Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Wednesday, March 16
















The latter part of the La Maisonnette renovation took place during the Summertime, when hot air balloons dotted the blue skies everyday. My youngest daughter was two at the time and would call out "hot balloon" several times a day...and each time held the same amount of excitement as the previous exclamation. It was so, so cute.

We recently looked through some of the many pictures we took during those last months at the cottage and I was reminded of these sweet experiences with her. Since we'd just begun her birthday party planning, it was decided that a "Hot Air Balloon" Birthday Party it would be! This was such a fun party to plan, and it made me nostalgic for those days when she and her two older siblings would hang out on the balcony watching hot air balloons every morning and then again at sunset. I love those memories.

p.s. here is a picture of the balcony by day and by night.
























The inspiration for the color scheme came from this wrapping paper I found in a local children's store called Clover . I loved the stripes, polkadots, and overall vintage look. I had the paper dry-mounted on foam board and originally wanted to use it as a backdrop; however it ended up being the perfect piece for her "pin-the-flag-on-the-hot-air-balloon" game. I cut a kraft brown muffin cup in half and used it for the basket. I free-handed the hot air balloon (as you can tell by it's slightly wobbly shape), and then used pom pom trim for decoration...everywhere :)

I only own a couple of tablecloths, so it's good to have a nice, basic one I can re-use for different occasions. I'm not sure if you remember, but I used this same cloth for my oldest daughter's Paris Party too.













































Cupcake liners doubled as snack cups--choosing colors that coordinated with the hot air balloon paper--and I filled them with little savory snacks my daughter likes to munch on. I had to make some kind of effort to compensate for that huge, chocolate cake she requested!

Lucky for us, a dinner guest who joined us the previous night brought hydrangeas as a hostess gift--so happy to realize they matched the paper too! When it came down to the wire, I realized the table needed some extra pop of color. And speaking of color, how about that giant, red balloon? Totally worth the $12 it cost me--the kids were enamored with a balloon of this size and brought an element of surprise to the party. Plus, it didn't collapse within the day like regular-size helium balloons do. This bad boy is still afloat and continues to bounce around the house...over a week later!













































Little boxes decorated with vintage stamps and twine served as party favors for the little ones. They held little hot air balloon necklaces, which were just vintage pendants I found on Etsy made into a piece of jewelry with the addition of some thin, satin ribbon. They weren't expensive or difficult to create, and my daughter loves having a memento from her birthday party, after the fact.













































There are so many fun ways to recreate a "hot air balloon" party with just Etsy alone--here are some of my favorite finds I just couldn't squeeze in:

tags for invitations / rubber stamp / cards for invitations thank you's / more vintage cards / vintage mug - use as a vase / more tags / tape / vintage stamps for invitations / fabric

Update:  Following the trend of using postage stamps as inspiration, I've posted a few new birthday party ideas

23 comments:

lifeofkevrik said...

This is adorable! I love it. You always create the cutest parties! I think this one is my favorite yet. All the little details are perfect!

Alecia said...

just adorable!!

Girlfrog said...

This is so, so sweet and lovely!

Melanie said...

I always adore your children's parties. I love the invitations and the cake. You have a way of making it look effortless.

{ L } said...

OMGness. I'm in awe. This is incredible! wow. The entire party is charming and perfect. I've never seen anything so unique.

Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet said...

This is so cute! I love the red and white string. Reminds me of those classic milkshake straws

Carrie said...

holy cow. genius.

Kimberly Moore said...

So creative! I loved the party favors with the cute vintage stamps! So well done. You even made gold fish look stylish. :)

Betsy said...

Nice, nice, nice! I'm tucking this idea away for future reference! Absolutely adorable!

Maaike said...

What an amazing party! Love the details...they are adorable.
Have a great day,
love Maaike

Me and Jorge - Amber said...

You always have the best party ideas! This is SO original and brings back good family memories for you all. Love the necklaces! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Huge fan of your site! Can you please tell me where you found the giant balloon?

vanessa joie said...

I love this! it looks so easy but i'm sure it's not. great post,

Anonymous said...

I love your tablecloth. Where did you find it? Thanks! Beautiful party too . . .

Suzanne said...

Your blog is beautiful, glad I found you through Blogger's Blogs of Note! :)

hnqoliveira said...

fantastic

Shana said...

love love love this idea! I have a wedding shower for a friend coming up and this would be the cutest idea for it!

Shana

{lovely little things} said...

What a clever theme!

Wedding Photographer in Arizona said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and had to share this post with my clients as inspiration for their wedding. He proposed to his girlfriend while in a hot air balloon and I photographed their proposal when they landed. Super fab!! <3

stephmodo said...

Thanks everyone! It's so fun to hear your feedback!

Anon: I purchased the balloons at a local party store here in Seattle.

Anon2: I procured the tablecloth in France :(

sheila said...

I love this and will be planning a balloon party soon.
one question.. did you inflate the big red balloon by yourself with a helium tank from the store or did you fill it up at a store and bring it home? I just don't know how strong those store bought helium tanks are sometimes.

stephmodo said...

Sheila, the party store inflated the balloon for me. It was an interesting experience getting it home!

Trish said...

I love the hot air balloon ticket tags - I'm totally planning my future wedding (whenever it might happen!) around a hot air balloon theme so all this stuff is making me giddy :)

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