Children’s party themes are never black and white. As children evolve – ideas for their party theme evolve as well to reflect their personality and interests.
Some of you have older children who themselves are constantly changing their mind about what they want for their birthday party theme.
My eldest Rebekah is only 2.5yrs so although she doesn’t really have an opinion on a theme, I try and match her theme with her interests and personality.
For her 2nd birthday it was an “I’m a little teapot” theme as she loved nursery rhymes and playing with her teaset.
I was thinking of a storybook theme or a care bears theme for her 3rd birthday as she was showing interest in both of those. However recently she has become obsessed with being a ballerina and wearing a tutu every.single.day.
So plans have changed to a ballerina party. This is such a popular theme for little girls and I had wanted to do something a little different, but my tutu wearing daughter would love nothing more than this party theme – so a ballerina party it is (which has grown on me now and I’m enjoying planning it!).
However I was trying to think of a slightly different take on it and was going to make it a “tulle and tassels” theme.
However my daughter really has no idea what tassels are (is she really my child?) but is loving bows! Something to do with a bow song by the new Wiggles. So now I’m thinking of a Ballerina and bows party.
Anyways you get the drift. Either way it will be a ballerina party.
In the end I’m trying to follow her lead when it comes to a party theme and what I think she would be excited to see at her party.
I need to decide on a colour scheme and this image of a coral, peach and blush dessert table is inspiring me at the moment:
We’ve just finished celebrating Naomi’s 1st birthday and I really was not going to start planning her 2nd birthday for a while now. However this Dreaming Collection from Kikki.K has really inspired me
I am loving rainbows, clouds and balloons right now. They remind me of sunny and carefree days in childhood. Who knows what this theme would be called but I am just loving the idea of planning a party based around whimsical images like these.
I am loving the colour combination as well of mint, orange and fuschia:
Is it weird to get a party theme inspiration from stationery?
Well I also felt inspired for this theme when I saw this cute “Milky” t-shirt with rainbows and clouds being sold at Little Red Chick in Sydney:
Milky Summer 2013 collection – Little Red Chick Party Boutique
I also saw this invitation the other day which caught my eye from Penny Lane Studio and also got me thinking that something with clouds and balloons would be really cute:
Balloon day party invitation – Penny Lane Studio
I will wait and see as Naomi gets a bit older if there is any particular theme based around her interests or personality. In the end she is the ultimate inspiration for her own birthday party theme.
However at 2 yrs old the theme could really be anything and I figure what little child doesn’t like clouds, balloons and rainbows?
It reminds me of this gorgeous “WISH” party by Frog Prince Paperie (click the image below to see more). Whimsical and magical!
“Wish” themed birthday party by Frog Prince Paperie featured on The Hostess with the Mostess
So that is where I’m at with Naomi’s 2nd birthday which by the way is 11 months away so I am way ahead of myself here!
Sometimes I find if I start planning things in detail too early I get ‘over’ the theme before the birthday party even arrives. But these are just some of the images which are inspiring me at the moment.
How have your children’s party themes evolved over the year?
How many times do your children change their mind before their birthday? Do you have a cut-off date before the party that the theme can not be changed?
Up, up and away! This theme has become popular recently and I am not surprised! Such an enchanting theme and one that captures the wonder of all little one’s. A sky filled with hot air balloons is certainly an amazing sight and this theme gives you the opportunity to share that amazement with your little one!
This round up of party supplies includes many items from vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory – make sure you visit if you are planning a celebration!
This theme can work for a boy or a girl (I have some lovely girl selections to show you in this post!) and looks gorgeous as a vintage style party, or you could make it modern and bright!
Think hot air balloons & clouds as well as travel inspired items such as globes and maps! Use stripes to create a classic hot air balloon look or other patterns for a unique look.
Make sure you also check out our previous Aeroplane Theme post and the Peppa Pig theme post which has ideas for some cloud and travel related items as well!
There is no shortage of amazing designs in this theme. Here are a few I found, some of which are also available in other colour schemes:
Girls Hot Air Balloon party printables – 2 Love Birds
Hot Air Balloon baby shower invitation – Coco and Ella Designs
Girls hot air balloon printable invitation and other items – The Paper Lantern (boys set available)
Hot air Balloon party backdrop – Giggles and Grace Designs
For your hanging decorations you can’t go past hot air balloons themselves!
The talented vendors in the “Handmade Decor” category of the children’s party directory can easily create some Hot Air balloon garlands, toppers and other decorations for you.
