Come Fly Away!

While grow­ing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I was lucky that my mother worked at the iconic Pan Am air­lines, which was not only a job that she loved, but also pro­vided us with the oppor­tu­nity to travel the world! Though the air­line is no longer in oper­a­tion, we still have many fond mem­o­ries of it and I decided to sur­prise her with a Pan Am-inspired party to cel­e­brate her birth­day and take us all back to the “good ‘ole days”! My excite­ment soared to new heights when the party was fea­tured on the pres­ti­gious and inspir­ing Amy Atlas Events blog! Today I am shar­ing some addi­tional pic­tures and details of our trip. So make sure your seat belts are securely fas­tened, and sit back, relax and enjoy the flight as we fly away!

The dessert table reflected retro Pan Am and air­line motifs with a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” flight sta­tus sign as the back­ground. I also designed the tags and signs with adorable pilot graph­ics from Print Can­dee. The table was anchored by cup­cakes adorned with a vari­ety of Pan Am white and blue bags in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes with the tra­di­tional logo and lug­gage tags. I found these adorable plas­tic dis­play picks from the fab­u­lous Cupkate’s Event Design, which I uti­lized to hold fon­dant air­planes to resem­ble Pan Am model planes. The table was dec­o­rated with metal and plas­tic lug­gage, globes and tins resem­bling air­plane win­dows from the outside.

I made Oreo pops by dip­ping them in choco­late and adding a fon­dant logo with a rib­bon tied to resem­ble flight atten­dant scarves. I think they turned out super cute!
With the pop­u­lar push pops (also from Cupkate’s Event Design), I added blue cot­ton candy from The Dol­lar Tree and white marsh­mal­lows to make “Blue Skies Cot­ton Candy”. I made the mis­take of prepar­ing these the night before, but the fol­low­ing day the cot­ton candy had crys­tal­ized! Luck­ily I had extra and waited until about an hour before the party began to put them together… again. For the clouds, I pur­chased some ghost-shaped marsh­mal­low Peeps (avail­able for Hal­loween!) and cut them out with lit­tle flower metal cutters.
Inside plas­tic travel acces­sories, I stored blue and white candy-covered choco­lates and coins in soap car­ri­ers for “Cur­rency Exchange Chocolates”.
As the guest of honor arrived, my daugh­ter stood out­side await­ing her arrival with a sky bal­loon and a sign with her name as if she were wait­ing for her at the airport!
Guests were greeted by the front door with board­ing passes (you can down­load the Pan Am font on-line), air­plane wings and the chance to “declare” a note to the birth­day girl in Customs.
I gath­ered some props, such as avi­a­tor sun­glasses and a pilot’s cap for guests to take their Pass­port photos.
When it was time for din­ner to be served, the guests found their seats in First Class, which car­ried an air­line pil­low for comfort.
I stacked crates to resem­ble an air­plane din­ing cart along with all the acces­sories for the “In Flight Meal” at their tray tables, includ­ing peanut bags, small bot­tles of faux candy liquor, “Now Board­ing” striped straws (from Green Party Goods) and an “Air Sweet­ness Bag” (instead of sick­ness!) to house their sweets and candy upon their departure.
As we started our descent, the guests stopped by “Bag­gage Claim” to retrieve their favors, includ­ing logo tote bags and lug­gage tags. They were also offered “Amenity Kits” inclu­sive of travel acces­sories, such as sewing kits, tooth­brush hold­ers and lint removers. I used iron-on decals that I printed out for the dif­fer­ent tote bags and air­line pillows.
It was a won­der­ful flight and brought back mem­o­ries in us all of when fly­ing was a spe­cial expe­ri­ence and the des­ti­na­tions seemed mag­i­cal and end­less! Need­less to say, we are so very excited for the new Pan Am show! We’ll def­i­nitely be pre­pared for take off when it debuts on ABC this Sun­day 9/25!

Merci Beau­coup!

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  1. Love, love, LOVE!!!

  2. I’ve been fol­low­ing Amy Atlas’ blog for quite some time, but I’ve never been as awestruck as I was when I saw your Pan Am fea­ture! I am so floored by the incred­i­ble details (and how many of them!) that made this party so spe­cial and fun. It’s obvi­ous that you love com­ing up with these par­ties. Your mom must have been blown away!

    Now, not sur­pris­ingly, I see Amy’s post today and the most adorable part was your fon­dant cup­cake top­pers. You are just explod­ing with tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity! Love your work!!

  3. Lynlee…you are AmAz­ingly Tal­ented! Love all the details!

  4. Thank you SO very much for all your kind and hum­bling words! I am very appre­cia­tive to have sup­port­ers like you and for all the love! Merci beaucoup!!! ♥

  5. And who bet­ter to honor them your mom, you sure spoiled her. I loved the pic­tures, thank you for shar­ing your creativity.

  6. So amaz­ing!! I absolutely love the travel items with stuff in them. Such a cre­ative idea! Keep up the BRILLIANT work!

  7. Pretty, won­der­ful!

  8. Thank you all so much for your sweet and gen­er­ous words!!! It is truly appreciated!

    Luciane ~ Muito obrigada!!! :)

  9. WOW! Insan­ity it’s so cre­ative! M jaw dropped open at every shot.

  10. After see­ing all the pho­tos, I really felt giv­ing you a stand­ing ova­tion! You’re awesome!

  11. Merci beau­coup!!! Can­not thank every­one enough for such kind­ness with your compliments! ♥

  12. Lyn­lee!!!! OMGEE I knew you did fon­dant work but what I didn’t know is your an amaz­ing party designer as well. I am in awe of this party!!! Love every sin­gle detail!

  13. Thank you so very much, Vanessa!!! I adore design­ing par­ties and truly appre­ci­ate your sweet­ness and kind words! ♥

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love a theme party and this one is totally awe­some. You are so very cre­ative and I love all the atten­tion to every detail. Thanks for shar­ing this :)

  15. As a for­mer Pan Am flight attendant…I love it! Wish you were in New York!

  16. Loved, Loved, Loved it! I wish I could “crew tag” every­thing and bring it to New Jer­sey. I also was a for­mer Pan Am stew­ardess, it was a career of a life­time. Much suc­cess and love to Lynlee’s Petite Cakes. BA Miller

  17. Just shared this with my daugh­ter who said she would love to throw a party like this for me (a for­mer PAA flight attendant) :)

  18. This is sooo amaz­ing! I can’t believe I am just now see­ing this party. I would LOVE to share it on my site with your per­mis­sion of course. 😉

  19. How can we get the PDF files for the great print outs?

  20. Dear Lyn­lee, as a for­mer Pan Am crew mem­ber I am smit­ten by your sugar-shrine to Pan Am. As a food edi­tor, I am would love to write about your work. How can I con­tact you?

  21. Lyn­lee, do you speak por­tuguese? I’m a brazil­ian graphic designer and illus­tra­tor who will be 40 years old in Sep­tem­ber. As I love trav­el­ling, this party theme is per­fect for me! I had the idea, but now I came across such a beau­ti­ful cel­e­bra­tion! It really suits me per­fectly as by Sep­tem­ber I’ll have trav­elled to exactly 40 coun­tries! This is absolutely inspir­ing! Thanks for shar­ing this won­der­ful event! Warm regards from sunny Rio de Janeiro!

  22. You are so cre­ative. This year I turn 40th and I have a theme already. For next year, def­i­nitely I am doing this theme. Love Love this! I used to be a flight attendant.


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