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.

8.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

Celebration Balloons

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

Jun 23

Balloon Releases

Balloon Releases – Don’t Let them go!

All of us at some point in our lives have let go of, or lost, a balloon. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a balloon float into the air? Its mesmerising. But recently balloon releases have become controversial. Why? Because balloons create litter and pose a risk to wildlife.

There are those balloon professionals like us and BAPIA who no longer support nor facilitate the deliberate release of balloons into the atmosphere. But there are those who believe that when conducted properly, and with the right materials, latex balloon releases are harmless to wildlife and the environment, but this is simply not true. So, we are here to give you a few facts and alternatives to balloon releases.

What’s Wrong with Balloon Releases?

It cannot be disputed that balloon releases cause litter – “What goes up, must come down!”
A recent report indicates that of those latex balloons that could be traced after a monitored balloon release, approximately 12% burst into small pieces, and 81% were recovered with half of the balloon mass intact. What happens next is not the traditional pop that you and I are used to seeing, but instead something simply called “shattering.” The helium balloon breaks in a manner that is similar to smashing a mirror, and all that is left are very small pieces of cold latex that sprinkle back down to earth.

How Can we Help Make your Balloon Release Friendly to Wildlife and the Environment?

If you decide to have a balloon release, consider these options:
• Use fully biodegradable balloons.
• Make sure balloons are air-filled.
• Hand-tie the balloons.
• Do not use plastic disks, attachments, or ribbon or string. Biodegradable cotton string and thin raffia ribbon can still get tangled up in trees and utility lines and harm wildlife.

Popular Balloon Release Alternatives That We Can Offer

1. Balloon Messages– Displaying Balloons at funerals/weddings with messages tied to the string for all to read is a lovely idea, and not harmful to the environment as they are not being released.
2. Personalised balloons– Add your own message or photos onto foil balloons to be place around the room.
3. Seed Balloons– Put your favourite flower seeds into a balloon and pop it over the area you would like them to grow.
4. Balloon Wall-We can build balloon walls that allow you to write different messages on them.
5. Prize Balloon Popping – Hide a few prizes inside air filled balloons. Release balloons indoors and let everyone pop them to find the prizes.

 

Not only is it super important to us that our environment and wildlife do not suffer from balloon waste caused by balloon releases, but there has been talk about banning balloons all together! This would mean no party balloons, wedding balloons or balloon modelling, and this would be such a shame. What’s a party without balloons!?

Please help us make a stand against balloon releases by talking to us about our alternative options. And help the environment by placing your latex balloons into your compost bin once you have finished with them, all you need to do is take the ribbon off.

 

Until next time,
Helen

May 21

Letter Balloons

 Letter Balloons

 

Letter balloons are becoming increasingly popular bringing that ‘WOW’ factor and talking point to any event. These letter balloons are all over our Pinterest and Instagram feeds right now, and we’re not complaining! This trend is so fun and perfect for all occasions.

They are perfect for everything from baby showers and weddings to company events/exhibitions, birthdays and more even school proms! There are  a variety of different colours, even the new on trend Rose gold!

We offer two different sizes of letter balloons;

Large 34″ which are helium filled and can be put in an arch or on individual weights. Hoop with Letter Balloons These foil balloons will float with helium for several days.
The smaller 16″ are proving to be very popular also. They can only be air filled and need to be hung up as they cannot float, adding them to a hoop just adds something a bit different.

Here are some cool ways you can use our funky letter balloons to spell it out

Engagement Letter Balloons

1. Birthdays! Rather than having the number 1, spell out ONE for your little darling or have their names up in helium!
2. Engagements! LOVE in huge letters is always a hit, or simply ENGAGED is bound to get everyone at the party talking.

3. Wedding Day! Mr & Mrs looks fab, you can even have balloons above the cake or as a backdrop to the dancefloor.
4. Baby showers! The words BOY or GIRL looks great, or even BABY. Someone recently had BORN TO BE WILD! Get creative!

So next time you’re looking for a fun and unique addition to your party or event, why not consider our letter balloons?

Until next time,

Helen

Apr 11

April Showers

April Showers 

Rain is one of the biggest worries for brides-to-be. Although it’s an old wives’ tale that rain on your wedding day means good luck, waking up to drizzle and stormy skies can make any bride feel far from lucky. As Alanis Morissette once sang, “It’s like rain on your wedding day”, but there are plenty of ways to prepare for a wet wedding, and some cool ideas too! While it’s something you can’t control, what you can control are your plans to make the very best of a wet-weather day. Take a look at our top tips for dealing with wet weather on your big day and reasons why your potentially rainy day will be an amazing one.

