Five Things to do with Balloons


I am a tad too excited to be talking about balloons today! I may have a terrible fear of loud noises, but I absolutely love the look of balloons (as long as they don’t pop!). Up is my favorite movie, after all. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for incorporating balloons into your next party. They no longer have to be relegated to the mailbox out front as a designator of the party’s location, oh no, they are far to fun for just one job!

1. Balloon Chocolate Pudding Cups. Use small balloons as molds for super fun chocolate cups. Once the chocolate is set, pop the balloons and fill the molds with pudding or ice cream for a birthday party treat!

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Chocolate Cups via Bakerella

2. Balloon Save-the-Dates. You may have seen this idea floating around the blogosphere. Incorporating balloons into save-the-dates and party invitations are a fun and interactive way to announce a big event! Guests have to blow up the balloon to read the details printed on them.


Balloon Save-the-Dates by L’Office Optimiste via For Print Only

3. Balloon Place Cards. Simple table tents become whimsical place cards with a balloon strung on each. These are weighed down with yummy candies too, a favor and name card in one… my favorite!

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Balloon Place Cards by Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding

4. Yarn Balloons. Yarn dipped in glue and wrapped around large balloons makes for creative and colorful party decorations and dessert bar backdrops after the balloon itself is popped and removed. You can use any color and hang them in kids rooms after the party ends, too!


Yarn Balloons via Juicy Bits, Tutorial via FamilyFun

5. Hot Air Balloons. I could stare at these all day. Balloons turned into their close cousin, hot air balloons! What a great centerpiece idea for weddigns and baby showers, huh? And if you prefer a DIY hot air balloon that might last a little longer, check out this tutorial for a papier mache version!

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Hot Air Balloon Centerpiece Photos by Logan Cole Photography via Love and Lavender

If that wasn’t enough of a balloon fix, no worries.. I have a few balloon-themed DIY tutorials up my sleeve. And in the meantime, you can also see what Bella, my dog, thought of her Up inspired costume this year.

Have something you’d like to see in the “Five Things to do with…” series? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Emily

    These are so fun! I couldn’t believe the irony of seeing this right after I listed a new Balloon Cake Topper Kit in our shop. Once again – same wavelength. 😉 Balloons are so classic. Love it!

  • Erica

    OMGosh, the hot air balloon idea is A-MAZ-ING!!! Do you have/have you run across tutorials to make the netting to create that?

    • Kelly

      Hi Erica! Aren’t they adorable!? I haven’t seen a tutorial but I imagine you could buy a few of those cotton net bags (for fruit) and turn them into something similar. Let me know if you give it a try!


  • Erica

    I love the hot air balloon centerpieces! So cute for an outdoor wedding and its such an original centerpiece idea.

  • Annie

    Where can I find the netting to make these?

    Thanks for your help!


    • Kelly

      Hi Annie!

      I didn’t make those so I don’t have a specific source for the netting, but I would recommend getting a cotton net bag (often used for carrying/storing fruit) online or at a specialty grocery store and trying that!


  • Yadira

    If you would like to order netting for the hot air ballon centerpiece please contact me at sell each net for $13 each plus shipping contact me.

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