My kids love the Disney Planes movie, so when Moose asked for a “Dusty Crophopper and Plane Friends” party, we were all excited! …and when I say, “he asked for a planes party” I mean like, he asked last November…and then we had his party in March and then I started this post and then I failed to post it till now. Better late than never, right?? 😀
Speaking of delayed blog writing, do any other bloggers out there start a gazillion posts, go ahead and add the pictures and then NEVER come back to write!? Story of my life, alas here I am. 😐
Anyway, as soon as the planes request was made, per my usual MO, I took to Pinterest. Within about 15 minutes, I could envision it all and then I hit the internets for shopping. For new readers, usually I get all (most?) of my party goods from Oriental Trading. It’s my one stop shop and they have a ton and are super fast and convenient.
I love mixing and matching and pairing colors for themed parties and I ordered all below, plus a few extras via Oriental Trading! I created the invitation and once all arrived and I pulled it out, I could not have been happier! How cute is this?!
You can see on the invite (pictured above) that we used as much flight lingo as possible. From terms like “fly over to celebrate” to departure date and arrival times to the hangar and the food names all airplane themed (pictured below), this idea was adorable and pretty simple to carry throughout! We handed out “Plane” books and cotton candy (clouds) for party gifts and made cardboard box airplanes for the kids to fly around and play in. Also, the little galvanized tubs, I have used a gazillion times since the party and those from Oriental Trading are a great snag!
The thing I loved about making the boxes is that the kids helped me make them, we played with them for a few days then recycled them.
Here is a crash course in how we made them and what we used…cardboard box wide enough for a toddler/kid to fit. We had an excess of Girl Scout cookie boxes (thanks to my Scout who sold over 350 boxes!!) and so we used those. We painted them (paint via Oriental Trading where I get lots of crafty stuff too) and I stuck to three colors inspired by Dusty Crophopper, El Chupacabra and Ripslinger from the movie.
Once they were dry, I used duct tape and electrical tape (found in my husbands tool area – thanks babe!) for stripes and accents. I used white paper and drew the eyes and then made wings and the propeller from cardboard covered with tin foil. I glued all on with a hot gun and voila!
The kids all put them on, ran in circles and then “flew around” some more until they were destroyed.
We kept our inflight food service more along the lines of snacky items and pretty basic. It was quick and easy to make and set out and there was plenty for all. My favorite things on the table (aside from the cake!) were the Biscoff cookies. I think they are delicious, and every time I buy them, I think of flying! I made the cake (boxed mix and my Grandma’s icing recipe) and then simply placed a Dusty toy on it and called it done! Easy and yummy!
The icing on the cake (punny – haha!) was when our favorite real-life Delta pilot showed up to the party. He was dressed in his flight pilot gear and Moose had all the questions about “fwy-ing a pane.” Mr. Ben was so patient as he tried to decipher Moose’s questions and answer them in kid understandable lingo and then pinning him with a set of wings. Now a days, every time a plane flies over, the kids “wave to Mr. Ben.”
Moose is convinced that all Ben does is “fly in circles” since we see plane after plane fly over and we wave at every one and scream for Mr. Ben. I assured him that Ben does in fact, actually go from one destination to another, however, not sure Moose is convinced. 😛 We gave him a pilots costume, so now he dresses up and can fly around! Its the cutest!
Ben and his wife are dear friend of ours who we met through church and were in small group with. In chatting with them at the party, we come to find out that Ben flew with my Uncle back in their Navy days. Truly a small world and crazy the connections!
Other things for the party included us making airplanes from balloons. I wanted to make paper airplanes and have an airplane flying contest, but it slipped my mind. The balloon airplanes were SUPER easy, though and within a few minutes, multiple of us could do it. For all of you wondering “define easy,” I mean easy in the since that I YouTubed something like, “how to make an airplane from a balloon,” watched a two minute tutorial and then did it.
The pack I bought had about a million balloons in it, so I will need to learn a few more party tricks and balloon art techniques before they are all used up! Flowers were pretty easy to make too, again, thanks YouTube! We had a “pin the propeller” game and I forgot about it, so that is currently in my stash of left over party stuff.
All in all, it was the best day and such a fun little theme! Moose was a happy three year old boy and we were so appreciative of our friends and family who came to celebrate with us! He looks for Mr. Ben at church weekly to ask him about his planes and thanks to Oriental Trading for always having the best party goods around!!
Annie M’s birthday is next and she is thinking Little Mermaid themed…Our Pinterest board has been created, we have a major running list of games, things to do and more and I am pretty pumped!! Chap’s birthday will also be that weekend, so I am thinking of how to incorporate little mans too – or maybe I should just throw a separate party, given how I am theme party obsessed!? 😉
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