As you all know I have gone a bit Hot Air Balloon themed crazy, so today I am focusing on how you can incorporate Hot Air Balloons into your own party. They are surprisingly relevant to a lot of different themed celebrations and you can use them for an “Up” themed children’s party, an “Oz the Great and Powerful” themed Kansas cookout, a whimsical wedding, a vintage style engagement party or a pastel “up in the clouds” themed baby shower. They add a bit of flightful fancy to any celebration and look damn cute as a decoration.
Now you can get a basic hot air balloon models like I previously blogged about in my article Hot Air Balloon Decorations, but you can go a different approach and focus on a different aspect of the balloon, like the basket or the balloons itself. I found this amazing decoration from Spaceships and Laserbeams, which made the basket of the hot air balloon the centerpiece for the whole party.
Basically, they got a few squares of burlap sacks and sowed them together to make a basket. They then used rope to fix the burlap sacks over the overhanging light fixture, creating a perfect look for the hot air balloon and dim lighted ambiance as well. Finish the look with cute vintage style bunting and big blue helium balloons to be attached to the top of the light fixture and you have your very own hot air balloon coming in for a landing!
Now, if your going for this style of centerpiece, be sure to use simple fabrics and basic decorations for the rest of the party. You want everyone to look at the amazing creation in the middle and by mixing a series of other patterns and bold colours will distract your guests. Do what Spaceships and Laserbeams did and use white cloth and light blue aisle runners to match the balloons and not distract from them.
Kara’s Party Ideas thought that a good way to bring together a Hot Air Balloon theme is to design the dessert table like a paddock that the hot air balloon will be rising from. You can use mini white picket fences as a lining for the cake stands, and you can lay the fake grass on the table for everything to sit on. Include a large hot air balloon decoration in the centre and you have a perfect paddock in which to leave behind on your hot air balloon ride.
To compliment this style of dessert table, use old school sketches as labels, burlap sacks and twine as added decorations, and buy some amazing wooden hot air balloons to use as tags for the dessert tables. If you can’t get your hands on the wooden hot air balloon decorations, make some hot air balloon shaped sugar cookies that will have the same effect. Yum!
You can really get creative with your food too! Little Big Company created a cute pastel “up in the clouds” theme and incorporated the hot air balloons into the designs of their cookies and cupcakes. Use different coloured sugar sheets or fondant to create a deliciously arty design on your dessert table!
If your a little less arty than you would like and have a bit of difficulty with your very finicky fondant, you can do a basic ice on the cookie, and then use a small lined piping bag to create the hot air balloon, like Best Friends For Frosting did. They still look just as cute, and would look great as part of a rainbow theme!
And last, but not least, check out this amazing cake from Cake Decorating that you can make as part of an “Up” themed childrens party, or could incorporate into a hot air balloon themed party. Isn’t it just the cutest?
Well I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can have your own hot air balloon themed parties, and if you do, please let me know! Email me to firstname.lastname@example.org
Up, Up and Away!
xx Courtney xx