Vintage Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday party. Love this theme! Those hot air balloons made with paper lanterns are so awesome! #hot_air_balloons #party

Last year about this time, I was very pregnant and ready to have, what I thought, was a baby boy. We had not officially found out the gender of the baby, but I was convinced the baby was going to be our 3rd boy. After delivering the baby, I about jumped out of the stirrups when the doctor announced, It’s a girl! Davis and I were beyond surprised and completely stoked to add a little girl to our family!

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Vintage Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party. Such an amazing party! Love this hot air balloons, the bunting, and the hot air balloon cake pops.

So here we are, 1 year later and you can imagine how excited I have been to plan my little girl’s 1st birthday party! It took me awhile to come up with the right theme that fit her sweet personality. Then one day I looked at her in her cute little vintage-y red and navy plaid shirt {shown below} and it hit me. A Vintage Hot Air Balloon birthday party would be a perfect fit for my laid-back, happy little baby girl! So that’s what I went with and everything just fell into place.

Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday Party. Love everything about this party!

Now Miss D’s birthday isn’t actually until the 23rd, but my good friends at Silhouette came to my house {I hear they prefer swagger wagons even on vacation… LOL} to see some of my Silhouette crafts. Plus we are literally moving 1 week after her birthday. So I decided to get everything for her party done early and do a photo shoot. That way I could get all my shots done before her official party without the stress of guests. And these pictures are from that photo shoot :)

I found this perfect basket at Target on clearance. Doesn’t it look just like a hot air balloon basket??!  Hot air balloons made from paper lanterns. Such a neat idea! Love this whole party.

One of the most stunning elements of this party, is the hot air balloons I made from paper lanterns. We hung them from the tree with fish line and they floated and danced in the breeze. It looked really neat! {I’ll post a tutorial on the lantern hot air balloons later.}chocolate cake with bunting. Love the tiny hot air balloons! One of my favorite parts of this Vintage Hot Air Balloon Party was the ginormous chocolate cake with the tiny hot air balloon bunting. {see my picture on Instagram} And yes, that lovely cake is the All-American from Costco…Apparently cake shops are rather busy the week before Mother’s Day mixed with graduation, nurses week, and other end of the school year events and weren’t taking orders. So I had to forgo the pink ruffled cake I had imagined and went with this chocolate one from Costco. BUT I honestly think it went so much better with the theme and looked so awesome! Tiny hot air balloon banner. Anything in mini version is so much cuter and this is not an exception! 1st birthday Party hat with felt ball top and gold glitter number. Love the rosette trim around the bottom!

I made this simple paper party hat for the birthday girl. I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut a card stock cone and then I added rosette trim to the bottom, a cream felt ball, and a gold glitter number 1 using Silhouette double-sided adhesive and fine gold glitter.
love me some vintage suit cases! Add in bottle soda and lace and I'm smitten.

I found this adorable blue vintage briefcase at thrift store. Add an eyelet cloth napkin and it was perfect to hold bottled sodas and paper goods. You might also recognize that blue chair from my craft room.

Ric rac pennant banner. Love the papers!  This vintage ric-rac pennant banner is another of my favorite crafts from this party. It turned out so perfect! The papers and the giant rid-rac. Perfection!

blue mason jar drinks with paper straws. Love the colors she used! And of course, we had to have blue mason jars for the drinks! Complete with striped paper straws and tiny flags cut with my Silhouette CAMEO.   Hot air balloon cake pops- cake pops stuck in brownie bites for the basket. Super easy and cute!

These are little ‘hot air balloon cake pops’ made with brownie bites for baskets. Like I said, I had issues with not being able to place an order with a cake shop, so we had to make due with pink Starbucks cake pops and brownie bites from Costco. You gotta do what you gotta do! And sometimes you have to be really creative when it comes to finding the right supplies for your party.
Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party. Loads of awesome ideas and easy crafts to make for it! See this shot on Instagram.

hot-air-balloon-party-8 Here I am with the upcoming birthday girl. Look how big she is!! I have really enjoyed having a little girl. She is a blast to craft for!

Hot Air Balloon Party. This party has so many awesome ideas and DIY party ideas! So that is the Vintage Hot Air Balloon birthday party I styled for my little Miss D. Hope you found some inspiration or just had fun looking at the pictures! If you’d like more Party Ideas, check out my Party Board on Pinterest!

Are you planning a party? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! :)  



Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    this is darling, so feminine and sweet!

  2. 2

    Great theme party – looks awesome! An early Happy Birthday to your little girl, and thanks for sharing this great idea.

