Up Up And Away Hot Air Balloon First Birthday Party

Event stylists Valerie Gimre and Jen Schleyer of Charming Touch Parties created this adorable, gender neutral party to celebrate the first birthday of twins, Carter and Sidney. Based in the Chicago suburbs, Charming Touch Parties offers party styling and boutique, custom party decor. Valerie and Jen believe that “Fun is in the details,” and we got all the wonderful details on their hot air balloon first birthday from Valerie herself. We promise this party will take you Up Up and Away!


Having twins ourselves, we know first-hand the challenges and many joys of having everything be times two. Reaching a first birthday is a milestone in its own right – a sort of “we did it” celebration for Mom and Dad, and, of course, a reason to celebrate the two precious babies who have blessed so many lives. Coming up with a fun and gender neutral theme for boy/girl twins isn’t always easy, however.


For Carter and Sydney’s birthday, we chose the ever popular and seriously adorable Hot Air Balloon theme. We love how this theme represents growth and possibility (and the colors are just perfect for a first year celebration.)


We enlisted the help of our super talented friend at, Beth Kruse Custom Creations, to create graphic designs that would set the tone of the party. We knew we wanted this party to seem airy and whimsical with lots of white to represent clouds, as well as punches of pink, blue, coral and mint. For our dessert table we used ruffled white tablecloths on our backdrop and tabletop. They symbolized the clouds, and we added gorgeous florals from designed by Floral Wonders at either end of our table for the pop of color we needed. LillyPaul Designs created the custom fabric bunting. Small tabletop signs were placed in acrylic frames from Tiny Prints, and were another beautiful way to personalize our event.