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Soaring to New Heights Back to School Party

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As school resumes and your children begin their new learning adventures, help them prepare for “take off” with an exciting airplane themed back-to-school party! Here at Banner Events, we know that the end of summer often brings mixed emotions for children. We’re sharing some fun ideas for your little flying aces that will surely lift their spirits and get them excited about soaring to new heights this school year. From an incredible airplane cake to cloud cupcakes and “jet fuel” juice to luggage style favors and a real airplane, this back-to-school party is sure to send spirits soaring.  Don’t miss any of the high flying details captured beautifully by Karina of A Fresh Take Photography.

Plane Themed Back to School Party


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Guests at our party received “First Class” boarding passes inviting them to hop aboard Carver Airlines.  We were thrilled with the printable boarding pass invitations and coordinating printables, custom designed for us by Bird of Bird’s Party.  The retro style plane and classic color palette looked amazing paired with our party set-up next to a real plane, near the runway of an operational airport.  A big thank you to David Thomas of Thomas Aerospace for use of his plane and the Thun Field Airport runway.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Passport Ideas

Our cute guests arrived in style, wearing custom outfits!  Our female guests sported skirts by the talented SookEe Designs.  Male guests were decked out in t-shirts byPocketbaby.  Before they could officially travel, printable learning passports were filled out with all of the required data.  Once completed, each child was cleared for take-off.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Lunch Box Ideas

To keep our pilots-in-training fueled up for the celebration, we set up an “in-flight” snack area.

First, guests picked up their shiny silver aviator lunch boxes ( from “Baggage Claim”.  Notice the cute customized printable lunchbox labels and hang tags we added.  Each lunchbox contained a healthy assortment of food options to help pilots navigate their new school territory.

Dressing up the snacks was a must! We wrapped sandwiches in red and white airmail striped parchment paper and topped them off with twine and a printable tag with fun, flying inspired phrases.

Juice boxes got a makeover with a darling printable “Jet Fuel Juice” wrapper.  Granola bars had custom “soaring to new heights” packaging.  Even the apples received a special custom seal!

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Dessert Table Ideas

In addition to our healthy “in flight” snacks, we added fun themed treats to the mix.  An impressive school and airplane inspired dessert spread was established in front of a classic plane.  A “soaring to new heights” banner hung between two dowel rods and swayed gently in the breeze.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Cake Ideas

Centered beneath the sign, a stunning two tiered cake by 4 Kids Cakes was proudly displayed.  With cloud and pilot wing fondant accents and a plane sculpted out of chocolate, I couldn’t imagine a more impressive cake.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Cupcake Ideas

Matching cloud cupcakes in printed wrappers accompanied the cake. Aren’t those 3-D fondant airplanes by Edible Details awesome?

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Push Up Pops Ideas

One of my favorite airplane inspired refreshments consisted of “propeller push-up pops” decked out in printable wings and labels and filled with yogurt pretzels.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Cake Pop Ideas

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Cookie Ideas

There were delicious “up and away” themed cake pops by Oh My Cake! Bakeshop and even flying ace cookies by Flour-de-Lis, decorated to match our printable décor.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Snack Ideas

Additional snacks consisted of crackers stored away in school inspired milk cartons with “aviator fuel” labels.  Bags of pretzels were neatly packaged in bags with cute treat topper labels.

Even mini luggage favor boxes from Whimsically Detailed made the perfect place to display peanuts!

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Drink Ideas

More drinks were included by the desserts to help keep travelers hydrated.  In addition to the “jet fuel juice”, we served up “pilot fuel” (water).  Each glass was embellished with a printable wrapper and preppy paper straws (Toadally Cute) topped off with printable propellers.

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Activity Centre Ideas

Boy's Plane Back To School Party Activity Ideas

An activity center rested under the span of the airplane wings.  Place settings included airplane coloring sheets and new school supplies that were appropriately decked out for the fun learning adventure.  Supplies included propeller pencils, glue bottles with custom labels, boxes of crayons wrapped in pilot wing inspired wraps and flight log journals.

Landings and take-offs were practiced over and over again with foam airplanes.

Each guest even got to hop inside the cockpit and check out the control panel.  Following their flight training, each received “official” pilot wings from the resident pilot, Mr. Thomas.

The excited kids loaded up all of their take-off treats and school supplies in personalized school bags, also from Pocketbaby.

Make sure you end your summer flying high and help your children soar into their new year of school!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.