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Bouncy Party

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 21 2006

Sometimes it's okay to play ball in the house.

Decor & Activities
Clear out a room and fill it with orbs of all sizes (bigger than a golf ball to avoid choking hazards), then let toddlers at 'em.

Make dot decorations by placing balls in glass cylinders and paper spheres from a party-supply store. Cellophane bags of balls, sealed with dotted paper and round tags, are for guests to take home.

Gather your child's "circle" of friends with an invitation in the round. We printed details onto store-bought circular cards made for ink-jet printers, affixed stripes with glue (use the edge of a bowl as a template), and joined them with paper fasteners.

Bouncy Party Food
A cake decorated with lively details fits the theme. We piped a two-layer cake (make your favorite recipe or use ours) with red, blue, and yellow buttercream balls using a plain round tip. Before piping arcs, sketch lines in the frosting with a toothpick.

Bouncing Ball Cake

Comments (4)

  • caheath 8 Jul, 2009

    Sarahdo, how did you make the bubble invitations, do you have a template?

  • Sarahdo 29 Jan, 2009

    My daughter will be having a bubble party for her second birthday this year. I'm using these invitations. They turned out very cute, I've made them look like a bubble instead of a ball.

  • thornellaz 29 Mar, 2008

    We did this for our son's 2nd birthday and it was a hit! Age appropriate, fun and super easy. We had friends bring some of their ball toys to add to what we had. We only had 6 other children in the same age group - anymore would have been too much. The invitations took time but it was worth it. The cake was easy - although I cheated and used a box - also did 3 layers instead of 2.

    Just a fabulous idea for the age group and everyone loved it!

  • pippearsall 27 Jan, 2008

    In the 2006 "Good Things for Kids" there was a photo with this party idea of a room filled with balls. One of the balls was small and red with white polka dots. Does anyone know where I can find this ball?