We have given up trying to put balloons up while Anna and Taylor are asleep on the night before their birthday as they stay up later than we do and because we don't want to wake them up too early in the morning.... so Jason and I put these up while Anna was in dance on the night before her birthday, and she walked in to find her room decked out with gold balloons and with photos all around. This was such fun to scroll through tons of photos to pick some favorites.
In my family growing up, my grandmother had a gumdrop tree. My mother had a gumdrop tree. And when I got married, I was given a gumdrop tree at a Christmas wedding shower. The first one I had was a chintzy see-through plastic tree that was in a box that said "money tree". I guess some people tied money to the branches as a way to give cash as a gift. But in our family, this small plastic object was pulled out each year and gumdrops were stuck to the ends of the branches. The bottom tray held a bunch of gumdrops under the tree for the extras that would not fit on the branches. I loved my daily ritual in December of passing by the gumdrop tree that was placed in the hallway outside the kitchen and of snatching a few gumdrops. (Note to anyone who tries this: You can always conceal your snacking by restocking the empty branches with gumdrops from the tray. Your real challenge comes when the tray is empty. Good luck on that one.) Here's the description I