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“Time Flies” Airplane 1st Birthday Party

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As most parents can attest, time sure does fly, especially during those precious first years. So to slow things down for just a day, Tania, owner of Tania’s Design Studio, styled & DIYed this adorable “Time Flies” Airplane Themed 1st Birthday for her son.

I am especially loving all of the retro details, like the LIFE Magazine save the date & mini, old-school bomber jacket & pilot’s hat for the birthday boy. :) And if you’re as enamored by those propeller pops as we are, keep reading for instructions on how Tania put them together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • In-flight beverage cart with baggies of trail mix, vintage bottles of Coke & ‘Air Mail’ cookies
  • Plane ticket invitation & retro striped pinwheels + photo banners & sewn cloud backdrops
  • Cloud topped cupcakes, cloud frosted cake with plane topper & a glitter ‘1’ candle on the smash cake
  • DIY piñata, airplane toss game & Baggage Claim party favors

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Tania…

Wow, this year flew by! When I started thinking about the theme for my youngest son’s birthday, all that came to mind was “My oh my, how time flies!” It has been nothing but pleasure watching this little man grow and I really wanted to make his first birthday special as I am pretty sure it will be my last first birthday celebration. Bittersweet, but mostly sweet :)

The ‘propeller pops’ are marshmallows dipped in melted red chocolate wafers. I then rolled some fondant and stamped out some tear shaped ‘propellers.’ Finishing them with some red M&M’s brought the treat to life! 

The LIFE magazine cover was the first thing I designed in this party package and it was sent as a ‘save the date’ to the guests. 

I had so much fun customizing every detail of this part and many of the “in service” food items were also sent home as party favors! 

I used an IKEA rolling tray as the “in service cart” which was filled with the party favors: snack mix, sugar cookies by a sweet friend Shereen of The Sugar Tree, water bottles, chocolate bars and of course the napkin and utensils! The suitcase sugar cookie design was inspired by the original art by Hello Baked.

At the end of the day all the little pint sized guests were sent to the “luggage claim” to pick up their favor bags!

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  3. Nancy June 27, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Love everything!! How did u do the awesome puffy clouds?

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  7. Hannah July 19, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Where can I order invitations like this?

  8. Jackie July 24, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Where can I find suitcases like the ones you have? Thanks!

    Also, where did you get hat/goggles and jacket? Thanks!!!!

  9. Jackie July 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

    How do I go about doing the LIFE magazine cover? Thanks!!!
    Love what you’ve done with this theme!!!

  10. Cindy August 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    where can i find those sneakers? Love them!!!

    How did you make the luggage tags for the goody bags?

  11. Megan August 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Where did you find the cake topper?

  12. Jillian August 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Where did you find the teal container with the marshmallows in it??

  13. srividya emani October 15, 2016 at 6:10 am

    hi ,

    can you please tell me where can I get the life magazine.?

  14. Sue November 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Can you tell me where you got the party favor tags, cupcake toppers, and airplane toss game?

  15. Brittany November 27, 2016 at 7:23 am


    Where did you get the hat, goggles, and luggage? Also, was there somewhere where you got the LIFE invite?


  16. Katie December 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I stumbled upon the website i think she may have used to make the LIFE magazine cover. It’s the website i will use for my son’s at least. Hope it helps some of you. Super user friendly website too!


  17. Debbie December 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Did you use a template for the airplane ticket invitation? Is it public? Please share…

  18. Ana January 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    How did you create the Life Magazine

  19. Brooke K January 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Where did you get the invitations?

  20. Erin January 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I have to have the life magazine cover!! How do I get that?!?

  21. Carolyn Rogers January 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    How do I get the wrappers for the utensils that have the aviator wings on them?

    • jenn s. January 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

      Hi Carolyn – You can reach out to Tania at Tania’s design studio to inquire about the wrappers: http://www.taniasdesignstudio.com/ She’s the one that designed them. :)

  22. Kavita June 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm


    What did you put in as party favors?

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