Weather and balloons

November 9, 2010

So,  I started thinking about what role the weather  plays in balloon decorating and how we need to have a contingency plan, backup, substitutions, etc..ready to go at the first sign of inclement weather. Here are some of things I have personally experienced and developed to ensure my decor stays fresh and more importantly “up” .

Rain and wind are huge problems for outdoor decor – rainwater can weigh down the balloons and also cause spotting on foil balloons. High winds pretty much flatten arches and can knock centerpieces off  of the tables. Whenever possible, try using a PVC frame for outdoor arches – they will hold their shape in any weather. I also do not recommend using the letter shaped foil balloons outside – they have small tether points and could tear away from the line. Nothing like trying to spell “Class of 2010” and the CL blows away…

Columns can also be made on pvc pipe frames. It will eliminate swaying in the wind and falling down from the weight of the water from rain. A large gumball balloon on top and you have a great alternative to a balloon arch if the weather is a factor.

When creating centerpieces for outdoor events, make sure that the base is as heavy as possible.  I  recommend using clay dishes (like from clay pots in a garden center) with Styrofoam and foil paper poofs to hide the foam. Washer weights will help anchor the balloons to the base and you can cover them with matching foil paper so it looks seamless. Keep in mind,  the wind will twist the ribbons on loosely grouped balloons into jumbled bunches of knots; whenever possible,  try making clusters or topiary shapes on a single ribbon to avoid the tangled look. Or you could make them on a painted or fabric covered wooden dowel and use air-filled  balloons rather than helium.

Lastly,  the most important thing to remember is to make sure you discuss with your client the alternatives and possibilities, and that they agree to them so that everyone is on the same page on the day of setup.  This way they can be assured of getting  great high-quality decor in any type of weather!!

Creative Centerpieces

January 13, 2010

I love my job…I truly do. I love to challenge myself to come up with new designs, revamp old ones, and keep up with the trends. Nothing is more satisfying than having clients come to me with a rough idea, be able to create it, and then have them say “It’s exactly what I wanted!”

These past few days have been filled with just those moments; Winnie the Pooh baby shower, another Winter Wonderland Sweet 16, Hollywood themed 50th birthday, and a 90th birthday.. the fun part is seeing the clients reaction to what you have created for them.

There are so many great design elements in the market place now – battery operated lights, crystals, feathers, glittered letters and shapes, the list is endless…a little imagination can take you a long way.

Now more than ever we need to  try and push the design envelope to come up with really creative centerpieces on smaller budgets. I find that if you are passionate about your work, it will reflect in your designs (“a little bit of me goes into everything I create”) and your clients will appreciate that..No job is too small, ever…even a simple centerpiece can be stunning when presented  with the right enthusiasm and fun.

Looking forward to the new year and coming up with more creative centerpieces. 🙂

Winter Wonderland Sweet 16

January 4, 2010

Glittering snowflakes, silver ball ornaments, powdery blue accents, pearly white touches…it must be a Winter Wonderland Sweet 16.. and this past Saturday we created this dazzling theme for one lucky young lady.

It is always exciting to see the finished product after all the blood sweat and tears that you put into your projects. And this event was no exception..The pearl azure blue, white and metallic silver balloons added just the right touches and really complimented the white Christmas tree adorned with pearly white and powdery blue trimmings; it was magical..and here are a couple of pictures:

It wouldn’t be New Years Eve without Balloons.  Not only will they add color and festivity to your party they can be the hit of the evening. Here are a couple of ideas I have to share.

Use a funnel to fill balloons with glitter and confetti and hang curling ribbon from the ceiling.  Tie small bells to helium balloons so when they are bumped or popped they ring in the New Year.

Here is a great balloon game to play: RUN AND POP! NEW YEARS’ BALLOON RELAY RACE: For those that will have smaller children at their New Year’s party, make sure to include a few games that they can enjoy and play together. All the kids love this New Year game. To play, divide the children into 2 or more equal teams and stand them in a line. Give each team ten balloons in a basket. The first in each line takes a balloon and runs to the other side of the room/yard/area and sits or stomps on the balloon to pop it. After popping the balloon they run back to the line and tag the next person who does the same thing. The game goes on until one team has popped all of their balloons. The winning team gets a small prize like a New Years party favor which could be a toy! Make sure to have fun with this game by giving great New Years gifts to all the guests! Even adult children will love this game. You could make the party more festive by decorating the house with New Years decorations!

Miller’s Balloon Blog

December 28, 2009

Balloons make your event amazing

Hello Balloon Lovers

December 28, 2009

Did you know that Balloons can make any event spectacular.   Balloon decor is one of the most economical ways to make any event an amazing event.   All that is needed is some talent, some energy and of course some quality balloons.  You would be surprised at some of the items that can be created with balloons.  Many people think you are limited to columns, archways and centerpieces but in fact if you can envision it, we can create it.

My name is Jodie, Follow me on this Blog as I give hints, tips and suggestions for making Balloon decor a must for your next event.  I will be glad to answer your most difficult balloon questions .

Follow me as I post some awesome balloon decor photos.   I appreciate  feedback.

It’s not too late to think about Balloons for New Years Eve.   The balloon drop is always a favorite but I can show you some other cool things to do.  Feel free to send me an email at JodieF@millersrentals.com

Thanks and happy ballooning…..