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Owen’s Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party


I wanted Owen's first birthday to be unique and special, while using as little money as possible. My goal was to decorate with things I already had in the house, buying only a few basic necessities. The result was a very simple, handmade party... nothing extravagant or expensive, just a sweet little celebration of our baby's first year.

Design Inspiration

The little graphic on the invitations inspired the entire party. I didn't want it to feel overly themed - just light and fun.

Decorating Style

I'd much rather make things than buy them. I'm a cheap DIY-er who likes old-fashioned things.

Project Details

Invitation - DIY in Photoshop, printed on cardstock; copied from an Instagram I can't seem to find anymore :/


Orange Envelopes - Office Max

Big Hot Air Balloon - DIY; Japanese paper lantern, colored tissue paper for the stripes, yarn, half an oatmeal container for the basket  


Circle Garlands - DIY


Party Hat - free printable from, DIY yarn pompom


Little Hot Air Balloons - DIY; mini Japanese lanterns, mini cupcake liners


Cake Topper - DIY; mini Japanese lantern, toothpicks, mini cupcake


Pretzel Hugs -


Popcorn Containers - Target


Stripey Straws - Target


Favorite Items

The big hot air balloon is my favorite... I spent the most time making that. I also loved Owen's face when he saw the party favors (helium balloons tied to animal cracker boxes) sitting all in a row - balloons just make everybody happy.


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