Several months ago I decided I wanted to do a vintage airplane theme for his birthday (since the kid has been on more planes in one year than many people I know!). I enlisted the help of one of my best friends, Jenny, who designs cards and invitations and whatnot. She is super creative, and was able to take examples of things I'd seen (hello, Pinterest!) and turn them into the perfect invitation, decorations, etc. for Liam's party.
After going back and forth on locations for the birthday party, I finally had the brilliant idea late one night to have it at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant in Atlanta. Keith and I used to go there for their amazing Sunday brunch back when we were dating, and the place is SO cool. It's actually at Peachtree-Dekalb Airport and the restaurant overlooks the airfield and runways. There are also old planes parked around and the inside is decorated with WWII-esque memorabilia, pictures, and style. It was the perfect location for an airplane party!
|Hummus with pita airplanes : )|
|"Baggage Claim" -- inside the suitcases were homemade cookies with a picture of Liam in a refrigerator magnet|
|Kids' goodie bags filled with lots of aviation surprises!|
|Just an example of how some of the cookies were decorated!|
|Liam's smash cake!|
|He was mad because he had to wait for a candle!|
|Mom showing him the icing|
|Hmmm, I think I like this!|
|getting cleaned up|
After cake, Liam opened a few presents, but the one he considered to be the best was a huge bag that his gift from Adrian came in! He carried that bag around the restaurant for the rest of the party! It really is true that kids love the boxes and bags gifts come in more than the gift itself!
|me showing Liam other presents, but he just wants the bag!|
All in all, it was a great day, and I am so appreciative to the family and friends who came to celebrate my little guy's first birthday. It was a party I'll never forget -- and although Liam won't remember any of this, I did make a little keepsake box where I put his invitations, decorations, cards, and other mementos from the day . . . perhaps I'll give it to him for his 18th birthday?
|Liam with his Great Grammy|
|Gram Gram and Pop Pop|
|I love my family!|