A Travel-Themed Birthday Party

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Milana turned 5 on October 29th and wanted a pool party. Parties are always a huge deal in our house, and she gets to pick her theme. For her 3rd, she chose an octopus theme (that was her obsession then!), last year was unicorn and rainbows. And this year, much to my delight, she asked for a travel themed party! Everything turned out super cute and I couldn’t be happier with the vendors we used. Read on for some travel party ideas.

Her dessert table turned out super cute! That’s my favorite part of her parties and this year didn’t disappoint. We had a travel themed cake, globe cake pops and travel themed cookies for everyone to enjoy.

travel themed dessert table

globe cake popsWe had globe cake pops that not only looked good, but were very delicious!

And some personalized travel themed cookies:

travel themed cookies

The cake was super cute! It was a small globe cake on top of large suitcase cake.  I sent the baker a picture of an idea and she replicated it exactly like what I showed her! Not only was this cake adorable, it tasted really good too.

travel themed cake suitcase globe

We decided to do simple cupcakes this year, and used airplane toppers to go with the theme.

travel themed cupcakes

We collect postcards from all of our travels, so I decided to make a backdrop out of all the postcards.  I knew I wouldn’t have enough of a variety, so I asked people in various travel groups to send Milana postcards and we got over 100 sent to us! Huge thank you to everyone who sent us one, it made her day and completed the awesome backdrop.

postcard collage

Snacks were presented in a tiny little suitcase:

travel themed party

For favors, I had custom favor bags made out of map fabric, and we put crayons, little passport notebooks, and passport stamp stickers inside.

There were lots of other travel themed decorations throughout as well.

travel themed partytravel themed partyAnd we had travel accents all around:

travel themed party

Her invitation was a boarding pass, and the cutest thing ever!

boarding pass invitation

Prior to the party, I emailed a bunch of different airlines asking them to send her a birthday card.  Most did, but some went above and beyond! JetBlue sent her a gift with some JetBlue promotional items.  United sent her a $50 voucher to use for a future flight. And Southwest sent her this huge poster, signed by their staff. It was the perfect thing to hang at her party!

southwest airlines poster

And here are a couple of photos from the actual party:


We had an awesome time and the birthday girl enjoyed her party immensely.  Just for fun, here are the last two year’s themes.  She started picking her own themes at 3 and we just go with the flow!

octopus themed party

unicorn and rainbow party

Travel themed party wedding


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