real party: real party: airplanes + travel

January 25, 2011

We’re excited to share this fantastic first birthday party sent in by Laura of little frills and ruffle.  The theme was ✈ airplanes and travel…and Saint Louis (since that’s where Laura and her family lives!) .

Here’s the passport invitation Laura designed and sent.  Isn’t it adorable?

Laura created all sorts of great signage and also a passport for each guest.  Once the guests participated in an activity (like eating cake or ice cream!) they got a stamp in the passport.  We LOVE that!

The tables were lined with brown kraft paper and sprinkled with giant confetti.  Laura and her husband bought balsa wood airplanes that were placed all around to add to the decor.

The kids also played ‘pin the propeller’ on the nose of the airplane. Soo fun (and cute!).

Before departure, all the little party guests went to the baggage claim to get their suitcase favor…filled with homemade sugar cookies, pretzels, a notepad for ideas, small toy and plastic airline wings!

Thanks, Laura, for sharing this party.  We love it and its sure to provide a lot of inspiration to other party planners!

Editor’s note (6/2/11):  Laura has now opened a shop where a lot of the goodies above are available for purchase!

[invitation photo by Nick Becker]


Kathy Hofmann on January 25, 2011:

So cute! My kids are in college and this party almost makes me want to have more kids.

Hip Hip Hooray on January 25, 2011:

: ) you could always have a party for yourself!
thanks for visiting, kathy!

Kelly on January 25, 2011:

OMG Those suitcase favors are just TOO much! Cuteness overload. Are they DIY’d or if not, do you know where to get them?

Holly O. on January 25, 2011:

Absolutely adorable! My son’s sixth birthday party is going to be airplane themed! You have given me some great ideas. Thank you!!!

Susan on January 25, 2011:

How cute, oh my goodness!!

Justine on January 25, 2011:

oh goodness! the details of the party are out of the world! love those cute luggage’s! i wonder where you can purchase them… hmm!

alissa on January 25, 2011:

Seriously the cutest party EVER! I’m so going to do this.

Hip Hip Hooray on January 25, 2011:

we love it too! happy party planning! : )

Hip Hip Hooray on January 25, 2011:

Hi there — Laura got them here http://www.katespaperie.com/store/category/giftwrap__ribbons/gift_boxes/item/E0001719/mini_suitcases_khaki/

Super cute!

Lauren O'Neill on January 26, 2011:

How adorable is this?! The passports + stamps, propeller game, & suitcase favors are so fun! LOVE it!

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Mindy on February 9, 2011:

Love every bit of this!! Where might I find those adorable passport books? Love!

Mindy on February 9, 2011:

Just realized you made them, yes? Such a cute idea!

Evernotes Every Friday « Creating For Our Creator on February 11, 2011:

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Party Down :: Cool Party Favors. – Modern Kiddo on February 24, 2011:

[...] these little suitcases are perfect for travel parties.  This party favor is better than some of the gifts I’ve [...]

little frills paper + goods | Hip Hip Hooray! on June 3, 2011:

[...] paper + goods, today.  You may recognize some of the goodies – they’re from one of our favorite parties!  Partly in response to Laura’s party being posted here on HHH, she’s gotten a lot of [...]

bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com on June 4, 2011:

Love the Pin the Propeller game — all the details are adorable!!

Birthday Party Ideas: Airplane Birthday Party | Family Style on June 7, 2011:

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Internationally-Inspired Birthday Party Ideas on June 13, 2011:

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Marinette on August 2, 2011:

Hi ,

This idea so cute… Can you tell me the website

you where you got the suitcase favor


Tanya on August 24, 2011:

Where did you get the stamp? The stamp showing on the boarding pass.

jacin {lovely little details} on September 21, 2011:

wow, i love every single detail!

Kriya Benich on February 27, 2012:

Where can I find those adorable suitcases?

alina Svit on March 17, 2012:

in LOVE with this bday. a lil over my budget but i would love to get those suitcases. where can i get them. my party is in may so i need them asap!!!!

Maryanne on March 24, 2012:

Love the suitcase khaki favor boxes…where can I purchase them?


HILARY on March 28, 2012:


Lillianna on May 16, 2012:

I am also curious as to where you bought the little suitcases…

Dawnname on July 16, 2012:

I REALLY want to purchase some of those suitcases and the link you shared doesn’t work anymore. :( Ideas?

τριαντατρία, τριαντατρία, τριαντατρία – baggage claim « nation of two plus one on July 23, 2012:

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A Sweet Way to Turn One | The Occasional Traveller on August 29, 2012:

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Nisha on September 16, 2012:

Has anyone found the brown favor bags? The original link does not work

Ramona’s Airplane Birthday | Wills Casa on October 9, 2012:

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tracy on February 20, 2013:

Are the suitcases available for purchase. I could use them in an upcoming event.

Teresa Ruegge on March 14, 2013:

None of the site listed were active but I found something similar that might work at http://www.stampington.com/shoppe/chests_boxes.html since there is no other response on this site yet.

Onika on April 9, 2014:

I’m actually interested in where you found the large orange suitcase on the favor table. I’m looking for a centerpiece to build around and put a platter on for my travel themed party food table. THanks!

20 Disney Planes activities | the-gingerbread-house.co.uk on July 20, 2014:

[...] Pin the propeller on the plane game [...]

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Maria on August 29, 2015:

I love the suitcase, where I can find those, I have a birthday to decoate!

Michelle thomas on September 11, 2015:

How can I buy the suitcases thank you

Michelle Thomas on October 9, 2015:

Please please let me know how to buy these suitcases
Thank you

Linda Kearney on January 29, 2016:

Can you please tell me where to buy the suitcases? Thank You!
Linda Kearney – winkearney@sbcglobal.net

Poptop Children Parties on February 11, 2017:

This is great!
I am pretty sure this idea will inspire child’s imagination.
Also, how did you do the invitation card?

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