Top Gun Birthday Party

I’m not super proud of how late I am in posting this…but I still think it was a fun party!  Last *ahem* February, I asked some of my friends if anyone was interested in me helping them throw a party for their little one.  At the time I was wanting to build up my portfolio so I could start a party planning business, but that has since fallen to the way-side (fear not! I still plan on doing parties, and my new business venture is in that realm…muhahah…I just don’t want to HAVE TO do it).

Well, one of my friends son’s was getting ready to turn three and offered to let me take over decorate and plan the food for the party.  Since she didn’t care what kind of party it was, I asked what her son was into.  At the time it was planes and guns.  After brainstorming some, I came up with a Top Gun party.  What better way to marry guns and planes?!

His only requirements were a hat and cake.  So easy!  The hats were from Party City embellished with an airplane graphic and mounted on a scalloped cut out (made using my trusty Silhouette!)

The Invitation:

For the party favors we decided to make dog tags with the kids names and call signs from the movies.  I called a local Navy office and asked if they had any lanyards we could have and they hooked this mamma up! Thank you NAVY! We also had to get aviator glasses because- well, it was Top Gun (special thanks to Amy at Buggie and Jellybean for helping me find them! I also used her paper airplane stand idea for some of the planes on the table!)

We also made some totally awesome marshmallow guns (tutorial at The Idea Room).  They were sick.  We set up targets in the backyard and let the kids go to town trying to hit them with their mini marshmallows (Although I am pretty sure the dads had more fun!)

We set up a food table and a dessert table.  For food we grilled and served burgers and hot dogs, chips and dip, fruit and veggies in cups.  I made a birthday banner using my Silhouette that we strung over the food table.

For drinks we served bottled water (we made personalized labels) and strawberry lemonade.




For the dessert table, my awesome hubby created the background (picture in detail at the top).  We served “Great Balls of Fire” Cake Pops, “Bogey” Jello Cups, “Need for Speed” Cookies, Marshmallows Dipped in Chocolate, Rice Crispy Treats, Chocolate Planes and Cake.

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  • Krista

    She did an excellent job with my sons party. It was so professional acme well done. I know I’ll never be able to top it, but it is inspiring.

  • ShannonQualls

    Thank you Krista! It was a pleasure to work with you!

  • Erika

    Hi! 🙂 By any chance do you have a customizable and printable version of the top gun labels to say TOP SON or my sons name?? I am not talented enough to do it myself 🙁 Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • shannonqualls

    I’m sorry I don’t. My husband designed these for this particular party. I hope yours is great!