Best Kids Parties: Balloons and Suckers

My Party

Name: Noah (2)
Location: Sylvania, OH

When we were brainstorming ideas for Noah's 2nd birthday, we tried thinking of some of his favorite things. My husband Justin came up with the idea of "balloons and suckers"- Noah's 2 favorites! From there, a party was born.

After scouring ideas on Pinterest, and creating a whole board dedicated to all things balloon, the color scheme and vision came together.

We decided to have it at our home, so space was limited. Noah also has a January birthday, so going outside in the middle of an Ohio winter was unfortunately not a choice. I knew I wanted balloons all over, mixed with fun streamers and other decorations. The color scheme was inspired from a pair of Noah's pajamas: Orange, Navy, Teal, and Gray. Oddly enough, those colors are very difficult to find in good ole' Toledo, Ohio. Party City had the orange, but nothing else! I ended up finding everything I needed (9" balloons, 17" large balloons (MUCH cheaper than I found online), streamers from a local store called Central Distributing.

I contacted Etsy shop MielleDesigns to customize a balloon invitation with his name and color scheme. Angela did a FABULOUS job!
I knew I wanted a large dessert table full of goodies. We served a variety of orange and blue food/snack choices: goldfish crackers, jello cups, orange + peach cups, Cheetos, cake pops, Rice Krispie treats, suckers, cupcakes with suckers on top, two-tiered color cake, Gatorade, Pixie Sticks, etc.

The kids also received blue party pails full of Noah's favorites: punching balloons, a balloon pump with long balloons, suckers, bubbles, colored pencils/crayons, dot candy, and mini alphabet books. Most of the beautiful packaging and supplies came from Shop Sweet Lulu (striped straws, ice-cream cups, ice-cream spoons, chevron bags).
All of the decorations (food labels, favor tags, Gatorade labels, streamers, piñata, and paper mobiles) were done by me. I followed quite a few tutorials including one from Oh Happy Day on how to make a number piñata - which turned out TOO cute to smash - I ended up just having it as the main décor on our fireplace.

All guests were encouraged to leave a thumbprint on the blank balloon art print. As guests came in, they stamped their print and eventually filled up the strings having the little boy carry a huge bouquet of balloons. This is a lovely keepsake that is now framed in Noah's bedroom!

Overall, the party was a blast! Pinterest saved the day with all of the wonderful ideas I collected there. Noah's big present was a handmade teepee following a tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. Noah probably ate about 20 suckers that day, but he loved every minute of it and so did we!

Source List:
• Striped straws, polka dot ice cream cups, chevron bags, wood ice-cream spoons: Shop Sweet Lulu
•Chocolate chips, orange sprinkles, 2 cookie cutter, cupcake liners, food coloring: Cake Art Supply
• Streamers, balloons (9"/$1.00 per dozen) and 17" (approximately $2.00 per dozen): Central Distributing
• "2" piñata tutorial: Oh Happy Day
• Teepee: supplies from Lowes, tutorial: Sew Mama Sew
• balloon pumps, bubbles, suckers, dot candy, utensils, punching balloons: Dollar Tree
• Sewing Streamers Tutorial: Dana Made It
• plates and napkins: Party City
• Invitations: Mielle Designs
• blue buckets: Target Dollar Spot
• scrapbook paper, colored pencils, sticker: Michaels

Thanks Lindsay!

(Images: Lindsay Templeton)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.