Friday, May 16, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I plan my party themes months in advance, so I had already started planning this one for Jay, when he changed his mind and decided on Superheros instead, therefore Andy- who was turning two and had less of an opinion and still loves airplanes got a Planes party. A few months before the party, we took a trip to the small local airport to visit a friend who works there and took some pictures with planes.
After I decided on an orange and teal theme, I loved searching clearance isles and other places for things to fit the theme. I also started working on making the planes logo (wings) to say Andy, but when I failed in my Photoshop skills I asked a friend (graphic designer) to help me finish it...and it looks amazing.
Here's the party:)
The Decorations: on Amazon I made the triangle banner using 12x12 cardstock and I couldn't find teal, so I covered the teal ones with wrapping paper. Oriental Trading here and on the inside. Normal orange cones don't have a hole in the top, but this one was very broken so it did. THIS pin. The cloud was made by his brother in 3 year old preschool:)
I bought this poster on Amazon and it was inspired by THIS birthday party I saw on pintrest. I used the chevron border around it. THIS pin. I bought the dusty flyers at Oriental Trading. they are cute, but they fall apart pretty easily, so I hung a few on the ceiling and didn't even bother putting the others out. I put the tablecloths above the sliding glass door so it was easy to see the clouds, and because I loved THIS idea from pintrest.
I also have to give a shout out to THIS picture, that inspired me.
The Food: THIS pin, but wanted to have options for dip.THIS and THIS. We already owned the orange hanger set from a different birthday, and I made the flags using checkered print duck-tape. FREE printable they work great as cupcake toppers too. The Flags are from Oriental Trading and are called "Race Car Flag Picks"
I have always wanted to use the fancy colored straws at a birthday party. THIS party inspired these and the use of the tin can. I found some on clearance at Target this winter, and thought it would be perfect to make Cloud 9 Marshmallows. I dipped them in white almond bark that I dyed teal. They didn't turn out a cute as I thought (maybe because I displayed them too close together) and I never actually tried to see if they were good so I'm not sure if I will do those again.
It is very difficult to find cheap enough Orange and Teal candy. I could order online, but it would cost a ton. I ended up using goldfish, Reese's pieces (from an orange carrot looking Easter decoration, Sixlets (left over from Halloween that I got super cheap and took all the blacks out), and Easter M&M's (I kept all the teal and white, and bagged the purple, pink and yellow for other occasions:) I'm glad I got creative and didn't spend and arm and a leg for candy. THIS party, so I attemped to replicate it.. Only Powerade was on sale, and I couldn't find a teal color. Then my nice drink dispenser broke two nights before the party, so John found this one at Walmart the night before the party and it is very cute, just not the right color...so the drinks got their own table. THIS punch which was delicious, but didn't take any pictures until a little later.
Pictures of us: