Jacob’s 7th birthday with Balloon Time

Balloon Time

On Saturday my eldest boy turned 7.

It doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem like more than a couple of years ago that we were bringing a tiny, fragile bundle home from the hospital. 

We wanted to make sure he had a special day, as last year was an awful, awful time involving a car accident and a hospital stay. So this year we got a big chocolatey cake, some fantastic presents and spent a lovely family day together. We were given a Balloon Time kit to help make his birthday go with a bang (although not literally 😉 )

Balloon time

The Balloon Time tank contains helium, and the instructions are pretty clear. It states that the latex balloons included with the kit should last for 1-2 hours once filled, and so we waited until the morning of Jacob’s birthday before filling them. You simply slot the balloon over the end of the tap, turn it on and push down to fill the balloons. You can also buy foil balloons which last for a few days – it would be nice to have the option to choose which kit to buy. 

The children loved having helium balloons instead of the standard birthday balloons, mainly because they floated! The kit includes ribbon, so you can easily hold and catch the balloons. From a parents point of view, we loved that they floated too – it stops them from getting under your feet when you are trying to clear up wrapping paper or cut birthday cake!

Balloon time

All 3 children spent ages letting the balloons go and then jumping up to reach them again. We cut some of the strings longer than others so that Max could reach them too. 

Balloon time

Balloon time

Once the initial early morning present opening had happened, and Jacob had thoroughly tried out his new Man Utd kit, Lego Technic set and Skylanders, we bunched up a few of the balloons to tie by the front door, so people knew where the birthday was happening! This was really simple to do with the strong ribbon included, and I was pleased that none of the balloons burst when against the brick wall of the house. Interestingly, we did lose a few balloons inside, which popped when they touched the ceiling. I am not sure if this was due to the fact the ceiling is slightly rough, or whether we over filled them.

Balloon time

The day ended with some rather delicious cake, several rounds of blowing out the candles, and a very happy birthday boy. I definitely think Balloon Time helped to make the occasion. The kit we used cost £24.99 from Tesco, which I think is good value for this sort of kit. Bear in mind that the helium tank will need to be disposed of correctly – ours is awaiting the next tip run. As for the balloons themselves, despite only advertising 1- 2 hours of float time we actually found they were still good the following day. 

Would we buy a Balloon Time kit again? I think it would depend on the occasion. With 3 (soon to be 4) children it would be quite expensive to buy a kit for each of their birthdays, but they would be ideal for a family celebration such as Christmas or welcoming a new baby to the family!

I’m working with BritMums and Balloon Time as part of the “Celebration Club”, highlighting inventive and fun ways of using balloons. I was provided with a Balloon Time helium kit and have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit www.balloontime.com for more information and party inspiration. *




  1. April 28, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    I thought the kit would be much pricier considering you got everything included – I agree it would definitely need to be for a very special occasion though! Hope he had a wonderful birthday xx
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  2. Hannah -- hibabyblog
    April 28, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Looks like he had a lovely birthday morning. Good point about the balloons not getting under your feet! It is quite pricy but as you siad it would be nice for a really big occasion like a new baby or family event type thing.

    We’re having a big summer BBQ to celebrate both our bdays and welcome new baby to friends and family so that’d be the perfect time for us to use them.

  3. April 28, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Happy birthday to your little man! I bet your happy to put last year behind you? I’m a fan of helium balloons and this kit looks great. It’s a really good price too. Every birthday should call for helium balloons! K x #tried&tested
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  4. April 28, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Glad he had a great day, better than last year!

    The one thing that really annoys me with this item is the disposal, you’d think they would recycle the kit at the end (for cost saving and the environment!).
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  5. April 28, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    That kit looks ace, how nice to blow your own helium balloons up instead of having to make a detour to a balloon / party shop just before a birthday / party when you have 6785 things to do! Jacob looks really pleased with them too – happy birthday!

  6. April 29, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Looks like a very happy birthday boy. Fab pics too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  7. April 29, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    We used Balloon Time for Bella’s 3rd birthday and loved it. I think I’d buy some foil balloons to fill instead though. We were really impressed. Love your photos! x x
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  8. April 29, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Happy birthday! Looks like it was really fun!! I didn’t realise you could buy something like that so will definitely put it on the list for my daughters 3rd birthday! Lovely pictures by the way. Really enjoyed this x
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  9. May 5, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Kids do love a balloon, of all the games I organise playing with a balloon at the end was always the best part! Happy Birthday to your 7 year old. #MagicMoments

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