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Airplane Themed Baby Shower

I had so much fun putting this airplane themed shower together for my little sister. Her husband is in the air force, and they plan on decorating the baby’s room with airplanes, so we figured the theme was perfect! We held the baby shower just a few days after the 4th of July, so the red/white/blue color scheme worked right in.

I started by designing the invitation in Photoshop. This was so fun to create! I wanted a personal touch on the envelopes, but I have terrible handwriting. So I used me silhouette and sketch pens to address the envelopes in a hand-written font. It literally took forever, but turned out so cute! I’m just sad I never got a picture of it.

Airplane Baby Shower Invitation

We had the baby shower outside in the backyard. It was a beautiful day and we thought the weather was going to cooperate. We were wrong! After eating and playing a few shower games, it started raining. It was a mad dash to get everything inside. We were so thankful for all the guests and their help! We finished with dessert and gifts inside.

Decorations:

We kept the decorations pretty simple, but stuck with the red/white/blue theme. On the tables we used blue tablecloths with white lacy tablecloths on the top, flowers and blue candy. (Because who doesn’t love taffy???)

On the serving table, we had dishes filled with blue and red candy. We put the eating utensils in mason jar mugs. I made little tags to put on the mugs with my silhouette, print and cut feature. The baby bottles with blue candy were used as game prizes.

I also made the “It’s a Boy!” banner that was placed on the gift table. I cut the pieces for this with my silhouette. The banner shape, scalloped edge, white circle, letters and airplane were all cut separately. I then glued everything together and strung it on the same twine I used for the party favors.

We added red and blue balloons to the serving table, gift table, and also in the front of the house.

Food:

The menu for this baby shower was fun to plan. Since the shower was held outdoors, and it was July, we wanted to keep food light and simple with a picnic feel. We had chicken salad sandwiches and sandwiches with deli meat. Both were delicious! We also had pasta salad, chips & strawberry salsa, fruit kabobs and a veggie tray. If you’re looking for a good summer salsa recipe, try this Strawberry Salsa! It’s seriously one of my favorite summer foods. The recipe comes from Six Sisters Stuff and you can find it here. Every time I make it, people are always asking me for the recipe!

To keep with them airplane theme, we really wanted a blue drink. When my mom found these blue sodas, we knew they were perfect! The tags on the sodas are the same ones I used on the eating utensil jars. I also made wraps for the water bottles. They were designed in Photoshop and then cut with the silhouette.

Cupcakes:

Because these cupcakes were SO delicious, they deserve a section all on their own. Here’s the link to my favorite white cupcake recipe, from Recipe Girl. I made a traditional buttercream frosting, and piped it on top. I found a cute cut file in the silhouette store for the scalloped cupcake holders. The airplane cupcake toppers were a little more work than I anticipated, but the turned out so adorable! I cut all the pieces individually with my silhouette, glued them together, then taped them to the stick. My mom also had this super cute cupcake holder that we added red and blue jelly beans to the middle. We also served those little ice cream cups with the wooden spoon. Those are totally nostalgic for me!

Games:

We played a few different games, but this one was a lot of fun. My sister printed out all the letters of “BABY SHOWER” and glued them to the front of the paper bags. The bags were filled with gifts that started with that letter. Guests then had to guess what was in each one, and then the mother-to-be got to open it.

Favors:

For favors I bought white chocolate covered pretzels and the melted blue and red chocolate and piped it onto the pretzels. It didn’t work out quite as well as I expected, but it was good enough! I put the pretzels in little cellophane bags and tied with cute twine with the tag. I made the tags in Silhouette Studio, and used the print and cut feature. It’s amazing how much time using the silhouette can save, so I don’t have to cute everything out by hand!

On a side note, I made these cute monthly baby boy stickers for the mother-to-be’s gift. I love how they turned out. You can read about them here.

Baby Boy Monthly Stickers

 

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