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33 Fabulous Hot Air Balloon Appreciation Event Ideas

A delightfully fun appreciation theme sure to land smiles on each and every face is a hot air balloon themed week of festivities!

Because how can anyone not radiate love eyes with such a light and cheery motif?

This post is chock full of dozens of ideas you and your PTO have absolutely license to steal and use to love on your staff or volunteer for your next appreciation event!


Decorating the room where you’ll put on the appreciation event is a really nice touch that can add so much and really communicate how deeply you appreciate all they’ve done for your school community.

Hanging Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns Set, Party Decoration Birthday Wedding Christmas Party Decor Gift, 12 inch, Pack of 5 Pieces

For a really impactful look, hang some fun patterned and shaped lanterns from the ceiling.

8 Pcs 3D Cloud Decorations Hanging Clouds for Ceiling Cloud Party Decorations Felt Fake Cloud Ornaments Cloud Props for Art Wedding Nursery Children Room(White,Delicate Style)

Add in a mix of clouds between the balloon lanterns to give the sky high effect.

Blulu Rainbow Ceiling Decorations Banner Hanging Rainbow Cloud Ceiling Decoration Rainbow Garland Bunting Banner for Birthday Baby Shower Decoration Classroom Ceiling Decor (1 Pc)

This rainbow banner is nice for creating an cozy seating area.

Felice Arts Pastel Unicorn Macaron Party Balloons Garland Arch Kit 17FT Rainbow Baby Shower Ice Cream Party Supplies Daisy Birthday Bridal Shower Party Photo Booth Background Decorations

Balloons are a pretty inexpensive decoration that’ll last for days.

YANGMILY 2 Sets Thicken Adjustable Balloon Column Stand Kit Base and Pole Balloon Tower Decorations for Baby Shower Graduation Birthday Wedding Party

Formed into a column, they’ll last even longer!

PCFING Electric Air Balloon Pump and Tying Tool in One, Portable Dual Nozzle Electric Blower Air Pump Inflator for Decoration, Party and Save Time

Using this air pump can save your lungs and cheeks from an excessive workout blowing up all of the balloons.

42 Pieces Multicolor Pennant Banner Bunting Triangle Rainbow Garland Flag for Party Hanging Classroom Decoration

This pennant banner is an easy way to add a pop of color to a wall or table edge.

Daily Ideas


Start off the week on a sweet note with a dessert bar!

Mimorou 50 Pcs Scalloped Paper Plates with Gold Foil 9 Inch Disposable Square Paper Party Plates Green Blue Pink Yellow Purple green blue pink yellow and purple

These square scalloped plates are perfectly sized so attendees can sample a few different treats.

100 Pack Ombre Cocktail Napkins for Boy Baby Shower, Wedding, Birthday Party (5 x 5 in, Light Blue)

And here’s coordinating scalloped and gold foil dot napkins. Too cute!

300 count Cloud Blue Cupcake Liners White Light Blue Cupcake Wrappers Paper Blue Muffin Cups Birthday Theme Party Baking Cups Baby Shower Decor Could Baking Wrapping and Packaging for Party Supplies

Cupcakes are cost effective way to make treats for a crowd. And these cloud cupcake liners make baking even easier.

Gandeer 600 Pcs Baking Cups Tulip Cupcake Liners Wrappers Printed Muffin Holders Greaseproof for Holiday Wedding Birthday Party Baby Shower Christmas (Plain Style) Assorted,Blue,Green,Pink,Red,White

For a solid pastel color scheme, this tulip cupcake wrapper set is really nice and you could make enough for all a few times over.

FAZHBARY 24 PCS Clouds Hot Air Balloon Cake Toppers Baby Shower Birthday Wedding Cupcake Toppers Travel Theme Party Cupcake Decoration

Add a few of these glittery cupcake toppers into a few of the treats for a gorgeous display.

One Pint Wooden Berry Baskets (10 Pack); for Picking Fruit or Arts, Crafts and Decor; 4” Square Vented Wood Boxes

These strawberry baskets would look cute to display smaller desserts, like these mints, especially since they look like the bottom of hot air balloons.

Hslife 100 Sheets Pink and White Checkered Dry Waxed Deli Paper Sheets, Paper Liners for Plastic Food Basket, Special for Wrapping Bread and Sandwiches(11.5''x11.5'')

Add a gingham liner to keep everything nice and tidy.

