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Confetti Balloons Are Two Party Decorations in One

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Balloons make a great addition to any party, but isn't it kind of boring how they just float around? Now you can get some balloons that go the extra mile: Confetti balloons are a new trend of party decorations that explode into clouds of color when popped.

The interactive balloons look great even before you pop them. With the help of a little static electricity, the bits of paper and/or plastic cling to the inside of the clear bubbles to provide some multicolored flair. When the party hits its climax, you can burst all the balloons to reveal their sparkly insides. Of course, the cleanup is still going to be a bit of an undertaking, but maybe having some bits of color in your rug isn't so bad. (Or at least that's what you'll tell yourself when you put off vacuuming.)

You can grab these clever balloons anywhere from Etsy, to Perpetual Kid, to Amazon. In some cases, you need to add the confetti yourself using an included funnel, which allows you decide just how much confetti you want in your life. Others, like this one from Knot and Bow, come pre-filled.

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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