Before he hits the road and goes off to see the world, Carter has a second birthday party to celebrate. Rebecca shares: Planes, trains, and automobiles are all favorite toys for Carter so I tried to incorporate all of them into the party.
I hung sky blue and white balloons (no helium) from the ceiling to make it look like the sky. Then I put my grade-school skill of folding paper airplanes to use and hung some of those from the ceiling too. For a tablecloth, I ordered a bunch of transportation die-cuts from Little Extras, and arranged them randomly on top of a sky blue tablecloth. Then on top of all, I laid a huge piece of vinyl (available at fabric stores) to hold the die-cuts in place and make for easy cleanup.
You gotta have something for a bunch of kids to DO at a party, right? Since we had kids of various ages attending, I thought long about an activity that everyone could do. Something easy for little kids, but also fun for the older ones. I decided on The Great Paper Airplane Contest, with prizes for the best decorated and the best in flight. I gave the kids pre-folded planes which they covered with stickers and decorated with crayons. Then they threw them off the top of the deck outside to test their flight skills.
I was inspired by Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book for the cupcake road race. For the middle cupcakes, I made red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Then I used royal icing to make the letters. On the outside, I had chocolate chip cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting. I added a yellow dashed line and gummie cars to make it look like a road.
I received many compliments on the goodie bags, but I have to come clean here. The idea was not mine to claim. I found the idea online (I feel awful for not remembering where!) and made mine to be pretty similar. The suitcases were made from cereal boxes, spray painted brown and embellished with yellow bands and travel stickers. The luggage tags were my own creation though. The "suitcases" were filled with playdough, stickers, and snacks. They turned out great and tied in nicely with the theme.