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Airplanes can represent high hopes for the future, adventure and fun excitement so it’s no wonder that airplane-themed events are a popular choice for a boy’s birthday party.

This round-up includes 51 parties that are full of colorful decoration suggestions, birthday cakes, dessert tables, and party favors that are sure to please.

We are ready for take-off so please find your seat and fly the friendly skies in search of your next perfect party idea!

51 Plane-themed birthday parties showcased by Spaceships and Laser Beams

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This adorable vintage-airplane themed party incorporates blues and has a classic feel.

1. Boy’s Vintage Airplane Themed Birthday Dessert Table

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

This rendition of our own collection is done in blues, cream and white. See how to make an easy DIY cloud backdrop for $3 and how to wrap pretzels in map pockets. I think our airplane cupcake wraps are the best!

Party and Birthday

2. Time Flies Airplane 1st Birthday Party

From Tania’s Design Studio via Hostess With the Mostess

The burlap table cover, vintage suitcases and bomber jackets tie in the vintage setting of this adorable airplane themed birthday party. With sky blue, red and white fluffy clouds serve as accents, the details are what stand out. The serving cart with perfectly wrapped “in flight” goodies served the guest along with immaculately style desserts perfectly summed up the “time flies” theme.

This masculine plane-themed party is perfect for boys of any age.
3. Boy’s Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

From TomKat Studio

Navy, silver gray, and white are masculine pairings for this stylish plane-themed party. Star accents look good; even the food is blue and white!

Lots of plane party ideas to bring your theme to new heights.
4. Boy’s High-Flying 1st Birthday Party

From Fantabulosity via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Ever see a plane exhaust red and white polka dots?! Bright red and baby blue look wonderful in the stripes and dots at this little boy’s first birthday party. The little airplane favors are especially cute, too.

A room filled with furniture and vase on a window

5. Around the World Vintage Airplane Themed Party

From Burgundy Event Coordinating via Hostess with the Mostess

This vintage airplane party takes you around the world in style. From the amazingl crafted stacked suitcase cake to the “in flight” prepare meals, the details of this birthday are not to be missed. Guests kept busy at all the stops with a balloon artist, bubble show and even glamour shots.

Metal, orange and blue colors make this party pop!
6. Vintage Style Boy’s Airplane Party

From Great Stitch via Kara’s Party Ideas

The industrial vibe going on here is a very attractive innovation. Plane schematics make a wonderful backdrop, especially with the chevron arrow inviting, “Fly With Me”.

A vintage map with a hot air balloon-theme make this birthday dessert table unique.
7. Up, Up and Away Travel Themed Birthday Party

From Styled by Belle via Kara’s Party Ideas 

Tan, red and sky blue look so handsome together! Vintage airplanes, maps and hot air balloons are used with great effect for this first birthday event.

Muted beige and pale blue are the perfect colors for this plane-themed party.
8. Enzo’s 2nd Birthday Party 

From Keren Precel Events via Hostess With the Mostess

Quietly stylish, this celebration featured vintage planes, hot air balloons and birds! The menu suggestions will make you wish you were there.

Bold bright colors and patterns make this the perfect airplane party for a young boy.
9. Boy’s 3rd Airplane Themed Birthday Party

From Sweet Pop Studio via The Celebration Studio

This party is full of saturated color! Unique ideas here: a city skyline, a mini air traffic controller prop, and a cupcake runway.

This vast dessert table is sure to inspire you as you plane your own DIY areoplane-themed party.
10. Boy’s Aviator 1st Birthday

From Preparativos Lulu via Kara’s Party Ideas

Wow! The dessert “table” looks like a candy store! There are lots of details to take in! Blue and orange pop against fresh white.

Stars and stripes and planes. This cake is definitely memorable.
11. Vintage Airplane 1st Birthday Party

From Little Posh Parties via Spaceships and Laser Beams 

What an adorable cake! Clouds, stripes and stars in red, white and blue look a party waiting to happen!

