Retirement Party

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Retirement – Another one of life’s milestones.

Did you know that around 10,000 people reach retirement age every single day!!

That’s a lot of parties.

Having a retirement party is a great way to celebrate leaving work life and enjoying the next part of your life.

Whether you plan on doing lots of travelling or just relaxing. It is a time to celebrate.

Here a few things to think about when planning a retirement party for yourself or for a colleague.

  • Where are you going to hold the party?
  • Are you going to have a theme?
  • What about music you will need a DJ – Think about favourite music
  • Do not forget to invite family & friends not just work colleagues.
  • And what about old colleagues, who have already left.
  • Are you going to do presentations? Are they going to be serious or funny.
  • Do not forget the food.
  • or the cake.
  • Photo booths are a big hit for any age and very on trend right now.
  • You will need decorations – do not forget the balloons!!
  • Old photos – maybe Include achievements
  • Are you going to do Speeches – who is going to do them?

What if you are not going to do a full evening party. That ok, most of these options can be done for a fun last day at work.

Whichever option you decide on, remember it is all about an enjoyable occasion. Creating new memories and remembering the old memories.

Until next time,

Helen

Personalise your Balloons

Personalised balloons are another trend that is not going to go away.

Going back just a few years, a personalised balloon involved actually writing on to the balloon with specialised pens or glue and glitter.

But now balloon professionals like me have invested in all the right equipment, to help make the job as easy as possible. And now we use cutting machines and vinyl to personalise your balloons. Which is so much easier!!

There are lots of reasons & celebrations to personalise your balloons.

Here are my top 7:

Birthdays

Whatever age you are a personalised birthday balloon is a perfect gift.

Or you may chose to have them as part of your party decor around the room.

Retirements

Add a message to your work colleague’s retirement balloon and either put it on their work desk or take it to their leaving party.

Christenings or Communions

Add your child’s name and the special date.

Get a cute photo of them with their personalised balloons for your memories.

Weddings

The list is endless for wedding days.

Personalised messages to your other half on the morning of the day.

A special message to the bride form all the bridesmaids.

From just Mr & Mrs, to both your names and dates or the best day ever

 Add table numbers or names onto your table balloons.

Gender reveals

Personalised balloons are perfect for this, you can add your family name involve other children or have the message just bespoke to you and your other half.

Then just pop them to see what colour balloons fall out.

Company events/promotions/parties

Having an open day an in-store promotion, doing an exhibition stand or having a party – personalised balloons with your logo on always looks great.

Just because

I love doing these balloons – random message balloons – the perfect way to let someone know you are thinking about them, whatever the reason. Or to tell them something specific.

As you can see from the images, I mainly do personalise you balloons, by using bubbles, foils and large latex balloons. This is because they are longer lasting balloons and you would get even less float time with a standard sized latex balloon, having said that, I can do latex balloons as long as you only need them for the day.

I hope you enjoyed looking at all these different reasons and it has given you some thoughts on who you could give a personalised balloon to.

For even more inspiration you can head over to my Pinterest board.

Until next time,

Helen

Company Anniversary

A Company anniversary / birthday is a big reason to celebrate. Whether you are celebrating your first year or your 100th year – yes I have decorated for a business celebrating its 100th year!!

Whatever stage you are with your business, make a point of celebrating your company anniversary and hold a special event.

Fit Base UK Gym Turns 1

On Saturday the 7th of March Fit base uk gym in Dunstable had their first birthday. They had lots of fun things planned for the day, there was even cake and I was asked to provide them with balloon décor, to help with the celebrations.

I met up with Nathan at the gym to see what space there was and showed him a few different ideas that he could have.

The decisions were made to have an outdoor organic arch over the main entrance and some pillars dotted around the gym area.

All the balloons needed to be lime green and black to match Fit base uk’s branding.

There were 3 balloon pillars, 2 of them were placed either side of the cake to make a feature area and one was placed the other side of the room.

I decided to do big round balloons as toppers for the pillars, as I felt these fitted in better with the look of the gym. I also put the Fit Base uk’s logo onto them.

The cake was made from Creme de la cakes who are also based in Dunstable. She made a mini replica of the gym, it looked fabulous!!

The organic demi arch outside was a mixture of all different sized latex balloons, that was the first thing people noticed as they approached the gym.

Do you need balloons for your company celebration, get in touch and we can chat about different ideas

Until next time

Helen

Pastel Wedding

Pastel colours are so popular right now. Are you thinking of having a pastel wedding?

They are described as light, soft, and calming. It is said if you like pastels and use them as a colour scheme you are probably someone who is friendly, sensitive, gentle and caring. Does that sound like you?

First of you will need to decide if you are going to stick to one colour for your pastel wedding or are you going to go multi coloured?

Once you have decided this, you then need to decide whether you are going to go full out and have everything pastel or are you going to just add a hint of pastel into your scheme.

5 Ways to add pastels into your wedding day

1. Balloons

Yes, balloons now come in your favourite pastel colours too. Add them as an arch or to your tables as centrepieces, there are so many different ways to add balloon into your wedding day.

