Oh How Time Flies… Sam is turning two!
We are delighted to share this gorgeous aviation party so cleverly put together by Sassy Snaps Perth! As Carly writes….
“Wanting to keep it very white and bright, we styled a contemporary aviation party using lots of white, a touch of scandi and some metallic silver for contrast. Inspiration came mostly from Angela (Insta handle @_honeypunch) from when she had styled her own sons 2nd birthday party with a contemporary paper plane theme, that was different from the retro and vintage themes usually associated with aviation themes.
Featuring a streamer wall and white balloon garlands, to backdrop the stunning acrylic signage and display our desserts on clear plinths filled with balloons, showcasing the cake, cookies, cupcakes and dessert towers setup alongside the donut wall filled with fresh Krispy Kreme’s.
For the kids we had a special kids table setting complete with playdough activity mats for the kids, with playdough, custom plane & cloud cutters, kids rolling pin, an activity book, luggage case (full of goodies!), and party hats.
We even had a kids corner setup with Sam’s birthday presents which included his new slide and ball pit from Hip Kids which the kids all loved!
As far as catering went, we styled a grazer for nibbles and in-flight snacks of popcorn, pretzels & nuts, and had some freshly made salads and pasta, served alongside a fresh roll, and fresh coffee that were handed out by our flight attendants on serving trays (first class service). The kids enjoyed their own serving trays with sandwiches, sultanas, chocolate bar, cookie and babycinos.
We love the extra touches to really bring this theme alive:
I just love this whole setup, the gorgeous white/grey colour scheme, all the clever ideas and stationery! Here are the vendors so you can source the items included!
Styling, Photography: Sassy Snaps Perth –
Partyware: Favor Lane Party Boutique –
Signage, including; Backdrop Sign, Cake & Cupcake Toppers, Grazing Sign & Donut Wall: XOXO Designs – https://www.instagram.com/xoxodesign_au
Cake: Cakes 2 Celebrate by Lisa – https://www.instagram.com/cakes2celebratebylisa
Desserts, including; Cupcakes, Cookies & Dessert Towers: Nik Naks Sweetest Treats –
Hire Plinths: Dream a Little Dream Events –
Kids Hire Table & Chairs: Allegra and Grace Chairs – https://www.instagram.com/allegra.and.grace.chairs
We hope you enjoyed this gorgeous Aviation inspired 2nd birthday party and it helps you get up and away for your kids party planning!
‘Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away….’! This sweet Aeroplane theme is so cute and perfect for little boys!
Let images of planes (vintage or modern), clouds, pilots, wings, airports, luggage & travel inspire you!
You could use a blue/white/red colour palette however I love some recent Aeroplane parties (see the end of this post) which have used the unique colour scheme of blue/white/orange and so I’ve incorporated some of my choices around this selection. However some of our previous posts such as the Nautical Theme & Fire engine theme have cute ideas for red decor.
You can have a lot of fun with this theme with the use of boarding passes, a luggage claim area (where the kids can collect their meal boxes or party favours), paper aeroplane making activities and more! I hope this collection below inspires your ideas and sets you on a fun journey of planning for this theme.
Invitations & Printables
To launch this post, here are a few printables and invitation collections which I thought were really cute for this theme:
Alannah Rose aeroplane invitation - Twiggi
Aeroplane party invitation - The Candy Soirees
Aeroplane invitation - Imprintables
Paper Eskimo Plane party invitations - Significant Celebrations
Plane invitation & printables - PolkaDot Prints
A vibrant vintage invitation which is really unique!
Vintage plane invitation - Katy Jane Designs
These cute airplane printables can be used for lots of different items at the party and I love the boarding pass invitation!
Airplane Birthday printables - Anders Ruff
Boarding pass invitation - Anders Ruff
The Aeroplane theme is perfect for hanging decorations of clouds and flying planes and you can really be creative in creating a sky effect which you can then transfer into the bedroom/nursery after the party for a cute style:
This cloud and plane paper garland is too sweet for words!
Paper cloud garland - Meggy Green Handmade crafts
Buntings always look great at parties and here are a few lovely options which would work for this theme:
Aeroplane banner - Ben and Jess
Aeroplane Bunting- The Kids Room by Kate
Happy birthday banner - The Green Grass Grows (USA)
Little plane garland - Paperklip Designs
Paper Eskimo blue bunting flags - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations
I’ve featured this delightful cloud mobile (which comes in various colour raindrops) in my Nautical theme post as it can be worked in for a few different themes and would look great in creating a cool sky effect!
