So this year it's balloons. The Free One, who just turned six, has a history of choosing fun and unique birthday themes: Purple Monkeys, Medieval, Angry Birds... This year he chose balloons. How hard can it be to throw a balloon birthday party? Well, it was pretty easy to come up with the ideas, but I had so many that it turned into a lot of work. But as you can see from the pictures; it was all worth it!
First, a balloon party has to have balloons. Lots of balloons!
A balloon themed cake! This picture of my son, that I printed out in three different sizes, inspired the orange and blue colors of the balloons. First, I cut out the pictures with a small box cutter, then, my dad colored the scene on a white piece of paper wrapped over a wooden board. My mom helped me to arrange the ribbons from the cupcakes to the pictures to make it look like he was holding the balloons. The idea for this cupcake arrangement is pretty straightforward, but beware, it's harder to put together than it looks. Have the scotch tape and glue sticks ready.
Decorations: This balloon swag can be made by sticking a paper clip through the ends of a group of four balloons. Once all the bunches are made just thread a string through all the paper clips. Again, it's a simple idea, but it took 5 people to make it happen. Hint: don't try this with out a balloon pump; we had four pumps. By the way, if you fill the balloons with helium, you get an arch! I just used air, because air is free.
Food: All the food was round, like a balloon. Round crackers, baby bell cheese, salami, pepperoni, round slices of ham, baby tomatoes, olives, grapes, oranges rounds, cucumber and carrot coins.
Games: Parachutes are always fun for kids. How much more with water balloons!
Game 2: One person holds a large cup while their partners tries to fill the cup with water using a water squirter. The first one to fill the cup wins. Then they switch sides to make it fair.
Game 3: Good ol' fashioned water fight! I bought 400 water balloons and we filled them all, minus the hand full of factory duds. So, ya, there was a lot of ammunition.
Game 4 (not pictured): Water balloon fragment pick up. Also known as the clean up game. The people who picked up the most balloon fragments won one of the water sticks.
Slip and slide. Here is the birthday boy taking the first turn down the slide.
We ended the balloon party with a literal bang when we popped all of the balloons (There were 150 of them). It was explosive end to a fabulous balloon birthday bash!