Apr 18

Have a smashing time

Gone are the days of balloons and a Victoria sponge. If your baby is having a birthday, there’s only one way to celebrate: with a cake smash!!

Turning one is an important milestone, a very proud moment for parents and family.

A photo session to mark this occasion is a really valuable investment, after all, your child will never turn one again! Cake smashes are messy, fun and a perfect way to capture that cheeky and innocent personality.

DECIDE YOUR THEME – have a look on the internet, Pinterest is great. Save some examples of what you really like and have a think about how you can make it happen. Do you have an outfit to go with this particular theme? Or do you need to pick up something new? Do you want bunting to go with it? Flowers? Balloons?

CHOOSING YOUR CAKE – your cake doesn’t have to cost a fortune! It’s a great idea to approach a professional cake maker, but if that’s not in your budget, have a browse in the supermarkets. You can get a great cake for a tenner and they look really lovely! Remember the brighter the colours of the cake the better!

PROPS – Spatula’s, different outfits, favourite teddy bears and cake stands, all of these things can add to a cake smash shoot and make it look super amazing!

TIME – Choose a time in the day when you child is happiest. Ideally not straight after a nap or right before. We also want your child to be interested and hungry for CAKE! Timing is very important so think about when is most suitable.

To take the hard work out of planning and arranging all of these details, Creative Decorations are offering an amazing Cake Smash Offer alongside Ami Louisa Photography and Dunstable Cake House! This offer includes:

  • 30 Minute Photo Session
  • 5 Digital Images
  • Beautiful Cake
  • Giant Number 1 Balloon Decoration

All of this for just £210!!

Saving you £140 on our individual prices.

You can also choose between three different colour schemes (Lilac, Green or Rainbow)

Sessions are being held at Whipsnade Village Hall on the Sunday 2nd of June between 10am and 3pm.

Click here to find out more and to book in your 30 minute slot.

Until next time,

Helen

Mar 17

Tepee Parties

Who doesn’t love a sleepover! Tepee Parties are growing increasingly popular and we have provided some lovely balloons for these events (see pics). The best thing about hosting your very own sleepover party for your little ones and their mates is that you can pull off pretty much the best sleepover set up ever without spending too much. Forget hiring a venue. Stay home and have the ultimate sleepover yourself!

Creating your own tepee party is easily done. Below we have listed our top 5 ideas for hosting the perfect tepee party.

1.FOOD!

Pizza, Hot dogs or burgers are an easy option.  For breakfast whip up some pancakes with a topping station with chocolate chips, fruit, and whip cream for something fun.  For snacks, a sundae station may be fun.  If you plan to watch movies do popcorn.  Kids also always love baked cookies and sweeties! Ask us about our sweetie cart and sweetie cones!

2.Balloons!

Glitter balloons, different coloured balloons, personalised balloons, you name it, we’ve got it. They create the perfect fun atmosphere for a Tepee party.

3. Games Galore!

You can stick to the typical party games (like pass the parcel) but you can also find games that suit your specific theme. And nail polish spin the bottle is always a hit for the girls! ff

4. Decorate!

It’s easy to make a cosy and comfortable sleeping space for your excited party guests. Make your own or hire Tepees! You can create a great atmosphere just using lights, so black out the windows with newspaper or towels and string up some fairy lights or dot the room with different coloured lamps. Arrange individual sleeping spaces in a big circle on the floor so that when it’s time to bunker down for the night, everyone feels included. The more bean bags, cushions and blankets, the better!

5. Matching PJS!!

For a real treat why not buy the kids matching pyjamas. They’ll love twinning together and it will be a lovely treat that they’ll remember forever!

