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A Hot Air Balloon Birthday

by - Sunday, April 15, 2012

My girl is three! How did that happen? Yesterday she was a little baby that I could hold with one arm and now she's a little girl that will barely sit still long enough for me to give her a hug. This growing up thing can be hard on Mom :(

The little birthday girl loves balloons so we went with a hot air balloon themed birthday. Balloons balloons everywhere! 

Our tiny dining room was the centre of the action. I made some ombre rainbow flag bunting and strung it up corner to corner. Its a bit of a tradition for us take some of the decorations and put them in her bedroom so that's where these will go soon. We took the hot air balloon that was hanging in her room and hung it from the chandelier. It fit perfectly over the cupcake tower. 

I made some hot air balloon toppers for the cupcakes. I baked the cupcakes in these cute baking cups - fun to look at but the cup didn't really peel away and you had to eat the cupcake using a fork. The cotton candy, on the other hand, was a big hit! Puffy bites stuffed into these scalloped popcorn boxes from Creative Bag transformed them into Cotton Candy Clouds. 

Little One still shies away from blowing the candles on the cake
More balloons on top of the cake I made (well, the cake Betty Crocker and I made!). My mom made some of our birthday cakes growing up and it was something I wanted to do for Chloe. Did your mom do that for you too?

I like making themed loot bags. Dollar store balloons stuffed in itty bitty chevron bags, stuffed toys (on clearance after Easter), balloon-themed notebooks from Michaels, and crayons, all packed into a basket box...

...topped with helium-filled balloons held with baker's twine, and you have your own takeaway hot-air balloon :)

We had some silly fun indoors and out. Even Oscar got in on the bubble action.

Big Yellow Balloons!!! I got mine here.

This little girl ran around all day with her cousins and friends, skipped her nap, and stayed up till 9pm hopped up on cupcakes and sugary sweets. Isn't that what birthdays are all about?

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