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Misha’s Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday


Balloon-loving baby Misha got the first birthday party of her mom’s dreams when we pulled together a hot air balloon themed bash. With a wide open lawn and amazing ocean view, the Bel Air Bay Club provided the perfect backdrop for the girly affair.

A mini hot air balloon at the party entrance set the stage for what was to come, and made a fabulous photo booth. Mint green and purple balloons were netted and attached to baskets of flowers as centerpieces for the adult and kids tables. Die-cut balloons were tied to the adorable pink kiddie chairs with purple tulle sashes. Mimicking the large balloon, the sweets table-- a lemonade stand borrowed from a family friend-- was adorned with the same fabric treatment, to give it a hot air balloon vibe. Hot air balloon garland made of die-cut balloons in various sizes and patterns hung on the buffet and looked like a balloon race.

Kids big and small were not at a loss for entertainment! In addition to a bouncy house for big brother Milan & his friends, mom also got a pirate character to lead the boys on a scavenger hunt armed with balloon swords. A bunny petting zoo, silhouette artist and a floral station where guests could make flower crowns, were unique and fun options to keep guests busy. Everyone enjoyed the concert and music lesson given by one of Milan’s teachers. Misha especially enjoyed the bubbles that flew through the air during the show.

In addition to flower crowns and silhouettes, the babies were gifted with personalized piggy banks and bigger kids received gumball machines filled with pretzel M & Ms.


Design Inspiration

Misha loves balloons, so a hot air balloon party seemed like such a fun way to celebrate the milestone.

Decorating Style

Colorful with a shabby chic/vintage edge

Project Details

Party Design & Coordination: Sweet Pea Parties

Venue: Bel Air Bay Club

Photography: Genevieve Elaine Photography

Balloon Décor: Any Occasion Balloons

Florist/Floral Crowns: Flower Duet

Silhouette Artist: Leslie Stone

Bunny Zoo: Reptacular Animals 

Event Rentals: Alex Party Rentals

Musicians: Creative Seeds

Pirate Character: Zebra Entertainment

Cake: Susie Cakes

Favorite Items

The giant balloon photo "booth" was amazing!

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