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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
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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

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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  bin once you have finished with them.

Until next time,
Helen