If there's one thing every birthday needs, it's a theme! I love a good themed party. Cooper's first birthday party was Chicago Cubs themed, and his second birthday was Mickey Mouse. This year, he was finally old enough for me to ask him what he wanted and he said "airplanes!".
My first stop for party planning is Amazon. I ordered balloons, plastic and inflatable airplanes for decor, and styrofoam airplanes for the kids to put together for a fun game.
I went to my local grocery store to purchase bakery boxes and lids to use for the in-flight meals. Each meal box had a small sandwich from Jersey Mike's, a bag of chips, and chocolate chip cookies. They were perfect for sending home leftovers with the guests!
After lunch, the kids assembled the styrofoam airplanes. We then set up a "runway" using painters tape and had the kids stand in a line behind another line. They took turns throwing their planes down the runway to see who could stay within the lines. They had so much fun and played a lot longer than I expected!
We then switched gears to decorate pilot badges! Before the party, I asked the mom's to send me a photo to use. I printed them and put them in between the foam badges. The kids decorated them with foam letters, stickers, and glitter. When they finished, I added some string for them to wear them around their neck. Cutest pilots ever!