This fabulous balloon we recently were given from Party City is what inspired me to show you this party from the past. The balloon is amazing and the kids are in awe of it. This Dora balloon stands 52 inches tall. The “gliding balloon” is available in a number of different characters and is a great addition to a party. I wish I had this balloon when we did our birthday party a couple years ago. The kids went nutty over the balloon and even decided Dora needed to go down for a nap at the same time they did (see bottom right picture above).
OK – I just have to give a quick shout out to Party City. I sent a text to my husband from the store asking to be a professional party planner. I was seriously in party planning heaven. I could not believe that aisle after aisle was packed with stuff that you’d need. Even classy looking options for every occasion. The nearest one is about 30 minutes away from me, but I’ll make the drive. I had no idea how much they’d have.
“I’m the map! I’m the map!” Most parents are pretty familiar with this phrase. A Dora party wouldn’t be complete without a map, right? I made a really simpmle map of our property. Then, I rolled up the map and added google eyes and drew on the Map’s face. I rolled it up and each child received a map to try and follow. The first went to the lollipop trail, which was a whole path where lollipops marked the sides of the path. They were able to pick up lollipops along the way. Next, we did the pinata at pinata playground. Finally, they went to goodie bag garden where all of the goodie bags were hidden. My husband had fun making the little “Abby the Explorer” which was on the map as well as was sent out on her invitations.
The cake, of course, is always an important feature of a birthday party around here. I struggled so much with Dora’s head. My husband did the final head in one shot after I had many misses.
Overall, it was a really fun party.