Vintage plane b-day

Time Flies!! Nothing says it more than celebrating a birthday.  Surae's son, Graham, turned 6 years old on Super Bowl Sunday.

While many people were planning for the big game, we were putting together a 'Super Bowl of a party' of our own. We had some incredible help! We kept it whimsical, yet sophisticated. We almost opted for a red and blue color scheme,  but we wanted to keep it 'vintage-y' so we decided on blue and creamsicle. We think it was such a good decision-- it turned out so charming! Honestly, you can't really go wrong with the 'olden days of time gone by.'

So here's how we did it:

The gorgeous centerpiece is always the cake. The three layered chocalate cake with buttercream frosting, handcrafted by Katelyn Brewer of Sweet Kate Bakery, did not disappoint. This was one substantial, heavy cake... nothing short of first class for our 'passengers.' Katelyn topped off the baby blue and cream cake with a vintage airplane perfectly placed in a pillow of clouds. Yummy! And did we tell you Katelyn delivered? Huge thanks to her for putting the fine details on our party cake, it was simply spectacular. She truly lives up to her 'sweet' name! To learn more about how you can get customized, one-of-a-kind, delicious beauties visit or call her at (801) 358-9450.

With any party you must think beginning to end. So while people ogled over Sweet Kate Bakery's latest creation, we had Angela Ottley of Pink Beehive Cotton Candy, spin her magic to make blue raspberry and honey cotton candy clouds for the kids to pick up at 'baggage claim.'

The kids couldn't WAIT to dive into the sticky, sugary, melty treat! They made such a great touch to the party. We stuffed them into an old vintage suitcase, borrowed from our friend Leslie, or technically, borrowed them from her kids Benny and Ellie who use them as their birthday memory boxes.

The vintage cases and the cotton candy were definitely EYE-candy for all the party-goers.

To order cotton candy for your party, or have Angela bring her machine to you, visit pink or call (801) 915-0943.


We channeled our inner crafty-ness and made these clothespin airplanes.

Materials used: 

(Makes 1 plane).

  • 2 regular sized popsicle sticks
  • 2 small sized popsicle sticks
  • 1 extra small popsicle stick
  • 1 clothespin
  • 1 bead
  • paint
  • glue gun


Easy-peasy with these.

  1. Paint all popsicle sticks whichever color works for your party scheme. 
  2. Once dry, hot glue one regular stick towards the front of the clothespin on top and bottom.
  3. Do the same for the small sticks, towards the back of the clothespin.
  4. Hot glue the extra small stick on the front of the clothespin to make a propeller.
  5. Hot glue one small bead on top of that.

At the last minute, we decided to turn them into magnets so we glued one button sized one on the bottom of the clothespin to make them functional for the fridge.


We were most excited about the lantern clouds. They look so fun, right? The only trick is making sure you have a place to hang them! Our options were limited because of the vaulted ceilings, so we ended up hanging them from the chain of the pendant lights (over the kitchen island) which ended up working out great because the pendants acted as back lights! We had small and medium sized paper lanterns which you can find at the dollar or party store. It's nice to have various cloud sizes so we glued two lanterns together to make larger clouds. 

Materials used: 

(Makes 2 large clouds and 1 small).

  • Polyester fiberfill (2 lbs)
  • 3 medium sized paper lanterns
  • 2 small sized paper lanterns
  • 30 glue sticks
  • Fishing line


  1. Pull on the fiberfill in smaller pieces, similar to pulling apart cotton candy. 
  2. Hot glue the polyester fiberfill over the entire lantern.   
  3. To make the bigger clouds: glue two lanterns together, then cover with fiberfill.  
  4. Use the fishing line to hang them at different levels. 


We love how these turned out! These glass milk bottles from Amazon were our favorite because they came with lids and reusable straws, perfect for the kiddos. We got a sheet of vintage map wrapping paper from Papersource to glue around the glasses. (Insider tip: You can actually find the map wrapping paper at Michaels for only 0.69)!


  1. Cut the wrapping paper into strips, long enough to fit around the glasses. Give yourself enough that it will overlap just a tad. 
  2. Use your hot glue gun to glue the map to itself, (so you can reuse afterwards).
  3. Using cream colored paper, cut 3 propellers for each bottle. 
  4. Glue the propellers onto the map, on the front of the bottle. 
  5. Using leftover beads from your clothespin airplanes, glue 1 in the middle of the propeller to give it the final touch. 


Chalkboard signs add such a nice touch! We wrote the following: 

  • 'Welcome Aboard, Terminal 6' 
  • Flight Training'
  • 'In flight food service'
  • 'Jet Fuel' 
  • 'Baggage Claim' for take home favors
  • Check-in Luggage' for gifts


When it comes to activities, we are minimalists. We feel good company should rule above entertainment and it normally does. At the same time, having one or two simple activities is just fine. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to turn our main entryway into a landing zone at 'Runway 6' for 'flight training' so Surae enlisted her husband to make paper airplanes from a large map. The kids had a blast flying those and styrofoam glider planes they assembled themselves across the runway.


When it comes to parties, Costco is the way to go! We served our 'passengers' a great spread which included Costco's Roasted Chicken and Swiss Roller Platter and a veggie tray. Blue Hawaiian punch made for the perfect 'jet fuel' along with PB & J airplane and cloud sandwiches, made using these cookie cutters. And popcorn because why not? 

You know when you throw a party, something is bound to not go according to plan. But our 'mishap' turned out to be a hit! When our cookie lady got sick, we decided to take things into our own hands and bake. We were originally going to make full size cupcakes, but when neither one of us had the tins we thought we would try the cake pop tin Surae had from a previous party. (Funny side note, she tried her hand at cake pops that one time, but they didn't turn out so great). We got to thinking, instead of full size cupcakes we liked the idea of having bite sized cupcakes, or as we have dubbed them 'cupcake balls' with cloud covered icing. Can we tell you? They were a hit with both the kiddos and adults. Not messy and less guilt. Okay, so McCall made the tiniest mess when making the frosting, but that was because we only had one beater! At least, that's what she's blaming it on.

Here's the cloud frosting recipe we used from Your Cup Of Cake:


  • 8 oz cream cheese, cold (right from the fridge) and don't use low-fat
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream, cold (right from the fridge)


  1. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  2. Add vanilla and heavy whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Pipe onto cupcakes with a small circle tip starting in the center and movie outward to create little "mounds."

The thing about frosting them is to not overthink it! After trying to be too precise with the first couple 'cupcake balls,' we ended up throwing perfection out the window once the song 'All I Do Is Win' by DJ Khaled came on. We immediately found our groove and piping pace when we heard the chorus. So whatever your song is, have fun jamming out while you bake! 


Besides the beautiful blue cotton candy, we put together these cute airplane paper boxes filled with airplane tattoos, chocolate and another homemade mini-clothespin airplane.


At the end of the flight, this little grown up six-year-old was soaring high. We were on cloud 9 for pulling this celebration off and everyone else was flying high... on sugar! Everyone seemed happy, and when the guests, kids and hosts can ALL say they had a good time, that's success!!!


Lucie + Gray