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Fly the Friendly Skies Boy Baby Shower

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Blue sky, a fun orange plane, and fluffy clouds made this airplane themed boy baby shower from Ashlee, at I’m Topsy Turvy, a lovely celebration for her expectant cousin. With a grandpa who’s a retired air traffic controller and daddy working for an airline, Ashlee is thinking that Baby Badger just might have flying in his future! Ashlee handled every aspect of this party including invitations, decorations, food, favors and even photography. Absolutely everything was well-coordinated with her fair skies theme printables. Not a thing was overlooked, and each piece complements the next. Read on and see what you think.  

Airplane Baby Shower Theme


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airplane baby shower invitation

Guests got a peek at the theme when they received their invitations, disguised as boarding passes. Ashlee took great pains to make them look authentic. The airline’s namesake is baby’s family name, and the passes included a second ticket with helpful information like where mom-to-be was registered for gifts. There were also genius additions like a QR code to the Facebook event page so it was easier for guests to RSVP, and a perforated section that could easily be torn off and used as a “save the date” on the calendar.  

airplane baby shower

Entering the party, guests received name tags that looked like pilot wings; there was room to write their name in the cloud. That’s a thoughtful touch when many of the guests know mom-to-be but not each other. The gift table showed off a beautiful maternity photo from Chelsea Peterson Photography.   The main dessert/food table is delightful! Of course, the backdrop had to be a straightforward sky blue to evoke clear skies, and Ashlee added her handmade cloud banners (with that single, cute little orange plane) and a simple mobile. Instead of a tablecloth, Ashlee chose grass-like fabric and left the center bare to create a center “runway.”  

airplane boys baby shower food ideas

airplane baby shower cookies

No one thinks of flying without thinking of peanuts, so they were on hand—along with pretzels—to nibble or pick up as a take-home snack. Chicken salad croissants looked official, packaged and labeled a lá plane food. Ashlee even went out of her way to find cups like the ones used on airplanes; she served orange juice since it’s her favorite airline beverage and it happened to go along with the color scheme! Unexpected fare, like cotton candy, got the theme treatment by masquerading as clouds with a printable bag topper and a tiny molded candy plane. Ashlee carefully detailed the cookie airplanes to coordinate with the party graphics.  

airplane themed boys baby shower

Wondering about that amazing cake? Ashlee shared her secrets! She built the tower by using a wooden dowel with a circle at each end; she wrapped warm rice krispie treats around the dowel and used parchment to hold the shape until it cooled. The top of the tower was five layers of cake; frosting and fondant covered it all. She brushed the fondant windows with edible silver paint. To make the cute cloud shape cake pops, Ashlee filled a six-petal flower cookie cutter with the cake pop mixture, froze it and then cut it in half before inserting a stick and dipping in melted chocolate. Awesome!  

airplane shower game idea

Ashlee didn’t neglect to plan for games at the shower, and a Jeopardy-style game was created using clouds and airplanes. The final event at the shower was “Eat Like a Baby!” Contestants took bites of unlabeled baby food and tried to identify what they were eating.  

airplane baby shower chocolate

airplane baby shower

Ashlee put together and pulled off an exceedingly charming event to honor her cousin by incorporating an idea that was personal, which is how all the best celebrations begin. I think her devotion to her family even outshined her cake balls! Follow Ashlee on Pinterest so you don’t miss her attention to detail.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.