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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