but I forgot to save a package for us! I did manage to snag this one of Wesley enjoying a cloud post-party:

Wesley's party was a huge success with so many people whom we love able to share in the special day with us. I love dreaming up all the little details and then making them come to life but I could never do it on my own. A big THANKS to all those who came early to help set up and execute my baby's second birthday party, I owe you greatly.

source list:
paper plates, napkins, straws, candles, & baking cups c/o Sweet Social
biplane rubber stamp c/o Dragonfly Buzz's Rubber Stamps
cloud & airplane cookie cutters c/o Sugar Fox Shop

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