Bright and Happy Balloon Themed Birthday Party

It’s impossible not to smile when you see this balloon themed birthday party for one-year-old Hudson! You will adore the bright, happy palette of cherry red, tangerine, pool blue and minty aqua, combined with the oodles of balloons reflected in every detail. Hudson’s mom, Courtney Toney of Joyful Joyful Designs, designed this party to be simple, but fun. The invitation Courtney handmade captured the feeling perfectly with patterned balloons on strings popping off of the card. Courtney found so many creative ways to incorporate the balloon idea throughout the party:

Balloon-shaped Food
The lunch spread included balloon shaped sandwiches, balloon kabobs (grapes on a skewer), cherry tomato balloons (stuck onto pretzel sticks) and cheese balloons (circles of cheese stuck onto skewers).

Floating Desserts
The dessert table featured a homemade mini cake for Hudson complete with a mini balloon topper and lots of balloon-shaped treats, like rice krispies treats, cookies, popcorn balls, white chocolate dipped jumbo marshmallows — all on sticks so they float in air! As an extra touch, Courtney placed the balloons into painted boxes with styrofoam at the base, and then filled them with cotton balls to resemble clouds.

In lieu of a guestbook, guests wrote their career predictions for Hudson’s future on little balloon-shaped cut-outs to be saved in his baby book.

Balloon Favors
For favors, Courtney painted clothespins and let each kid choose a balloon or two to take home with them. “I love repurposing decor as favors!”

See all of the beautiful photos by Jackie Wonders below, along with many more sweet details and tips from Courtney!

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Read on for more party details from Courtney Toney of Joyful Joyful Designs:

A special high chair for the birthday boy
“A really special detail to me is the high chair he ate his cake it. It was actually my childhood high chair- I did not even know that my parents still had it! My mom dug it out of the garage and had it painted to match the party. So sweet!”

Kid’s Activity Table:
“I always like to have a couple activities for the younger kids, so I cut a bunch of balloons out of paper and the kiddos decorated them with glitter, stickers and markers and then chose a fun ribbon to tie on. We had the party next to a park, so we also had some balls/lawn games available to play. For the little guys, I put a ton of balloons and bean bags inside of a play pen and let them go to town. Hudson loved it!”

DIY Balloon Centerpieces
“My major DIY project was making balloon centerpieces out of fabric, papier-mâché style.”

Useful tips!
“One big lesson I learned is that you can never have too much helium for a balloon party. We thought we had enough and ran out really early on when setting up for the party. My sweet husband had to run out just before the party started to get more.

“Also, a heads up, mini balloons will not float for long- even when filled with helium. We learned this the hard way- ha! The mini balloons were so cute flying above the tables while tied down to little bean bags I made, however, within 10 minutes they were all down on the table.”

Event Design, Invitation, Decor, Banners, Party Hat, Mini Banner Stands: Joyful Joyful Designs
Photography: Jackie Wonders
Tables, linens and kids table and chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Print (from Hudson’s nursery): Blossom & Vine on Etsy

POSTED IN: First Parties

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  1. 1

    how fun! i love how excited he is about his cake :D

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    Kris says:

    Super cute! Love all the colors.

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    Yay!!!! Thank you so much for featuring our sweet Hudson’s party! We had so much fun celebrating him :)

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    Ryan Larson says:

    Courtney you are so talented AND you guys are adorable. ( :

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    Sonya says:

    What a cute party! I love the high chair, do you know what color paint was used?

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    courtney says:

    Hi Sonya!

    I don’t remember the exact name of the color, but it is martha stewart paint from Home Depot. I hope that helps!

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    EdwardsMommy2 says:

    I looove the Balloon theme since my baby girl isnt “IN” to anything right now!! Im sure she will love the colors and balloons! Great Idea!

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    sweta says:

    Great idea!!! I LOVE everything you have done for this party.You are very talanted. Did you cut those paper balloons by yourself or purchase it? Thanks

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    Lindsay says:

    balloon bday at discovery center

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    Yarmin says:

    Lovely decorations!
    I’m wondering where you got your balloons; they look exceptionally bright and saturated with color. Care to put us on please? :)

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    Celia says:

    I love your highchair. Did you paint it? If so, would you share the color?


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    Lindsay says:

    Where did you get all of your balloon cut outs and banner for this adorable party??

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    Amanda says:

    Did you use a cricut for your decorations? How did you create the invitations? Everything looks amazing!