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Frankie’s Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

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Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Simply put… this party is SO stinkin’ cute! The girls from Posh Paperie (Karrie and Elizabeth) seriously outdid themselves on this super creative and stylish VINTAGE AIRPLANE Birthday Party, which also happened to be the first birthday party celebration for Karrie’s adorable son.

Coming from talented stationery designers, it’s no surprise that the paper details from this party are seriously spectacular – from cool themed invitations with airplane confetti on board to brunch goodies and utensils cleverly packaged up for “Inflight Service”. Even the DIY candy and gum “airplanes” were embellished with coordinating paper! Ready to check out ALL the fun party pictures and details? Buckle up and enjoy the ride…here they come!

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS as told by Elizabeth

“Sweet little Franklin, (son of Karrie Pyke – 1/2 of Posh Paperie) celebrated his first birthday in January 2012. Karrie, being an amazing designer, wanted to come up with a fun party concept – that was somewhat ‘different’ and also not the typical ‘kid’ color palette. So, she decided on an “aviation” theme, and picked a fun palette of cream, red, navy blue and army green.

The original plan was to have the party at the Miramar Aviation Museum in San Diego – where the entire yard of the museum is filled with old airplanes & a grassy lawn with tables. It would have been the perfect location for the party, and that is how we planned the decor. Unfortunately, on the day of the party, it RAINED! So, we had to come up with plan B. Having the party at home wasn’t Karrie’s first choice, but she did an amazing job of pulling everything together!

We (Posh Paperie) designed all of the fun paper products (of course!) – starting with his invitation – complete with custom airplane confetti! We made banners (hanging photos of his first year – each month – on red fringe) to hang from the windows, fun labels for all of the food, and even airplane ‘confetti’ banners – strung together and tied with baker’s twine bows.

The food was a serve-yourself brunch style meal: breakfast burritos (with all the fixings!), fruit cups, breakfast breads, applesauce and a drink bar (coffee, juices & soda). Everything was labeled in the aviation theme (even the silverware!).

The dessert bar was courtesy of  Sweet & Saucy – 2 different cakes (plus one tiny ‘smash’ cake for Frankie), as well as custom cut & patterned sugar cookies.

The favors were plastic blown up airplanes – each labeled with the child’s name…and everyone wore a cute ‘sticker badge’ that said ‘First Class Frankie’.

All in all, the party was a huge success – despite the unexpected change in location. :)”

Vendor Credit
By |2017-04-18T15:55:26-07:00March 8th, 2012|First Birthday, Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

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. Stacy March 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This is such a cute theme! I love all the vintage touches — even the plasticware looks like something off of Pan Am. How did you do the patterned sugar cookies? Were those printed onto fondant sheets with edible ink? Love it!

  2. Mindy March 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    love the candy airplanes!

  3. Hollie March 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Adorable party theme… I especially like the chewing gum airplane wings!

  4. yvonne March 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    seriously amazing.

  5. sharon March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    love this, so clever & so much thought has gone into all the details…..lucky birthday boy

  6. Katie F. March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I MUST MUST know more about this hanging fringe. Where do I buy it? :)

  7. Marisol March 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Fabulous! Planning my little ones airplane party so naturally I love everything about this party great job!

  8. Kelly Snelson March 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This is so so cute. I love the aviation idea and love the colors they used.

  9. lorrainemccullough March 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

    LOVELY! Where did you buy the inflatable airplanes!!!

  10. Kara April 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Karrie: LOVE YOUR DESIGNS. Do you have a shop where you sell your printables? Planning a aviator theme for my son’s 3rd bday coming up soon. Thanks!! GREAT JOB ON THE PARTY!

  11. tuyen April 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    love this! i have the same question as KARA….i’m planning my son’s 3rd bday party, as well, and would love to use the printables from this party…..are they for sale? where can i purchase them? thanks so much!

  12. Ryan Hoody April 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Wow! I am so jealous, and I’m 23 years old! I would have loved a party like this in any one of those previous years. Did your sun have a blast? Themed parties are the best.

  13. Lena June 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Same question as Kara, I am planning on my son’s first birthday in September. This is the best airplane theme design I’ve ever seen!! Can I buy these Printables? Please let me know. Thank you! :)

  14. Regina Gibson August 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Where can I get the prints of the framed airplanes on the food table? Great Party!

  15. Katie September 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    My little one received an adorable candy airplane.. I then started looking for airplane party ideas! Yours hit the spot! My little guy turns 1 soon and I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog:) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Amy Withee September 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Cute birthday ideas…Amy Beaumont Felton this made me think of Olivia's party.

  17. Val March 4, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Where might i buy the prints for this theme?

  18. Cheryll August 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Where can I customize a similar Hanger Banner?

  19. Brittany February 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Hello! Where did you get the inflatable airplane favors? I’m doing this theme for my son and would love that to be a party favor!

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