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Finally having a moment to share the photos from the Paper Airplane Birthday Party! This party was for my sweet son who turned two, and like many little boys he’s in love with any type of transportation – especially planes! I wanted the theme to be youthful but still fun for the kids and adults, which is why I combined the idea of “vintage airplanes” with “paper airplanes” for this party – a fun throwback for adults and something the toddlers got a kick out of, too! If you didn’t see the invitations yet, check them out here. Enjoy the photos and as always, all the paper products are available on my Etsy Shop.

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A paper airplane garland soared above the main food table, made up of over 100 little paper planes! The blue and red color scheme was incorporated into the food table through the food signs, banner and star confetti. The main food table was home to lots of easy-to-eat brunch food items including quiches, mini-muffins and mini-scones, baked doughnuts, bagel + lox sandwiches, gingerbread shortstacks, fresh fruit – plus star pb+j sandwiches and bunny grahams just for the kids. The theme and free-spirited tone of the invite was carried through all the little signage pieces. The food cards were categorized by “in-flight bites” or “in-flight sweets”, with canny little remarks about the food items.

“Hudson’s Hangar” was the spot for all the beverages and favors – water, hot coffee, milk and of course bloody mary’s and mimosas for the adults. The flags for the red stripey straws and toothpicks said “paper / forces”, “air shark / for life”, “party / party” and “happy / birthday”.

There was a little paper airplane station encouraging the “paper forces to unite”. The station was set-up with pre-cut paper, custom-made star crayons and instructions on how to make their own Model #HJP-1212 DIY Paper Plane. Once the kids (and adults) colored their planes they could take them for a test flight in the Test Flight Zone and try to make it inside the blue and red rings. I loved how the adults and little ones got into this activity, and was very impressed with some of the adults’ paper plane models they remembered making from their childhood!

For sweets we had vanilla and chocolate babycakes, with red and blue stars indicating the flavor, a delicious black and white cake with raspberry filling, and adorable custom-made paper airplane sugar cookies – a paper plane, radar with plane and star – from Sugar Lane Bake Shop (shop is out of New York but ships anywhere in the US).

Given his first birthday party was a much larger affair, I wanted to keep his second birthday a small but special celebration with his closest buddies and family. It was not only much easier to plan and manage, but the birthday boy was comfortable and happy to play with everyone there…which can always be questionable with a two year old!  His fellow little paper forces pilots went home with red suitcases filled with star crayons, paper to make their own DIY Paper Plane at home, a toy tin plane and paper plane themed sugar cookies.

{Resources} :: Cake and Babycakes :: Red and Blue Cupcake Star Toppers :: Star Crayons :: Custom Sugar Cookies :: Invitations and Paper Products

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Comments (13)

  1. Jill: Monday, January 21, 2013

    Amazing party!! My daughter is still carrying around her red suit case! :)

  2. darlene: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    It was a fun party for the little ones as well as for the parents!
    Great time! :)

  3. christy: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Where did you purchase the suitcases?

  4. Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch: Sunday, March 24, 2013

    This is an ADORABLE party. I love everything about it, especially the “test flight” for paper airplanes. I’m featuring this post on my Celebration Sundays – Airplane Party Theme today. Enjoy!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/03/celebration-sundays-airplane-party-theme.html

  5. Sarah: Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Hi! I’m doing the plane theme aswell. Love your “suitcases!”. Could you tell me where you purchased them?


  6. Cristina: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Hi, mine were wholesale – but you can purchase similar suitcases from paper-source.com!

  7. Nana: Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Where can I find these luggages? Super cute!

  8. Haley: Sunday, May 19, 2013

    Hi, would you share what you used for the test zone wreaths? Thanks!

  9. Jessica: Sunday, July 7, 2013

    I love your paper airplane garland! Do you have instructions on how you folded those little planes?

  10. Isabel: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Could you tell me where you find them wholesale? I’m also trying to locate them in a larger quantity. Thanks!

  11. Cristina: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Hi Isabel!

    I’m not sure where you could find these wholesale, good luck!


  12. Paper airplanes: Monday, November 11, 2013

    What a great idea!
    I hope your son enjoyed the paper airplanes party, it seems like any little boy would feel in heaven at party like this!

  13. Rena: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Hi!!! Absolutely adorable.
    I am actually doing a train theme myself.
    I am unable to locate the suitcases, please can you share where I may find them?


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