1. A birthday photo shoot. It's rare to find a prop that kiddos like that's also cute.
2. A cake topper. I'm not great at decorating cakes so I'm all about bunting and other non icing related cake toppers. I first saw this in an issue of Martha Stewart Living and vowed to copy it one day. In case you're interested this mint chocolate chip cake was DELICIOUS. I used this recipe for the icing and ganache, (my cake was a box mix).
3. Gift wrap embellishment. I've discussed my affection for wrapping gifts before. I loved adding balloons + real ribbon to spice up an otherwise ordinary wrapping job.
4. Balloon Banner. My graphic design skills aren't exactly top notch so I tend toward handmade banners. It doesn't get cheaper or easier than this one! I used 5 of these mini balloon banners for Nadia's book party. I added photos but it would be super cute without! One word of caution: If you make them ahead of time hang them carefully. I may or may not have spent more time untangling them than it actually took to make them! [photo by captured nh and a peek of Nadia's party!]
All of the balloons were purchased from the Dollar Tree. They come in packs of 100 (one color). Stock up!