25 Jan

REAL PARTIES: Balloons-Themed Birthday

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!


– Photography (with exception of the invite) Courtney Vickers Photography
– All Paperie Designs – Paper & Pigtails
– Large Balloon Cookies – Bees Knees Creative
– Small Sugar Cookies – Better Bit Of Butter
– Large Balloons – Balloon Dealer
– Table Runners – Straight Stitch

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Courtney SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

kisty SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

Kori Clark SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hillary Jo SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

Shannon SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

Carolyn Horten SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

Jen @ Blush SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

claudia @ tini posh SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

Justine SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

Kristy :: Posh Pixels Design Studio SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

straightstitch SAYS:

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!

January 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Tanya Collier SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

artdecodiamonds SAYS:

What lovely pics…. you do a wonderful job!

January 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Jessica SAYS:

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


January 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Nicole @ Chic and Cheap Nursery SAYS:

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

January 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

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

January 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

"H" is for Heather SAYS:

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

January 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

Fashionotes SAYS:

You are amazing at what you do!

January 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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