last year when i was planning my oldest son, robbie's 1st birthday, i found out that i am not a fan of parties in a box - not that there is anything wrong with that. i just like creating things. it's how my mom showed me love, and it's how i let my kids know i love them. whether it's baking, scrapbooking, making homemade baby food, or just making dinner, i like making it myself.
now, robbie's first birthday was a pretty simple idea. everything was either red, blue, or yellow and anywhere i could put a number 1, i did. i never even thought about getting online for ideas.
this year, robbie is obsessed with airplanes - theme chosen. i decided i would need a little more help with this idea. luckily, there are tons of party planning blogs. who knew? (i'm now addicted.) i found some great inspiration. one of my favorite things would set the entire mood for the party - boarding pass invites! my aunt personalized these invites with a special logo that we used everywhere we could.
next to cake, i think balloons are my most favorite birthday party staple. i knew i wanted airplane shaped balloons, but surprisingly, i had a very hard time finding some. that is, until i came across pamela standen. she has an ebay shop and has every kind of balloon a balloon loving girl could want!
i really wanted to make coordinating shirts for the family. robbie's said, "today is my high flyin' 2nd birthday!" my husband, ryan's shirt had four airplanes on it - one for each member of our family. my youngest son, cash's shirt said, "fly lil' brotha." my shirt said, "i'm so fly!" everyone's shirt had matching airplanes.
i know that you party planning people will not believe this, but i just discovered amy atlas. where have y'all been keeping her? i love her! this was my first attempt at an amy atlas inspired table.
robbie can eat his weight in strawberries or bananas, so of course his cake was strawberry and the cupcakes were "virgin" bananas foster!
i was very excited about this find from hobby lobby. i easily turned these boxes into luggage with a little scrapbook paper!
i was most excited about making these. i saw them on another blog and fell in love. marshmallow pops are so easy to make and can't help but be cute. i got the most compliments on these.
the kids first stop on their "trip" was to the cookie decorating table. my mom baked her famous sugar cookies in the shape of airplanes. we set out all types candy and sweet decorations to brighten up the cookies. i thought that the kids would put them aside and take them home in their goodie bags. what was i thinking? of course they'd gobble them right up. my mom's sugar cookies never last.
my mom is amazing. she made this plane that the kids sat in or strapped on in front of this backdrop to which i added the vinyl airplanes. as you can see some of the adults even enjoyed it.
we bought balsa wood airplanes thinking that the kids could have an airplane flying contest - if we had time. well one kid found them early, and that was it. planes were flying everywhere for the rest of the day. they were a huge hit!
i loved these cloud balloons. these pictures don't do them justice - at all. i really wish i got a better picture.
a cute little addition at the front door.
my mom painted these planes that she found at michael's. they are bird feeders!
i had these signs all over. there was this luggage drop off, a sign for the lavatory, baggage claim, where the goodie bags were found, and a departure sign above the door to the garage.
and of course, the cake! this was my first attempt at making a figure.