Kids Birthday Party- Aviator Theme

The first birthday of your first child is EPIC. Yes, I can say that now since I’ve experienced it. In the beginning I thought I’d just do something simple, but let’s face it– that’s not how I roll. After lots of pondering I decided that a retro/vintage aviator-themed party would be perfect for my little man and although there were a few hiccups– like my son not wanting anything to do with his cake– I’d say it was!


Invitation: Since stationery is what I do, this was of course one of the most fun aspects of this party for me. I designed a retro-looking plane ticket complete with vintage stamps to use for mailing– yes, I’m kind of obsessed. Postage was so much cooler back in the day! If you want to use vintage postage for a project, you can find a great selection on Ebay, but be careful you might get addicted like me! I also made coordinating thank you cards with photos of my little aviator to send out after the big event. The cute photos of my son were done by Cherie Hogan Photography— adorable, right?

Attire: It’s true, I even made him wear some aviator gear. Looking back at this now I think I may have been borderline insane, but dang he looked cute!

Treats: Propeller pops (made from marshmallows, colored candy melts, frosting and M&M’s) + airplane and cloud shaped sugar cookies (made by my little sis)… so good they’re making me hungry now!

Food: Cloud shaped sandwiches, fruit skewers, pasta salad. We also served “flight juice” & peanuts since no aeronautical journey would be complete without them!!

Decor: I made a timeline garland from ribbon, photos, vintage playing cards & paper clips.

Activity: Guests could “paint-a-plane” to keep as a souvenir or leave for the birthday boy to keep.

Favors: Retro airplane travel-size notepads & pens.

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SydneyNovember 10, 2012 - 11:35 am

WOW! You are seriously amazing.

VictoriaApril 5, 2013 - 2:56 am

Would it be possible for me to get you to do similar invitations as an order?

adminApril 8, 2013 - 10:40 am

Hi Victoria! Thank you so much for the inquiry. Yes, I can do customized orders, but unfortunately they do require a minimum print order of 100 invitations since our pressman specializes in higher volume printing. Let me know if that works for you. I am trying to work out some options for lower volume printing, but at this point, it’s all 100 count +. Thanks!

Luciana BabinMay 6, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Im so impressed with this decoration and invitation. My twin boys will have their 5 year bday party and the theme is Aviator. I have searched everywhere for a cool invitation and I can find one like this. How can I have access to this one? Do you sell the layout?
Thank you

Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments DesignsNovember 2, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Where did you get the cute juice bottles? I love them!

EmilyDecember 22, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Hello i absolutely love your decor in the theme. I actually want to do a aviator theme 1st birthday party for my son, where can I find the decorations?

emilyDecember 28, 2013 - 5:02 pm

this is truly amazing, everything looks great!!! I am planning my sons first birthday party where can i find the decorations you used? I want to do a similar look the vintage aviator theme but I’m having a difficult time with the decor….

adminDecember 31, 2013 - 9:13 am

Hi Emily! Sorry for the delayed reply. I actually have a bunch of extras that I was going to list for sale in my Etsy shop supplies section. If you’re interested I can email you details of what I have. Thanks!

EmilyJanuary 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

omg that would be awesome!!! ill wait for your email, thank you!!!

katieJanuary 21, 2014 - 7:06 am

Beautiful party!! I’m planing my son 1st birthday party since when he was in my belly, and being a pilot’s daughter I will for sure give my baby a aviator party, I would love to know where did you get his aviator outfit? I’m searching everywhere for a jacket, please, please let me know!! :)

adminJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Hi Katie! Sorry for the delayed reply & so glad you loved the party. I just tracked down the same jacket for you online via Ebay: They had some other options on there too. I have a cute one too that I was going to list for sale, but it’s like 18-24 months size, so probably too big! Let us know if you have any other questions & best of luck with the party planning :)

FatimahFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:36 am

I love it. its amazing.
How can I order the invitations and thanks card and juice bottle’s label?

Thank you

danesaFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Ok so where did you get the luggage from? And everything else I need to stay prepping for my sons bday.

adminFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Fatimah, So glad you love the party! In regard to ordering the customized invitations, cards & juice labels, please send me an email with the quantities you need to & I can send you details. Thanks!

adminFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Hi Danesa, I found the luggage at a local yard sale. If you have any thrift shops nearby, you might check there. Or there’s always Ebay. I sold the ones that I had already, but I bet you’ll be able to track some down if you keep an eye out. The smaller suitcase boxes were ones that I painted and added labels to. If you look for cardboard suitcases online you should be able to find some. Let me know if you have any trouble & I’ll see if I can find some. Thanks!

DANESAJune 3, 2014 - 8:26 am

Thank you how about he’s outfit where did you get at?

adminJune 3, 2014 - 8:28 am

Hi Danesa,

The jacket was found on Ebay. The hat was ordered online as well– just search aviator hat. And the shoes are by Robeez via Nordstrom.

JulieSeptember 6, 2014 - 10:53 am

OMG all of your items are AMAZING!!! I want to do an aviator theme for my daughter’s first birthday but this is going to put mine to shame!!! Is it possible for you to design an electronic version of the boarding pass for sale?

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