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Now this is a party that will have the kids AND adults soaring over! ;) With a throwback look, Cristina of Le Partie Sugar designed a Vintage Inspire Paper Airplane Party for her son, Hudson’s 2nd birthday! Red, navy & sky blue paper planes, classic airmail stripes + stars and kid-like sketches brought this theme sky high!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Star shaped sandwiches, bagels & more “In-Flight Bites”
  • Hudson’s Hangar (adult!) drink station with bloody mary’s and mimosas
  • Baggage Claim Favor Station with adorable vintage red suitcases
  • Test Flight Zone & Paper Airplane Station

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Cristina

I created this party for my sweet son who turned two, and like many boys he’s is in love with any type of transportation – especially planes! Given his first birthday party was a much larger affair, I wanted to keep his second birthday a special and small celebration with his closest buddies and family. It was also important to me for it to be youthful but still fun for the kids and adults, which is why I combined the idea of “vintage airplanes” with “paper airplanes” for this party – a fun throwback for adults and something the toddlers got a kick out of, too! The invites set the tone with kid-like paper airplane sketches set against the airmail stripes in red, sky blue and navy.

A paper airplane garland soared above the main food table, made up of over 100 little paper planes! The color scheme (navy, red and sky blue) was incorporated into food table through the food signs and banner and star confetti. The main food table was home to lots of easy-to-eat brunch food items including quiches, mini-muffins and mini-scones, baked doughnuts, bagel + lox sandwiches, gingerbread shortstacks, fresh fruit – plus star pb+j sandwiches and bunny grahams just for the kids.

For sweets we had vanilla and chocolate babycakes, with red and blue stars indicating the flavor, a delicious black and white cake with raspberry filling, and adorable custom-made paper airplane sugar cookies – a paper plane, radar with plane and star.

“Hudson’s Hangar” was the spot for all the beverages and favors. We had water, hot coffee, milk and of course bloody mary’s and mimosas for the adults. The favors for the little paper forces pilots were paper suitcases filled with star crayons, paper to make their own DIY Paper Plane at home, a toy tin plane and paper plane themed sugar cookies.

As with most parties, it’s the about the details…and I wanted to carry this theme into the littlest of ones. The theme and free-spirited tone of the invite was carried through all the little signage pieces. The food cards were categorized by “in-flight bites” or “in-flight sweets”. The party flags for the straws and toothpicks said “paper / forces”, “air shark / for life”, “party / party” and “happy / birthday”. The party hats and napkin wraps were made from the stars and stripes pattern used in the other paper decor pieces, and the hats were fun little things for the kids to wear!

There was a little paper airplane station encouraging the “paper forces to unite”. The station was set-up with pre-cut paper, custom made star crayons and instructions on how to make their own Model #HJP-1212 DIY Paper Plane. Once the kids (and adults) colored their planes they could take them for a test flight in the Test Flight Zone and try to make it inside the blue and red rings. I loved how the adults and little ones got into this activity, and was very impressed with some of the adults’ paper plane models they remembered making from their childhood!

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