Kara's Party Ideas Top Gun Themed Birthday Party

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Are you feeling the need for speed?!  If so, this promising Top Gun Party submitted by Emily Klaparda out of Los Angeles California is sure to have all that you need and more!

Top Gun Themed Birthday Party

Who doesn’t love fighter jets? With a name like Maverick you just can’t pass this awesome party idea by! In fact, with a little classic Tom Cruise, this party could be fun for a 30th birthday party with a bunch of your besties! It is a very versatile party!

The details that will fly right on by you if you aren’t paying attention include:

  • Fabulous Top Gun-inspired cake
  • Aviator glasses & fighter jets printed on paper plates
  • Darling Top Gun inspired stationery
  • Fun aviator banners
  • Patriotic red, white, and blue decor items
  • Plus a cute “sky” scene hung overhead, complete with fighter jets and clouds!

Vendors:

Party signage, graphics, invitations and banners: Emily Klaparda
Cake topper – fighter jet, aviator sunglasses, dog tags: Les Pop Sweets
Aviator Glasses and Fighter Jet Banners: Emily Klaparda
Wall Decals (Fighter Jets, Aircraft Carrier):The Vinyl Mill and Chic Walls
Custom Family T-shirts: Uber Prints
Fighter jet balloons: Amazon
Favor bags and signs – Emily Klaparda

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Top Gun Party Details:

This is what Emily said about planning the party-

“Project Description:
When you name your son Maverick – well, at some point, you need to throw him a “Top Gun” themed party. You just have to. So, for Mav’s 2nd birthday we did just that. No, he has never seen the movie, but he loves airplanes, and birthday cake, so I thought, why not? And us adults loved the fact that we could get our party jam on with the Top Gun Soundtrack!

My Design Inspiration:
I watched (and re-watched) one of my husband and I’s all-time favorite movies, Top Gun, to get most of my inspiration for the party – quotes (most of which I already knew), style, etc. I knew I wanted to do a red, white, and blue color scheme – this way I could re-use a lot of my Fourth of July decor as well!

Party Style:
I used simple silhouettes of fighter jets, aviator sunglasses, and aircraft carriers. I also incorporated stars and American Flags for that “All-American” feel.

My Favorite Items:
I made our entire family personalized shirts that said “Maverick’s Wingman” – it was so much fun!
The party favors were pint-sized aviator sunglasses and personalized dog tags that read “Thanks for being my Wingman.” So fun!!
I also loved creating the “sky scene” in the dining room – I used cardboard fighter jets (spray painted in metallic silver), pillow batting for clouds, and light blue tulle for the sky.

My Advice:
I used party colors that i knew I could re-use! the red, white, and blue theme meant I use a bunch of my 4th of July gear!
The “Top Gun” theme turned out to be a great way to bridge the party from kids to adults – everyone had fun!”

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4 Comments
  1. Keisha Adkins says:

    Can you please tell me where you found the plates at? Thank you!

  2. Jessica says:

    Love this party! Can you share any of your templates?

    • Mandy Bradshaw says:

      This reply was in the original party post that the party stylist posted on Project Nursery:
      Hi everyone! First of all let me say that I am truly so sorry for not responding to the questions – I am not notified that there are questions. I would have to manually come back to my post and keep checking it, which I rarely do, so that I why I haven’t responded. Project Nursery actually just contacted me to let me know there were a bunch of questions.

      I am going to try to answer most of the questions above.
      1. All of the little 4 x 6 red, white and blue frames are from IKEA
      2. Unfortunately I do not do designs or printables for sale.
      3. I just purchased plain cups and plates, then I cut out the airplane or aviators icon out of sticky-back vinyl and applied the “stickers” to the plates, cups, aviators banner, etc. So, these things were DIY, you won’t be able to find this in a store.
      4. I didn’t have actual dog tags, only ones made out of fondant that were on the cake, but I’m sure you could find them on Oriental Trading or a similar website.

      Hope this answers most of the questions. So sorry if this isn’t timely enough for your party.

  3. davina says:

    who printed the paper plates and cups and was that separate from the design?