10 Awesome Balloon Ideas that Make Your Party Pop!

10 Awesome Balloon Ideas that Make Your Party Pop!

10 Awesome Balloon Ideas

that Make Your Party Pop!

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Planning a party?  Here are 10 Awesome Party Balloon Ideas that can be adapted to any theme.  Balloons add color and festivity to any party. Plus get the tutorial of our own Ballerina Balloon Column!

Make these fun balloon columns. They are simple, fun, and add to the theme of your special occasion. You can use them beside your food table, at the entrance to your home to greet your guests and more.  This column is part of a set for the Ballerina Party from the Cool Parties 4 Kids collection.


Ballerina Party Balloon Tower

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There are some things that make you smile. This tunnel is one of them.  Can you imagine the delight in children's eyes when they see this?  Yes, this would be an incredible amount of work–enlist friends and family. I want to crawl through this with my grandkids! From Architecture Art Designs.

20 Fabulous Balloon Decorations You Can Get Ideas From For Your Next Celebration

Caterpillar Tunnel

Ice Cream Cone Balloon Anyone?

This ice cis one ice cream cone that will not melt – it might lose air–but it won't create a sticky mess. The shape and colors of this creation just announced all sorts of fun to be had. An excellent entrance piece for and Ice Cream Party.  Use your imagination an I know you could find so many ways to use this fun idea. From Sahifa

HolidayParty24/7 on Instagram: “Ice cream balloon anyone?”

Ice Cream Balloon

aThis is one of the most fun Photo Booth Backdrops I have ever seen!  What fun to have your picture taken in front of this balloon. At the end of the party, I would invite the kids to pick their favorite balloon(s) and take them home and enjoy the balloons with family. his is from Oh Happy Day

Need an interesting balloon backdrop?

Balloon Photobooth Backdrop

Up for an Under the Sea Party?

Octopus Balloons are shown on HomeDecorMagz.  These fun-loving undersea creatures could easily be turned into outer space aliens.  Time for some creative fun? I think so.

Under the Sea Festival - Octopus Balloons!

Pool Party?  Beach Party?  This pineapple is perfect!

Perfect for a summer pool party and beach party themes.  How about a marathon of the Psych series?  Give points to the people that find the pineapple in each episode.  From: Balloon Decorations

Hawaiian Luau Theme - If you've got the patience, I can almost guarantee tha...


Oh, Happy Day offers Great Instructions for this incredibly colorful balloon garland creation. The confetti filling in the clear balloons provides a lot of extra fun!

Link-A-Loon Party Garland | Oh Happy Day!

Water-Balloon fight anyone?

Colorful Balloon Garland

This is perfect for summer fun.  This balloon idea from The Lakeside Collection serves as both decoration and activity.  Hanging water balloons.  Let the kids use a Wiffle Ball Bat or an equivalent and swing away–under supervision of course.

Water Balloon GarlandWater Balloon Pinata


I love this balloon bunting/garland from JoyfullAbode.com is.   It is so simple.  Can you image this balloon bunting/garland int the back yard filled with large glitter or confetti?  What fun to pop the balloons and watch the confetti fill the air for even a brief moment.

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Balloon Bunting/Garland

What a wonderful entrance to a Princess Party!  These balloon towers are simple towers with imaginative turrets and flags. What fun and a wonderful way to set the stage for a great party.  These are from Postris.

Little girls birthday party idea! Looks like a magical and magnificent way to make an entrance.

If you would like some ideas on games for kids, take a look at some Games and Activites.

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Get the 411 on Planning Cool Parties Guide for Kids

Get the 411 on Planning Cool Parties Guide for Kids

Get the 411 on

Birthday Planning Guide for Kids

Get the Birthday Party Planning Guide for Kids– It's time to celebrate another year in the journey of your child's life.

Party Planning Guide for Kid's Parties

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

—Benjamin Franklin

It often seems like party planning can be either so simple or way too complicated.

