Hudson’s 1st Birthday Party: A colorful balloon party

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For my son Hudson’s first birthday party, I wanted to keep it simple, but fun. He is a fan of balloons, so we had a balloon party in colors of cherry red, tangerine, pool blue & a minty green.

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The invitations, which I handmade, had balloons on strings popping off of the card. I loved how they turned out!

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For lunch, we served 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), along with salad and fruit.

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For the dessert table, I made a mini cake for Hudson and had mini vanilla cupcakes, balloon shaped rice krispy treats and cookies, popcorn balls and white chocolate dipped jumbo marshmellows. I painted boxes that I found in the target dollar section and filled them with cotton balls to resemble clouds. I put styrofoam in the bottom of each box so that I could stand the treats in them. I also modge-podged a few jars to use as containers.

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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!

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 At first, he wasn’t so sure about the cake, but he eventually dug in and loved it :)

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I always like to have a couple activities for the 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.

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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 bunch of balloons and bean bags inside of a play pen and let them go to town. Hudson loved it!

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My major DIY project was making balloon centerpieces out of fabric, paper-mache style.

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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. Another lesson learned: when you string a garland of balloons on an outside pergola and it’s a bit windy, chances are they will all pop at some point or another. :)

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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.

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Ha!

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As favors, I painted clothespins and had the kids pick a balloon or two to take home with them. I love repurposing decor as favors!

 

I wanted to do something special along the lines of a guest book. I had guests guess what they think Hudson will be when he grows up. They wrote their answers on little balloon cutouts and I am going to keep them in his baby book :)

 

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We are so blessed by this sweet boy and I am such a proud mama. I love you Hudson!

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A huge thanks to Jackie Wonders for the gorgeous photos and Classic Party Rentals for the tables, linens & kids table & chairs. And a big thank you to our friends Geoff & Holly for letting us use their community clubhouse.

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All banners and similar custom party hats can be ordered through my shop. Just contact me :)

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This party was featured on On To Baby

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  4. Jessi B.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:45 am

    What cutting machine do you use? I love all the balloon paper cutouts. Thanks!

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