So, for her first birthday on 1 July this year, I made helium balloon cupcakes. They involve some preparation ahead of time and a bit of assembly on the day but I think they're totally worth the effort.
I'd also planned a birthday cake in the shape of a house with a large bunch of tiny helium balloons attached to the top, to honour one of our favourite family movies. I was told it wasn't possible because the balloons were too small but this invitation has given me hope. I may just try it one day soon.
As an aside, I saw this photo last week and wanted to include reference to it on this post. I'm not sure when it was originally taken, but I hadn't seen it before I made these cupcakes for Charlotte's birthday. The internet's a big place filled with people who try to copy other people's work and claim it as their own and I wanted to take a moment to make sure no-one thought I was trying to do just that.