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“Stork Express Airlines” Baby Shower

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stork themed baby shower

It’s common knowledge that little ones arrive via stork, right? At least it’s common knowledge when you’re still a little one yourself! ;)  And this adorable “STORK EXPRESS AIRLINES” baby shower by Loralee Lewis plays up the charming theory in such a brilliant way!

There are so many whimsical, clever details to admire in this party… from the “Ticketing” sign in table and “Baggage Claim” favor table – stacked with cute “miniature suitcase” party favors, of course! – to the darling vintage-style illustration of a baby flying a stork. However, my favorite detail has GOT to be the ridiculously creative airline-style boxed lunches wrapped up in white cotton satchels to mimic the look of a “stork delivery”. Too cute!!

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

Read on for more adorable inflight images + complete party details…

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Loralee

“This party was all about the whimsical idea that Storks are organized into an Airline for Babies… and what it might look like!  We had a blast with all the infant innuendo and putting this one together.  We recreated everything you might find with the airline and put it into the baby perspective.

The party started with ‘Ticketing’, where the guests signed the registry with, of course, a feathered pen.  All stations were prepped with lovely luxe-cut freestanding signs that coordinated with the theme.  The guests then proceeded to the ‘Baggage Drop Off’ where they left gifts.

Guests claimed their ‘Inflight Cuisine’ at the primary table, where we had cake bites and macarons in the appropriate colors, along with, of course, ‘Complimentary Airline Refreshments’ of peanuts and pretzels, prepackaged into their little Incoming Airlines baggies.  The main course was a sandwich and salad that had been boxed in a brown square box, resembling possible cargo, with stickers and stamps on it reminiscent of vintage suitcase travel stickers.  The cargo was then wrapped in a paper bundle receiving blanket cloth that looks to have come straight off the stork’s beak.  We used skewer sticks to prop them into the proper shape.  The final touch was using a large safety pin to attach the lunch tag.

This table was the ‘Baggage Claim’ where guests would pick up their suitcase favor boxes.  Each suitcase favor box had stamps and travel stickers of various shapes and sizes with vintage fonts and faded imagery.  Within the boxes were lovely coordinating stork cookies created by Becky Melton.  The boxes were stacked atop an old leather suitcase we found in a consignment store.

This vintage dresser was stacked with blue and red suitcases filled with the event planner’s gifts for the mother.  It also had sparkling lemonade in bottles wrapped in the coordinating bottle labels and with stripey straws and flags announcing the ‘Early Arrival Date.’  We had Ghiradelli Chocolates wrapped in the theme baby-on-stork labels and chocolate chip cookies in the ‘Original Chip off the Old Block’ label and bag.

Loralee created some ‘Safety Precaution’ cards for advice to the mother from the guests, and it started with a short saying about the ‘When Oxygen Masks Fall, Put Yours on First and Then on Your Child’ and how mothers put themselves last too often, and need to remember to care for themselves first so they can best care for the family.  The next activity was a quiz on a coordinating card asking a number of questions about the baby and parents and mother.”

Vendor Credit
By |2017-01-19T15:11:04-07:00January 20th, 2012|Baby Boy, Baby Showers|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Letrice P. January 20, 2012 at 4:56 am

    This is an adorable shower! Would you mind sharing where you purchased the red and brown suitcases? I’m planning a toy/travel shower and those would be perfect! Thanks :)

    • Linda January 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Would love to know where you got the little brown suitcases.

    • Loralee Lewis January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Linda and Letrice! The boxes can be found on Amazon, just search “Paper Suitcases” and there are a lot of options.

  2. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle January 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    WOW. Stunning party! What a lucky baby! Those little brown suitcases are just adorable! :)

  3. Julie January 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Such an amazing original theme and so beautifully executed! Those little white parcels are too cute for words!

  4. buttercream bakehouse January 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Love the colors and styling of this party. Amazing!

  5. Mary January 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    So beutiful. Just amazing. love it.

  6. Melanie January 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Wow, that vintage-y theme for the baby shower looks like everything in my baby book. :) All the imagery (stork, etc.). I won’t say when I was born but I will say this makes me nostalgic. ;) Awesome pics.

  7. Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments Designs January 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love this shower and I can’t wait to help plan my own shower. Super cute, creative, and well styled!!!

  8. Lidia January 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    This theme is just a adorable. We’re planning a similar shower for my SIL that is similar to this and I’m getting ideas for something similar to my kids birthday. I’ve been trying to find suitcases. Can you tell me where you got those blue suitcases?

    • Loralee Lewis January 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Lidia, the suitcases can be purchased on Amazon if you search “Paper Suitcases” you should have a variety pop up. Visit our Etsy store if you’d like to add the vintage stickers and luggage tags.

  9. MonogrammedEverything! January 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    ADORABLE!!! Love love love!!

  10. Julie January 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Completely adorable party! I absolutely love it. I’m planning a travel birthday party and would love to know where the favor suitcases came from.

  11. Robin January 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Love the little shaped signs! Anyone know if those were hand cut or a punch was used? Where could I get a punch like that?

  12. Daniela January 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Cutest babyshower ever!!! I absolutely love it! Amazing work!

  13. Baby Shower Themes January 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What wonderful and creative ideas! Love the “Around the World and Heaven Sent”

  14. pitterpat January 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    The baby shower is very impressive. I would love to know where the favor suitcases came from–so perfect. Was that a friend that did your paper work?Thanks for sharing.

    • Loralee Lewis January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Pitterpat, the suitcases can be found on Amazon.com if you search “Paper Suitcases” and ALL paperie here can be found on my Etsy store (loraleelewis), thanks for commenting.