First of all—You want:

  • Your child to have a great party
  • The guests to have a great experience and enjoy celebrating with your child.
  • By the way, I am sure you don't want to go broke. That comes later. I know because I have four grown children.

So how do you create this remarkable and unique experience for your child?

Having a Birthday Party Planning Guide helps you stay on track so that during the birthday party planning process you can stay focused on the steps necessary to create a wonderful celebration. It is more than helpful-It is necessary.

Certainly, a Birthday Party Planning Guide is essential for the smooth flow of planning for that fantastic and memorable party.  It helps avoid the scattered doing things in a here and there pattern.

A Birthday Party Planning Guide charts a directed, logical planning flow that results in a coordinated and meaningful moment not only for your child but additionally for all those who attend the celebration.  Most significantly, it helps avoid the stress that can accompany party planning.

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Do you want help in planning a party-specific to your child, that reflects the personality and interests of your child?

The Birthday Party Planning Guide for Kids will help you.

Birthday Party Planning Guide for Kids

The Birthday Planning Party Guide will help ensure that your party:

  • Is well-coordinated and well-planned,
  • Fits the needs of your family,
  • Meets the requirements of your party guests
  • Works with your budget
  • Addresses unforeseen circumstances
  • Results in an incredible memory-making celebration you and your child.

                                                            Birthday Party Planning Guide for Kids

Don't panic!

Here are some things to consider when you plan the party so that the experience is a wonderful experience for all those you love and care for.

THEME: A find a quiet time where you and your child can sit down and discuss ideas.

  1. Consider hobbies, favorite movies, books, favorite sports and more
  2. Have fun with your child while making it fun quality time with a favorite snack.
  3. You could consider making it a unique time together by going out for a treat like an Ice Cream Sundae.
  4. Above all, it’s about enjoying your time together.

BUDGET: This needs to near the beginning of the planning process.

  1. By having a longer planning time, you may be able to save more money for the party. You will have more opportunity to find items on sale and have more time for DIY projects.
  2. Planning a party at home can be a money saver.

DATE: Choose a date and time that is good for your birthday child, and also consider:

  1. School events,
  2. Extracurricular events
  3. National Holidays,
  4. Other family events,
  5. Finally, consider different dates that might affect choosing a date and time.


—This is often determined by the ages of the children.

  1. 1st and 2nd Birthday-The party is mainly for the parents. Because of the age of the children, all children should be accompanied by their parents. One hour is often considered appropriate.
  2. But again, this part is mainly for the parents to commemorate the 1st birthday.
  3. Consider nap-time to help ensure a happy event, including both one-year-old children their siblings and parents.

Need to Know tips for a 1st Birthday

  1. Toddlers-Similar guidelines for to those of toddlers.  It is highly recommended for parents to stay with their child during the party. Nap-time should also be a consideration.  Less time is more for young children. HOW MANY CHILDREN SHOULD I INVITE?

— While it is important to realize that the number of guests is often determined by the ages of the children attending, an event that is also a family gathering has a different set of guidelines appropriate for your family.

PARTY DÉCOR: Decide how much you want to DIY.

  1. Decide what do you want or need to purchase?
  2. What can you DIY?  What do you want to DIY?
    While doing things by yourself or with family/friends can take some time, you can often save money while adding that custom element to your party.
    4. Decide how much time you have or need to create items for the party.
    5. You may want to devote your time and money to those things that have that wow factor that will make your party memorable.

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES: Consider the ages and attention spans of the children attending the party.

  1. Will you have enough adult helpers to provide the necessary supervision for the games?
  2. While you consider games/activities that will add to your theme, consider:
  • Do you have space and props needed for the games?
  • Overall, — Do they enhance the theme of your party?
  • And are they age appropriate?

Birthday Party Planning Guide for Kids


  1. Make the Menu Kid Friendly!
  2. Plan enough for children and helper
  3. Consider the time of day for the party, which will help determine the type of menu provided.
  4. Do you want a dessert table instead or would you like include a meal menu dessert and also a dessert table.  How about a healthy snack menu.
  5. How do I determine if people with food allergies or sensitivities will be attending?
  6. Do you need to consider food allergies or sensitivities?
  7. Does the food compliment the theme?
  8. Most Importantly, (for many people) will you have a cake, cupcakes or a combination?


