Party Decorations – How to Avoid Common Mistakes, Part II

In "Decorating Your Party: How to Avoid Common Mistakes: Part I" we talked about some of the choices you can consider to improve the look of your party (such as colors, room size, ceiling height), this time let's talk about some of the party decorations for the technical details and what you can do about them.

1. Production time.

You need to be aware of when your room will be available for your party. Many times it is only two hours in advance. Be sure to inform your decorator at the beginning of your conversation. This does not mean that you cannot use large balloon decorations! But it has to be taken into account. There are several ways to achieve this:

a) Sometimes the place where you rent the room (whether it is a hotel or a public hall) can provide a back room for making party decorations, and then the installation should only be completed in two hours.

b) With the help of your decorator, you can choose party decorations that are quick to produce and still look striking.
c) The decorator may receive additional assistance but may also charge you for a limited time.

d) The decorator can rent a truck and bring pieces and pearls to be assembled quickly. This may also be worth the extra cost because of the time limitation of your location.

2. Ceiling sensors.

Some places have ceiling sensors, so if the balloon goes up, an alarm sounds and a fire truck comes on 20 seconds later. Expensive for the owner and may be for you.

Don't panic! You can still use balloons. Almost any party decoration that can be made with balloons filled with helium (the type that flies) can be made with air-filled balloons on a frame and does not need to be anywhere near the ceiling.

3. Do it the previous day.
If for any reason you need to make balloon decorations the previous day, keep in mind that regular (11 "round) balloons filled with helium will be dead by morning and on the floor by mid-day.

If all you need are ordinary balloon bouquets, you can ask the decorator to use a high float. This substance prevents balloons from leaking much longer. If you have more sophisticated party decorations – use balloons filled with air instead, as I mentioned in the previous point.

4. Transparent balloons.
Just keep in mind that they look great at first, especially if you have bright balloons inside, but after a few hours they will be less transparent, kind of darkened and will become less opaque as the party goes on.

5. Balloon lights.

This is a very effective technique for low light parties !!! For regular daylight or daytime running lights, they are hardly noticeable. If so, one should use much stronger lights with larger balloons, group the lights together, and so on.

6. Basics in the center.

The basics for the centerpieces as well as the floral long and low centerpieces are sometimes works of art as well as a noticeable part of your party's budget for decoration.

One thing, though: they sit on the counter with food. In some cases, the food company puts so many plates on the table; the food is so colorful and plentiful that the basics are lost. In fact, the smaller the base, the easier the catering facilities and the less it interferes with your guests and food.

So, when planning to spend money on the basics of balloon bouquets or other centerpieces – talk to your establishments first.

7. Balloon ceiling (balloons with ceiling ribbons)

Things to keep in mind:

a) If the ceiling is a rough surface, many of them will pop up during production, much more during the party.

c) One balloon takes less than a square foot. So if you are in a large room, you will need a considerable budget to cover the ceiling completely. If you do, it will work, though I would check the alternatives for the money. If you only partially cover the ceiling, the air conditioner or fan will blow the balloons around and rub them to the ceiling. In most cases, this will kill most of them.

8. Drops with balloon

The perfect party decoration for a theater room. That is, a room with a very high ceiling and a relatively small floor area. Then the balloons on their way down "have time" to fly in all directions and cover everyone in the room.

We will be lucky in a regular sized room if we can cover the dance floor. In addition, (and this is a matter of personal opinion), a balloon-hung hammock does very little for decorations, as well as for everyone to know what's coming. On the other hand, if one does not look in the right direction at the moment when the balloons are released, they can skip all the work.

One solution to these problems is the so-called "bursting balloon", also known as "bursting balloons".

Relax! No real explosives used! All of this is a large (3 feet or larger) balloon filled with smaller balloons and sometimes candy (check your contract with the place !!! It can be a big NO-NO!) Or even lottery winnings. One or more of these balloons are placed on the ceiling and when the time comes, they all pop out with the push of a button.

You can spread these balloons all over the room if you want to cover them all, or use a few in a strategic location if you choose. There are no more heavy hanging nets and no one can guess what's coming!

It's worth mentioning here that one can put these balloons in to make a wall and then blow up the whole wall … Let's talk about this next time.

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