This post is about the economically joyful hysteria one can create for children with a bag of balloons.
Recently my granddaughter turned three years old. My husband and I were fortunate enough to have her overnight and we had a small celebration on the morning of her birthday.
We have a treasure chest for each grandchild at our house. Not EVERY time they visit, but periodically, they will find something fun in their treasure boxes when they arrive.
For Charlotte's birthday morning I stuffed her treasure box with a pretty pink dress, a princess crown, and a bag of balloons.
Charlotte was delighted with the crown, delighted with the dress, but OOOHHHH, the balloons! You can blow them up... ...and bat them around. You can draw on them, ...kick them, and pop them. BUT what Charlotte loved most was to blow them half size and let go! The balloons shriek and flatulate around the room at a speed to set your teeth on edge.
So I said to myself, "Why not have a Balloon Bash dinner party?"
When the day of the bash arrived, Great-grandma and Charlotte set the table...
...a few party favors were placed... ...and we called in the Balloon Blower Brawn...(say that ten times fast!). Piling up balloons for the guests was even fun. Guests started arriving and there was mayhem in no time. As the evening wore on, one clever boy got the creative idea to mix balloons and forks. (Adult supervision recommended for such a mix.) Mayhem and decibels escalated! The orange blob over Matias' head is the balloon remainder fluttering to the ground after being forked to death! Before long there was an alarming amount of balloon debris littering the floor... ...which had to be collected. We rounded out the evening with some microwave s'mores. Balloon Bash Dinner Party pros: cheap, easy to prepare, kids have hysterical fun.
Balloon Bash Dinner Party cons: its loud, really loud! (And sort of messy.) Try a Balloon Bash yourself, and let me know how it goes!