Until next time,

Helen

With thanks to:

Photographer: Ami Louisa Photography  https://www.instagram.com/amilouisaphotography/

Styling: Pitch Boutique – https://www.instagram.com/pitchboutique/

Soft Furnishings: Lily Mae Designs – https://www.instagram.com/lilymaedesigns/

Head dresses and Capes Just for one day – https://www.instagram.com/forjustonedayatelier/

Teddies: Nelly and Me – https://www.instagram.com/nelly_and_me_clothing/

Balloons: Creative Decorations – https://www.instagram.com/creativedecorations/

Cookies: Happiness Factor Cakes – https://www.instagram.com/happinessfactorcakes/

Vintage crockery Herts Vintage Hire – https://www.instagram.com/hertsvintagehire/

Watercolour sign Mummy & Moon – https://www.instagram.com/mummyandmoon_/

Face painting https://www.instagram/onceuponafacepaints 

Feb 16

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day, or St Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on 14th February.

It’s a day when people show their affection for one another.

Where did it all start, and why do we celebrate it? Well here’s a little bit of history of Valentine’s Day for you all:

St. Valentine was actually four different people, all of whom were canonized by the Catholic Church due to their various good works. One of the first of the St. Valentines was executed as a martyr for helping Christians wed. At the time of his good deeds, marriage was sometimes controlled by the state, so it was considered a crime for some to wed. He helped people get married at the risk of his own life, as well as performing other good deeds. The other three Valentine’s also suffered a similar fate, due to their insistence of helping people who wanted to be married or wanted to live their lives in their own way that was not endorsed by the Roman government.

Knowing the sacrifice these men made to help others be married shows their compassion for human beings and the lengths they were willing to go to, in the name of love.

At Creative Decorations, we have plenty of ideas for the big day. Below are 3 ways you can surprise your loved one on the 14th!

  • Send a beautiful helium-filled bubble balloon. Personalise your bubble with your own words of ‘love’ and personalised messages. Don’t forget to select your Bubble filling & ribbon/garland. We have a range of feathers, confetti & mini heart balloons to choose from.
  • Send a helium-filled large Ring Balloon – Maybe you are going to ‘Pop’ the question this Valentine’s Day?
  • Decorate your space! Make your workplace or bedroom look amazing with some beautiful balloon decorations, LOVE letters and confetti balloons.

Contact us today and let us know how we can help you.

Until next time,

Helen

Feb 05

Supporting Great Ormond Street

Creative Decorations Supports Great Ormond Street Hospital

With thanks to BAPIA, for the 4th year running, we volunteered our time and expertise to help Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital with balloons and decorations at their special Christmas parties for children being cared for by the Hospital. The four parties were spread over two days with around 500 guests, giving children and their families time away from the hospital wards to enjoy having fun together.

The parties were the first in the series of ‘12 Days of GOSH Xmas’, where from the 14th to 25th of December Great Ormond Street Hospital featured some of the best festive moments taking place at the hospital throughout the Christmas period.

The children enjoyed fun activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, biscuit making and posing for pictures in a giant snow globe. There was an enchanting performance from the cast of Wicked, and a wonderful appearance from a choir put together by The Old Vic to get everyone into the festive spirit. Christmas would not be Christmas without Santa and he did not disappoint, surprising the children and spreading Christmas joy to all the families involved.

The families were also joined by an array of celebrity friends including Emma Bunton, Stephen Mulhern, Nick Grimshaw and Dan Beasley-Harling from this year’s Great British Bake off. We, along with 20 other balloon professionals, spent the day with GOSH creating arches and a spectacle of other balloons including festive chains, baubles, presents, a helicopter and an aeroplane. The show stopper was the beautifully designed stage area filled with letter balloons spelling out ‘Happy Christmas’ for all of the children to enjoy.

The balloons were all latex-free due to allergy concerns for some of the children at the hospital, and the décor was made to last as it was being used for four separate parties over two days.

For help with your next event contact Helen on info@creativedecorations.co.uk

Until next time,

 

Dec 16

The Top 8 Places To Visit New Year

The Top 8 Places to Spend New Year!

Are you tired of seeing the same faces on New Year’s Eve? Do you want to see new sites, new environments and meet new people? From fireworks shooting across stunning backdrops to crazy street parties in cool capitals and all-night raves on warm beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to ring in 2019. So, start the year as you mean to go on! You could wake up on the 1st of January in a brand-new city after a night (and maybe morning!) of celebrations! Here’s our top 8 places to spend New Year!

