Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the airplane party ...

after sharing the invitations, and the party favors, i am excited to share with you the actual party details!  i'll be sure to share all my sources at the end of this post.

it was nice to use a lot of items i already had, globes from my collection of globes, a vintage school map from ezra's room, and some vintage suitcases i have had for years.

i set up a table with "in-flight" beverages, and "in-flight" snacks.  i wanted to keep the food simple, so i wasn't too much work.  it turned out perfect to include the snacks and beverages like they do on airplanes.  and, of course the cake, made by my friend celeste of tiers of joy cakes.

we served lemonade in these cute glass jars (hint: these are starbucks frappacino drinks that i washed out and peeled off the stickers) with blue stripey straws, and fun flags i made using old maps from an atlas and my lifestyle crafts die cut machine using the party flag die.   the fun map pennants around the cake plate were made using the pennant die cut and old maps.
i jumped on the bandwagon of the fun bunting on cakes, and made a bunting out of paper airplanes i folded from paper from an old map book i found at the thrift store.  i just taped the paper airplanes to some bakers twine and tied them between two skewers.
it was fun to put together some "in-flight" snacks.  i put an assortment of snacks in a vintage suitcase, peanuts, chips, pretzels, popcorn, rice krispie treats.

i made the map garland out of some old atlas' and one of my favorite die cuts from lifestyle crafts, the nesting pennants die.  it makes it so easy to just crank out some cute garland out of any kind of paper. 
a fun thing we did for the party was go to an actual airplane museum.  we met our guests at a the local air force airplane museum and let the kids run around and check out all the old airplanes.  my husband even came up with a scavenger hunt for the kids.
the "baggage claim" area.  where the guest picked up their party favors.  (i ended up putting the favors in another small vintage suitcase, but forgot to get a picture after i made the switch.)

my little birthday boy was all smiles that day.  it really made it all worth it to see how much he enjoyed his party.  afterwards he gave me a big hug and thanked me for his great airplane party.  what a cutie pie!
i can't believe my little ezra is four?!

{to see more of the airplane party, click here}

party sources
large vintage school room map:  thrifted
glass jars:  starbucks frappacino jars, cleaned and stickers removed (you can find these at most grocery stores, i bought mine at costco)
blue striped straws:  kikkerland
gray striped trays: ikea
globes: vintage, thrifted
vintage suitcases: thrifted
striped table cloth:  ikea sofia fabric
cake plate: martha stewart
cake:  by tiers of joy cakes
map paper:  thrifted old atlas books

* to receive 20% off any items from lifestyle crafts (used to make many of the decorations), use the code ARMELLE at checkout!
20% off lifestyle crafts

{all photos by me}

24 comments:

jessie said...

You are the party planning pro. Everything looks great.

My little girl just turned one, and I totally had intentions of doing a cake bunting for her cake, but I totally spaced it when it came down to the wire!

Love all the details, and especially the fact that you went to an actual airplane museum. So fun for all the kids!

dandee said...

Love every detail!

Caz said...

What a gorgeous party, I love the aeroplane bunting on the cake! Very clever and very cute.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a darling party! I always love seeing the pictures from your parties :)

amanda (+ mike and elle) said...

oh! i love checking in on your blog! you have the BEST IDEAS!!!

Rach said...

ahhhh! this is so dreamy. you did everything perfectly. definitely cute,(but manly), and not over the top, like, the kids probably totally enjoyed the details.

Lorie said...

Caroline, the entire party is amazing! My absolute favorite is the paper airplane cake bunting! Such a perfect touch! I am going to feature your party on my site tomorrow.

emily kate said...

The paper plane bunting on the cake might be my favorite detail! So clever.

Steph said...

everything looks awesome!!!!

Hello said...

Wow, love this! All the details are amazing. Your little boy looks like he had a fab time x

sarah marie. said...

caroline this is amazing! i love it.

elsabags said...

unbelievable! will you plan all our parties please?

abby said...

wow, what a neat party! i love everything!

sectord said...

Love, love, love

Sherice said...

What a great party~ and the details are to die for. Love the vintage maps and suitcases~ seriously so perfect! Looks like the kiddos had a great time:)

Sheila... said...

wow. you did an AMAZING job. i love your parties.

{jane} said...

oh, caroline - it's adorable! you did a great job - every detail is so perfect! i love that you have a blank-wall you can use as a backdrop for your table/decor during parties... maybe our home in boston has a blank wall waiting for me!

happy birthday, ezra!!!

Sharstin said...

you did it again chick! i love this party~ the color combo and stripes are to cute~ you are ridonkulous:)

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

this is fantastic. love the airplane bunting and vintage suitcases!

besquirrely.com said...

Incredible! I just love this party - am I too old to have an airplane party...?

Victoria said...

What a sweet party! I love it:)

Liz said...

could you share what the scavenger hunt your husband made for the kids?

.caroline armelle. said...

hi liz.

it was a specific one for the air force base museum. but, really it was quite detailed, more for adults, ha!

if i track it down i'll let you know. i have no idea if he saved it.

Dina's Days said...

Ah!! This is adorable! What a great idea!