There is nothing more exciting than counting down the seconds until the New Year begins! Whether you’re in New York freezing to death and watching the “ball” drop or at your own party, it’s great fun to see things falling from above when the clock strikes midnight. Check out this video! Balloon Drop
All you need for this is a balloon drop net kit from Balloons Tomorrow, and a few hooks and you can do a balloon drop of any size pretty much any where! 3-M makes those great hooks that come off without marring your walls and they are just right for attaching your net to the wall in a cove ceiling. You can also use the hooks that come with the kit if you are under a drop ceiling (the kind with those metal frames that the tiles fit in). The kit contains the net, the line to open the net and let the balloons fall out and the connectors to customize the size of your drop net. We only used a fourth of the small net for our drop since we were in our home, but we may use the rest of the net for another event in the future (New Year’s happens every year in case you didn’t notice). A balloon drop would also be great for a surprise party–imagine the look on their face when all the balloons start falling as they come through the door!!
Balloon Drop Net filled and ready to hang.
Allow about an hour for every 100 balloons you drop and make sure you plan ahead–you can blow the balloons up way in advance if you hand-tie them (3-4 days ahead) because since they are filled with air, they don’t change very quickly. The balloons in the net are very light and easy to lift, but a little awkward if you are trying to hang by yourself, so have a buddy help you. Use the cool air inflator or hand pump from Balloons Tomorrow to make the inflation really easy and hand tie your balloons if you can. Otherwise use the safe-tite discs to seal the balloons. Then when you have the net full of the balloons, hang in its desired location and follow the instructions for releasing the balloons at the big moment.
As winter comes to an end, the weather is getting warmer and the outdoor festivities are getting closer. Many of you have family gatherings and parties coming up soon and you may be looking for fun party decorations or party favors for your event. Balloons are a great idea for any party! Have you ever been to an event that had balloons and not had a smile on your face? Whether you are planning a small get-together or a large corporate event in the park… custom printed balloons and other items are sure to make your event a SUCCESS!
Balloons are a great way to get draw attention to your event and make sure that everyone knows where they should go to have a good time! There are many different routes that you can take with ordering balloons for your celebration. You can get custom printed balloons with a logo or phrase, or just plain balloons in an assortment of vivid colors. Which ever way you decide to go will be a good decision and will surely make your special occasion one to remember.
Example of balloons being used as Save the Dates
When thinking of fun and creative ways of announcing a wedding, balloons come to mind because they brighten everyone’s day and bring them joy to the wonderful news of your announcement. Balloons are fun because they playfully make the recipient inflate them to get all the information on the balloon. They can vary in size but the most popular size for Save the Date’s is 12” latex. These are a great size because they are large enough to fit all the info for the wedding and they fit well in small invitation envelopes.
We were really excited about the big show being put on at Modern Steps, our ballroom dance studio. But we needed something to add a bit of zip to the room, and Voila! Balloons to the Rescue! Fabulous balloons, using the theme colors of the ShowDance, red and black, were added to the room using balloon cups and sticks (no helium required!) and sticky holders to keep them in place. It really brighten up the vebue and made it “showtime!” Be sure to catch our big number on Youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id9T1TDeAMw. You’re gonna love it!
Wow – 2013 already?! And where has January gone?! I can’t believe that I am already thinking about Valentine’s Day celebrations – it seems that we just put away our Christmas decorations. Reds & pinks have been flooding the store shelves (and I can already see some green sneaking in) and there are aisles and aisles of heart shaped goodies. As I consider Valentine’s Day 2013 I think about snuggling with my loves while sipping hot chocolate with heart shaped marshmallows. It has been so cold here – right around 0* so a cozy, low key Valentine’s Day sounds perfect for this small family.
Here are a couple ideas for a simple way to celebrate the holiday with your family or your roommates.
1 – Hot cocoa & a movie. Snuggle under some blankets and get toasty with a cup of hot cocoa and some heart shaped marshmallows, store bought or homemade, pop in an a good romantic comedy or age appropriate flick if the littles are joining you.
2 – Balloons at breakfast would be a fun way for your family to start the day. Fill them with helium and let the pretty curled ribbons dangle or tie them to the backs of the chairs or simply blow them up and tap/tack the ribbons to the ceiling and let the balloons hang in a reverse fashion.
photo via catch my party
It’s all about love – snuggle close, give a little peck and remind your loved ones how special they really are!
My family was recently invited to the birthday party of little 3 year old who is very much into everything “boy” these days. What better way than to celebrate his birthday than with construction equipment and much yellow & black decorations?!