Pastel balloons
Balloons from Creative Decorations
Photo credit H N Photography

2. Flowers

From your bridesmaid’s bouquets to your table centrepieces. You can even add them to your cake (see number 3)

Pastel pink wedding centrepiece
Photo credit H N Photography

3. Cakes

Add pastel details to the cake or make the whole cake a pastel colour, which do you prefer?

Wedding cake with pastel green flowers
Cake from La Belle Company
Photo Credit Pho2u

4. Nails

Whether you prefer gels or acrylics, adding the colour to your nails or your bridesmaid’s nails, is a nice subtle way of adding the colour into your day.

Pastel gel nails
Gel nails from KG Salon

5. Dresses

A big way to make the colour a big part of you day is for your bridesmaids to be dressed in the colour or colours you have chosen.

Or maybe add the colour into your wedding dress.

pastel bridesmaid dresses
Photo Credit H N Photography

I hope this has given you some different ideas and helps you with planning your pastel wedding

Until next time

Helen

Blue & Red Wedding

Read all about Catriona’s & Roberts Blue & Red wedding day.

Photo credit Perfect timing photography

Catriona & Robert wanted to add a fun to their wedding day and chose to have a superhero themed wedding.

From the grooms bow tie to the brides garter every little detail had a nod to a superhero.

Whether they were from Marvel or DC legends, they were included.

Room Décor

After the church service in Streatley, the wedding reception was held at The co op club in Luton.

With the help from Catriona’s sister they made their own table centrepieces. Each one featured a different colour that went along with that superhero.

Everything else was then kept to blue & red which matched the guest’s invitations.

 I alternated the blue & red chair bows, which I set up the previous day with help from Vikki from your wedding friend.

It is sometimes so much easier and less stressful if you can get into your venue the day before. It is always worth asking.

Their exploding first dance balloon contained a mixture of blue & red balloons with red confetti and the top table balloon display was also a mixture of both colours.

I set up a table with a wishing well, wishing tree and personalised balloon blocks, again these contained a mixture of blue and red balloons with blue details added to the wishing well.

Catriona & Robert also booked my sweet cart, this also had blue details added to it. They decided on family favourite sweets and also gave me a list of sweets they didn’t like, so I wouldn’t include them.

Other local suppliers who helped make Catriona & Roberts special day –

Venue – Co -op Club Luton

Wedding Décor – Creative Decorations

Wedding Photographer – Perfect timing Photography

Evening Dj – K&P Events

Classic Blue

Pantone Colour of the Year –

Classic Blue is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020!

The Colour Institute never disappoints and it always matches its annual choice of colour with what the world needs.

Carrying a deep meaning and symbolism, Classic Blue is a beautiful tone that comes just at the right time to convey calmness, stability, and honesty while it marks the world’s transition to a new decade. I simply love this colour.

“PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a reassuring presence, instilling calm, confidence, and connection,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President at the Pantone Colour Institute.

“While technology races ahead, often overwhelming our human ability to process everything around us, it’s only natural that we gravitate toward colours that bring a sense of peace, clarity, and even protection. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue highlights, our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Creative Decorations can’t wait to incorporate this calming hue of blue into balloon creations this year. It is a solid, trusted colour that certainly brings excitement and provides a field for experimentation for me and my fellow wedding supplier friends.

I would love to know what you think of the Pantone colour of the year 2020.

Are you planning on using it?

Not sure how to add it to your wedding. Here are a few images to help you and if you need any more inspiration on adding the colour blue into your décor or accessories you can go over to my Pinterest board

Until next time,

Helen

Baby Showers – Oh Baby!

Creative Decorations love a Baby shower and I’m sure from the images you have seen on my social media pages you can see why. Perfect pastel shades, family, friends, games, fun and a beautiful occasion to celebrate. Total perfection! Baby shower ideas aren’t always the easiest to come across and celebrities definitely set the bar high. However, whatever you’re after, I’ve got you covered.

Below are some examples of what some celebrities have done to give you some inspiration:

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Binky Felstead’s had a lavish theme with a gorgeous flower wall at the entrance with super-sized baby blocks. The cake had the cutest décor with a little elephant on the top, and the table setting was filled with flowers.

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Nicky Hilton’s theme was blue and pink as the couple were keeping the sex of the child a surprise, and guests tucked into a spread of macaroons and sweet treats from Maison Ladurée.

Khloe Kardashian had a plush bash that was sponsored by Amazon and was thrown at the Hotel Bel-Air.

It involved a pink flower wall, floral covered ceiling, giant elephant topiary and hundreds of balloons.

Stacey Solomon ensured her baby shower was Instagram-worthy with an exquisite flower wall, arches of foliage and bouquets of balloons alongside topiary elephants and bears.

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Providing the soundtrack for the bash was a saxophonist, who blared out tunes in the spring sunshine. 

