I had so much fun planning Langston’s airplane themed birthday party! It didn’t go without putting a lot of work into it and when it came down to crunch time, I almost broke down in tears. The clock was ticking faster than I could get everything in their correct places. Fortunately, my mom and friend, Liz, were there to help. I might have sat down and cried without them.
I started planning several weeks ago when I got a great airplane party idea from Party Like a Kid. I found her website because she is a blogger (babyrabies.com) I enjoy reading and following on twitter. Funny girl! While I was in her site, I did a search on airplane birthday parties. This party came up and I kind of ran with it.
Invitations- I have a girlfriend in our neighborhood who owns a design business. She’s actually the president of our neighborhood mom’s club too! I told her I wanted to do an airplane theme, gave her an idea of what I wanted and this is what she created.
Decorations- I ordered super cute wooden airplanes from here and bought quilt batting from Joann’s (with a coupon, of course).
The quilt batting was ripped into chunks and fastened to the ceiling with packing tape and fishing line. The wooden planes were tied with fishing line and taped to the ceiling all throughout the house, as well. It took me quite a while to get it all hung, but when Langston got up from his nap the day before his party and looked at all of the planes and clouds in the air, he said, “WHOA!” It was worth it for that little reaction.
I made a balloon wreath to hang on the front door that turned out so cute! It was super easy and you can find the tutorial here. I whipped it up during nap time one day.
On the mantle, I added a canvas wrapped in fabric, with a number 2 on it. I found the tutorial here from Prudent Baby. So easy.
Right next to that, I had the “Happy Birthday Langston” banner.
Even though I have seen these banners all over the place, I loved the one my friend, Megan, did at her son’s second birthday. I used my mom’s Silhouette machine (LOVE that thing!) to do all of the cutting. It was super easy and I finished it in no time.
Here they are, together, in their appropriate places on the party day.
My favorite project was my “2″ in photos of Langston. I ordered 50 prints from Shutterfly (Free when you open an account with them) of pictures of Langston from this past year. I LOVED the way it turned out and Langston loves to look at his pictures on the wall. I can not take credit for this idea. I found it on Pinterest and adapted it to fit what I needed.
Party Favors – I wish I had done a better job with our favor bags. Had I had more time, I would have liked to have made a luggage tag for each child. I also wanted to have each bag labeled with something cute written on it. I honestly just ran out of time. Oh well. Nevertheless, I did pack a fairly cute bag for our friends. We really only ended up having one friend from our playgroup able to make it. Last year, they almost all came, and this year, they all had other things going on. Sad for us.
These were the things included in our favor bags:
-small baggie of pretzels, just like you would get on a plane ride
-These were crayons bought off of etsy from seller Tammie’s Creations.
-Wooden airplanes bought here.
-child sized aviator glasses
More pictures to come tomorrow from his actual birthday party.