Here are a few other options you could use:
I also love these handmade hot air balloon mobiles available in different fabrics:
Hot Air Balloon mobile – Down That Little Lane
Some other options for hanging decorations are these lanterns:
Hot air balloon lantern – Celebrating
This is a fun hot air balloon foil balloon!:
Hot Air Balloon foil balloon – Just Party Supplies
Some more garlands and mobiles which can then be used in your child’s bedroom after the party:
Hot Air Balloon paper garland – Young hearts love
Hot air balloon mobile – Trailofivy (ETSY)
Hot Air Balloon mobile – The Bear and the Whale
These vintage paper fans are great for incorporating maps into this theme. They are so lovely!
Vintage map paper fans – Elizabeth St
Lovely hot air balloon garland available in various colours:
Printable hot air balloon garland – Prettiest Print Shop (ETSY)
Of course you could use balloons to create your hot air balloon themed decorations. Love this idea:
Balloon decoration idea – Green Wedding Shoes website
You could use these berry boxes as the base of your hot air balloon decorations.
Berry baskets / boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Gorgeous white pom poms can help create a cloud effect for decorations:
White tissue pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Wall stickers are another fantastic way to decorate and there is an abundance of fantastic wall stickers available for the hot air balloon theme! These are often easy to remove which means they can be transferred to the bedroom after the party:
Hot Air Balloons – My Munchkin Home
Bosco bear art Hot Air Balloon – Ekidna Kids
Hot Air Balloon wall stickers – French Key
Some options for your table decor incorporating stripes to match a hot air balloon pattern:
Pink stripe table runner – The Party Parlour
Blue reversible table runner – Just Party Supplies
Hot Air Balloon party plates – Just Party Supplies
Powder blue striped plates – Sweet Celebrations
Pink striped plates – Just Party Supplies
Hot Air Balloon Dessert Table Items
For your Hot Air Balloon dessert table, you can use some of the above printable packages to create your cupcake toppers and buffet labels etc to help theme your table!
You can use this mould to create your own chocolate coated oreos with a balloon shape:
Chocolate coated oreo moulds balloons – Confectionately Yours
For some extra special treats, use these moulds for some cute hot air balloon chocolates and cookies!
Hot Air Balloon chocolate moulds – Inspired by Chocolate
If you’re going with a striped look you could use these small favour boxes to fill up with savoury or sweet items:
Striped favour box – The Party Parlour
This gorgeous hot air balloon fabric (also available in other colours) could be used as a tablerunner, tablecloth or backdrop for your dessert table:
Beautiful balloon fabric in various colours – The Elephant Room
Use these suitcases (available in different colours) to create extra layers on your dessert table while also tying into a travel theme:
Cardboard suitcases – Bickiboo
Some amazing cake and cupcake toppers you could use to decorate and theme your Hot Air Balloon party cake!:
Hot Air Balloon cake toppers – Glistening Occasions
Remember to visit the Cake and dessert category on the Directory to search for a vendor in your location to create a Hot Air Balloon cake or other items (cookies, macarons, cake pops etc). Some of our vendors also post their items such as cookies Australia wide.
Hot Air Balloon cookies – Miss Biscuit
Favours/Take Home Gifts
Hot Air Balloon favour box – Just Party Supplies
Gorgeous muslin bags for a vintage feel:
Hot Air balloon muslin bags – Penny Lane Studio
Unique favour boxes:
Hot air balloon printable favour boxes – Piggy Bank Parties (ETSY)
Hot Air Balloon milk carton favour boxes – My First Paper Love
Top off your packaging with a tag such as these attached with twine or a cute peg for a vintage look.
Hot Air Balloon gift tag – Koko Vanilla Designs
Blueberry twine – Sweet Celebrations
Here are some amazing Hot Air Balloon themed parties to provide more inspiration for you, some of which are by stylists in the Event Stylist category of the Directory:
A gorgeous Up Up and Away party by Kiss With Style
A fresh and stylish Hot Air Balloon 1st birthday party by Red Wagon Events
A pretty pastel Hot Air Balloon party by Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling
Amazing Hot Air Balloon party setup by Sweet Bambini Event Styling for Confetti Fair
This party which combines Hot Air Balloons and a fruit theme has some fun styling ideas by It’s a Cake Thing by Jhoanee
Simply stylish hot air balloon dessert table styled by Lou Lou Events
A classic and sweet pastel girly dessert table by Little Sooti, featured on Amy Atlas
I hope you have enjoyed this inspiration for a Hot Air Balloon theme and your little one enjoys this enchanting theme! Don’t forget to visit the Children’s Party Directory for all the fabulous vendors you will need when planning this party theme!
‘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!