  3. 3

    So adorable-I love it!

  4. 4
    Chelle Chapman

    Oh WOW! This is Darling & so usable for any age, really. I LOVE hot air balloons & living in New Mexico where they hold the very well known Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta every October is like being in balloon HEAVEN! Thank you for so many sweet balloon ideas. Also, I am SEW copying the bunting idea, {with your blessing of course}, with the jumbo rick-rack & paper. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! TFS

  5. 5

    These are great party decorations! I just love the tiny hot air balloons on the cake topper. So fun :)

  6. 6
    Tiffany P

    Linda, this party is ADORABLE!!! The ric-rack on the banner is so cute; I will definitely be using that for my next banner. I love everything about the party…especially the darling birthday girl. :) It reminded me that I still haven’t posted pics from my baby girls first birthday. Good luck with her real party and moving!

  7. 7

    Amazing! love the three dimensional hot air balloon bunting.

  8. 8

    What a darling party! I love how you made the hot air balloons from tissue balls and the cake bunting too. Super sweet.

  9. 10

    Wow this is so adorable! I’d love to do a boy version of this! How long did this all take to actually craft and set up? :0

    1. 10.1

      Good question! Umm, set up took about 1.5 hours. Hanging the hot air balloons in the tree was the trickiest part. The time spent creating the crafts, probably 2 hours maybe? I did them over several days, so kinda of hard to know exactly how long. Hope that helps! This would make a great boy party theme as well!

  10. 11

    How incredibly cute! I have been obsessing over hot air balloon decorations lately!

  11. 12
    S. Richins

    So clever and so cute!!!!

  12. 14

    So cute, Linda! Love all the little details!

  13. 15

    Such a fun idea for a party, I love it! Of course, I’m partial to hot air balloons, there is just something so CUTE about them! Love the brownie/cake pops, and those hanging lanterns are pretty fab! You have a lush forest by your home, so nice! PINNING!

  14. 16
    Bromley Carpet Cleaners

    What a great party! The decoration is so cute!

  15. 17

    She is adorable & this is just the sweetest! Every detail. Seems like only yesterday we were waiting on a hotel room to pump & now they are all grown up!

  16. 18
    Sandi P

    So cute, and I so envy you having a little girl after all the boys. I had 5 boys and then gave up trying, but I now have beautiful twin granddaughters, and their mom has wonderful parties for them. I want to show her this for their next party.

  17. 19
    Casandra Singleton

    Hey Super cute party, Thanks for posting now I know what to do for my girls here in a couple months. Can you tell me where you bought the hot air balloons that are hanging on the cake. Thanks in advance.

  18. 20

    That is a beautiful party for a beautiful girl! I love the theme that is outside of the cartoon world. Great job using the Silhouette for all the fun items.

  19. 21

    Where did you find the tiny hot air balloon cake banner? That is so adorable!

  20. 22

    Hello!!! I was just wondering where you got the little baskets for the lanterns or if you made them, how? Thank you!

    1. 22.1

      Hi Krista, They are actually biodegradable seed pots that you can find in store in the spring time :)

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  22. 23
    Omy Hernandez

    Hi! Love the idea. I have a three month old and I would like to do a hot air balloon party. Where can I find the tutorial to do the hot air balloons?

  23. 24

    I absolutely love this. What are the little baskets on the hanging hot air balloons made of and where did you get them. Brilliant idea to hang from the trees.

    1. 24.1

      Thanks, Marcelle! They are actually disposable plant pots I found at Target last year :)

  24. 25

    where did you get the cake garland

    1. 25.1

      I made it with my Silhouette CAMEO :)

  25. 26

    Hi Linda!

    I just adore how you’ve crafted this party! I’d love to do the same theme for my baby girl’s first birthday party, but doubt if I could do so professional a job. Could you please upload tutorials for the cake bunting and hot air balloon lanterns or give me some quick tips? I don’t have much time…Her birthday is in 2 weeks and I’ve just spotted this. Wasn’t planning on a theme at all but this looks too sweet not to attempt! I’d love to at least try my hand and see if I can pull it off.

    Hope to hear back from you!
    Thanks a ton,

  26. 27
    Maura Rafuse

    How did you make the hot air balloon cake topper? I’m currently in a similar cake predicament. I promised a balloon cake only to find out the bakery requires custom orders to be make at least three weeks in advance.

    1. 27.1

      Hi Maura, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the paper air balloons. Silhouette has a 3D air balloon cut file that I used.