It’s easy to fall down a Pinterest rabbit hole when planning a kid’s birthday. I’ll just keep it simple, you tell yourself. Then, suddenly, you’re up until 4 a.m. turning purple in the face, blowing up 300 balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade-worthy arch you totally thought you could DIY.
We all want that wow factor—something that surprises and delights, and keeps kids occupied for at least half an hour, before they get all hopped up on cake and ice cream and start planning a present-opening revolt. That’s where the latest trend comes in: Bubble Houses. Think of it like a snow globe kids can play inside. It’s a clear dome house filled with up to 200 balloons—and sometimes, character cutouts and twinkle lights—that swirl around you, courtesy of a blower. As you can see, it’s a dozen TikToks and Reels in the making: