I don't want to alarm you, but school is almost out. How did this school year go SO fast?! I'm partnering with Balloon Time to bring you a fun (and easy – because you know that's what I'm all about) Balloon Bouquet Bucket List gift idea for grads. This works for just about any graduation level from kinder to college. And it's super fun to look at. Balloons are fun, people! Graduations are always so awesome. They are a celebratory ending and beginning at the same time. They are such a happy occasion. I wanted to create a simple graduation party idea that would be bright and colorful and use balloons as a decoration and gift idea. Balloons are totally underrated in my opinion. It just takes a few minutes, but you can find some amazing balloons online! Just warning you, this post has a lot of images! If you aren't interested in the DIY part, just scroll down too see more party details.
This is a sponsored post and part of an ongoing partnership with Balloon Time Helium Tanks. All opinions are mine! I took a minute to think about a fun gift idea for grads that would also be useful. Summer is often a time to try new things and the perfect time to create a bucket list to work off of. I think this balloon bouquet gift idea would be absolutely perfect for someone graduating from high school. That is, like, the ultimate summer in my opinion. You're done with high school, probably driving, and don't even know the stress of college yet. It's the perfect time to try out some new things or at the very least, go out to dinner with friends once in a while. This bucket list gift idea is a fun way to give someone a variety of gift cards that they can use all summer long to experience life to the fullest. This would be a great group gift idea for the family. And don't limit it to gift cards that can only be used locally. If you have family out-of-town, have them send gift cards that might inspire a road trip! Since gift cards are a bit heavy, you need to use a lot of balloons in order for the bouquet to float. I picked out a mix of mylar and latex balloons to create this whimsical bunch. Supplies to create the balloon bouquet bucket list:
• Patterned paper (not card stock)
• A variety of gift cards (the amounts can be small!)
• Paper cutter (this one is my fave!)
• Envelope punch
• Removable Glue Dots
• Double stick tape (or other adhesive – you could probably get away with the Glue Dots)
• Curling ribbon
• Striped twine
• Hole puncher
• Balloon Time helium tank
How to make your gift card envelopes:
-On your envelope punch, find the finished size that you want to create.
-Cut your paper to that size.
-Use the punch to score the paper for easy folding and punch the corners for a finished look. (You guys! I'm OBSESSED with this punch. I use it for everything!)-Fold at the score marks to prep your paper.-Using one Glue Dot, attach the gift card to the center of the paper envelope.
-Use double-sided tape to close the envelope around the card. -Use a hole puncher and punch a hole in the top left or right corner. Whichever corner you pick, just make sure you are doing it for each of the envelopes. -Do this process for each gift card that you have. -Using your Balloon Time helium tank, start to build your balloon bouquet. I couldn't get a photo of this part but I'll try to explain it as best as I can:
Putting one balloon on a string means that the balloons naturally bounce off each other become wide. This may not make sense…Stay with me… In this case, I wanted the balloons to be more like a column. To do that, I put two balloons on one string. For example, I started with the zebra, because, duh – it's awesome. I tied it on to a piece of ribbon. Then I blew up the green moon balloon. I tied that one to the same ribbon connected to the zebra but about a foot below where the zebra was tied. Next, I blew up the flower balloon and tied it to its own ribbon. I blew up the silver star and tied that on the flower ribbon. I did that with my remaining 4 balloons. When I was done, I gathered those 4 ribbons and tied a small knot in the ribbon, so the “base” would help keep them in a column shape. This is all very rough as balloons have a mind of their own and are going to spin… I took a small piece of the striped twine and wrapped it around the ribbon several time to conceal the knot and add a little more color. Once I got the bouquet together, I grabbed a piece of the twine and started tieing on the gift cards. For the first one, I tied it off on the bottom. Once I strung an envelope on, I knotted the twine to hold it in place. Then I tied that whole string on to the base ribbons, above the knot, so they wouldn't slide down. And to anchor it all, I tied it to this adorable ceramic trophy! I think that's the perfect way to say, “YOU DID IT!” I popped in some greenery which I think added the perfect finishing touch. I love these “Be Wild. Have fun” balloons for a graduation party, don't you? Summers should be carefree and unplanned (ish). And it's a good reminder for life in general. You don't need a big elaborate spread to have a graduation party. Some simple snacks and an easy do it yourself drink station is all you need. And cupcakes. Always cupcakes. Set out some lined cards (these are made for scrapbooking, I think, but are perfect to cut out and have guests use!) to gather advice or other bucket list ideas. Have the guests write down fun little adventure for the guest of honor to choose from when they are bored or unsure of what to do on a summer's day. This is a fun, extra gift idea for grads who need a little prompting to take life by the horns. Keep drinks easy by letting guests pour their own. I love to set out lemonade and iced tea. Then they can either pour the drinks straight, or make them an Arnold Palmer. It's really 3 drinks in 2!And you can never go wrong with chips, salsa and guacamole. All of these things are store-bought, because ain't no one got time to make guacamole before having people over. I picked up a regular salsa for the purists and a pineapple salsa for the more adventurous. So easy. Blue corn and regular tortilla chips are easy to refill and keep the party going all night. Or until, as it said on my college graduation invitation, until Sharon gets tired (I've always sort of acted like an 80-year-old). The balloon bouquet acts as a decoration and gift. What fun gift cards would you put in the balloon bouquet bucket list gift idea for grads? Having a Balloon Time helium tank at home makes decorating and gift giving SO easy. As long as you have some fun balloons on hand, you can create a fun bouquet at a moments notice. I'll also be taking my tank along with me to a local restaurant to decorate a bridal shower in a few weeks. All white balloons and ribbon mean the decorations will be simple and sweet.
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