Anyway, whilst in PartyCity, I spotted a box of balloons (30 balloons with a disposable helium tank & string) for $29.99. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this. Since we were not having a party for him, I wanted to at least give him something even more precious and memorable (hopefully he remembers!!) I once saw this in a movie or show, I cannot remember but I knew when the time came I would try this. This kit came with stickers to create faces on the balloons (which I did not use, didn't want to scare him early in the morning with a bunch of faces looking at him.) There are other kits that are much cheaper like $19.99 for the same amount of balloons and tank minus the stickers.
Things you will need:
- Balloon kit with helium & strings
- Clear wide packaging tape
- Birthday kid
While he was sleeping in another room, we blew up about 15 or 18 of the balloons and placed them around the room. I used clear packaging tape to tape the strings to the floor, carpet, bed post and nightstands. I used long pieces of strings on the balloons but when I placed them all over the room, I cut the extra off after I taped them down. Don't want the kid tripping on the strings right? Also keep in mind that when he/she gets out of bed, that there is a path for him/her to walk around. Vary the heights of the balloons almost creating a forest with them and try to keep some balloons at their eye level.
After carefully placing all the balloons in his room, I put him in his bed and waited for the morning.
I think I was more excited than he was. Wish I had someone do this for me every birthday- I'd still act surprised every year :)
This is what happened the next morning. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story...
Happy Birthday baby...
Suggestion: Set up a video camera to capture the surprise around the time he/she normally wakes up. Their reaction is PRICELESS.
Image of box and helium tank above are from partycity.com