Sunday, April 30, 2017

Airplane Party ~ Noah's First Birthday

My Oh My How Time Flies! My baby boy is going to be 2 this May *gasp!* and I am reminiscing about his airplane themed birthday party we threw last year.  We had only lived in our new house 1 month, and there were still boxes in plain sight and hardly any furniture, but we had a brand new house, and a 1 year old baby, so I wanted to do something special dangit!

I did this "hot air balloon" themed photoshoot a few weeks early to put as the background of the invitation. I then made the invitation like an airline tickets for "Allred Airlines Flight 1."

I found the vintage looking planes and number from Hobby Lobby. When I got the balloons into my house, I suddenly remembered Noah HATES balloons and big balls. Whoops. There were seriously 3 seconds in this whole photo shoot where he was smiling at all, and thankfully I captured them! Now that Noah is 2 he loves balls and throwing them, but he still hates big things coming towards his face that are unfamiliar (I guess don't we all?)

For his actual party, I did a few main decorations, and tried to keep the menu low-key.

Decorations were so fun! A few of the big ones I did were:

Photo Board: I went through all my photos of his first year of life and printed them all out! It's a fabulous idea to keep yourself updated with printed photos.  I found a piece of extra plywood in my garage and painted it red.  I bought washi tapes in some cute red white and blue designs, (and also used red ribbon when I ran out of washi tape.) Then I staped the pictures onto the ribbon and washi tape, then taped them onto the backside of the board.  My friend Christine wrote "Time Flies" and drew a little airplane in sharpie at the top.  This has been SUCH a cute decoration for his room (while it lasted.) I should have made sure it was out of reach of little hands because now there are always pictures of Noah flying around my upstairs.

Chalkboard: For the entry Christine also did a wet-erase chalkboard marker for the cute welcome sign, and we blew up a big balloon and made tissue paper tassels to hang on it.

Balloon Cloud: This was so fun, and people really noticed and loved it.  I bought three 18 inch inflatable airplanes on amazon (they can be found here) and a ton of white balloons for the cloud. I tied the balloons individually to a string, and made a few strings of probably 10 or so balloons, then taped them to my light fixture above the island in my kitchen.  We hung the airplanes from strings below, and one airplane fell down before the party, and the whole thing ended up being hard to photograph, but I promise it looked cool in person! We also wrote "Allred Airlines" in sharpie on the balloons because we're awesome like that. 

For Food I made Pioneer Woman's Chicken Salad and put them on Costco Croissants. We also had watermelon, grapes, and a veggie plate. And can't forget chips and soda! We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids as well.  His birthday is in May, so I could conveniently find Red, White and Blue plates and napkins that fit the theme.  

Dessert was Costco cake, pre-decorated.  Costco cake is pretty dang good.  I've had better definitely, but to feed a birthday party crowd, this is the perfect option.   We home-made a little cake for his smash cake, and my friends decorated it with blue frosting and white clouds.  It was so cute, and so perfect! Noah went at it for like 10 minutes until he got really sad his hands were so dirty.  

We bought little model airplanes for party favors and I think they were a hit. A lot of them got opened before the party ended and we definitely had the airplane theme going on all around us. 

We also had a paper airplane making station AND airplane sugar cookie decorating! It was all a blast, and it was definitely a sweet day for me to celebrate my little boy and put on a fun party for my friends and family.  

Now Noah is going to be 2, and who knows if he'll even get a party this year haha! 


Emily said...

I remember all of this and everything was so cute. If I recall correctly somebody fabulous and so smart helped you think of the theme

Elissa said...

What great ideas, and they all turned out just right! My kids get a "big" party with friends only every other year. It cuts down on the panic and crisis that parties turn into for me. I try to do a bunch of creative things--all in the 12 hours before the party--and have a hard time actually enjoying the party because of it.