I was aware of some of the details of the party prior to our arrival but I was so anxious to see how everything came together and let me tell you – I was blown away! Everything looked fabulous and a little boy’s dream (or in some cases a big boy’s dream too)! The party took place in the perfect “man cave” – a large shed that was loaded with tools & equipment which was a great backdrop for the event. Signs & flags noted the “construction area” and were a great way to keep the kids somewhat corralled and out of most of the real equipment though the kids had a blast playing on the Gator & skid loader!
Balloons Tomorrow did a wonderful job on this large banner and I hear the birthday boy really liked it! It turned out to be the perfect backdrop at the food station which was loaded (pun intended) with toy construction trucks – diggers & dump trucks galore. Balloons Tomorrow also was the source of the black & yellow plates and cups and they printed up some super cute napkins with bulldozers on them. Black utensils were placed in a toolbox (how cute?!) which was a perfect fit – it’s little details like this that really build a successful event. Yellow & black balloons were everywhere and were the perfect touch to the large party space and of course there were enough for child to take home a couple when they left.
I am just going to whet your appetite with this post – stay tuned for part two to hear what kind of yummy foods were served that suited both young & old and to see the fun activities that were planned for the kiddos (though I caught a few moms & dads having some fun too!).
As we enter into the week of Thanksgiving I – like many others – like to really reflect on what I have. Yes, there are a lot of physical objects on my “Thankful For” list – coffee & my ipod just to name a couple (they make my days better but I like to think that I could live without them if I had to) but I also like to think about the people I am thankful for. Of course I am thankful for all of my family especially my husband and son (and thankful that they put up with/tolerate my craziness) but also those that I connect with in a different way. I am so thankful for the children’s librarians at our public library for helping provide a wonderful learning area that my son enjoys every week or for the young workers at our grocery store who are more than happy to help me with my groceries after a long day at work.
As I recently helped a friend with some planning for a birthday party I realized I am able to add some more people to my “Thankful For” list – those that work at Balloons Tomorrow. Their customer service & design staff is FAN-TASTIC! So super helpful in taking our ideas and putting them all together into some fabulous party decorations. We knew bits & pieces of what we wanted but the Balloons Tomorrow crew did an outstanding job of really pulling everything together for us. These guys & gals sure know their stuff and made planning this party super easy on our part. I encourage you to give them a jingle – even if you don’t know exactly what you need for your party – they will work with you to find the perfect products to fit your party & budget. So thank you Balloons Tomorrow staff for all of your hard work and dedication to providing superb customer service, fantastic products, and a speedy delivery!
On that note I want to wish you all a happy & safe Thanksgiving week and stay tuned for a recap of the birthday party I mentioned!
imgage via eighteen25
A Halloween post in November?! Yep, that’s right. I am a planner but you know, some things just happen very last minute around our house. Early in October I had decided I wanted to make some fun treats for my son’s Halloween party then I thought “nah, I’ll just forget it” well then the night before Halloween I decided “what the heck”. Luckily these 2 treats were super fast & very easy to whip up and of course the end product was too cute. Both of these treats are perfect for goodie bags – kids AND adults will love them (trust me)!
Peanut Butter Ghosts
Ingredients: peanut shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, white almond bark, & mini chocolate chips
Directions: melt the almond bark (I did mine in the microwave), dip 2/3 of the cookies into the melted almond bark, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, add 2 chocolate chips for eyes.
Peanut Butter Ghosts
Ingredients: bag of clementines
Directions: draw fun, scary, or goofy faces on the clementines with a permanent marker
And as a bonus why not feed your kids spiders! That is what my husband thought anyway. He cleverly put dried spaghetti through a sliced up hot dog and boiled them – spaghetti spiders – only to have our 2 year old respond “me no like spiders”.
A handful of years ago I went to my cousins wedding and witnessed a balloon release for the first time. It was so neat and unique. It was only until recently that I learned that balloon releases are for more than just weddings and that there is quite a bit to learn about the balloon releasing process.
Did you know that latex balloons are 100% biodegradable? It’s true. What this means is that when a balloon is released and it falls back to earth it will decompose around the same rate as an oak leaf. And ideally balloon releases are done with no ribbon, strings, or the sort attached to the balloon since many of these do not decompose and may pose harm to animals when they return to the ground. Now I know not everyone would care about this aspect of balloon releases so it is recommended if you want a tie on your balloon that you go with a cotton string or raffia. Another important thing to consider is if there are any laws in your area regarding balloon releases, this is especially important if you plan on releasing a large amount of balloons or if you will be doing your release near an airport.
Balloon releases can be done for a wide variety of reasons. Celebrations such as a wedding is an obvious one but balloon releases are also frequently done at a memorial for a loved one. And more recently they have become a popular way for couples to reveal the gender of their baby. For whatever reason you chose to do a balloon release I encourage you to take a little extra time to read this document and consider the end result of this beautiful event.
photo taken by Denise White