London

London is a fabulous place at the turn of the year. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, London’s night skies will be a blaze of light and colour with a display of stunning pyrotechnics from the river on London’s famous South Bank. Get your family and friends together and say cheers to 2019!

Rome

New Year’s Eve is primarily a street festival in the Roman city centre. Many Romans eat at home or in the restaurant and at midnight they flock to the city centre, to the Coliseum or to the vantage hills to celebrate and watch the fireworks. Even the nightclubs turn up on New Year’s Eve, to celebrate the new year.

New York

An iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is not only a New York tradition, it’s a global phenomenon. An estimate of one million revellers will flock to the land of LED screens to witness one of the best NYC events in December, which includes star-studded New Year’s Eve concerts, the inevitable surprise engagement and a chance to be featured on live television.

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital’s famed three-day Hogmanay extravaganza kicks off on 30 December, with a Viking-style torchlight procession along the Royal Mile. The big night itself includes Franz Ferdinand headlining Concert in the Gardens, which wraps in time for gig-goers to catch unequalled views of midnight fireworks over Edinburgh Castle. An adjoining street party dance on into 2019. Celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with live music and the traditional fancy-dress dip in the freezing Firth of Forth (known as ‘the Loony Dook’).

Sydney

Sydney Harbour’s firework extravaganza is watched by more than a million people gathered along the foreshore – but a better idea is to join the boatfuls of people bobbing in the water. You can hire out a boat, bring your own bubbles and start the countdown early. You might prefer to reserve an outside table at one of the waterfront restaurants by Sydney Harbour Bridge for a front-row seat, but ensure you book early!

Krakow

New Year’s Eve has its very own name in Poland called “Sylwesters”. Head to Kralow for a celebration like no other as this city has a reputation for hosting one of Europe’s biggest open-air parties. Rynek Glowny, Krakow’s beautiful medieval square, has a huge light and laser show with live pop acts to dance along to. People gather at the free celebrations both in the square and around the city to wait for the clock to strike.

Dublin

If you’re looking for a city break closer to home, Dublin’s a great option and the Irish sure do know how to party! There’s the iconic Temple Bar, which is a must-visit for anyone’s first time in the city. It’s especially magical on New Year’s Eve, where you’ll find the celebrations spilling out of the pub and into the lively city streets. You could also choose to catch the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, a light and laser show timed perfectly against DJ tunes that really get the party started. As one of the ‘friendliest cities in the world’, Dublin’s locals are always there to make sure you have a great time too. With quirky performances, dancing in the street and sharing a pint of Guinness with strangers-turned-friends; it’s all waiting for you this New Year’s Eve!

Barcelona

When it comes to New Year holiday destinations, nothing quite compares to hitting the streets of Barcelona. The Catalans sure know how to party, and from super clubs to avenues, the celebrations continue early into the morning. Greet January in a traditional way on Plaça d’Espanya, where you’ll find a stunning light show filled with music and special effects. All the excitement is centred around the Magic Fountain.

 

If you are partying at home here in the UK, don’t forget us! We provide wonderful celebration balloons for your New Year’s Eve party, our most popular being our ‘pop’ balloon with confetti creating a magical moment for when the clock strikes 12!

Happy New Year!

Until Next time,

Helen

Nov 19

Christmas is coming

Christmas is Coming!!

With Halloween well and truly out of the way, it’s time to start talking about all things…. CHRISTMAS!!
Christmas is coming and along with it comes the festive party season. Here at Creative Decorations we can offer you an exciting range of party balloons and accessories perfect for all of those upcoming events that you may have planned. But before we go into that, we’ve put together a few ideas for hosting the perfect Christmas party! Here’s our 8 must-haves for a great Christmas party!

1.Create a Christmas Playlist on Spotify.

Nothing sets the mood better than some good ol’ Christmas jams. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want for Christmas and The Pogues are absolute winners to get your guests singing and dancing!

2. Ugly Jumper Theme

We all know someone that turns up on Christmas day with the worst Christmas jumper you’ve ever seen. Make it a theme! You could reward the person with the worst jumper with some festive treats!

