The theme for this blog post, guys and gals, is ‘OTT’. No, no really.
But he’s super cute – and I just couldn’t help myself!
It’s no secret that I’m a Pinterest party person. I love event planning, hosting parties and crafting up a storm to make for an amazing party. Having helped my BFF out for the last five years on my nieces birthday parties, I felt confident that I could take doing one for Lewis by myself.
With the help of our photographer, we narrowed down a theme (I’ll probably use the runner up for next year!) Airplanes. She mentioned that she had happened upon a cute plane prop and could totally make an amazing set around that theme. So we ran with it.
I had bought him a cute flight jacket at a local Just Between Friends consignment sale, wayyyyyy before he was born (Col thought it was cute) and after having gone to the Galveston Flight Museum (and Amazon), I grabbed some patches and send the whole thing down to my trusty seamstress, who turned out a FAB jacket for our lil guy.
His first birthday photo shoot was one of my faves, he was a lot more mobile than before, he was curious and yet hesitant to pick things up, so gave us unsure little looks, to make sure he could pick up the planes and letters around.
I ordered them (and the thank-you cards) from Tiny Prints (photo above was the one I used!), I had a coupon for a huge discount, but needed urgent shipping cause I stupidly left it too late. Tip: schedule your pictures early, and order your invitations early. BE EARLY! LOL!
I went with brown paper bag ‘suitcases’, in keeping with the travelling/flying theme. I got the bags and brown card for accents in Michaels. The vintage travel stickers, and the thank-you tags came from Amazon, and the pilots wings I got from eBay.
Inside each bag, kids got a little aviator duck, a ‘grab bag’ from Target (either a Planes one, or a Minions one), mini bubbles, Disney Planes/Cars tummies, a foam glider, half a sheet of stickers (I couldn’t get a sheet each, Target was cleared!!) and some white chocolate covered pretzels.
I’ve wanted one of these for ages, and this OTT first birthday party, was the perfect excuse 😉 I decided to go with a fabric back drop. I ordered a photographers stand from EBay for $30, it came in a little fold away bag for easy storage, it’s easy to step up and take down (if I can do it anyone can) and it worked out being cheaper, or at least as cheap as making a plastic pipe one from piping from Lowe’s or Home Depot.
For the back ground itself, I wanted a sky-theme, I had grand plans of making a cardboard plane for Lewis and his friends to sit on, in front of it, so I bought two yards of four different colors of fabric, which Col and I tore into 2″ strips one night while watching NCIS. The clouds are made from $1 clearance tulle Pompoms from Michaels and fish wire/clear thread.
My props, aside from Lewis’ flight jacket, and a pilot hat from Amazon, were hand-held wooden props that I got from Michaels and painted one evening (glasses, mustaches, crowns, top hats) that were all $1-$1.50 each, but are so versatile that I can use them every year, regardless of the theme of the party!
I ran out of time (and thought I’d have more hands to help) so I ordered an inflatable red airplane from Amazon.
Using my ‘old faithful’ cricut, I cut two different banners – out of regular, 12×12 card stock from Michaels. In their ‘discount bins’, I got some matching twine and in their scrapbooking aisles, I picked up some coordinating clothes pegs, to make my lovely ‘Time Flies’ banner. The intention was to have a plane pulling the banner, but it just didn’t get done.
The other, was a Happy Birthday Lewis banner – pretty simple, but cute!
I picked up 48 WWII foam gliders on Amazon for $8, I didn’t realize there was 48 when I bought them, but, after putting one in each party bag, I didn’t want to waste the leftovers, so decided to do a hall of gliders – stringing them up onto fish wire was pretty bad, considering the string is INVISIBLE, but I think the hall looked cute.
Even now, weeks later, Lewis LOVES our hall of gliders. Every morning we go downstairs and from the very top step, you’ll hear him exclaim ‘wow!’ They amaze him!
I considered having a cake made by a local bakery, but, in a moment of stupidity, decided to do it myself. I usually HATE boxed cakes, but, I haven’t find a white/vanilla cake recipe that I love better than the box (I will NEVER buy a chocolate box mix, for example) – if you have one, please feel free to share!
I went with a five layer orange ombre cake, covered in a light ‘sky’ blue butter cream, buttercream clouds and topped with a Sesame street cake topper (from Amazon). It was pretty tasty – if I do say so myself, but, unfortunately, most of our guests were seemingly health conscious, and I was left with well over half of the cake! (This totally wouldn’t have happened in my home country!!)
Food and drinks
The ‘in-flight service’ savoury menu, was pretty simple. I went with two crock pots of ‘mains’, I had BBQ pulled chicken in one, and meatballs and smokies in a BBQ-tomato sauce in the other. I had burger buns, with cheese, onions and lettuce on the side.
The sides were a veggie plate, crisps from home, chips and salsa and caprese bites (mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and cherry tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar – I should have made more of those, they went very well!).
I even put together some cutlery/silverware packets, with Lewis Air labels that my BFF designed for me.
The ‘in-flight beverage’ drinks table, had some orange punch (Hawaiian punch and sprite zero), Koolaid drinks and small bottles of water (with personalized labels).
Our dessert table, was fun! I had my sister pick up a bunch of kiddies sweets from home, my best friend baked some Airplane cookies, I dipped some Oreos and made propellers from M&M’s and Jelly Beans and had some jars of color coordinated M&M’s and Jelly beans.
I’m very proud of this party, not least of all cause I did it myself, but also cause it came together very well. I’ve already given thought to his next birthday party theme, and will be keeping my eye out for ‘stuff’ to stock pile for it! 😉
What was the theme for your little one’s first birthday party?