Cloud Mobile - My Little Jedi
I also love this unique paper cloud balloon! It would look fantastic suspended with some clear string:
Cloud Paper Balloon - Upon a fold
Another great effect could be created using these colourful Aeroplane mobiles above your dessert/cake table!
Tiger Tribe Vintage plane mobile - Just Toy n Around
Wooden Airplane Mobile - Unique Kids
Wall motifs and stickers continue to be a unique decoration which can be moved into the bedroom after the party:
Aeroplane Wall motifs - The Paperchain
Vintage plane wallpaper cutouts - Unique Kids
White cloud wall stickers - Giggleme Designs
Paper plane peel and stick - Giggle me designs
Tissue pom pom’s would be ideal for a cloud effect. You could bunch them together to create cloud clusters or spread them out throughout the room for a gorgeous cloud scene. The best thing is – they are white so they could be reused many times over for different themes!
White Tissue Pom poms - Ah-Tissue
Hang a bunch of these blue paper fans together for a blue sky backdrop that you could then mix the white pom pom’s into as well!
Light blue paper fan - Mon Tresor
To incorporate balloons into this theme, these blue and white polka dot GIANT balloons would look sensational in the party area!
90cm Blue spot giant balloons - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Your table decor can be worked around the colour scheme you have chosen, but here are a few different options to have your party table flying high!
Light Blue Tablecloth - Le Petit Party
Orange table runner - The Party Parlour
Paper Eskimo blue table runner - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations
These chalkboard placemats could be used in the centre of the table to create a tarmac centrepiece! You could draw runway lines onto the placemat and place some toy planes on them for a great look!
Chalk board placemat - The Princess and the Pirate
Another unique way of dressing the table is this fun world map tablecloth to connect the idea of travelling into your plane theme!
World Map Tablecloth - Melbourne Map Centre
Some colourful tableware choices which we are sure will make the food taste even nicer!
Polka-dot multi plate - P is for party
Orange square plates - The Princess & the Pirate
Baby blue plates - Occasion by Design
Blue Rectangle Plate - Mon Tresor
Orange Napkins - The Princess and the Pirate
If you are incorporating orange into your colour scheme then these stripy straws look fantastic in this colour!
Orange stripe straws - Mon Tresor
A cute alternative to the milk bottle is the use of small glass milk carton’s! They are so fun and different and I am sure all the kids will love drinking out of them!
Half pink glass beverage creamer - The Little Big Company
A nice cupcake wrapper can instantly dress up the simplest of cupcakes! Here a few choices which could work for you:
Blue plane cupcake wrapper - Let's Get Personal
Paper Eskimo baking cups - Occasion by Design
Blue and orange look so great together don’t they?
Polka dot candy cups - Mon Tresor
These pom pom cupcake toppers are adorable! They look like little mini fluffy clouds – just perfect for this party!
White pom pom cupcake toppers - Ah Tissue
Also loving these cupcake toppers with a cute design and colour scheme:
Aeroplane cupcake toppers - Giggles Cupcake toppers
It’s easy to have Aeroplane theme cookies using these cutters!
Cloud cookie cutter - Biskart
Plane cookie cutter - Biskart
For your main cake, these blue details will ensure it takes centre stage on your table!
Blue spot candles - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations
Wire cake stand french blue - Little Sooti
Square scalloped cake pedestal in blue heaven - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Special Themed Decorations/Ideas:
Your little boy may have some cute toy aeroplanes you can use to help decorate the party table/area however if not, or if you want some more, here are some really lovely choices which will be great for the Birthday boy to keep and play with after the party too!
Sevi miniature plane - Entropy
Janod Magnetic Wooden Toy Plane - Urban Baby
Bajo red wooden plane - Earthology
Mimmo Vintage Toy plane - Entropy
These vintage planes would really stand out wouldn’t they? Just lovely!
Curtis Jenny plane - Kids rooms by Kate
Red Baron plane - Kids rooms by Kate
Now for a few other unique items which may be useful for this theme. If I had a boy I wouldn’t be able to resist this cute pilot hat! It is just gorgeous and would make a great beanie too in winter months!
Pilot ear flap hat - Kawaii Kids
These pilot accessories are great for decoration or for your little one to wear:
Pilot cap - The Party Shop
Aviator Pilot set for boys - Costume Direct
An aeroplane theme compliments a travel decorations/items as well, and these unique notebooks could be used for the little one’s to obtain stamps during the party (for example when they they complete a party game). If you wanted you could even have different “Country” stations set up at each game area, so they are “flying” to different countries for each game and receive their stamp on arrival! These notebooks would also make great party favours too!