This old school plane-themed dessert table is decorated with maps, planes, flags and lots of treats.
12. Brayden’s 3rd Birthday Airplane-Themed Party 

From Amanda R. via Catch My Party

This party is bright and colorful with red and yellow but the darker forest green and tan add richness to the décor. Maps, vintage planes and an awesome cake add to the scene.

A group of items on a table
13. Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

From Kiss My Cakes via Hostess with the Mostess

Sky blue, light browns and sunshine yellow make a winning combination for a boy’s plane-themed party. The dessert table is especially sweet with containers full of treats and sweets and mini suitcases setting nearby.

This creative airplane-themed dessert table makes use of a desk to tastefully showcase the delightful treats.
14. Boy’s Airline-Themed 1st Birthday Party

From Raquel Ferrari Eventos via Kara’s Party Ideas

There are lots of ideas to see here, including: super-cute cake, candies in the shape of suitcases and pilot hats, and compass favors.

Red and brown allow the airplane theme to truly shine.
15. Boy’s Vintage Airplane Dessert Table

From Sooti and Sweet via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Stars and stripes complement this vintage plane theme in red and tan. Cookies, caramel corn, candies, cake pops and Jello pots surround a delightful cake.

Even the simplest decorations can have a powerful effect!
16. Boy’s Birthday Party with Planes

From Delineate Your Dwelling

Sometimes a birthday party is a small affair, just for immediate family. You don’t want to go all out but you do want to celebrate the day. This mom used clipboards to hold clouds and a simple airplane bunting looks great!

This dessert table is creative in its use of color and maps.
17. Boy’s Vintage Style Airplane Party 

From Bistrot Chic

Tan and red are an unusual color combo for this theme – it looks awesome! A backdrop with vintage-styled aircraft illustrations is terrific. I like the map rosettes and favor boxes, too.

Red, blue and white create a high-contrast texture that is interesting as a background for this dessert table.
18. Jeff’s 2nd Birthday Party

From Ven’s Paperie

Red and blue cheer up any party and this one takes off with all the festive details.

This darling dessert table showcases gorgeous cloud decorations and delightful cake.
19. Boy’s 1st Birthday Vintage Plane

From Canadian Hostess via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Red, navy and grey are guy-friendly colors; the combo looks super on the birthday cake, adorable cake pops and cupcakes.

This marvelous cake includes a clever detail that speaks to the airplane theme.
20. Carson’s 3rd Birthday Party

From Sweet Pea Events

Cereal boxes are morphed into (cute) luggage favor bags plus the invitations are spot-on!

Use ubiquitous household items to create party decorations your guests will love.
21. Plane Birthday Ideas for a Boy’s 3rd Party

From This Party Rox via Spaceships and Laser Beams

The guest table runway is a sweet, themed idea and the entryway already captures attention: look up at the clouds, look down at the runway. This party primarily uses turquoise and red.

A cake sitting on top of a table
22. Boy’s Paper Airplane 1st Birthday

From Bargin Hoot

I especially like the paper plane banner behind the serving table at this celebration. The use of the paper airplanes throughout the party is so much fun! Mini planes top each cupcake and even one in the process of flying tops the cake.

Contrast sky with earth - these delicious cupcakes languish on a bed of fake grass on the dessert table.
23. Boy’s Aeroplane Party

From Polka Dot Prints

Shades of aqua and hits of orange brighten this celebration. Cloud cookies and cloud-topped cupcakes join an airplane cake on the dessert table.

This outdoor dessert table incorporates astonishingly bright colors for a dramatic, pleasing effect.
24. Third Airplane-Themed Birthday Party

From Strawberry Mommy Cakes via Catch My Party

Lighthearted and cheery, this is a perfect set-up for a smaller party.

