Airplane birthday

Stefan turned 5 two days after Christmas. Having a birthday that close to Christmas requires a lot of planning on my part. So far, we’ve been able to have really fun birthdays.

When I asked Stefan what he wanted he said airplanes. He is into all things that fly.

So this is what I came up with. I decorated the cake with regular icing and then made airplanes, clouds, and his name out of homemade fondant. My icing was too runny so the things on the side slid down, but oh well.

I had the jet plane as part of his gift and I was still trying to figure out what to do to pull it altogether. It came to me the day before. Phew! Brian made me some paper airplanes. I used flower wire to put them on the cake.

We just had a family birthday, and we were glad my sister could be here to add some fun.

After dinner we had a little paper airplane contest. Well, not that we gave out any awards or anything.

We had fun designing our paper airplanes.

Then we flew them all. The birthday boy’s airplane went the farthest. That may or may not have been rigged.

I also hung these airplanes from our ceiling fan. I should have used fishing wire, but I didn’t have any and this was all about using what I had to have a nice, inexpensive party.

We turned the fan on for just a second and had the airplanes flying around. Be careful not to leave it on too long or it will tangle. But it was fun to turn them on a couple of times. The kids loved it!

He loved it! (Even though it looks like he has a horn coming out of his head.)

And presents of course. (And, yes, he thought Olivia got a present because of the pink bag. It wasn’t me, I promise!)

This boy captures my heart. I love, love, love being his Mom.

I can’t believe I have a 5 year old. He has been such a joy to parent, and a blessing in our lives.

And that, my friends, is how you pull off a super fun birthday with a cake and some paper.

He asked for airplanes. He got it.


  1. I love simple, family parties. :) And the cake looks great!

  2. Definitely the best kind of a birthday! And I love that boy, too.

  3. Love it! Sometimes we get so complicated and they don’t even ask for it… :)

  4. I love your cake Johanna! What a fun party:)

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