3. FOOD!

Have lots of food. Food, of course, is the most essential aspect of your party. Everyone will be looking forward to your festive snacks and not having to cook dinner when they get home because they’ve filled up on all of your “goodies.” Cookie trees, marshmallow Santa’s, Christmas crunch popcorn, the list goes on and on. Get creative!

4. And Don’t Forget the Festive Drinks.

Have a pot filled with hot chocolate, some eggnog in the fridge and some hot apple cider in the slow cooker. It will fill the room with the scents of Christmas and add to the occasion.

5. Set up a Christmas Photo Booth.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. As Pinterest has taught us, throw a red sheet on the wall, grab some Christmas themed prop, like Santa hats and reindeer antlers, and you’re ready to go. Now you have proof of all the fun you’ve had… after all, if you don’t post a photo on Instagram of the party you had, did you even have it?

6. Party Games

Everyone loves party games and it’s a great way to have a laugh and relax. Some good ones include a gingerbread decorating comp, white elephant and the Christmas gift wrap relay. Have fun with it!

7. The Décor

You will already have thrown around a bit of Christmas cheer in your home with your Christmas tree and/or decorations. Why don’t you add a string of fairy lights across the ceiling or around windows and doors? Add a bowl or tray full of sparkly baubles and a few festive candles on your table, this will be enough to create a festive atmosphere. Or call us and let us add some Christmas balloon trees, personalised foil balloons or even some little elves for the shelves!

8. Invitations

The best way to get all of your friends interested and excited about your party is by sending out invitations rather than just sending out a mass group text. Throw some creativity and thought into your invitations!

 

Creative Decorations can help you with all of your Christmas party needs, we offer the following to add that extra special touch to any festive event:

Balloon Christmas Tree-

These look fabulous and add that wow factor to any party.

Balloon Wreath-

Add a touch of something different to your event with these wreaths, or just a decoration for your home for you! Beautiful.

Santa and Elf Balloon Characters-

With star balloons! Put your own message on them to make them personal.

Chocolate Crackers-

Great for secret Santa gifts, table gifts or stocking fillers

Until next time,

Helen

Oct 29

8 Reason To Visit Wedding Fairs

Wedding fairs range from the large national events attended by thousands, to small and intimate afternoons at local venues. Whether they are big or small, they are all worth a visit. As the bride, you can expect to be treated like a celeb from the moment you get there, and everyone will want to talk to YOU! It’s also a fab day out with your friends and family.

Here are 8 reasons to attend wedding fairs;

Amazing Suppliers!

Wedding fairs are full of suppliers with everything you need plus more for your big day!
It’s also a great way of seeing products and meeting people in real life, so you know exactly what you are getting. There is simply no other place to meet so many suppliers face-to-face, and many brides will book a supplier not just because their work looks amazing, but because they make a really good impression

Catwalk

Most wedding fairs have an amazing catwalk showcasing all the best dresses and designs for brides, grooms, bridesmaids and even mothers of the bride!

Bubbles!

A huge added bonus! There is usually a bar providing yummy prosecco or champagne for you to have a glass or three while you take a well-deserved rest from all that wedding browsing!

Tasty Cake

There will be lots of wedding cake suppliers at each wedding fair offering samples of their finest cake! Chocolate, strawberry and champagne are just some of the flavours you would expect to sample! There will be a few unique ones in there too if you fancy something a little more unusual. You will fall in love with flavours you didn’t even know existed and your cake will be unforgettable.

SALE!

Lots of wedding fairs will offer you a discounted rate for anything bought or booked on the day. You could save hundreds on your dress if you are feeling brave enough to buy one on the day. For a supplier, attending a wedding fair has to be worthwhile so many will prepare a special offer for the show too!

Inspiration

This is a great advantage of major fairs – there are so many suppliers, you’re bound to see a huge selection of all kinds of things, from stationery to honeymoons to hen do packages. You’ll see things you never even thought of before! Make sure you take lots of pictures of everything you like so you can look back at them when you get home.

