Kara's Party Ideas Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party! | Kara's Party Ideas

This weekend I’m featuring this amazing RAINBOW HOT AIR BALLOON BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Paige Kepner of Paiges of StyleWHAT a party! I absolutely adore everything about this. I’ve been planning my a similar party for my son for the past year {yes, I’m crazy}, so when Paige shared the invitation for this party a while back I fell in love {my party will also have a lot of hot air balloons}.
Here is what Paige submitted about the party- “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!” Party details continued below….
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 Modern Luxe Events.

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
Photos taken by Carly Taylor Photography and edited by Paiges of Style
Cake Pops by kCreative Cake Pops
Macaron Tower, Hot Air Balloon Cookies & Cupcakes: Baked
Fondant Balloon Cake Topper by Modern Luxe Events
Custom Hot Air Balloon Pinata by Whack



1- Visit Paige’s shop HERE & look around…then come back and leave a comment saying what you would buy! 
2- Follow Paiges Of Style on Facebook then come back and leave a comment saying you did so.
3- Facebook or tweet about the giveaway and come back and leave a comment saying you did so.


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  1. Tegan Aubrie | Twelve13 says:

    I have had that specific invitation pinned for my son's 3rd birthday (in January) "Three Ring Circus" for months! I loved the emvelope liner idea as soon as I saw it. Any of the balloon party printables could fit our theme. So cute!

  2. Oh my GOSH! so adorable, love it ALL!

  3. Lynette says:

    The modern holiday collection is so cute!

  4. Lynette says:

    I've been following her on facebook for a while, love her!

  5. Lynette says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  6. brinmurph says:

    Why oh why didn't I see this sooner?! Hosting my daughter's 8th birthday party today, some of these ideas would have been perfect! Rainbow cake. Does it get any cuter?

  7. Heather Miller says:

    I would love to buy the Modern Holiday collection! It is so adorable!

  8. Heather Miller says:

    I liked the Facebook page and left a comment!

  9. anislandlife says:

    I like the modern tea party set…very cute stuff!!

  10. DizzyLizzy says:

    I'd buy the holiday set. But I also love the modern tea party and the hot air balloon b-day party was out of this world amazing! Darling things.

  11. Maiddy says:

    Love the rainbow set.

  12. Maiddy says:

    Left a comment on Paige's page.

  13. Gallamore West says:

    This party is adorable! I love her stuff- I would choose the Monkey/Bananas party in blue for my little boy monkey :)

  14. rilojane says:

    This is one of my all time favorites! Wearing matching fabric for the party? LOVE IT!

    And as for the etsy store- juice box covers? Such a great idea! By far my favorite.

  15. Lunabella says:

    Beautiful!!!!! What an amazing party!!

  16. Lisa says:

    I love the modern chandelier party circles! What a fun party! I have a baby turning 1 in a few months I guess I better start planning ;-)

  17. barneyn says:

    I like the Printable Pastel Tea Party Invitation- DIY

  18. Tasha Eakin Rodgers ([email protected]) says:

    1 – I would love to get the Hot Air Balloon Party Collection!

    2 – I followed Paiges of Style on Facebook and left a comment on her wall!

    3 – I shared the giveaway on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

    Tasha Eakin Rodgers – In Flair Form Design Co.
    [email protected]

  19. Anonymous says:

    I would definitely buy the train party package for my son's birthday….LOVE it!!!!!


    mi3ragamuffins at aol dot com

  20. Alison says:

    I like the Monkey Party Package (Charley's Monkey Party). Everything is so stylish!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I like Printable Monkey Party Package.
    sunnyfarm at inbox dot ru

  22. Anonymous says:

    I liked Paiges of Style of Facebook! I love her party ideas…love, love, love!!!


  23. Anonymous says:

    I shared a link to Paige's fan page on my FB page. I know that my crafty friends will love another site to visit & get inspired to create!


  24. Claudia says:

    I love the party theme, its so colorful and creative! I would love the "ahoy its a boy" party package for my bestfriend's baby shower that I am hosting!! :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    I just looked at the etsy shop and bookmarked it! I am pretty sure I came across her site when I was searching for surprise party themes this summer.

    I would want to buy the train or a custom listing for a cars bday party.


  26. Lyndsie says:

    Following Paige on FB & left a comment :)

  27. Lyndsie says:

    Visited Paige's shop! SOOO much I love! I'm doing a Christmas party this year, so I'd have to go with her Christmas stuff :)

  28. Rach says:

    I would totally buy the darling Super Hero printables! My two year old would be in love!

  29. lori says:

    My favorite is the Modern Holiday collection.

  30. Bolingbroke Family says:

    I really like the hot air balloon party.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I like the printable cupcake wrappers.
    hgrossman at cableone dot net

  32. Jen Jensen says:

    I love the holiday collection or the hot hair balloon invite.

  33. Pam Allen says:

    I just love the Superhero invitations from Paiges of Style! I make capes! http://www.etsy.com/shop/oneplustutu

  34. Pam Allen says:

    I liked and commented on Paiges of Style FB page!

  35. Kim StClair says:

    I liked and commented on Paiges of Style FB & posted the link on my FB! I would love to use her holiday printables!

  36. perezmom says:

    Definitely the Eat Bacon sign – I would blow that up and frame it for my brother! He finds the weirdest bacon presents each year for everyone – bacon lip gloss, bacon salt that I would love to give him a bit of bacon back! And definitely the holiday party – I will be holding three holiday parties so that would a wise choice!

  37. LeeVW says:

    Checked out Paige's Etsy site and I love the Hot Air Ballon theme! I would totally buy the juice box wraps!! Perfect for my girls Wizard of Oz party coming up!!

  38. Donna says:

    I like the Modern Chandelier Party Circles- DIY Printable, Customized

  39. Donna says:

    I like her on FB and said you sent me!
    Donna O'Neil
    [email protected]

  40. Janessa says:

    I Liked her on FB and said you sent me :)
    So in love with this party!!!


  41. kellyH says:

    I love the Sweet Treats sign since I am planning an ice cream theme for my kiddos!

  42. Talia says:

    Hi Kara, just wanted to let you know I left Paige a comment on her FB WALL<3 SHE'S AMAZING* WELL DUH I'M SURE YOU KNOW THATS WHY YOU FEATURED HER HAHAH! :)

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  44. Talia says:

    Ijust tweed'd about this giveaway on my lovely twitter @momshellll HOPEFULLY both Kara and Paige will gain some new followers<3 they both are so talented.. love love both of their blogs!

  45. Kimberly Knight says:

    Kara, you have amazing ideas! Could you tell me what the white layer in your rainbow jello jars is?

  46. Michelle says:

    Actually I would get the hot air balloon package. It is so original! Yes, do enter me in the drawing.