Go big and bold with your airplane-themed decor, like this large plane above the dessert table.
25. Vintage Airplane-Themed Party

From Style My Table via Pretty My Party

The most unique idea here is the vintage plane bookshelf used as the dessert table focal point – it looks super with the sky and cloud backdrop. It’s a darling concept that could be easily replicated.

Adorable 3D icing makes this cake really stand out.
26. Ryan’s Plane-Themed Birthday Party 

From Michele McDonough via Project Nursery

The orange runway guest table looks great! Be sure to check out the food and dessert tables, too.

Go all out with boarding passes and prepackaged snacks for passengers ... I mean guests.
27. Airplane Party for Twin Boys

From Giggles Galore via The Party Wagon

My favorite take away here is the stuffed, white butcher paper clouds – so cute!

Cute cake and delightful favors - this party is ready for takeoff.
28. Boy’s Pilot-Themed Birthday Party

From Annabella’s Events via Kara’s Party Ideas

The take-home favor “luggage” is actually made from a brown paper bag – what a great idea!

Bold bright colors make this out-door vintage plane-themed party a success. Incorporate inspirational messages in colored paper on the walls!
29. Boy’s Vintage Plane Birthday Ideas

From The Marshmallow Studio via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Shades of blue and orange, with accents of white, look awesome at this outdoor venue where guest seating is covered with cloud-like white awnings. You must see the edible airplane art, too – marvelous!

This wardrobe makes a splendid dessert "table" - use the space you have to create a memorable party!
30. Disney “Planes”-Inspired 1st Birthday

From Frosted by Nicci via Kara’s Party Ideas

The display cabinet not only looks like it’s ready for birthday cheer, the cake tower, personalized cookies and adorable cupcakes promise that guests will be wowed!

This amazing plane-shaped cake will impress your guests!
31. Flying in Style

From Just Call Me Martha

This cake is fabulous – and edible!

This plane-balloon takes this dessert table to new heights.
32. Boy’s Aviator Themed Birthday Party 

From Cake-a-Roo via Kara’s Party Ideas

There are many delightful ideas here. My favorites include the aviator style party hats, sticker covered luggage favors and the DIY airplane cookies.

This "In Flight Desserts" table is too cute.
33. Airplane Themed Birthday Party for Twins

From Mae Armstrong Designs via Spaceships and Laser Beams 

Red, white and navy blue are so handsome for this theme! Clouds made from coffee filters look amazing and Mae has a great way to prepare for a potential craft mess.

This miniature photobooth will have pilots-to-be queuing for their turn.
34. Boy’s Fly-Away 2nd Birthday Party 

From Me and Riley via Anders Ruff

Sky blue, navy blue and red look great when combined with the stripes and balloons at this celebration.

If you can't decide between airplanes and Micky Mouse, why not both?
35. Boy’s 1st Mickey Aviator Flight Birthday Party 

From Adal Kreation

The cake, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops look wonderful and the display ideas are especially winsome.

Pretty pastel colors give this travel-inspired party a vintage feel.
36. Boy’s Air Tour Birthday Party

From Sweet on You Cakes via Love the Day

The book page backdrop is an interesting feature, particularly with the use of vintage globes and scales as display vessels.

Fire! Planes! Party! What boy wouldn't love this theme?
37. Boy’s Planes 2 Birthday Party

From Laura’s Little Party via Catch My Party

See some hot ideas for table décor and themed treats at this celebration that builds on Disney’s Planes 2.

A colorful toy on a table
38. Boy’s 1st Airplane Birthday Theme

From Be Candied

With lots of party décor filling the sky, this charmer offers a bountiful table to delight guests.

This classic aviator theme is unforgettable.
39. Boy’s Fighter Jet Aviator Birthday Party

From Modishly Delish via Hostess With the Mostess 

When a party venue is an aviation museum, decorations are kept to a minimum. Modishly Delish focused on the food and dessert table and offered fabulous fare in khaki, black, grey, and steel blue colors.