  15. Carrie @ Half Baked January 24, 2012 at 3:11 am

    LOVE this!! Such a unique and clever theme! All of the details are so thoughtful and tie the theme together perfectly! Especially love the color scheme and the fun retro airline vibe!! Great job!

    • Hanna September 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Beautiful, could you please let me know where you got the image of the baby flying the stork?

  16. mAcarmenbelmonte nortes January 24, 2012 at 5:06 am

    so sweet!!

  17. Loralee Lewis January 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks to you all for the kind comments and of course to our Editor, Jen Sbranti (and Amber), for the feature! Much appreciated.

  18. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com January 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You are SO right! Those boxed lunches are adorable. I love every last detail of this party. Such a fun and ADORABLE theme that could easily be used for a boy or girl.

  19. Soon-2B-aunt January 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    This theme is amazing and just what I was looking for… I’m currently planning my sisters shower as well and I didn’t see the stork with the flying pilot baby on the etsy website… Is that something that you will offer soon? The one that is on the vintage dresser on top of the blue suitcases…. Thank you again for this amazing idea!

  20. Lia January 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I just feel in LOVE with this Idea! It is absolutely stunning, adorable and so creative! I hope I am half as lucky I’m telling my Mom ASAP since she is planning my over-the-top baby shower for May this year! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lia March 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Dear Loralee, I tried to locate your store on Esty and had no luck. Where did you find those stickers to adhere to the suitcases and all the other items?

  21. Roxie January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    OMG LOVED ur party! I tried finding those favor suitcases on Amazon like you said, but I can’t find them, can you send me the website you used? Or the name of the company at least so I can look it up? I will really appreciate it =)

  22. KKline January 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I have that exact brown suitcase!!! how cool!

  23. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE this theme! It is the most creative baby shower I have seen in a long time. The details are awesome and the ideas are fresh. Great party idea!

  24. Jennifer January 31, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Awesome party idea! Kudos to you. Quick question…what fonts did you use for your collaterals?

  25. Meghan January 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    beautiful!! Such an amazing shower!
    I am having a hard time finding those paper suitcase favors. Do you remember the paperie you ordered from? I have googled everything! Any info you have would awesome!!! Thanks

  26. Cheri February 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Can you tell me what kind of punch or cutter was used to make those cute little signs? I cannot find anything that looks like that. Been wondering for weeks! Thanks!!!

  27. Eghe February 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Great idea! Not the normal baby shower theme.

  28. Diane April 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I LOVE this idea!! I’m throwing a combined shower for my daughter and daughter-in-law next month. I have located the paper suitcases but I’m having a difficult time finding the “baby with flying goggles on the back on the stork”. Where did you find yours . . . and when will your site by up and running?

    Thank you,

  29. Cassandra May 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This could possibly be the CUTEST shower I’ve EVER SEEN!! I absolutely LOVE it and am SO jealous that I didn’t think of it myself!!

  30. tammy May 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Could you give me the information about the stork and baby??? Are they downloadable or for purchase and if so where?

  31. Maritza May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    This is truly a unique idea. Can you please provide me with where you were able to locate the flying baby on the stork!!! I am planning a baby shower for my daughter in law. What a fun and classy shower.

  32. Joana May 31, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Congratulations! You were born to do this! It´s all so cute and well done, love all the exquisite details and colours! Thank you for sharing.

  33. stacey June 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hello Loralee,

    I love this idea for a baby shower! I was just wondering where I could find the party favor suitcases because I searched for them on amazon, but I only found the blue ones. Thanks! :)

  34. annie October 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    i know you have said to look on amazon for the suitcases and even provided a few links. But they are not fornt the ones you used. The links you provide are for sets of 3 in three different sizes. The ones that u used are all the same size. Can you tell us exactly where YOU found the suitcases all the in the same size/color. It’s so funny that there is another travel related party posted on Pinterest and she has same exact suitcases as you and I noticed a few people asking her where she got her suitcases and she didn’t answer the question either…just suggested something similar as you did. But I think what we expect to get as a reply was where exactly did you get them, all the same size and color…per…not a set of three. I mean are we supposed to buy a ton of sets and then only use the smallest ones. That sounds a little odd. What’s the secret…lol

    • Monique July 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I’m still looking for the little brown ones I’ve been looking for over a month.

  35. Gayle Agg December 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    How do I find the prices of all the different stickers. I only want an estimate right now and don't want to put in all of the customized wording. Gayle

  36. Theresa Sorensen January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love the whole stork theme, would love to have you do all my punches and and designs?We are having a shower feb 2013

  37. Adri April 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    This is too cute!! What are the white little pouches? What did you put inside!? And where did you get all decorations? And food boxes?

  38. Monique July 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Whr exactly can the small brown suitcase boxes be purchased. Their not on Amazon or Etsy?

  39. Ana September 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    So lovely! congrats!

  40. carol September 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    would love to know if anyone found out about the baby with the goggles on the flying stork centerpiece in the suitcase…

  41. Tracy November 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Has anyone found the brown suitcases yet? Amazon does not have them. :(

  42. Elizabeth Banks November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    felicidades por sus ideas

  43. Justine June 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hi! Love this party theme!! Perfect core my best and oldest friend I’m getting ready to through a shower for!! Are these all for purchase through you?? The cut outs the word cards/games etc.. I do see that you got the mini suitcases from amazon. Please let me know as soon as you can her shower is in October, the gender is a surprise. Thank you so much!

  44. Betty Mastoros December 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    where do i get the luggage favor boxes?

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