Monday, December 20, 2010

Kids PRICELESS Morning Birthday Surprise!

Yesterday was my son's 2nd birthday and I wanted to do something very special for him. We celebrated his 1st birthday with a huge party but this year was pretty low key. We baked a cake and called it a day. I went to PartyCity with a dear friend searching for the perfect baking pan in the shape of a car-his favorite type of toy. While most young kids will hug a teddy bear to sleep, he'll hug this 6" metal toy car to sleep and you DARE not take it away until he is in deep sleep mode. Cute.

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
  • Scissor
  • 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.
Thank god we blew up the balloons in another room and not in the same room as the birthday boy sleeping. About 3 or 4 popped really loud and that could have ruined the whole surprise.

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...
He actually kissed a few of them. Aweeee
And hugged each one that he could reach...
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
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44 comments:

  1. GREAT Idea... I know a lot of people will be using this one!!! Thanks again for another great idea. - Richie, NJ

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  2. Awesome! They should make balloons in the form of a basketball, football, soccer ball, etc..

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  3. Thank you Richard!- Would love to see pics of anyone who uses this idea. I will put them up.

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  4. Aww, his expression was priceless!!

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  5. *singsong voice*: best idea EVER!should work at any age!simple things that light up the world. The smiles are worth every penny the balloons cost! can't put a price on happiness. love this.this made my day sooooooooo much better seeing that little boy smilin'!

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  6. awesome idea!! love it, hopefully i will remember it for my girls' next birthdays..which are at the end of the year.

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  7. love this idea for a birthday surprise, very creative

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  8. LOVE this idea. It's the simplest things that bring the greatest joy. This would be fun for anyone, any age.

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  9. Adorable!!! What a fun birthday morning surprise!

    I'd love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I'm sure you'll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-3.html

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars! I'll be posting the next link party tonight, so be sure to stop by. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!

    :) rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com

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  11. birthday momMay 02, 2011

    super cute idea! I have a friend who does something like this where the birthday "fairy" puts a one balloon for each year the child is old in her daughter's room so when she wakes up on her birthday she has balloon's in her room. i am totally going to use that idea! thanks for reminding me of it!

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  12. Thank You everyone for your amazing comments--they mean the world to me!! Its such a great feeling knowing I have inspired someone out there...Happy Ballooning everyone :)

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  13. happymommyJune 02, 2011

    you are such an awesome mom! these pics made me smile. so very cute!

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  14. great idea! i love balloons! every year for my birthday my mom would get me balloons and they would be tied to my chair in the dining room. i want to keep that tradition and get my kids balloons every year for their birthday but this is more fun then tying them to a chair!!

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  15. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    I can't stop looking at this post and the look on your kids face. How magical. Thanks for the awesome idea.

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  16. I had this idea for my son this year too :-)

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  17. Too cute. When we (my older brothers and I) were young, my parents would spiderweb a piece of yarn all through the house (dotting it with our presents and ending at our 'big present' then tie the other end to our toe. It. Was. Awesome.

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  18. this is absolutely AWESOME! the look on his face is so precious. what a fun mom you are! :)

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  19. CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTIE!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Absolutely precious! I have someone in mind I want to do that for!!! :) SO INSPIRATIONAL!

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  21. heyyy, this is supercute!

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  22. VERY CUTE!! The pictures are adorable!!

    xoxo, Maryam

    http://athomewithmaryam.blogspot.com

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  23. This is the best thing in the world!

    inspirenordic.blogspot.com

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  24. This is so freakin' adorable it hurts!

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  25. how much fun! so awesome!

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  26. What a great idea - and something anyone could do, no special artistic talent or super extravagant budget needed. Those pictures are just adorable.

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  27. AnonymousJuly 10, 2011

    Awwww! This is such a fabulous idea! You can see the happy surprise on his little face! Awesome!

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  28. this is adorable! such GREAT pictures!!

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  29. I don't have a child yet, but this is definitely on the list of things to do once I finally have one. So sweet!

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  30. Your little boy is too cute!! I like it when he kiss the baloon. Happy birthday :)

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  31. AnonymousJuly 16, 2011

    Great idea but I would use mylar since latex balloons are such a choking hazard, especially for preschoolers. Hate to throw water on everyone's enthusiasm, but safety should always be first. Check the website for the American Pediatrics Association to verify this info.

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  32. This is such an AWESOME idea!! These photos are priceless. It is all so magical for him. He is SO precious. I want to do this too.

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  33. Great idea!! I will SSSOO be doing this for my lids this year!!

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  34. This actually put some tears in my eyes. I love how happy he was in your pictures. So sweet and memorable for sure. ~ Monica

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  35. what a precious baby boy!!! His expressions were absolutely adorable!!! Consider yourself truly blessed!

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  36. My little boy turns 2 in a week! i am totally going to do something like this for him!!!

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  37. This is absolutely precious!! Thanks for the great idea!

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  38. Awwwwwww adorable !!!! Definetly PRICELESS !!!!!

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  39. My little girl was born on Christmas Eve and I was looking for something to help make her day feel special to her, not like a holiday but like her birthday and I will totally be doing this for her! What an amazing idea! Thank you!

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  40. Thanks all--its nice to get such great feedback :)

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  41. Just a word of caution.. My mother woke one morning to find a balloon string wrapped around my little brother's neck. It had been placed in his room after a party. Granted it was not taped down as these were, but that experience alone is enough for me to NEVER place a balloon on a string in a child's bedroom!!! What if it had come lose from the tape?? Like I said, just a word of caution...

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  42. Fantastic idea. I think this will do nicely for my twins. They like balloons. Just never thought to use them like this to surprise them! Thank you

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  43. this is adorable! such GREAT pictures!!

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