After fan-girling over almost every balloon garland I've ever seen, I decided to add making one to my to-do list. To be honest, it has been on my to-do list for a while! But having a bit of Sunday afternoon time to spare, I finally decided to give one a go. And I was so impressed with how easy it was! Granted, this one is super straight forward and about the most basic version. . . you've got to start some where!
You will need:
After figuring out your colour scheme, inflate your balloons either yourself or using an electric pump. Inflate them in varying sizes - smaller ones are especially good for filling the spaces in between larger balloons.
Cut the twine to the length you want for your garland, leaving plenty of room at each end for hanging it up. Tie each end loosely to either chair backs or something else above the floor which will make your garland easier to arrange.
Cut more twine in to pieces around 6-7cm long. Cut enough to allow one for each balloon you have then tie to each balloon.
Tie each balloon to the long twine you have set up, sliding them along to bunch them up nice and tight. You can always add extra ones to fill the gaps as you go. Mix up the colours and sizes of balloons and just keep adding until your garland looks full and varied.
Your garland is now ready to hang up in your desired location. This may be above a candy table or bar, over a door way or arch or wherever looks good. You could double this garland in length and balloon quantity to make it extra long, and it could go along and then down a door way or window frame. You could add in foil balloons, tassels, flowers or greenery to spice it up.
Some examples of colour schemes:
Currently we have the pink garland set available online, but please contact us for any custom garland set.
This balloon garland took me about 20 minutes to put together from start to finish, but if I hadn't had my balloon pump, it would have taken. . . actually I don't know if I could have done it without serious help! So I strongly suggest borrowing a balloon pump if you don't already have one, or begging for help to blow up so many balloons!
Here are a few classics to get you started. .
If you're stuck for theme ideas, check out the below for some inspiration...
So let's start with the basics. . .
The first few things you might want to decide are:
After that, you can decide how party mad you feel like going. Do you want to cover the essentials or really go all out?
If you're super organised you might want to think about a budget and even a timeline of events- or you might be like me and prefer to just wing it!
Some supplies you might want to consider are:
Having a theme or colour scheme from the outset will make it far easier to plan on the decorations and serve ware etc. whether it's a Disney themed children's party or rose gold girl's night, you'll have a base for everything to come together.
Check out our "Inspo" tab for ideas or try pintrest to see what might fit the look you're after.
In August 2017 my 3 year old daughter, my partner and I headed to Hawaii for 2 weeks of sun, sand and shopping! It was my favourite holiday destination to date and I recommend it (almost forcefully) whenever asked.
In our second week, on a beautiful little beach called Lanikai my partner popped the question (after some very weird behaviour - to the point where I thought something was wrong with him!) and very quickly, the engagement party planning began. Like I said, I love a good party (planning).
Much of the few weeks leading up to the party was spent making pom poms and lanterns, elaborate photo displays, sourcing every remotely-engagement-related decoration I could find and prepping our house we'd only bought the month prior.
The day-of was chaotic setting up our outdoor areas, only to be surprised with rain just hours before our guests were to arrive. But once the stress subsided (following a drink and a pep talk or 2) the rain didn't damper the party at all - we had an absolute ball!
Sadly, with all the festivities, I didn't get all the photos of the set up and decorations I would have liked to but I can honestly say, it was my favourite party to date and I had the time of my life
If you're after some ideas to liven up your Bridal Party, Hen's Night or Bachelorette Party plans, look no further...
2. "Over or Under"
See below for a quiz with a twist. Copy these questions or make up your own to print out and give to guests. For each statement the guests must choose whether the number given is correct, over or under the real number. Whoever has the most correct answers at the end wins.
3. "Guess the Groom's Age"
Display 10 or more numbered photos of the groom to be (or the bride) on a print out or board for guests to see. Guests must guess the groom's age in each photo - the guest with the most correct answers at the end wins.
4. "Master the Impossible"
In this game, you'll pair up two guests at a time to race each other. Each will be wearing a pair of oven mitts and be given a pair of pantyhose to attempt to put on. The firs player to get the pantyhose on wins. To make it even more exciting, you could pair up the winners from each round to battle it out to name an overall champion!
Over or Under:
I've always enjoyed planning a party - probably even more so than the party itself. . . But leading up to my daughter's first birthday is when my party obsession really took over.
I've never enjoyed a lot of colour, preferring a wardrobe consisting mainly of blacks and greys, but along with my daughter came a new passion for colour, beginning with pink!
So for her first birthday I began madly ordering, collecting, finding, hoarding, foraging for anything and everything pink.
Etsy and Pintrest became my new best friends and I became party mad.
4 years later, I still have giant storage bins full of leftover party paraphernalia that comes out of hiding every year to see what can be recycled or finally used. Every year more supplies are added and the stockpile grows.
Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family and planning them is something I don't think I'll ever stop enjoying.
Luckily for me, my job also brought with it the opportunity to plan parties and I make the most of every chance, aiming to constantly out-do the last effort.