These easy DIY gold bar balloon weights are the perfect way to bring a helium rainbow to your St. Patrick's Day party! St. Patrick's Day. Do you go all out and celebrate?? We never used to. Until that one day that my best friend told my son that a leprechaun visits their house and does funny things while the kids are asleep. That look in his eyes told me that a leprechaun better show up at our house and so a tradition was born. I wanted to try to take some heat off of other neighborhood moms who may not have any St. Patrick's Day traditions (besides drinking green wine). I came up with a super simple St. Patrick's Day party for the kids and moms to enjoy together. It's the perfect after school gathering where everyone can hang out for a few hours and get home before dinner. Balloons are such a great way to make a party exciting, easily. And gold bar balloon weights just seemed like the perfect thing to keep your rainbow in place. This post is created in partnership with Balloon Time Helium tanks. If you have been a reader of mine for a while you'll know that I LOVE having a tank at home, at all times. Balloons are such a fun and inexpensive way to bring a smile to someone's face!
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- Pick up bricks at your local hardware store. Each brick costs about $0.39 so you totally aren't going to break the bank! The bricks I purchased where a light gray color which is a lot easier to cover than a red brick.
- Lay out a drop cloth and cover each brick with 2 coats of a white primer. Let each coat dry for a few hours before adding the next.
- Finish the bricks with 2 coats of a gold metallic spray paint.
Let dry completely.
Right before your party, build your balloon rainbow.
Having the helium tank at home makes creating fun balloon decorations super easy!
To create my rainbow, I used special balloons that tie together (I'm obsessed!) but you can also tie balloons to one string and have more of a free-form rainbow. There's no wrong rainbow.Add a loop to the bottom of your string and secure it under a gold bar balloon weight. I wanted to keep the party super easy, but still fun. I know if I am throwing this party after school, it needs to be something I can put together pretty quickly. A quick candy buffet, in rainbow colors, is a total crowd pleaser and is an easy way to add color.
Skip the soda and set out a water bar. Yes, a water bar. I know that sounds so boring, but it's still really fun. Anything the kids get to put together themselves is a win in their eyes. I set out club soda and sparkling water plus fresh mint and different types of citrus. Who doesn't love spa water? Let them make their own.
A fizzy drink with a squeeze of citrus is the perfect afternoon drink.
I also love to use things that I will absolutely use again if there are leftovers. That bright pink fruit punch that I served at my youngest son's birthday? Nah. Never again. But sparkling water? I can pull that out when anyone drops by or if I just want a little something extra one day. I kept the fresh flowers white so they didn't fight with the rainbow colors I had going on in other places. These came from the super market so I didn't have to make any extra stops for this afternoon party. Snacks were also kept really easy. I always have popcorn on hand. Most moms love it and it is a fairly low-cal snack to munch on. Vanilla wafers provide the perfect sweet treat and pretzel chips bring a nice salty crunch. So easy. I don't think you need to plan any activities for a short afternoon party. Let the kids use their imaginations and play on their own. The moms can just sit around and gossip. It's what we do best. The rainbow balloons add such a fun touch of color and whimsy to this otherwise simple party table. Just plan ahead to make a few gold bar balloon weights and you'll have your St. Patrick's Day party put together in no time!
Thank you to Balloon Time Helium Tanks for sponsoring this post!
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