Turn your home into an airport with these airplane party ideas.
40. Flying High Boy Birthday Party

From Cupcake with Character via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Aqua, orange and white look fresh against vintage-style maps alluding to the airplane travel theme. The domed cake is especially noteworthy as are the plane and cloud-shaped cookies.

Cute colors and pompom clouds make this dessert table unique
41. Boy’s Plane-Themed Party and Dessert Table

From Project Party Perfect via Pop Sugar

Twin cloud topiaries in map-covered pots are my favorite new idea here. The cloud backdrop and cake/cupcake tower are wonderful, too.

Blue skies ahead - simple balloons work wonders.
42. Aviator Airplane Birthday Party Theme

From Monica Teixeira via Kara’s Party Ideas

Here’s another cute blue and orange celebration. Don’t the double balloons look terrific with this theme? The close-up shot of the cake helps you see how darling it is.

Don't be afraid to experiment with bright colors at your plane-themed birthday.
43. Flying High Plane-Themed Boy’s Birthday Party

From Umbrella Amarela via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Almost every detail of this first birthday celebration was handcrafted and it is fantastic! You’ll enjoy looking at this fun, bright event.

Make sure your plane party is first class with these great ideas.
44. Disney “Planes” Birthday Party Ideas for Boys 

From My Classic Party via Spaceships and Laser Beams

So many little guys have been inspired by Dusty; moms will be inspired by these very cute and do-able party ideas!

You don't have to decorate your whole house to throw a beautiful party.
45. 2nd Birthday Airplane Themed Party

From Crowning Details

With a yellow bi-plane flying overhead, the red and blue dessert table looks most welcoming.

This vintage airplane party incorporates numerous vintage ideas. Don't be afraid to get creative.
46. Boy’s 3rd Birthday Vintage Plane Birthday Party

From Karo’s Fun Land via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Mix up stripes, an old-fashioned Coke crate, a vintage suitcase and vintage style jars with red and white and you’ve got a fabulous look for a little guy’s celebration.

Let your little pilot sail through their air with this DIY plane!
47. Boy’s Soaring Plane-Themed Birthday Party

From Hello My Sweet

High ceilings mean birthday boy and his guests can fly glider planes inside as well as play a fun cargo hold game. Parents watch it all from the Frequent Flyer Lounge.

Primary colors bring this classic theme home.
48. Boy’s Aeroplane and Parachute Birthday Party Theme

From Dreamers Joy Events and Design via Pizzazzerie

What two-year-old boy wouldn’t enjoy the colorful fun in these decorations? Although adding the parachutes might seem like a natural choice with the airplane theme, it is a rarely seen spin on the party.

This poster backing brings the dessert table together.
49. Airplane-Themed 2nd Birthday

From Party Box via Kara’s Party Ideas

Sky blue and grass green create a fresh ambiance at this celebration where the balloon photo check-in station is adorable and the “passport” photo booth is full of fun props.

The best in-flight food your guests have ever had!
50. Boy’s Handmade Vintage Airplane Birthday Party 

From Mini Mocha via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Who knew paper airplanes could look sophisticated?! Maps, globes and paper airplanes in white, cream and tan make a delightful statement. There is even a vintage style cardboard plane for boys with high flying imaginations.

Disney Planes themed party

51. Sam’s Disney Planes-Themed 5th Birthday Party

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Get some fabulous ideas for a great Disney Planes-themed party at this celebration inspired by Disney’s Planes 2.

Plan an awesome airplane-themed party with these great resources gathered by the flight crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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  • Airplane Cookie Cutter
  • Airplane Adventure Lunch Napkins
  • Airplane Adventure Dinner Plates
  • Child’s Pilot Hat
  • Airplane Piñata
  • Disney Planes Foam Flyers
  • Dusty Planes Party Game
  • Disney Planes Plastic Cups

Check out these great ideas for more airplane themed fun.

Plus, don’t miss out on this Helicopter Themed Boy’s 2nd Birthday Party

A group of people in a room

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