  1. Will you decide to pay for professional entertainment to come to the house?
  2. Would you be able to find neighborhood teens to read and/or act out stories or skits?
  3. Can your games and/or activities also be your entertainment?
  4. Will you provide entertainment as well as games and activities?
  5. If you are providing both entertainment and games/activities, then how will you balance party time and children's' attention?


  1. First, consider the age group you are planning for.
  2. All items should be age-safe and age-appropriate.
  3.  What will you include in the goodie bags?
  4. a.Food/candy items
    b. Coloring books/crayons
    c. Lego blocks or other toys in zip-lock bags
    d. Will your party craft be a substitute for a goodie bag?
    e. Books related to your theme
    f. Finally, What else could you add to enhance the party theme?

GIFTS: Opening gifts-2 schools of thought.

  1. Will you open gifts at the party?
  2.  Or will you choose to open them after the party?
  3. How will you keep track of who gave what?
  4. Lastly, do you provide a “Thank You” with the Goodie bag or send a snail-mail note later?


  1. It’s a good idea to wind your party down so that the children know that it is nearing time to go home.
  2. Will, you read a book?
  3. Could you use a circle activity-quiet game.?
  4. In addition to quiet time games,


If you plan an outdoor party–be prepared for rain or other inclement weather.
Do you have phone numbers readily available for the children in case one feels ill?
Then, there are always unforeseen circumstances, brainstorm so you can be ready for whatever happens.

To summarize…Well, let's keep it simple and…

Let CoolParties4Kids help you create your own custom party!

To sum it up–let CoolParties4Kids.com help you plan an amazing party.  The Party Plans include a mega-collection of printables for you to pick and choose from.  Additionally, menu suggestions and recipes, games and activities, decorating ideas and so much more are included. 

Above all—-Make your next party AMAZING because in these moments–you are creating magical memories.  Enjoy the process!  So next–visit the Shop with a growing collection of amazing party plans.  

Super Simple Dragon Cake-Kids Will Love It!

Super Simple Dragon Cake-Kids Will Love It!

 Create a Super Simple Dragon Cake

That Kids Will Love!

You can bake and decorate this easy Dragon Cake for your child's party.  Even if you are new to cake decorating, you won't look like a beginner with this fun Dragon Cake DIY.

Birthday parties have become a work of art but it is still possible to have a beautiful, stunning party without losing your mind or money. This cake is great for when there is a lack of time to create every single piece of the cake-which I enjoy doing.  There are those times and this was one of them.  People loved it!

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Years ago, my third son had a Medieval Party Theme. I worked so hard on painting a special castle entrance for the house, designed and sewed simple “armor” and so much more.  I just wish I had added this cake to the plan.  It was a great party and the little guys ran around for days playing knight with the favors from the party (all DIY and cost-effective.) more to come on those items later…..

Here's how to create the cake I wish I had for #3's party!

Since I was the only one at this party with a dietary restriction and because we were in a hurry, we went the super simple route.  Normally, I don't use a cake mix, but there are “those times…..”  And this was one of them.  And people loved it, and the kids liked the bright and colorful dragon.  A win/win!

Supplies and materials:

Dragon Ribbon Flames and

  • Cake mix of your choice (plus eggs, oil, and water as needed in the mix) – (there is a Gluten-free Funetti Cake Mix available also)  The Buttermilk Cake recipe would also work well.
  • Icing (again, we purchased the icing and in a vibrant, bright purple)
  • Decorating sprinkle of your choice (included with the icing for this one)
  • Purchased Curling Ribbon bows (for flames and hair-do)
  • Icing eyes (purchased in the cake decorating section of the store)
  • Bundt Cake Pan


  1. Prepare bundt pan according to package directions. You want to make sure this cake does not stick to the pan when unmolding.
  2. Mix cake according to package instructions.
  3. Bake cake – again according to box directions.
  4. When done, remove cake from the oven.
  5. Allow cake to cool on a cooling rack for about 10-20 minutes or according to the package instructions.
  6. When cool, turn upside down on a cooling rack. (Do this by placing a large plate or cooling rack on top of the bundt pan, and then invert the pan in one fluid motion while holding the plate tight to the pan.)
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, cut the cake as shown below.

