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Airplane Adventure
Birthday Party Planning Guide

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Take your guests on an adventure with fun filled activities and yummy recipes that can’t be beat! Sure to make your little ones day a memorable one for everyone.

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Airplane Adventure Party Supplies, 
Airplane Adventure Favors & Party Activities

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Airplane Adventure Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Pin the Jet on the Runway

This is a great game for a younger crowd, and loads of fun! !

  • White construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, scissors, and tape

Draw and color in an airport runway scene on 1 piece of construction paper. Draw small planes and cut them out (be sure to have enough for all guests).

Now you are ready to play! Place a piece of tape on the back of each plane also write the name of each child on their planes. Place a blindfold over the player’s eyes and gently spin them around three times. The player or players that get their jets on the runway wins a small prize..

Foam Airplane Activity Kit

This is an easy activity that makes the perfect take home gift as well.


Remove piece from package (1 long blue piece, 1 long green piece, 1 short green tail with a slit in the center, 1 red propeller, 1 small white triangular piece, 2 black wheels, 2 small blue pieces, and 2 yellow stars). Lay the long blue piece on a flat surface and glue the propeller on the wider end. Glue the black wheels on each side about 3 inches from the propeller. Turn the blue body of the plane over onto the other side. Glue the white triangle with point facing the propeller. Glue long green piece directly behind the black legs of the plane. Glue 1 small blue piece to each end of the wings then glue the yellow stars on top. Attach the green tail by placing the pointed tail end of the plane through the slit.

Bus, Bus, Plane!

This is a great way to turn a favorite childhood game into a themed party activity!


Have all your little guests sit in a circle leaving enough space between each other to be able to move around. Designate one person to be it or you can start the game. The person that is it walks around touching the top of each person’s head saying “Bus” to each person until they pick someone to be it by saying “Plane”. The person picked chases the other person until they get to open space or they are tagged.

Pilot Photo Booth

  • White butcher paper or sheet
  • Paint, paper, fabric or fabric markers (for decorating background)
  • Digital camera and photographer

Set up your cool photo booth to help your guests remember what fun they had at your birthday. A blank wall or background will do; just find an open space and designate that as your backdrop. Then, using a plain sheet or butcher paper, draw a cockpit scene in the center. (If you’re not comfortable with your drawing skills, search for images for inspiration.) Then assign a photographer, and let guests have their picture taken throughout the party. Add some pilot props such as a hat or sunglasses for your guests to wear in the photos.


Ready for Takeoff Cake

Estimated Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

  • 1-Box cake mix your choice
  • 2-Containers vanilla frosting
  • Black and green food coloring
  • Non-stick rectangle baking pan
  • Flat dish or aluminum foil
  • 2-Mixing bowls
  • 1-Icing bag with a star shaped decorating tip
  • 1-New and clean toy airplane small enough for a cake

Bake cake as directed on the box in a non-stick rectangle baking pan. Cool cake completely and remove from pan and place onto a flat serving dish or aluminum foil. Empty both frosting containers into 2 different bowls and add black food coloring until the frosting has a dark grey color for the runway. Add green food coloring to the other bowl until frosting is grass green. Frost center of the cake with the grey for the runway. Frost each side of the remainder of the cake green. Place remaining amount of green frosting into icing bag and pipe over the green to make the grass pop. Finally place the clean toy airplane in a desired location on the runway.

Fly Away Airplane Sandwiches

Estimated Total Time: 15 minutes

  • Your choice peanut butter and your favorite jelly
  • Bread (enough for your guests)
  • An airplane shaped cookie cutter
  • Serving platter

Spread peanut butter and jelly onto the bread. Cut sandwiches using airplane shaped cookie cutter. Place on a dish and serve.

Reach to the Skies Sugar Cookies

Estimated Total Time: 18 minutes

  • A roll of already made sugar cookie dough
  • A rolling pin
  • Airplane cookie cutter

Roll out cookie dough until dough is slightly thicker than edge of cookie cutter. Cut dough with airplane shaped cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet. Bake as directed on the package. Cool on a wire rack and decorate as desired.

Veggie Platter

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

  • A variety of your favorite vegetables
  • Knife
  • Serving platter

Clean and cut each vegetable into 2 inch pieces. Place around the platter and serve. To add more flavor and appeal to this healthy snack place a container of your favorite dip in the center of the platter.

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