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!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!