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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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_
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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.

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. Personalised Balloons. We’re not talking normal, run of the mill balloons. We’re talking big, colourful, personalised balloons!
3. Chocolate Bouquets. All your mums favourite chocolates put together, much better than just a normal box of chocolates.

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. For more information on our products & services, please call us on 01582 513745 or email info@creativedecorations.co.uk

Until next time,

Helen

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