Claire is obsessed with airplanes, but there isn't much out there for a girly airplane party. This was the main inspiration. Why couldn't she have an airplane party? Why can't a girl love airplanes as much as boys? I found a color board on Pinterest (as well as a ton of other inspiring images and ideas) of midnight blue and shades of pink. I think it worked really well. Here are the invitations we sent out:
The backdrop was a ribbon banner centered behind the table and cake. On either side were vintage hard bodied suitcases I borrowed from my wonderful photographer friend's prop closet (BrookeWest Photography). One was filled with suitcase shaped favor boxes and a sign for the "Baggage Claim" where the guests would pick them up after the party. In each favor box were small foam gliders the kids could put to ether and decorate, a passport sticker book, bubbles and fruit snacks. The other suitcase had a sign for the "Galley" where there were personal snack boxes ready for the guests. Each box had a mini peanut butter and jelly, Annie's bunny snacks, grapes and chocolate chip cookies.
The cake was the part that I got the most questions about before the party. After last years rainbow cake, we had set the bar high. This year we created a cake spelling out "cake," decorated with blue sugar and pipped clouds. Using two pink paper straws a small airplane and clouds were strung across as if flying over the cake. Each letter of the cake was a different color: two shades of pink and two shades of blue.
For the activities, since the kids ranged in age from 20 months to 10 years, we had a table set up with bass wood airplanes and crayons to decorate them. Some of the kids took the planes outside to fly them. There were also "Pilot in Training" stickers, because lets face it, what kid doesn't like a sticker? Most of the time, the kids spent outside playing, since it was slightly chilly but still beautiful out.
It was such a fun party, and the most important part, Claire had a great time with all of her friends. Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun!