Thursday, May 28, 2009

Have an “Up” Party This Summer with Lots of Balloons!

This is the start of party season! Graduations, Father’s Day, Independence Day, summer barbecues, family reunions and vacations all warrant a fun party. If you’ve got kids at home with summer birthdays, most likely you’ll be looking for party ideas. Penny Warner from Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits sent me the following simple and easy tips on how to throw a party based on the upcoming Pixar film, Up. My kids and I have been watching the trailers for this movie, and it looks like a film we’re all going to enjoy. Also, we recently picked up a Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kit at our local Kmart and were amazed at how easy it is to use! No more standing in line at the store for us to wait for someone to blow up a bunch of balloons and try to get them home. The award-winning Balloon Time Kit came with a helium-filled tank, balloons and ribbon. No assembly was required … just “blow and go”! It was awesome! And so are these great party ideas …

Tips for Throwing a Themed “Up,” The Movie Party
By Penny Warner with Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits

If one of your children has a birthday coming up, build a party theme around Disney© Pixar’s new movie, “Up.” This delightful computer-animated 3-D film features the adventures of an old man named Carl and an eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Together they meet up with unexpected villains and escape wild jungle animals -- all while traveling in a house floating from a bunch of helium-inflated balloons!

Invitations: Build your own floating house

Cut out house-shaped cards, decorate them to look like the party house, and write the address on the front. On the back, add the party details. Inflate a balloon with helium using a Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kit, tie the house card to the balloon with string, and hand deliver to your guests.

Decorations: Inflate the partygoers with fun
Fill the room with helium balloons but personalize them with pictures of the guests flying around the room! Photocopy their yearbook photos onto lightweight paper and cut out the faces. Cut out paper doll bodies from posterboard and glue the faces onto the bodies. Inflate a bunch of balloons with helium and tie each of the “guests” to a balloon bouquet. Then watch them float around the party!

Games & Activities: Bunches of balloons
Balloons are always a hit with kids! Play several balloon-related games and activities in keeping with the theme, to entertain the guests:

Balloon Launch.
Inflate about 20 balloons with helium. Collect 20 lightweight objects, such as a sponge, an action figure, a plastic spoon and so on. Place them in the middle of the room. Divide the group into two teams and give each team 10 balloons, tied together in a bunch, with ribbon dangling. Have the teams race to choose objects from the pile and tie them onto the strings. The goal is to tie the MOST objects to the balloon bunch and STILL keep it floating!

Balloon Attack.
Use the Balloon Time Party Create-A-Face Sticker Kit to inflate a bunch of balloons with helium and use the stickers to give each balloon its own, scary face. Tie ribbons to the balloons, short enough to make the kids jump to reach them, and let the balloons float on the ceiling. Divide into two teams. On the word, “Attack!” have one player from each team jump up and grab a balloon string, and then try to pop the balloon as quickly as possible - by sitting on it, stepping on it and so on. As soon as a player has popped a balloon, he or she must run back to the team and tap the next player in line to pop a balloon. The team that finishes popping all the balloons first wins!

Balloon Collector. Inflate 15 to 20 balloons with helium. Select a player, set a timer for two minutes, and then have the player try to hold onto as many balloons as he or she can - stuffed in a shirt, under the arms, between the legs, under the neck, and so on. At the end of two minutes, count how many balloons the player has managed to hold onto. The player with the biggest balloon total wins the game. Meanwhile, the onlookers get to enjoy the hilarious antics of each player!

Balloon Posse. Divide the group into two teams, each representing one color. Blow up enough balloons for each player to have one balloon in his or her team’s color. Set up an obstacle course in the party room or yard, with small tables, chairs, large boxes and so on. Line up teams and give one player from each team a broom and a balloon in the team color. Players must race to get their balloons through the obstacle course using only the broom. The first team to complete the race wins.

Refreshments: Re-inflate the fun with themed snacks

In keeping with the balloon theme, serve your guests round snacks, like cheese and crackers, and balloon-shaped sandwiches using a cookie cutter. For a balloon birthday cake, bake three round cakes, set them together to form a balloon bouquet, and frost them red, blue, and yellow. Use licorice whips as strings.

Favors: Send the guests up, up and away
Insert a small toy inside a dark-colored balloon. Inflate the balloons with helium to use as decorations at the party. When the party is over, have the kids choose a balloon and pop it to find the surprise inside!

Visit to find more great party ideas, a Balloon Time retailer near you, and a coupon for $2 off a Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kit! There are several different kits to choose from. Have a great party!

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