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There are a ton of pins on pinterest about airplane parties. BUT,
mine wasn't for a boy & I didn't want to go with strictly a plane
party. I wanted any type of air travel (helicopters, paper airplanes,
kites, hot air balloons, planes, travel globes, etc). So it turned into
a more diverse theme as I pulled together all the elements. All the
links to each part of the project are at the end of this post. I also
have an airplane themed party pinboard that you can follow if you'd like.
We sent out boarding pass invitations to the guests.
printed pictures of the birthday girl throughout the year and hung them
on chicken wire. It didn't turn out quite like I expected, but I gave
it my best shot and people liked the pictures a lot. This idea was from
simulated hot air balloons on the gift table with baskets from the
dollar store, some silk flowers that I keep on hand and mix and match to
go with the party colors, and some helium filled balloons. I liked
that it wasn't a literal translation of the air travel theme, but still
was fun and a great way to add some interest to the table.
Below you can see the kites
I made hanging in the pavilion. They were a bit heavy and fell about
halfway through the party, but if you had hooks, they would stay up just
fine. I'd love to see someone else take this idea to the next level.
We used the beehive from the bumblebee party to serve lemonade, aka Jet Fuel.
made some cake pops (really marshmallow pops) that are shaped like
propellers. I used the chalkboard signs from the bumblebee party to
name these "Prop Pops". I like the sound of that! This was an idea
from pinterest, too.
Here are some of the cupcakes I made, with pinwheels shaped from starburst candies. I got this idea from pinterest. I made the cupcake stand from Goodwill findings.
Here's another shot of the hot air balloon centerpiece I put together.
The party favors were gliders from oriental trader, wrapped in sheets of tissue papers, and then wrapped with crocheted kites. The idea for the crocheted kites is here.
also had people write advice down for the Birthday Girl or guess what
she'll be when she grows up. She got some good, funny advice. You can
also see inside the basket the Passports I
made for each child who attended the party. It had their name &
picture inside, along with coloring pages and a place for stickers. It
kept the kids' attention during the party for a good while.
I didn't even get around to doing pumpkin carving until right before Trick or Treating. So we just did it in the front yard to keep things cleaner inside. Millie didn't want anything to do with it. She wouldn't touch the pumpkin guts and was pretty scared of them, actually, which isn't like her. Basic pumpkin carving is all I will attempt with an 18-month-old, so we just had a grinning jack-o-lantern. The finished product is at the very end of this post.
But, after a while, she was pretty distracted and remembered what other chores we do on the front porch....watering.
Shiny spoons are always a favorite. This is Millie's great-grandmother's spoon. I like that. Which is why we are keeping a broken handled mauve spoon.
Hard at work. Go Millie, Go! Water those plants. She talks to herself and is always very serious when completing a task.
On to the plants.
She actually got pretty near some of the plants, but ended up sitting down. When you are watering yourself, and the plants, it can get a little bit wet.
After our family arrived, we went to a festival at a nearby church, and they had a free petting zoo.
Millie really likes animals, but I suppose all kids do. She was very into petting the sheep.
And they had a free bounce house. Her cousin, Rider Batman, was also with us and he had a great time.
Then we went on a hayride!
Finally, we did a little bit of Trick-or-Treating in our wagon (which is my wagon, actually).
And trick-or-treating isn't complete without the dog.
Happy Halloween! It is my favorite holiday of the year and I hope it is yours too!