Toy Passport notebook - The Toy Place
Mini map notebooks - Hard To Find
Cardboard suitcases are great to be used for decoration for this theme or as a way of displaying your tableware for the kid’s to collect (cutlery, plates etc), or to display your other unique items such as the above notebooks! They work as fantastic storage for after the party too!
Blue Suitcases - Fairydust Stylish Stationary
You could decorate the suitcases (or other items for your party) using these cute plane and travel stickers:
Puffy Funny plane stickers - Stickers n Fun
Travel stickers - Birch Haberdashery & Craft
How lovely is this globe (and not as pricey as it may look)! It would make a unique decoration for this theme and an educational toy for your little boy for later on too!
10cm Antique World Globe - Maps Plus
For a personal touch this stamp with a vintage plane means you can personalise a range of items for your party! Your little one is sure to love this and it could be used to label all sorts of items for him in the future too!
Aeroplane stamp with personalised name - Imprintables
It’s great to have a hands on activity at a party and these kits to create your own planes/gliders are sure to keep the little one’s busy. You could also have your little boy work on this before the party and then use the plane as a decoration for a personalised touch!
Seedling Create your own Glider plane - Style Aficionado
Build it plane kit- Unique Kids
Flight school make your own glider - Oo.com.au
Love the vintage look of this Aeroplane carousel which would be a unique table decoration and look lovely as room decor as well:
Aeroplane carousel - Lily Chic Events
Another centrepiece idea which would make a fun toy as well is this toy airport! Really liking the wooden look!
Toy Airport - Tiny Polkadots
Take Home Gift
All the little one’s at the party are sure to be in love with aeroplanes by the end of this party! So here are a few cute ideas for take home gifts for them:
Aeroplane Bookmark - Just For Kids
Helicopter frisbee - The Party People
Foam Gliders - Toys Paradise
Tiger Tribe Zing Glider - Cradle Rock
Glider plane - The Party Parlour
Bubbles - P is for Party
To package these items or some sweet treats there are lots of cute options for this theme! First off are these fantastic luggage favour boxes! They would look so good all packaged up and ready for the kids to take home!
Suitcase favour box - Favour Makers
Another adorable option are these unique milk carton favour boxes which match with the invites/printables shown at the start of this post. The clouds look so sweet and the personal touch of the name is a really nice extra!
Milk carton favour boxes - Polkadot Prints
To go along with the travel theme are these cute mailbox favours ! If you have travel related crafts at the party ( eg. creating a postcard or drawing on some letter paper) the kids could take these home along with this favour box:
Mini mail box party favour - The Little Big Company
These suitcase favour tins could also be used for some unique decorations too! You could even stick your food labels onto them and place them on your table!
Suitcase favour tin - Pink Frosting
Also loving these other cute options which you could embellish with ribbons, tags, mini pegs or stickers.
Gingham is such a sweet pattern which we don’t see enough of in partyware even though it looks so lovely here in blue and white!
Blue gingham favour bags - Sweet Style
You can never go wrong with polka dots. They always look good!
Blue Polka Dot Treat Box - Sweet Style
Blue polka dot noodle box - Mon Tresor
A touch of orange if you are working this into your colour scheme:
Orange paper bag - Occasion by Design
This carry box could also be dressed up to look like a suitcase, which makes it another great option for this theme!
Gable carry box Kraft - Occasion by Design
Can’t go past these luggage tags to top off your favour packaging! They could also be used to label your food or as an embellishment on your drink bottles too:
Luggage tag - Sweet Style
This airmail twine really compliments the Aeroplane theme and would finish off your packaging nicely:
Airmail twine - Sweet Style
Or to bring in a touch of orange, this vibrant ribbon would do the trick!
Sunset orange Grosgrain ribbon - Lily Chic Events
And finally some special items for the Birthday boy! I love that these ride on planes are wooden – they have a really unique feel about them and would make an extra special gift for your little man!
Wooden ride on plane - Junior Journey
Moulin Roty ride on - Send a Toy
Real Party Inspiration
I wanted to end this post off by providing you some links to some real parties using this theme as they can be a great source of inspiration and ideas! However just like every child is unique, so should every party be unique. So pick and choose the elements and ideas you love and then work in your own touches!
Hope you enjoyed this post on this adorable theme! I have enjoyed sourcing these various items for you and would love to hear from you if you use any of these ideas for your little one’s celebration!