1. Wellies- there is nothing cooler than a bride in some pretty welly boots giving a festival chic vibe.
2. Umbrellas- lots of different or matching coloured umbrellas that will look fun in your wedding photos.
3. Warm Comfort Food- we all know that food is one of the best parts of any wedding! With dreary weather, you and your guests can indulge in some delicious hot stews, roasts or even serve hot chocolate! Who wants a salad anyway?!
4. Photographs- rainy weather usually makes for better pictures. Soft clouds rather than blazing sunshine and harsh shadows and how fun to add in extra props such as wellies and umbrellas into your wedding album!
5. Rainbows- You could see one! How lucky and magical would that be on your wedding day, especially if your photographer is able to capture it.
6. Essentials- don’t forget to pack your hairdryer, make-up (especially the waterproof mascara!) and hairspray so you can touch up if you do happen to get caught in the downpour!
7. Flowers- Your beautiful wedding day blooms are less likely to wilt in the rain. Win!

I made some beautiful colourful wedding balloons for a wedding shoot recently and it just so happened to rain. It didn’t dampen the mood though (excuse the pun) and just take a look at these awesome pictures and video below.

You really can’t predict the weather, so why stress and worry about it? Just remember what really matters on your wedding day. It’s not going to be a disaster if everything doesn’t go completely to plan and you do end up with rain on your wedding day. This is about the two of you sharing your big day with friends and family, and not even a downpour can ruin that!

Until next time,

Helen
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With thanks to

Videography + Styling @hushabyefilms hushabyefilms.com
Photography @sarahbrookesphotography www.sarahbrookesphotography.com
Flower Crown + Bouquet @floralflowersandfoliage
Flower Hoops @rosehipbespoke
Bridal Wear @woburn_bridal
HMUA @bellesbeautymua
Car @cambridgeweddingcars
Balloons @creativedecorations
Umbrellas @hertsvintagechina
Models @iheartvantime @jackswarner
Shoot Assistant @sarahsymmonds_
Alpacas: Winterfel Alpacas

Mar 05

Mothering Sunday

 

Mothering Sunday – Time to Think Outside of the (Chocolate) Box!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and for a lot of us, it’s hard to think of something that really says “thank you” to our mothers. Below, we have created a short summary on everything you need to know about Mother’s Day to give you a helping hand.

When is Mother’s Day?
Mothering Sunday is a day to honour and spoil your mother, step-mother, grandmother or carer and show them how much they are appreciated.
This year Mother’s Day in the UK is on Sunday 11th March. It’s held every second Sunday in March each year in the UK. It is not held on the same day all over the world, just to confuse things!

What’s the History behind Mother’s Day in the UK?
Mothering Sunday is believed to have evolved from the 16th century practice of visiting one’s mother church each year. Every Sunday, churchgoers used to worship their nearest parish, known as a daughter church. It was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year, so each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.
This also became a time for families to reunite. It is believed that the tradition of children picking flowers along the way to take home led to the tradition of giving presents to mums.
This has now evolved into a whole day of appreciation for mothers all around the UK.

Traditional Mother’s Day Gifts
Before we get on to our alternatives, what are the traditional Mother’s Day gifts?
1. Flowers. By far the most popular gift. Usually spring flowers such as Daffodils, Tulips and Crocuses.
2. Perfume. A bottle of Ma’s fav fragrance is always a hit.
3. Chocolates. Always a staple; just a standard box of your mum’s fav choccies!
4. Lunch. Taking your mum out for some food is one of the most common things to do on Mother’s Day, with restaurants packed to the rafters and booked up months in advance!

Think Outside the (Chocolate) Box
If, like us, you think flowers are boring and have become the “vanilla” gift for Mother’s Day, then check out our alternative Mother’s Day gift suggestions:

1. Sweet Tree. Unlike flowers that last a week (if you’re lucky!), why not buy a sweet tree! “What’s a sweet tree?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a collection of goodies in the shape of a tree, designed to satisfy every mother’s sweet tooth (and we ALL have one!) and… it will last!
2. Balloon Bouquets. We’re not talking normal, run of the mill balloons. We’re talking big, colourful, personalised balloons! We offer a mixture of foil and latex.
3. Sweet Cones! Small ones, big ones, different coloured ones, personalised tags… the choice is yours! We even have vegetarian ones.

If you want to show those awesome ladies in your life that you really care, why not opt for one of our alternative gifts. They won’t disappoint and I’m sure any one receiving them will be thankful that you thought of something different.

Do you know someone who would be interested in our choice of Mother’s Day goodies? Please feel free to share our article and let others enjoy. We would love to hear what you’ll be buying for Mother’s Day, so let us know on Facebook or Twitter! For more information on our products & services, please call us on 01582 513745.

Until next time,

Helen