I cannot believe that Oliver’s airplane-themed first birthday extravaganza was over two weeks ago and I am only just now getting around to posting about all of the details I used to carry through the theme. Time flies, indeed …
There were two centers of action for the party. The first was the “Play Zone” we set up in our great room. It contained a play structure (complete with ball pit), bubble machine, various toys, and an airplane-themed craft table (for the bigger kids to create paper airplanes and foam gliders). This set-up worked extremely well — our minor passengers were all happy and engaged, leaving our adult passengers free to drink and socialize!
Upon departure, all of our minor passengers were invited to stop by “Baggage Claim” where they received a mini-suitcase (made by my mom) filled with a pilot rubber duckie, chocolate airplane sucker (made by me), and either toddler trail mix or a book of airplane stickers. Each bag was tagged with a personalized luggage tag (also made by me).
Overall, I could not be more pleased with and proud of the way the party turned out — everything looked and tasted great, our house was alive with laughter and good conversation, and Oliver had a complete and total blast! I really hope that one day my sweet little guy will look back at these photos (and the many hundreds more) and feel the love that surrounded him on his “special day.”