Airline Themed Party!!

Hello and Happy Weekend!!
Today I'm sharing all of the details from last weekend's airline themed retirement party!! My mom and I spent months planning and putting together the perfect retirement party for my dad who has been flying planes since 1975. 
Read on if you want tips on how you can plan your own airline themed party!

  First of all, how awesome is this cake?! We knew we needed some themed food for the party and this cake shaped like a pilot's shirt was perfect! We were able to get it made at our local grocery store (Hy-Vee). It's a 1/4 sheet cake covered in fondant!

For food and drinks - we purchased small white trays and mini plastic cups from Party City for appetizers! My mom made shrimp, won-tons, meatballs that fit perfectly in the cups. We had a family friend serve as bartender and cut up lemon and lime slices to give the drinks a special touch.

Flight Attendants
 To make the party extra special, we surprised my dad with flight attendants!! My parents met when my mom was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines so she has many friends who are current or retired flight attendants. Many of them had uniforms from throughout the years and it was SO FUN to see the look on the party guests' faces when the flight attendants started passing out appetizers!!
One of the flight attendants even had an old beverage cart we could use for the party! 

 Personalized Items
If you've seen any other of my party posts, you know I love a good theme! My mom made these personalized water bottles by cutting a map decal (from Home Depot) as the same size as the original bottle labels.
I put together these in-flight snacks for the flight attendants to pass out! We filled ziploc bags with pretzels and pub mix and stapled on personalized labels - full tutorial on these coming soon!

I also put together these DIY photo centerpieces with photos from throughout my dad's flying career!! Each table had a different theme: I had an Air Force Table to show the start of his career, while the rest of the tables represented different places he often traveled to. I went to World Market for food from different countries to add to the tables. I added bags of Stroopwafels to the "Amsterdam" table and green tea Kit Kats to the "Japan" table.

We had my [super artistic] cousin make these fun signs to hang around the party!! 

Congrats to this guy on a successful career!! I have a feeling you're really going to enjoy retirement!! :)

Thanks for reading my post! I hope these ideas help with your next airline themed party!! :)

XOXO, Karly

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