12 Sep

Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

UM…ya. I am pretty my dying over this ridiculously adorable Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party! Created by talented interior designer/graphic designer Paige of Paiges of Style – in celebration of her daughter Quinne’s first birthday – the level of creativity here is just above and beyond!

The bright, happy colors, the way-too-cute treats (every single one is so creative and can you even believe the level of detail on those cake pops?!), the oodles of DIY details – including a fabulous ruffled burlap backdrop, colorful rainbow ribbon garland, homemade “hot air balloon” table centerpieces, & more – the In-N-Out Burger menu, the matching ruffled rainbow bloomer on the birthday girl … what’s not to love?! As always, Paige tied everything together with coordinating paper details that adorned everything from the french fries to the crayon containers. And guess what…this entire printable paper package is available in her etsy shoppe!

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Read on for more happy, colorful photos + all the creative details, vendor resources/credits, & links to DIY tutorials…

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Paige

“When I started thinking about Quinne’s first birthday, I knew I wanted it to be fun, colorful and be a play on the fact that her first year “had flown by.” I have two girls 16 months apart so Quinne’s first year had been quite a roller coaster!

I love the rainbow color palette but I wanted to incorporate hot pink since she is, after all, a girl! I had so much fun mixing the vintage hot air balloon with more modern chevron stripes and rustic burlap.

I think the invitation is so important and sets the stage for the event. I wanted to include a photo of Quinne but didn’t want it on the invite so I used a photo of her on the envelope liner, our friends loved it! See the tutorial here.

To greet the guests, my husband and his mom made a rainbow balloon arch using a tutorial found on Design Mom. Next, the kids got to pick a party hat with their favorite trim and sign Quinne’s hot air balloon book. Just like Charley’s monkey party, I had our guests sign a children’s book that matches the theme of the party and asked them to predict what Quinne will be when she grows up!

I decided to focus mostly on the dessert table. The colorful chandelier was the starting point and I knew it needed to be grounded with a burlap background. I made both of the exposed layer cakes over a few days before the party… talk about lots of food coloring! Quinne absolutely loved her cake, she even took a break from chowing down to give it a hug – so sweet! (And don’t worry, she didn’t eat the whole thing.) I topped the cake with a darling fondant hot air balloon from Sugar and Stripes Co.

The #1 favorite of our guests were the hot air balloon cake pops. Kris with kCreative Cake Pops exceeded my expectations with the detail on these cake pops. I couldn’t believe the gorgeous colors were and how much they really looked like hot air balloons! Another one of my favorite desserts on the table were the beautiful macaron towers by Baked. Nanci made my vision come to life with the colorful macarons and each color was a different flavor – yum! Nanci also made the gorgeous sugar cookies and red velvet cupcakes, were such a hit. I made the rainbow jello in mason jars (again, over the course of a few days) and used twine to tie colorful mini spoons on the jars.

To take the stress of prepping & serving food during the party, I sent my husband out to pick up burgers and fries from In N Out Burger just before the party started. Our guests LOVED it and it was inexpensive and so easy! Of course, I have to label and repackage everything, so I bought striped candy bags from In the Clear to rewrap the burgers and made paper cones to display the fries in. I displayed the food and drinks on an old door I found on the street in my neighborhood (!) and added the concessions stand banner. I spent about $8 to make the rainbow fabric garland that hung behind the food. I love a custom label so I wrapped the water bottles in custom labels that I sell in my etsy shoppe.

We set up kids-height tables for the kids to eat at and lined the tables with homemade hot air balloons. I spray painted strawberry baskets brown and used twine to tie a helium filled balloon to the basket.

For activities, we hired a family friend who is a professional balloon twister (aka makes balloon animals) at Downtown Disney. The kids LOVED him and all waited in line for their turn. I also had a custom hot air balloon pinata made by Whack. Now it hangs in our playroom and looks so fun! One of my best friends painted the kids faces and we set up our little bounce house. I designed custom coloring pages for the kids. One of my favorite things at the party was the crayons I separated and placed into tomato paste cans with custom labels.

I’ve always got to color coordinate our clothes for the party. I spotted this fabric and knew it was absolutely perfect for our party. I sewed each girl a dress (the morning of the party – crazy I know!) and had custom bloomers made for Quinne by BloominBloomers. And my brave husband sported a matching necktie while I pinned on a flower in the same fabric.”


– Party Design & Styling: Paiges of Style
– Stationery Details: Paiges of Style – available for purchase right here
– Photography: Carly Taylor Photography and edited by Paiges of Style
– Cake Pops: kCreative Cake Pops
– Macaron Tower, Hot Air Balloon Cookies & Cupcakes: Baked
– Fondant Balloon Cake Topper: Sugar and Stripes Co
– Custom Hot Air Balloon Pinata: Whack

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Courtney Jade SAYS:

OMG this party is to DIE FOR!!!! I am in love with EVERYTHING!! Paige you did such an amazing job!!!

September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Melena Ann-Dere Sands SAYS:

Such an amazing party – too many favorites to choose just one! The invitation was gorgeous with it’s genius photo envelope liner. The beautifully colorful dessert table – so yummy! Can’t wait to see Paige’s next party on HWTM!!!

September 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Kari Lemon -the Sweetest Memory SAYS:

Absolutely beautiful. So colorful!

September 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Laura SAYS:

This is the cutest party!!

September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

sonia SAYS:

These photos are amazing…..wonderful party, so colorful!


September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

sonia SAYS:

beautiful photos and party!!!

September 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

julie SAYS:

Wonderful! I want a party like this.

September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

Jodie SAYS:

Hi Paige, I just found your link through Pinterest. I’m from Australia and am just blown away by your rainbow party. I’ve been pinning heaps of rainbow party ideas for my daughter and this definitely exceeds them all. Really unique ideas. Thank you so much for your inspirational efforts from across the world! (and you’re crazy to be sewing the morning of the party!!! that’s what we do as Mums though isn’t it!) Can I ask you where you got your chandelier from too (selfish I know!) xx

September 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Daniell SAYS:

Oh I LUV this entire theme. I was especially moved by the family photo and the one dad and baby took together! that is so cherishable. Thanks for giving us tips on how to re-create this theme!

September 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

Shane SAYS:

I almost cried when I saw this party Idea. My DD is turning 1 next year, I didn’t have anything on mind until now! This is perfect! every detail, the colors, treats! And love that you tell us where to get things and DIY stuff! So doing it!!!! Thank you! Just one more thing! I really would like to know how to do that rainbow jelly in the jar :-D

October 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Shane SAYS:

What about favors?

October 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm


So cute! I want it all! I would be curious though what the grand total of this kind of party would be? Seems like a lot of work and money went into it! I guess that’s why it looks so good!

November 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

Kat Tucker SAYS:

I am really really LOVING all of these details and pictures!! What a great idea, and how beautifully it came out!

Do you remember where you got those plastic balloon bunches that went on top of the cupcakes, by chance?

November 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Janelle SAYS:

Love it! We’ve recently had a hot air balloon party and a rainbow unicorn party, but never thought of a rainbow hot air balloon party! I wrote up both on my blog. Great cakes!

January 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Grace SAYS:

I was wondering where you got the mason jars for the jello

January 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

amanda SAYS:

oh my gosh everything is so cute and colorful. What is the rainbow food in the jar with the spoon attached?? I can’t read the sign!

March 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

Becky Vera SAYS:


April 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm


This is absolutely brilliant!
It just screams… FUN!!!
Love it~

June 30, 2013 at 1:27 am
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