Braden turned 4 years old on Tuesday and we had his party 1 week ago! Right after Ethan’s whale birthday party I decided that Braden was going to have a Disney Planes birthday party! I did consult with him, of course, but he’s not terribly picky…as long as there’s cake at the party!
For Braden’s party this year, since more than half of our families were away or live too far to come to his party, we decided to invite his playschool friends, and since I’m new at this friend birthday party thing…we decided to invite all 9 of his classmates! Four of them came so it was a nice, quiet party – much quieter than we’re used to. Braden was thrilled to have his friends over to celebrate his birthday and here are the details of his Disney Planes birthday party.
I used this picnic caddy again that I got off of Zulily and it works so well to hold utensils, straws, napkins, decorations – whatever you want! Once again I got all of my plates, utensils, decorations, cups, and party favors from Party City and my paper straws from Greenmunch. Very affordable and ships very fast too!
The thing I’m liking most about throwing the boys these themed parties is playing off of the colors more than the actual theme. I loved finding orange and blue things for the party more so than having airplane or Planes based foods, etc. My friend Shannon came through again with her awesome printables for these cups and the banner she made for Braden’s birthday! Another one of my Etsy finds for the party were these awesome cupcake wrappers from Shnookers!
Aren’t they cute! I perhaps should warn you that if you decide to go this route…for 18 cupcakes it took approximately 2.5 hours of my life cutting out the wrappers when I knew they would just be taken off and thrown in the garbage! I enjoyed watching some movies and didn’t cut for 2.5 hours straight, but you get the idea. I got a lot of compliments on them and Braden thought they were cool, so that’s all that matters to me. I also saw this idea floating around Pinterest and decided to make my own Dusty Crophopper and Ripslinger decorations from 2L pop bottles!
All you need:
- 2L Coke bottle for Dusty
- 2L Canada Dry Gingerale bottle for Ripslinger (nice because it’s already green!)
- DecoArt Americana Multi-Survace Satin acrylic paints (I used Orange Sherbit, Black Tie, and Turquoise Blue)
As for the actual design…I just eyeballed it! It’s not perfect by any stretch and I could have added propellers, but didn’t. Braden loves them and couldn’t wait to start playing with them after his party! A really inexpensive decoration turned into toy after! If I can do it, so can you!
Since the party was just from 2-4PM and didn’t revolve around a meal (on purpose!) I just did simple food. Cheese, crackers, and sausage, a fruit tray and for treats I did orange and blue chocolate covered pretzel rods and I made marshmallow pops for the first time!
Very easy to do: just melt your chocolate wafers (I got these colored ones at Bulk Barn) in the microwave, insert 1/2 of a paper straw into marshmallow, dip in chocolate, lay to dry on parchment paper – voila! You can also add sprinkles for decorations. I bought colored sugar and it didn’t really “pop” like I’d hoped it would. The kids loved them!
I definitely had way too much food. For a little party like this I’m just going to do a cheese, crackers, and sausage tray and some treats. They barely touched the fruit so I’m just going to keep it simple and will let Braden invite only a few friends next year.