I've been pushing this "birthday party" theme for a while--classic party, classic colors, no overt theme--like how a birthday party would look in an old picture book. Now that I'm kinda into balloons, I had the idea to do a crazy balloon arch in the middle of a field. I had this idea from a visit to our fav Indianapolis park, Holiday Park the preceding fall, so when it turned out we were moving across the country about a month after Henry's birthday....that only emphasized just how important it was to make this party happen. We actually showed our house with all these balloons blown up and weighted down under tarps in the back yard.
So we went with a chic picnic because of the location. Obvs I had to have animals and dinosaurs with party hats on. I think I got the idea for lots of animal walker balloons from an old Bailey Quinn pic, but I can't find it now. Anyway--these walker balloons were loads of fun. I love classic gold crowns and to make sure they weren't theme-y, we added capes (from eBay). Black polka-dot balloons were added to keep the pallet from being too sweet. I was trying to keep it picture perfectly un-perfect.
The picnic tables are sheets of MDF from Lowes (standard size...8ft I think) on top of milk crates. The MDF is wrapped in a vinyl tablecloth. The picnic blankets are large drop cloths from Lowes that we painted stripes onto. The cake was served from a picnic table we had moved to the side.
I paid slightly too much for these wooden berry baskets that we tucked food into. It got Chick-fil-A nuggets for kids, and packed it up with a juice box, grapes, and goldfish (I think...something to that effect). I found the checked waxed paper on Amazon. There were boxed lunches for adults, too. The confetti is punched cardstock--doesn't blow away quite as much. The cupcakes are from the grocery store, and I added the chocolate ganache drizzle and sprinkles and cherry.
Tablecloth from Amazon
We kept it simple on favors--Confetti Lollipops from Azalea Circle Sweets. And the capes of course.
(Confetti Lollies are being reposted)
I actually rented a UHaul van for this party--we loaded up the van with everything except food, including extra large garbage bags full of inflated balloons. A new level of crazy for me.