DIY Dragon Cake

Decorating the Cake

STEP 1: Once the cake has cooled, cut it into 2 pieces, as shown.  One piece is slightly larger than the other.

DIY Dragon cake step 1

STEP 2:  Cut a third piece, a small wedge approximately 3 inches.  In this photo, we have removed the front small piece. It will be used soon.

DIY Drafon cake step 2

STEP 3.  As shown, cut another piece near the back of the cake as shown.  It is approximately the size of piece

DIY Dragon cake step 3

DIY Dragon Cake step 4

DIY Dragon Cake step 6

DIY Dragon Cake step 7

DIY Dragon Cake step 7

DIY Dragon Cake Step 9

DIY Dragon Cake step 10

DIY Dragon Cake step 11

DIY Dragon Cake step 12

How to make the wings:

Using the template provided in the Resource Library, trace the wing onto parchment paper.  Turn the template over and trace again. Melt the purple melts.  VIDEO COMING SOOn.


You can choose to create the dragon with ribbon flames and hair, which is wonderfully bright and colorful.

or you can also use candy melts (using a template in the RESOURCE LIBRARY)  to create a candy spine and the very fun wings.

I used “CHOCO MAKER” to melt the candy melts. It is so easy to use and has a very easy clean-up.  The other tool I used, (which I will always use from now on) is the Pastry Icing Pen–love this tool.  It makes creating smooth lines so easy. (Link coming soon)

Hope you enjoyed seeing how this cake is created.  A picture says 1000 words, especially in this case.  If you have questions please email me at hello@coolparties4kids.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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  Dragon Cake How-to

In the shop (OPENING SOON) coordinating party printables that you can use to make your party extra fun and colorful.

Dragon Mini Candy Bar Wrappers

Enjoy, have fun and make memories,



Talk to you soon<


Plan Family Fun & Special Days for 2019!

Plan Family Fun & Special Days for 2019!

.How to plan a stress-free family year

Would you like to have more fun, less stress and true quality time with your family in 2019?


Plan family fun and special days intentionally.  We always include birthdays and anniversaries, but this year add plan a bit of surprise to your family calendar and include some goofy or unusual days to celebrate for even more fun. You can find some great ideas in the “Plan Intentionally – Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever!”  (a 23-page free resource in the Resource Library)

Plan Your Family Time Intentionally

Here's why it's good to plan your year:

  • Plan for the year.  This is a good time to define your goals for you and your family.  You could create a Family Mission Statement.
  • Through planning, you can:
    • establish your family's goals and priorities
    • recognize commitments and schedule them
    • schedule your year to meet your families needs and wants
    • allow time for a vacation/stay-cation and take advantage of discounts, payments plans, etc.
    • allows giving time to what has to most positive impact for you and your family.


2019 Planning Family Fun

I am a mom of four and was a Cub Scout Leader, 4H leader, and homeschool mom.  There is truth in the saying,  “If momma ain't happy, nobody is happy.”  My experience has been that my mood has a definite impact and my family.  Raise your hand if something always seems to go wrong.  It did when my children were young.  That made planning even more important.  My daughter remembers I had a binder for everything.

I found I was better able to deal with the unexpected if things were otherwise orderly. It's about going from surviving an event to being happy and thriving at and with family events.  Also, laughter helps a lot.

The answer to all of this is planning.

Use planning to cut down on stress. It allows you to examine what is important, and intentionally help create balance in your life.  You can avoid time-consuming mistakes which allow for time for the important things in life.

