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Flying High: A Plane-Themed Birthday Party

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This awesome plane-themed birthday party was designed and handcrafted in almost every detail by Barbara Pabst, of Umbrella Amarela. Planned for her friend’s son, Victor, in honor of his milestone 1st birthday, the invitations, decorations, and treats will inspire you to reach for new heights in your own party styling. Pack your bags and hop aboard for this high-flying birthday adventure.


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Airplane-themed birthday parties are a great opportunity to have some fun with the invitation design. Barbara created adorable ticket-style, boarding pass invitations, inviting guests to join the celebration via Cohn Airlines (Cohn is the last name of the guest of honor; such a cute detail). What a fabulous way to set the mood for what was surely an incredible celebration!

Fasten your seatbelts because we are ready to explore all of the ingenious DIY decoration details Barbara tackled while styling this party. Notice the sky-inspired backdrop? Barbara created it by hanging a mix of blue balloons and clustering white balloons to look like clouds. Balloons add instant festivity to a party space, are inexpensive, and can be creatively displayed; like Barbara did to add a custom look. Next up, I love the “Victor” banner hanging from the light fixture. It almost seems to be floating in the sky. Personalized décor always adds a lot. Stacks of vintage suitcases helped reinforce the travel theme.

An amazing dessert and party favor table was set up front and center. Red and white striped runners add a finished look to a display of sweet treats (made by Zuly), colorful potted plants, and impressive party favors. Platters, red and blue platforms, and cake stands were laden with so many enticing desserts! An impressive cake with plane décor and paper cloud bunting stands tall as the centerpiece.

Popular in Brazil, “brigadeiros” were served in mini treat cups, topped with cute airplanes and themed printables. Barbara served these in lieu of cupcakes which are not a traditional birthday dessert in Brazil. Granola bars are a popular airline treat, but they’ve never looked as colorful as these bars in their custom wrappers, offered from a white pail. Darling paper suitcases, made by Barbara, also held appealing sweets. Round plastic candy boxes were dressed up with paper propellers and filled with candy. Tubes of meringues were embellished with mini clouds; such a cute touch.

In-flight beverages included red punch in cloud embellished cups and water. The water bottles were ready for take-off, outfitted in custom wrappers, propellers, and wings made from red cardstock. We love the ingenuity and think that these are the cutest water bottles ever seen. Clouds, machine stitched by Barbara, contained confetti, clouds of confetti, filled with joy and good wishes make an awesome way to celebrate a birthday. What a delightful take on a plane-themed birthday party.

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