Yesturday was my little sister's 22nd birthday.  While she didn't want anything big, just a few friends over for dinner, I still wanted to make the celebration a little bit special.  I was really inspired by Erin's pizza station at her last shindig.  I went with the idea of a homemade birthday using paper and bright colors as the main decor staple.  It ended up being a great day. Here is a peek:

Can't get over how fun these massive balloons are.  Any excuse I want one. They make pictures look so much more fun.
I used fabric scraps at the ribbon to add a homemade feel.

Attached was a gift tag and an envelope to put the gift.  I gave cash,but a gift card or card would work too.  Just make sure the balloon is secure because it would be terrible if a gift flew away!
Handwritten signs were EVERYWHERE.
By the end of the day these tables were covered in doodles and messages to the birthday girl.  Super fun idea.
Such a cost effective way to decorate!  The entire roll of white paper was only $7 at Staples.
OMG seriously obsessed with these colored buckets!  Perfect shades and will look so cute in my craft room.
Drinks always taste better from a bottle.  SO cute and made everyone feel cooler.

My less fancy version of Erin's pizza station.
Asians do sweets right.
This mosquito net did wonders for keeping the cake free of flies.

We created a space for people to lounge in the yard.



  1. You are such a sweet sister. I love those huge balloons! where did you get it? I love the geronimo ones but they are so expensive...I like the ribbons that you added...perfect. and that cake seems so yummy! is that meringue I'm spying as frosting? Beautiful celebration

    1. Believe it or not I found this balloon at Party America. They weren't on display but I asked if they had them. The frosting is actually a whipped cream based frosting, but Meringue would have been a really good idea!

  2. That is one huge balloon!

    Also, I am so stealing your hotdog bar idea when we have guests over. :)

  3. Seems so so fun! Hope she had a good birthday!
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  4. this is too cute! you are such a considerate sister :) and that cake? that looks ahmazzzing!!!!


  5. Awww you did such a cute job of decorating. I love the idea of just handwriting everywhere! And seriously, that baloon is AMAZONG! Love the ties you used on it too.

    Holly Foxen Wells

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  7. SO CUTE! Love it :) Also just wanted to say thanks for the referral! :)

  8. love this post! thats such a cute birthday party! Have a happy Tuesday and be sure to enter to win a custom made shot glass! .

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