Check Out Trends

Suppliers usually bring a selection of items to please everyone – both the traditional brides and the trendy ones. With so many displays in one place, it’ll be easy to see what’s hot and interesting right now and for next year. A great idea is to chat with the suppliers about what other brides are asking for – you’ll get tons of great suggestions you may not have thought about yourself.

Wedding fair Sweet Cart Ask!

Whether you attend a big or a small event, it’s a good idea to talk to as many suppliers as you can. If you see something you like, go for it – ASK!      Ask about them, ask about their experience, their best-selling products or services, suggestions, anything at all.

 

Creative Decorations will be attending the following wedding fairs this year.

Pop by and say hello for all of your Wedding Day Balloon and Sweetie Cart needs!

 

Looking for something different? The Engage Wedding Planning Party is where you need to go – Thursday 8th November
https://www.engageweddings.co.uk/party

The Harpenden Wedding Fair -Sunday 18th November 2018
http://www.wedding-exhibitions-uk.co.uk/venueDetails.asp?venueID=45

Until Next time,
Helen

Sep 17

Halloween fun with Creative Decorations

Halloween Fun with Creative Decorations

With Halloween quickly approaching you’re probably looking for a few scary party ideas that’ll really help things get spooky. Creative Decorations can help! Halloween is the perfect time to really let your creative juices flow. If you have already got your scary Halloween outfit organised, chosen the spooky nail art you’re going to have and picked out the recipes you’re going to bake for the big day, then there’s only one thing left to do; organise your Halloween Party! Here are a few good ideas for some scary activities you can plan for your upcoming Halloween party.

1.Grab the Ouija Board!

Back when you were younger, there’s a good chance that you were curious about the Ouija board, especially because your parents were usually against it! This is a fun party game that can easily get a little bit spooky, depending on the crowd you invite over (or the spirits that are hanging out in your house).

2. Crack open the scary story book

You don’t need to illuminate your face with a flashlight, but you can still make your stories spooky. A good place to look is on the internet. Most of them are fictional and some are so ghoulishly good that you’ll be up all night!

3.Make some spooky Halloween treats

There are so many recipes out there. Have a look on the internet for tips and keep it simple! Biscuit ghosts, grape eyeballs, blood punch and spider pop cakes are all fun and easy to make.

4.Grab your favourite scary movies

One of my favourite parts of Halloween are the scary films! With so many to pick from, why not have a scary movie marathon. Psycho, Halloween, Scream, Paranormal Activity and The Shining are some of my favourites to get your hearts racing!

5. Play Pandora’s Box

Fill four shoeboxes, one with something unpleasant (like ice, or sandpaper) one with something creepy (plastic spiders or vampire teeth), one with something gross (worms, or spaghetti) and one with something nice (perhaps feathers or marshmallows). Get your friends to dig in to each box and watch them squirm!

6. Adult Hide and Seek

This might be seen as another children’s game, but you know what? Hide and seek can get kind of creepy. Especially if you’ve got a lot of decent places in your home to hide. Make the house pitch dark and let someone try to find the rest of the gang.

7. Murder Mystery Evening

Grab a murder mystery game, there are loads available for you to play at home and available for all party sizes. Get everyone to dress up and your friends will be talking about your party for years to come.

Creative Decorations can supply the following for your party:

• Balloon Decorations

Make your house spooky with our balloon arches for selfies/front of house or mini witches!

• Sweets

Of any kind, in cones or cups! Give your guests a fright with our frightfully tasty sweet hands!

Halloween Balloons and sweets

Until next time,


Helen

Aug 19

Balloon Decorators – Why you need one

Balloon Decorators- Why You Need One

So, you’re planning a special event, maybe a wedding reception or a birthday party, and you want to incorporate balloons in some way. In this blog, we are going to let you know WHY you should hire a professional balloon decorator rather than doing it yourself or getting someone unqualified in to cut costs.

