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Airplane Birthday Party


I am so far behind on publishing these photos! We had my son’s 3 year old birthday party at a local private airport. They have a playground for kids and a “hangar” with picnic tables. I took some boxes I’d printed up for a client that look like suitcases and re-purposed them as favor boxes by covering up the client info with a “Hunter Airlines” label. Once again, I ordered a birthday banner with a photo from each month of the past year from Mary Had a Little Party on Etsy. This is my third year ordering banners from her and they are so cute! The cake came from a local baker who does AMAZING work. The airplane is actually edible – made out of molded chocolate! I bought this cute take-apart airplane toy and used it as a table decoration along with the favor boxes. I got super lucky and found this outfit by Le Top on sale online. There are plenty of airplane shirts out there; I just loved that I found one in the party colors (yes, I am that ridiculous).

Need more ideas for your own airplane party? Check out my Pinterest board just for planes. I made the boarding pass invitations and favor tags myself; email me if you want the art and I’ll send it to you. I stuffed the favor boxes with little foam airplane flyers and gave each kid Richard Scarry’s “Day at the Airport” book. I also made some paper airplanes from a template that’s in Microsoft Word and set those out with crayons but it was so windy that nobody could really do that. The kids just wanted to play on the playground and watch the planes. They were plenty entertained!



posted under DIY, Etsy love
11 Comments to

“Airplane Birthday Party”

  1. On April 26th, 2012 at 8:03 pm Lisa Peacock Says:

    I LOVE your airplane party and would love to do some similar things for my airplane-loving boy’s birthday! Would you mind sending me the invitation and favor tag art you mentioned? I’d be so grateful!
    Thanks, Lisa

  2. On May 2nd, 2012 at 1:57 pm Sherean Says:

    Thank you, Lisa! Your email address isn’t showing up when I click on your name in the comment. So shoot me your email address and I can send you the favor tag art. As it turns out, I did NOT make that boarding pass invitation; I bought it on Etsy. She sent me the digital file and I just pasted the JPEG into an email and sent that out. You can find it here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60177422/clearance-50-off-printable-airplane and it’s half off!

  3. On May 15th, 2012 at 11:20 am jennifer heusing Says:

    Where can I get the suitcase favor boxes? I need them for my son’s train party!!!!! Thanks!

  4. On June 17th, 2012 at 12:29 am Peaches Says:

    Can you please inform me where you found the favor boxes….thanks

  5. On July 25th, 2012 at 11:05 am Litiquette Boutique Baby Shoes Says:

    Never heard about Airplane Party before. What a fantastic idea, and the cake is amazing!

  6. On September 2nd, 2012 at 7:38 pm Mandy Says:

    Hi, Love your ideas! We are doing this theme for our church youth banquet. I was wondering were you got those suitcase favors? and I would love the info about your boarding pass and tags! You did an amazing job. Thanks Mandy

  7. On September 14th, 2012 at 1:56 pm Sherean Says:

    Hey there – sorry for the delay on responding. The favor boxes are leftovers from a client project I did. The boarding pass came from Etsy – just $6.99 for the printable file: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/60260838

    I made the tags in Publisher using some clipart I found. EMAIL ME if you want the Publisher file and I’ll send it to you. (You’ll have to have Publisher to edit it.) Or, just send me your kid’s info and I’ll change it for you and save it as a PDF file.

    My email is: sherean at gmail dot com.

    Planning some fun things for this year’s party – stay tuned! Will put it on Pinterest, too.

  8. On September 14th, 2012 at 1:57 pm Sherean Says:

    p.s. – I just did a quick search and found some suitcase party favors on Etsy – $2.50/box. I know that can add up quick, but it’s such a CUTE idea!

  9. On October 16th, 2013 at 5:03 am Amy Says:

    Where did you find that adorable airplane costume?!

  10. On October 16th, 2013 at 9:53 am Sherean Says:

    Amy – I got it at Target, two seasons ago. It is so cute and my son still plays with it from time to time.

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