The Balloons & Bubbles Party: Balloon Fun!

The Balloons & Bubbles Party! Starting with the Balloony bits ;)

Bubbles wore a gorgeous dress by Missy Messy that I saved for the party!

First of all, this party was kept a lot smaller than Bubbles' previous ones. We kept it to immediate family and people whom she knows by name and see on a fairly regular basis. I would have loved to invite more people who are special to us, but not having secured a bigger party venue meant that we had to keep the party size modest so that our apartment could accommodate!

I thought hard about how I could have balloon fun without having to include much-loved helium balloons. They would have been a hazard as we have ceiling fans at home.

Here's the result! A little row of 'hot-air balloons'. Each kid got to choose one to call their own! I put in mini Milo packets in every 'basket'. They were a hit with the kiddos too. Unsurprisingly :)

I set up a long, low table at the corridor by joining up 3 big cardboard boxes and covering them up with a checkered plastic sheet. A row of stickers were scattered down the middle.

As our little guests streamed in, they busied themselves decorating their own 'hot-air balloons' with a choice of stickers!

Bubbles' 2-tiered self-decorated cake had some 'balloon treatment' too, with 3 little lollys :) I also made a little scroll that read Happy Birthday Bubbles!

When the cake cutting (and eating) was done, it was time to get messy! I told the parents of our little guests to come prepared with extra sets of clothing. We did balloon painting! Balloons were filled with a little rice for some shakin' good fun, and blown up just a little. The kids then immersed themselves in doing balloon (and the inevitable hand) prints! A few artistically inclined kids were so pleased with their work that they chose to take them home :)

Sticky, gooey, colourful fun!
Most kids ended up with pretty hands like these ;)

Some dear friends brought Bubbles pretty helium balloons too.
They're still holding up strong, and she loves them :)
Next up: The bubbles part of the party!

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The Let's Rock Elmo Giveaway ends next Monday.

19 comments:

Madeline said...

Loved the idea! :)

Dora said...

You're so creative with the "hot air balloon" & Happy Belated 2-year old Birthday to Bubbles :-)

k said...

Love your theme and what wonderful ideas!

mummy of two said...

i really loved your hot air balloons!!!

Anya's mom said...

Oh, hot-air balloons is such a wonderful idea! I mulled over the ceiling fan factor during Anya's first birthday too! And eventually decided to ditch giving children any balloons altogether. What a fine idea!

bookjunkie said...

Love that photo of your little cutie with the helium balloon and you have such fantastic ideas. The balloon rice painting looks like so much fun (I want to do it too) and the sticker hot air balloon idea too.

June said...

This is such a greaaaaat party idea!!! I love the mini hot air ballons!!!And the sticker-DIY thing...Can I steal some of these for Vera's birthday? =P

You're simply amazing, mummy....bubbles is so bbbblessed.

Rachel said...

That's a clever idea with the balloon and stickers...the kids looked like they had a fabulous time. Happy Belated birthday to Bubbles!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Madeline:
Thanks! It was fun putting it all tog :)

Dora:
Aww thanks. I saw a simpler version done so it wasn't an idea from scratch :)

K:
Thank you :) I had fun!

Mummy of Two:
Hee, so did I! They took a bit of time to make, but I had help and it was so satisfying seeing them in a row :)

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Anya's Mom:
Yeah! Ceiling fans really kill the helium balloons idea. Another idea I considered was to hang balloons upside down, and play with colour and placement for impact.

Bookjunkie:
Thanks :) We all had a lot of fun!

June:
OH you are too kind! :) Sure, go ahead to use any of these ideas. I think for their age group stickers are always popular!

Rachel:
They really did enjoy themselves! It was very nice watching them play :)

San said...

Love the balloon colouring and sticker idea!!! Way nice!

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Klessis said...

Kudos to you for putting together such a pretty-looking party! It definitely looked like lots of fun and so much effort put in! =)

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

San:
Thanks! We had fun :)

Klessis:
Thank you! I had to choose stuff that were relatively easy to do as I didn't have much time to prep!

Susan said...

Loved how you thought of all the details to make the theme work. You sue know how to throw a good party!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Susan:
Hee thanks! I really enjoy planning for parties. Just wish I had more time to do it than I currently do!

l e n e y said...

I really like that hot air balloon idea.. I think its fantastic! Well done mummy for pulling an awesome party for bubbles! :)

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Leney:
Thanks dear! I'm pretty sure you'll be throwing awesome parties in the near future too :)

Edmund said...

Wow! Looks like a great party! the kids must have had so much fun :)