Planes were one of the first modes of transportation Jordan of Polka Dot Print Studio’s son Levi could recognize and say. With a unique color palette for an airplane theme party, she knew it would be perfect for her son’s second birthday party. Levi had great pajamas at the time, covered in little ‘planes’ and Jordan used those as inspiration for the entire day. “I love the planning, the thinking, the brainstorming for a party,” Jordan said. “Hitting on an original idea that really captures the guest of honor or is a twist on a tradition or something.”
“We had a morning party so it worked well for parents of little kids who had to head home for naps. Given the age of most of the children, I didn’t have too many formal games or activities. Apart from the food, I set up a couple of activity stations outside – playdough, and a wheat pit, which is a sandpit full of wheat grain, was fun! It meant adults could talk and children could play and be supervised at the same time. Plus we did do a big scavenger hunt where adults could help smaller children.”
The food was a big feature and Jordan created a formal ‘sweet table’ complete with background wallpaper to fit the plane theme of the day. “There were savory options at ‘kid height’ as well as a ‘business class’ table for the adults with a bit more grown up food.” One of the food highlights were the cloud chocolate pops which were ‘floating’ on the sweet table.
Jordan did all the cooking and craft items herself, and then had some help from a friend the night before. “I love the crafty aspect to putting a party together. I baked and decorated the cookie favors which were time consuming but I really enjoyed doing that for the first time. I loved making the cake definitely, as it’s the highlight for most kids. It was a soft pound cake with butter cream icing. It was so moist and delicious!” Levi’s favorite part was playing, drinking from a glass bottle with a straw and the cake!
The grass was an idea Jordan had filed away for a while. She bought it at a hardware store where it can be purchased by the meter and the width was perfect for her table. “The backdrop I used was one of my own designs as a wallpaper. It matched in with the invite and all the other printables. I used the matching buffet labels and party dots from the same collection as the invitation. The printable milk cartons were a huge hit and were a personal favorite of mine of the entire party.”
For party favors, Jordan made plane cookies for each of the little guests and put them into small white boxes, tied with twine and one of her thank you swing tags. “I decided on the milk cartons which guests used for their scavenger hunt loot as well as filling them up with the lollies from the sweets table. It was a great way to disperse all the sugar!”