Lupy Lups! Cotton Candy Party Pack 0.5 oz each - Pastel Candy for Stocking, Treats, Party Favors, Buffet table and Piñata (Assorted)

Cotton candy would be a fun addition to the dessert offerings. Gives a cheeky nod to the clouds where hot air balloons commingle.


Hot Air Balloon Note Cards (24 Foldover Cards and Envelopes) Balloon Cards

Write a personalized note of thanks to express your appreciation on these hot air balloon notecards.

The Best Card Company - 10 Fun Cards for All Occasions (4 x 5.12 Inch) - Boxed Assorted Notecard Set, Blank Inside - Hot Air M2035

Or opt for this set of cards if you prefer a more photorealistic look.


Set up a fun popcorn snack bar to liven up the middle of the week.

Mini Popcorn & Candy Favor Treat Boxes for Birthday, Bridal and Baby Shower - Assorted Striped Design - 36 Count (Unicorn Pastel Mix)

These striped popcorn boxes in pastel rainbow color array will look really fantastic filled with a yummy treat. And they’ll be a wonderful portable container for on the go snacking.


Begin to wrap up the week with a luncheon for all.

Qilmy Cute Hot Air Balloons Tablecloth Durable Square Table Cloth Waterproof Stain Proof Camping Tablecloths for Outdoor Picnic Family Dinner Restaurant Decoration 60 x 60 Inch

Dress up the tables in the room with disposable tablecloths to not only add another layer of inexpensive decoration, but also make clean up a snap!

168-Piece Hot Air Balloon Party Decorations for Baby Shower, Birthday Party, Disposable Dinnerware Set with Paper Plates, Plastic Cutlery, Cups, and Napkins (Serves 24)

Tableware that’s a match to the theme is a fun addition and these pastel hot air balloon plates couldn’t be more perfect!

Blue Sky White Clouds Birthday Party Supplies, 20 Plates and 20 Napkins, Blue Sky Cartoon Theme Birthday Party Decorations for Baby Kids Shower

For a slightly different non-matchy look, here’s another option for theme adjacent cloud plates and napkins.

INNORU Hot Air Balloon Confetti Glitter, Cloud Travel Theme Table Confetti, Baby Shower Paper Scatter, Children Boys Girls Birthday Wedding Graduation Retirement Party Table Decorations Confetti, 120pcs

Sprinkle some confetti across the table for a bit of glitz and sparkle.

Hot Air Balloon Name Cards (Set of 6)

Be sure to label food items with allergens with nuts and highlight vegan items so guests with dietary restrictions can enjoy without hesitation.


Outus 100 Pieces Blue Sky White Clouds Birthday Party Supplies Blue Sky White Clouds Cellophane Bags Cartoon Story Gift Bags with 200 Silver Twist Ties for Baby Kids Shower Birthday Party Decorations

End the week with a bag of treats for everyone!

Pop them in their mailbox or set in the office for volunteers to easily snag.

Tallew 24 PCS Blue Sky Clouds Paper Party Bags Cloud Treat Candy Goodie Bags Blue Sky Gift Bags Wrapping Party Favor Bags for Baby Girls Baby Shower Birthday

Here’s a slightly larger goody bag option.

As for what to add into the bags, here are a few ideas!

Zerodeko 6 Pieces Hot Air Balloon Keychains, Zinc Alloy Rainbow Balloon Key Ring, Hot Air Balloon Party Favors Set for Men Women Car Key Bag Pendant

Carry the hot air balloon theme through to the gift bag with these super cute keychains. How cute is the smiling cloud?

eos Best of eos Lip Balm, 9 Sticks

EOS lip balms are super popular and are definitely a thoughtful little gift.

20 Pack Hand Cream Gift Set-Scented Hand Lotion for Dry Cracked Hands,Hand Moisturizing Cream Body Moisturizer Hydration Mini Hand Lotion Travel Size Bulk Christmas Gifts Stocking Stuffers for Women

Everyone will also enjoy having an extra tube of hand lotion.

DOVE PROMISES Dark Chocolate Candy Individually Wrapped Bulk Pack( 43.07 oz, 150 Piece) Bag

Dark chocolate is heart healthy and yummy to boot!

HERSHEY'S NUGGETS Assorted Chocolate, Christmas Candy Party Pack, 31.5 oz

As are almonds. Ignore the sugary chocolate and focus on the almonds as the health benefit!

Everyone will still enjoy this chocolate treat mix.

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Hot Air Balloon Themed Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Over to You!

How fabulous are these hot air balloon party ideas?

Your volunteers and school staff are sure to love what ever combination of ideas you use to put on a treat for them.

Have fun and hope you’re inspired!

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