Monday, April 5, 2010

And Away We Go! {GIVEAWAY}

When I announced last month that April would be all parties all the time here on AFOMFT, I got a ton of e-mails from readers asking for ideas for boys parties.  Your wish is my command.

There are so many great themes out there for little guys - and I'll cover a lot of them this month - but if I had a little boy, I wouldn't be able to resist planning an airplane party.  There are so many amazing ideas you can incorporate into a "Ready for Takeoff" birthday bash, starting with invitations made to look like boarding passes:

To decorate the table, line the center with a runway.

And use plane images to tie in all of the other party elements, like place mats and napkins rings.... 

As well as water bottles, juice boxes, favor bags and party hats.

How fun are these sayings on the favor labels?

You may be reading this post thinking, "Sure, great ideas but who has the time to put all of this together?"  Well, not to worry.  For just $10, you can buy a PDF file from Mélangerie Inc. with all of the designs you see above (and a few more like a "Ready For Takeoff" banner!) so you can print them at home and assemble them yourself.  And you don't need a fancy printer, either - all of the elements are formatted to print on regular paper.  Is that easy or what?

The "Ready for Takeoff" printable party pack is based on a design that Mélangerie Inc. created for the queen of fabulous parties, Amy Atlas.  Check out how fantastic the celebration she threw for Joshua turned out! 

This plane suspended above the runway is actually a cake!

And the plane-topped cupcakes are just adorable.

For more images from Joshua's birthday bash, visit Amy's blog, Sweet Designs.

I've found a lot of other great airplane parties out there too.  Check out these adorable invitations Jennifer of Nounces Designs created for her son's birthday.

They even had map envelopes.

The party details are to die for.  Jennifer served the guests pre-packaged lunches like you'd get on a flight (although much tastier, I'm sure!) with matching labels.

The favors were set out under a sign that read "Baggage Claim" and were sweetly packaged in "suitcases" she made from cereal boxes.

Adorable, right?  And for all of you moms of multiples out there, Jennifer just created a custom invitation for a boy and girl Airplane celebration!

The matching cupcake toppers are super cute too.

To see more details and pictures of Jennifer's son's party, or to place an order, visit Nounces Designs.

Want some more fun plane ideas?  You can outfit your birthday boy or girl in a personalized plane tee from Ashley Alexander Boutique.  The banner can feature their name or age.

And for favors, how about airplane lollipops from Custom Candy Creations?

Or jumbo plane crayons from Live, Love, Craft?

Or if you want to make your own, visit our easy peasy recycled crayon tutorial.

Are you "Ready for Takeoff" now?  I hope so!  And if you're thinking of planning a party soon, I've got a treat for you.

Mélangerie Inc. has generously offered to giveaway one printable party pack to a lucky AFOMFT reader!  To enter, visit Mélangerie Inc. and post a comment here telling me which set you'll choose if you win - the "Ready for Takeoff" party or the "Garden Tea" party.  For additional entries:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and ends April 12th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected by and announced on AFOMFT on April 13th. If the winner doesn't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Images: Mélangerie Inc., Amy Atlas, Nounces Designs, Ashley Alexander Boutique, Custom Candy Creations & Live, Love, Craft
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  1. This is a tough call, I have a mix of boys and girls for bday. I think I'd go with Ready for Takeoff

  2. I am a subscriber to AFOMFTs

  3. I just added Melangerie to my Esty favorites

  4. Oh this is fun! I have a little boy tuning one this summer so I would go with "ready for take off" for sure!

  5. I am a fan of AFOMFT on facebook!

  6. I woud def go with Ready for Takeoff!

  7. I am a fan of AFOMFT on facebook

  8. I invited Jessica Ryan Thelin to be a fan on AFOMT.

  9. oh my gosh, this is awesome! i did boarding pass save-the-dates (and passport guest books) back when i was doing wedding design. i love how it works for a kid's party! ooh, i'm going to start working on getting the boys obsessed with airplanes so i can do this for their third bday.

    (so yeah, this is the theme i'd pick!)

  10. i added the shop to my etsy faves!

  11. My husband is a pilot and this would be PERFECT for the trips' 2nd bday!!!

    I'm a subscriber!

  12. Add seller to my Etsy favorites!

  13. I'm a AFOMFT Facebook Fan!

  14. ready to go, would be perfect for the trips birthday.

  15. I voted on Top Baby Blogs for AFOMFT

  16. I would choose the Garden Tea Party for my daughter!! :)

  17. I would love the Garden Party :)

    Email attached to my profile :)

  18. Favourited the store, who couldn't!

  19. Voted

    I also tried to copy your button code but it comes up function disabled.


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