A few years ago, I came across some online rant about how birthday parties all seem to need a “theme” these days and asking what happened to good-old balloons and cake birthdays. I took this person’s ire and Zachary’s love of balloons and knew I’d have to host a “balloon-themed” birthday party for his second birthday.
We didn’t do a real party for Z’s birthday—we just had some of the grandparents over for brunch. But I love a reason to get crafty and still wanted to make Z feel like the day was special, so I had to do a few fun things for his birthday brunch.
Balloon Birthday Wreath
Years ago, I covered a straw wreath in burlap and I switch out the decorations for holidays and special occasions. I had the balloon ribbon in my wrapping stash, then I added a few half-inflated a few balloons and made a simple sign with a Cricut machine that I inherited from a wonderfully generous cousin.
Balloon Birthday Cake
Nic and I made fondant balloons for the cake and I cut lemon rinds for the balloon strings. It was a lemon cake with lemon curd and raspberry jam filling and cream cheese frosting.
Chalk Happy Birthday Sign
Last summer, I discovered making chalk signs and LOVE this free, easy and high-impact party decoration.
It was a low-key morning, but Z definitely knew it was his special day. I think a few decorative touches go a long way in impressing a toddler (and grandmothers!).
How adorable is this!? We started the morning by bringing armfuls of balloons into his room and dropping them in the crib. This was a huge hit!