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Mini Balloon Placecards

This is a perfect little idea Alison came up with. Mini Balloon Placecard Holders are so cute it is almost too much (like balloons couldn’t get any cuter, they had to make mini balloons!) Because they’re smaller, 5″ balloons don’t stay inflated as long as bigger balloons. But, their life-span is perfect for surprising guests at your next party. Attach them to calligraphed placecards so each person can have their own!

Materials: 5″ Balloons, String, Helium, Paper, Scissors, Double Sided Tape

Step 1: Inflate balloons with helium. Tip – Wait until just before the start of the party as the 5” balloons don’t last as long as larger size balloons.
Step 2: Tie balloons with string. Trim them to the same length.
Step 3: Create, then cut out nametags.
Step 4: Attach the nametags to the balloon string.
Step 5: Anchor the balloons to the place setting with double sided tape. We found it necessary to attach them to the table, as they were so light and easily floated away when someone walked by.

(P.S. Remember when Moses and I surprised Paul at work with a bundle of mini balloons? Oooh, he was such a cute baby!)

Photography by  Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting and styling by Caitlin Barker
Assisted by Harper Casimiro
Calligraphy by Julie Manwaring of Flourish and Whim

  1. mary

    April 10, 2013

    absolutely LOVE. totally made my day 😉

  2. Amy K

    April 10, 2013

    What a fun idea! Also, those napkins are so cute? Where are they from?

  3. Marta

    April 10, 2013

    Looove the idea!! Can’t wait for the next birthday! 🙂

  4. Sarah | Sarah The Architect

    April 10, 2013

    Super Cute!! Love this idea.

  5. Nat

    April 10, 2013

    You are my inspiration! always! congrats from Argentina 😉

  6. Krissy P

    April 10, 2013

    I absolutely ADORE this! Thank you for showing me something exciting and new! Party stuff can get pretty run-of-the-mill, but these are fanastic!

  7. Ashley

    April 10, 2013

    So adorable! The next birthday party I throw will be this for sure! May I ask where you got that confetti?

  8. meg

    April 10, 2013

    I love how everything goes with the balloon theme (round confetti on the table and napkins and round circle patterned farbic napkins).

  9. Karen

    April 10, 2013

    Do you typically keep your own helium on hand?
    Running out to pick up the pre-ordered helium balloons is never convenient!
    How do you do it?

      • jordan
      • April 10, 2013

      Good question. I keep a small tank of helium on hand in my party closet.

  10. Lisette

    April 10, 2013

    Anything mini is always adorable!

  11. Evani

    April 10, 2013

    This is way too stinkin cute!!! I’d love to know the answer to Karen’s question above too, do you know someone with helium?


  12. Ana

    April 10, 2013

    This is so cute for a birthday party!

  13. sarah

    April 10, 2013

    What an adorable idea! That would be great for a wedding shower as well, or maybe new years fancied up a bit!


  14. Chianne Hood

    April 10, 2013

    This is so neat! I’m definitely doing this at the next party I have! xx

  15. Jamie

    April 10, 2013

    These are so adorable and easy to make. Trying to see if I can incorporate this into my wedding decor 🙂

  16. Amanda

    April 10, 2013

    This is such a great idea. Perfect for a kids birthday party. Thanks for sharing!

  17. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    April 10, 2013

    Such a cute touch to an already festive table. Love this! Love the confetti too.

  18. Laurel (@abubblylife)

    April 10, 2013

    I absolutely love this!

  19. Renuka

    April 10, 2013

    what a simple way to liven up a table setting for a party!

  20. Amy

    April 10, 2013

    Maybe a good tip?? When you attach the balloon to the place card you could also take a coin to the back or inside of it to help hold it down… Super cute idea!

  21. Madeinmarie

    April 10, 2013

  22. Sarah

    April 10, 2013

    What a sweet idea…love it!

  23. ♥Petit-on♥

    April 10, 2013

    So lovely balloons! Cute

  24. Mags @ From the Mind of Mags

    April 10, 2013

    Wow this is super cute. I will for sure be giving this a try!


  25. jillian @ a little slice of pye

    April 10, 2013

    What a sweet idea. love it!

  26. AC

    April 10, 2013

    So cute. May I ask, about how long is “not very long”? Are we talking less than an hour?

      • jordan
      • April 11, 2013

      About an hour!

  27. Karen

    April 10, 2013

    Love this idea. My 2 year old is crazy about balloons and this is going to be a feature on her birthday. Thank you

  28. sue

    April 12, 2013

    What a great idea for using 5″ balloons – they are absolutely ideal for this and will make the table look really fun.

  29. Cupcake Makeover

    April 12, 2013

    The confetti and the balloons go hand in hand complementing each other in the decor. Very cute!

  30. Nicole @ BackyardSimple

    April 13, 2013

    Adorable idea – I have heard of some people putting glow sticks in the balloons so they are lit for after dark parties. Great ideas!

  31. Cheryl

    April 13, 2013

    One of the cutest ideas I’ve seen!!!

  32. Mary from O+A

    April 17, 2013

    I love the setup. Everything looks so light, airy and fresh!

  33. Paulette Leto

    April 18, 2013

    Very cute idea! I love this idea for unique place settings at a party. I would be worried about the place cards being heavy enough to weigh down the balloon, though. Is that a problem?

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