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REAL PARTIES: Balloons-Themed Birthday

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Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

This beautifully designed Balloon-themed Birthday Party by Kori of Paper & Pigtails is sweet, creative, and perfectly suited for a first birthday party! I’m especially in love with the darling balloon-themed cupcake toppers, giant balloon backdrop on the dessert table, and adorable balloon cookies “floating” out of blumeboxes! There are even mini cheese rounds made to look like balloons!

Many elements of this theme would also be perfect for an UP-themed birthday party – or vice versa!

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring pics and all the ultra-creative party details, as told by Kori

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

“I wanted a theme that was ‘simple and sweet in nature’ and had a traditional feel. I also wanted to choose something that my son loved, so after a trip to a friends party where he couldn’t stop laughing at the balloons, I knew that would make the perfect theme!

The party started with the invitation design… a group of perfectly round balloons in front of a soft teal ticking stripe pattern set the tone for the party. We used silver, light teal, and whites to keep it feeling seasonal, youthful, and clean. My friend Courtney Vickers did all of the photography!

For party decorations, I found 36″ balloons in our exact colors, which were used behind the food/dessert table, and throughout the party as well as paper circles we displayed like balloons! I used a blue and white yarn as the balloon strings and in many of the design elements.

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

To create cupcake toppers that coordinated with the invitation and had a handmade feel, I used paper craft circles (cut with a craft punch), double sided tape, and yarn, to create ‘balloon bunch toppers’ that coordinated with the invitation.

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

My favorite aspect of the party was the mini banners that were strung above the food table between the balloons and on his high chair. They were printable banners that I designed to be a little larger than playing cards and strung together with yarn.

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

There were also striped and solid table runners from Straight Stitch for the food table and dining table.

As the party was the middle of the afternoon, we had mainly sweets, with a few appetizers. I made the cake, smash cake, and cupcakes.

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

We had some kids with allergies, so I wanted to make sure they were covered and I figured it would allow me to have a little fun baking. Inspired by the ‘rainbow cakes’ I have seen, I used a bit of food coloring to make our cake and smash cake light blue inside. It was a fun treat when we cut into it!

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

The cakes were topped by fondant circles made by Two Sugar Babies and icing was used for the ‘strings.’ We also had large balloon cookies on sticks made by Bees Knees Creative, ‘circles of air’ {a.k.a. Kix cereal} in paper snack cups for the little ones, and mini sugar cookies made by Better Bit Of Butter, who also used the invitation style to design the cookies!

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Mini round cheeses were stuck onto striped straws to mimic the look of balloons as well…

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

The children played ‘Pin the String on the Balloon’ Even the youngest ones were interested in ‘trying’ to play and watching them ‘help’ one another was just too funny!

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

For favors, we sent each family home with Balloon Cookies on a stick made by Bees Knees Creative and old fashioned ‘punching’ balloons. The balloons were placed in silver glassine bags with labels and a balloon design.

At the end of the day, my ‘baby’ had a wonderful time, and I will remember the sweetness of his first birthday for the rest of our years!

Vendor Credit
By |2018-10-01T04:57:04-07:00January 25th, 2011|First Birthday, Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. kisty January 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Totally love and adore. Sweet. Simple. Perfect presentation. Your little guy is the cutest!

  2. Courtney January 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

    SO Darling Kori! I love Bee’s Knees Creative, their cookies are AMAZING! And Better Bit of Butter is one of my FAVES!

  3. claudia @ tini posh January 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

    LOVE!! So sweet and adorable!! Fantastic job Kori!!

  4. [email protected] By Tammy January 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love how playful the balloons are. Really cute idea.

  5. Kori Clark January 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t even explain in words how excited I am to see you posted my little guys party!

  6. Hillary Jo January 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I just cannot move on after seeing that pennant banner held up with balloons… omg!

  7. Shannon January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    That party is soooo gorgeous Kori! Holden is one lucky little man!

  8. Carolyn Horten January 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Too sweet for a boys firtst birthday! Love it and Love Kori!

  9. Jen @ Blush January 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Love this, Kori! The cupcake toppers are adorable. You are one creative mama!!

  10. Justine January 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    i’m really loving this! such a playful & creative party… makes me wish i was invited :) hehe.

  11. Kristy :: Posh Pixels Design Studio January 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Loooove this!! Fabulous job, Kori! Sooo adorable! xo

  12. Rowaida Flayhan January 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    What a beautiful and creative party everything looks so beautiful and detailed

  13. straightstitch January 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I have enjoyed all the fun pictures. This must have been a fun party. I am getting excited and keeping this in mind since our first grandson will be joining our family in March. You did a fantastic job!

  14. Tanya Collier January 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful details! But I especially love the little balloon cupcake toppers! x

  15. artdecodiamonds January 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    What lovely pics…. you do a wonderful job!

  16. Jessica January 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    What type of camera was used to take these amazing photos?


  17. Nicole @ Chic and Cheap Nursery January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    What a gorgeous party! I love all of the beautiful details. Especially the banners :)

  18. Kim - The TomKat Studio January 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

    So beautiful, Kori! Every detail is absolutely gorgeous!! WOW!

  19. "H" is for Heather January 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I loved the idea of a balloon theme, but the fact that it was done for a Holden was just perfect, since the birthday party I was planning was for my son, Holden! I might change up the colors depending on the venue, but I love everything else! Thanks so much for sharing!! <3

  20. Fashionotes January 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    You are amazing at what you do!

  21. eileen January 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    SO adorable…the cake is perfect & the color scheme is just about the prettiest ever!! What an imaginative party :)

  22. Jewellers January 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Love the balloon cupcake topper, so cute. Colour looks amazing too.

  23. Tiffany Ashley January 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Way to go Kori!! Absolutely perfect in every way~



  24. Michelle January 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    this is adorable for a little kid :)

  25. thesymmetricswan.com/ January 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the mini round cheeses!

  26. leeza February 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    LOVE your creativeness! Each and every party has a unique twist to it.
    I am planning a birthday party for my daughter who will be turning 3 and my nephew who will be turning 7 in May.
    Any suggestions for a modern party?
    An idea I had was pom poms and balls? What do you think?

  27. Stephanie March 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I love this idea! I am featuring it on somewhatsimple.com tomorrow (Monday). Thanks for the inspiration! -Steph

  28. Amy November 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Love this party idea! How did you create the printables? Is there a certain software you used? I would love to be able to do something like this for my children’s parties. Thanks!!!

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