Hiring one of our professionals allows you to completely relax and enjoy every bit of the party, without feeling the pressure. With that said, you may still be having doubts as to whether you need to hire a specialist for your next party, so here are some more reasons to give us a try:

1.You will be too busy dealing with other things on party day

It’s impossible and stressful trying to be sociable with everyone at your party anyway, making sure all your guests are entertained and keeping an eye on the kids/animals/drunk friends to make sure they stay out of trouble, without the added stress of trying to organise balloon arches, and balloon walls! Creative Decorations will take all of that stress away, we’ve got you covered.

2. Disposable canisters never expel the full amount stated

True story! I get lots of last minute calls from people who use disposable canisters and quickly realise it’s not enough for the required number of balloons they need. I’ve also had panicked phone calls from mums and dads who have spent the whole night before their child’s party filling up heaps of balloons, only to find by the morning, the balloons are on the floor!
Hiring a professional means that the set up for parties/weddings/events will be done the night before and your balloons will still be floating by morning. Win!

3.You were just going to ask one of your friends or family to take care of the balloons

Firstly, they’re guests and are probably keen to have fun too. Secondly, are you sure that you want to risk having a potential disaster with the balloons just to save a few quid?

4. Buying cheap balloons online doesn’t always save you money

Especially if you have to end up doing it twice. Cheap foil balloons online don’t always float and small foil balloons are not suitable for helium so will also not float!
We used to offer a balloon filling service but do not anymore. Why? Because of the amount of bad quality balloons we were being asked to fill. Most were not suitable for helium and would never last the duration of an event.

Here’s a few points to remember when hiring us as your balloon decorator:

1. Creative Decorations are fully trained and insured
2. We do the job for you, allowing you more time to get ready for your event

3. Our balloons are QUALITY and will last the duration of your event and beyond!

Remember cheap is not always best

Until next time,
Helen

Jul 19

Summer Celebration Balloons

Summer Celebration Balloons

With A Level and GCSE results almost due, there’s so much to celebrate and so many people to thank!
August is the time for the dreaded exam results. It’s the time of year, whether you’ve just finished school or you’re a college leaver, that the local papers will be full of pictures of ecstatic young students jumping for joy over the contents of their brown exam results envelope. The radio will have numerous students bursting with pride, announcing to its listeners which university they have gotten into and parents will have their fingers hovering over their phones anticipating THE call from their beloved.

Whether you’re equally excited about your results or just want to forget about them and move on, we’ve put together a few ideas of ways to celebrate and some gift ideas for all those involved in the crazy exam period. Whatever you’re doing, you might as well start it off with a bang!

Congratulations!

Show your loved one how proud you are, whatever their results, with a surprise balloon bouquet ready and inflated for when they get home. We have a range of foil balloons with different messages, or you could personalise a balloon, with your own message if you wish to make it extra special!

Thank You Balloons

Teachers are fab, and at the end of each school year many people like to show their gratitude and thanks to a teacher for all of their help and support. You could club together with your friends and buy a balloon in a box.

Sweet Trees/bouquets

Say “thank you” or “congratulations!” with one of our sweet gifts! We offer a huge selection of sweets and chocolate to go on your tree or in a bouquet, so pick your lucky recipient’s favourite treat and surprise them with one of our funky and unique trees.

P-A-R-T-Y!

Are you doing a graduation party/ end of school party? Balloons are a fantastic way to add some colour and fun to your event, whether they are to walk through at the entrance of the venue, to decorate a garden or go above the DJ decks, they certainly give that “WOW!” factor.

Sweet Cart

If you’re having a party, don’t forget that we also have a sweet cart. Our sweet carts are supplied with scoops, tongs and bags to match your colour scheme, and you get to keep whatever is left at the end. Why not add some of our balloons to the cart too?

Glitter!

If you’re having a party, or just fancy some glitter in your hair for prom, we can do that too. Glitter roots are all the rage at the moment, and you can really stand out at your party or prom! If you are having a themed party, let us know! Nicole can do a range of designs to suit any occasion. All of our face paints are formulated to be Paraben and fragrance-free and are made of premium cosmetics ingredients.

 

Whether it’s a “thank you” gift, “congratulations” balloon or a party, Creative Decorations can help!

Drop us a message to discuss your bespoke party needs and gift ideas.

 

Until next time,

Helen

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