I hope you like the ideas and feel inspired, if you need even more inspiration, you can go over to my Pinterest board

Remember if you need any help with balloons, sweets or any other decoration queries, just contact me, I am always happy to help!

Until next time,

Helen

Biodegradable Balloons!

I always use 100% biodegradable latex balloons –

Did you know that biodegradable latex balloons are made of latex rubber, which is a completely natural product that comes from the sap of a tree called a Hevea Brasiliensis?

They are made of natural rubber, NOT man-made rubber or plastic. 

Studies have shown that the decomposition time for a latex balloon is six months. The same time as an Oak leaf!

When latex balloons are released, most of them go very high up into the sky, around five miles, where there is little pressure and very cold temperatures. The helium inside expands and then shatters the balloon into hundreds of spaghetti like fragments and float back to earth.

Latex Balloons will completely decompose over time. But please don’t let go of your balloons for them to litter the environment. Please dispose of Latex Balloons in your household waste where they will decompose in landfill.

Creative Decorations do not support balloon releases and I urge all our customers to not let go or hold balloon releases. When Balloons are released into the air they will fall into our environment and simply become ‘litter’. Although they will eventually decompose, until that time they will litter our beaches and countryside.

I am a member of the PEBA UK (Pro Environment Balloon Alliance), who are a worldwide organisation committed to striking a balance between the balloon industry and environmental responsibility.

Until next time,

Helen

Christmas is approaching

Everyone can now say the C word…………. it’s almost CHRISTMAS!!

Christmas is coming and along with it comes the festive party season. I have put together top 5 festive fun games for you to play with your family and friends during the Christmas period:

CANDY CANE CATCH –

Candy Cane

Tie a piece of ribbon or twine from one post or chair to another. Players must stand on top of the chairs and try to be the first to drop a candy cane from the chair onto the ribbon and get it to stay there.

Play until the first player gets a candy cane to catch on the ribbon or see who can get the most in a minute.

SNOWMAN SHAKE –

Snowman Face

Decorate white ping pong balls to look like snowman faces. Fill an empty tissue box with the snowmen ping pong balls and tape the tissue box (or use a Velcro belt glued to the box) to someone’s backside.

Player has to shake all of the snowmen out of the tissue box before the time runs out. Or if you’d rather not decorate like snowmen, use ornaments instead.

RUDOLPH RACE –

Give each player a red pom pom and a spoonful of Vaseline. Players have to race to be the first person to put a red pom pom on Rudolph’s nose (make sure to put a bit of Vaseline on his nose as well) on the other side of the room.

To play, players must dip their nose into the spoonful of Vaseline then get the red pom pom to stick to the Vaseline on their nose. Once the red pom is on their nose, they must move across the room and stick it to Rudolph’s nose. The catch? They can’t use their hands at any time.

JINGLE BELL ROCK AND ROLL –

Jingle Bells

Place five ball ornaments lined up on the end of a table and give the player 10 jingle bells and have them stand on the opposite end of the rectangle table.

To play, players must roll their jingle bells from one end of the table and attempt to knock off all five ornaments from the opposite end of the table.

NORTH POLE POP –

Player have to pop 10 balloons using just their hands with winter gloves on before the time runs out.

This one is hilarious, especially after a few mulled wines!

I hope you enjoy playing the Christmas games.

And don’t forget your festive balloon needs, I can offer you an exciting range of party balloons and accessories perfect for all of those upcoming events that you may have planned. Remember not to leave it too late, Christmas is our busiest time of year.

Until next time,

Helen

Halloween is here!!

Its October!!! which only means one thing… Halloween party planning!

And to make sure you don’t miss a trick (or treat!) we’ve put together this handy Halloween party list to help you get your spooky celebrations underway.

Below we have a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing, we can supply any one of these ideas for you.

Halloween party sweet cones

1.Scary Sweet Cones or Spooky Sweet Cart

No party is compete without sweets, and if your child’s party is near Halloween and you’re making it a Halloween party, these are the perfect alternative to party bags and everyone will love the sweet cart for your guests to dip in and out of throughout your party.

2. Terrifying Table Displays –

These make amazing centre pieces for your Halloween party tables and are a real talking point. We created some amazing ones last year, which featured a pumpkin, an eyeball and a spider’s web!

3. Freaky Balloon Frame

We can create an amazing Balloon frame or wall for your guests to have pictures with.

Sitting witch balloon

4. Any kind of balloon!

We can do any of them! Helium, air, foil, balloon arches and personalised ones! Let us know and we can create your vision.

5. Ghoulish glitter tattoos

Perfect for Halloween parties. Who doesn’t love glitter? Choose from all the traditional Halloween shapes.

If you want to call us and discuss your party needs, we are happy to do this, we’ve got some great ideas on how your party can be the talk of the town.

Whatever your plans are this Halloween, make sure you have all the balloons and decorations you need to set a spooky scene; whether it’s scary balloon designs for an event, witch shaped balloons or assorted spooky sweets to give away to trick or treaters!

Until next time

Helen