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Hot Air Balloon and Elephant Theme Birthday Party (24 photos)


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My daughter, Madeline, loves balloons and elephants, so naturally, I incorporated them as part of her 2nd birthday invitation design. I used dark brown and pink colors throughout the party and thought they worked well with the simple graphics I designed. These were also used for the pennant banners, signs, cupcake toppers, straw flags, name cards, candy wrappers, and other tags.

Since the number of guests was kept fairly small this year, I kept the amount of candy and dessert to a minimum for the table set-up. I purchased some candy the day after Halloween and took advantage of Target's sale. A couple of bags of specialized candy were purchased from Sweet Factory. I also contacted Brittany at Edible Details to try to match my invitation design on the cupcake fondant toppers and she did wonderful job! I was amazed at how she was able to match the designs and the colors! It was too bad that I didn't get a chance to eat them, but the kids sure looked happy! I also ordered these cute elephant sugar cookies from TSCookies. They were used as decoration pieces on the table and were later given out to the kids. I also purchased a couple of small elephant figurines at Michael's which were on sale ($5/e!) and used my 40% coupons to purchase the candy jars. The 36" pink balloons, milk glass bottles and pink striped straws were purchased from Shop Sweet LuLu (who doesn't shop there?). These massive balloons made such a fantastic impact and definitely helped bring the fun overall look and theme of the party together. Also to my surprise, the chocolate cupcakes that were bought from Vons (a local supermarket), were delightfully moist and delicious. I couldn't believe that they were so inexpensive!

I just loved how everything turned out. This is thanks to my love for throwing parties for my children and it was just a good excuse to do some fun design work! The invitation and coordinating printable designs are now available in my Etsy shop -

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