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This weekend marks not only the wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving, but also the start of the Advent season. I love a simple Advent calendar design during this very busy time of year, we used balloons!

To make the countdown, I quickly blew up balloons and stuck sweet little notes of love and messages for festive family activities inside by writing on and rolling up strips of paper. Then I marked the balloon fronts for their day with a gold stamp and hung the entire display on the wall with glue dots.

The kids practiced popping a couple and I think this is going to be a very special month for them.

These balloons would be just as festive holding special activities to look forward to even without kids- think sweet ideas, like cocoa by the fire or choosing a new comfy blanket to curl up with.

PS. Here is a list of family activities you could include. Plus other pretty Advent calendars here, here, here and here.



  • sherri lynn @ life of a wife
    November 23, 2011 at 5:58 am

    This is such a great idea! I like this advent count down better than the present varieties and others I’ve seen. The balloons are so easy and fun for the kids!

  • Giulia
    November 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

    This is too cute. Balloons and glittery numbers – I am not surprised ;)…I saw a similar idea with a water balloon pinata where waterproof toys were added to the balloons filled with water.
    Do your kids get scared of the popping noise?

  • teresita
    November 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

    get out! How can you have this ideas! So creative!

  • Josie
    November 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

    What a cute idea! Although think I’d get impatient and want to pop them all.

  • Lena
    November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    How darling! If only I didn’t jump 10 feet whenever someone pops a balloon!

  • beth
    November 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    i love this idea! will the balloons stay blown up all season long?

  • Stephie
    November 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love it! I am off to find a wall! Thankyou for sharing, Stephie x

  • Mar
    November 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I love it! I love it!!

  • Rach
    November 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Aww what a fun idea!

  • Jess (Where My Heart Is)
    November 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    What a novel and great advent idea. Love your photos too!

  • [email protected]
    November 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Lovely idea. What a great way to celebrate the season!

  • jessica
    November 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    hi i’m here for the first and i read every old post!i adore your blog and props, ideas and diy!This calendar it’s so cute and funny i think i’ll do it!!
    thank you for all inspiration your blog it’s fantastic
    thank you

  • Liz
    November 28, 2011 at 7:12 am

    This is such a fun idea! I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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