Planning allows you to better handle unforeseen obstacles or events that always seem to pop-up in life. When you plan ahead, you have some time to handle those “hic-ups” in life.

When you plan your family calendar, it can result in close family relationships. By establishing your goals and priorities, you define what is important to your family.

Preparing for family events together can result in giving children the opportunity to have increased responsibility. This helps them to prepare them for adulthood.

By including children in the planning and preparations, the children become an important part of the family unit.

Planning makes the difference

It's just fun to do things together.

With every member of the family contributing to the celebration, the shared workload seems less.  In the beginning, children may require supervision but in time it will result in their ability to contribute independently.

THE BIG PLUS ABOUT PLANNING is that it results in more free time.

'Necessary, unplanned free time is the result of intentional planning. And everyone needs that unplanned free time to read, daydream and create a multitude of wonderful moments. Click To Tweet

Some Ideas on Planning family Events and Having fun.

Early in the year, find an evening when all the members of your family can make time to be together. Make it a fun time with your favorite foods and plan for the year together.

Make the evening an event.

Serve a Hot Potato Bar or dessert with a Caramel Apple Bar (new food bars coming soon-stay informed with the Positively Party Printables Post-a weekly newsletter). Family times can serve more than one purpose.  Make planning with your family positive by sharing soof together.

Fill in the National Holidays appropriate to your country (US included). Add your birthdays, anniversaries and other important days for you and your family.

Plan making memories 2019

Do you want to establish new traditions?

When my children were young, we played board games. Such fun. (We learned to avoid playing Risk- a long story). Playing board games became a fun habit. We really enjoyed paling board games on New Year's Eve. I remember when the kids brought home some friends from college and we played the games on New Year's Eve.  No Electronics!  We spent the evening talking and catching up on what was happening while they were at school. It is a wonderful memory. Now my adult children will find time to play board games with their family and friends.  A Great Tradition!

What fun traditions would you and your family like to start planning?

The more thorough your calendar-the less chance for confusion down the road. Less confusion, less stress and more time for making memories.

Stay tuned for more planning family fun ideas.

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plan 2019 family memories

Free Merry Christmas Memory Book

Free Merry Christmas Memory Book

To You From Positively Party Printables!

Free Christmas Memory BookOur printable Christmas Memory Book is a fun way to gather together and remember 2018.  Record the memories you and your family created this 2018.  What do you would like to repeat for 2019? Have fun together and make your memories lasting.  During times you want to feel warm and fuzzy, pull the Memory Book out and enjoy.

And the Free Christmas Memory Book is our gift to you is our gift to you.

The 10-page book is downloadable and printable.

Pages include:

  • Cover
  • A page for a photo of your Christmas Tree
  • Your Christmas Menu
  • 2 pages for photos of your friends and family
  • Your Favorite Memories of 2018
  • Favorite Gifts- given
  • Favorite gifts- received
  • Things to remember for 2019
  • Merry Christmas form Positively Party Printables

Free Christmas Memory Book

Each page is simply designed to allow you the freedom of creativity to record your memories.

Photograph your Christmas Tree.  Maybe the kids will want to draw a picture of the tree, the food, friends and family for their very own book.  Make as many as you want. One for the Family.  One for each person in the family.

When you prepare for Christmas 2019, pull the 2018 Memory Book out and remind yourself of what you would like to repeat. What would you like to change? What pictures do you want to make sure you take.  Do you want to make a list of pictures you definitely want? Are there foods you want to try next year?

Use Your Christmas Memory Book to Record the Christmas Memorie of 2018.


The Memory Book is to be used and enjoyed!

Please accept this gift from Positively Party Printables. As we prepare to say “Good-bye” to 2018, let's do it with a fondness for what we have received.   Let's prepare for 2019 and make it the best year ever!

You might enjoy a Hot Cocoa Bar-Create the Ultimate Heart-Warming Winter Treat.

also, here is fun and frugal way to decorate your tree for next year.

Merry Christmas!  Enjoy your Christmas Memory Book.

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