Archive | June, 2017

Balloon Week: DIY Balloon Arch Without Helium

Whew, we made it to the end of the week and through all of the balloon related posts this week.  In the final post, I’m showing you how to make a balloon arch without using helium.  It’s all thanks to one little party decor gadget that has made all of these balloon posts possible.

I recently hosted a #girlpower themed baby shower and wanted to make a fun statement piece, so I thought an arch would be perfect.  But have you priced a helium balloon arch?  They are expensive!  So this is a great alternative to shelling out so much money.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsFirst I blew up balloons in various sizes, in various colors matching the party theme.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsHere are all the supplies you need.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceNext I used the balloon decorating strip and popped the tied end of the balloon through the holes. I promise, this balloon decorating strip is a game changer when it comes to doing anything with balloons.  This next picture isn’t great, but you can see how the tied end of the balloon goes through the holes in the strip.

Just start popping them into the strip and fill in as necessary.  Then find a doorway to hang the balloons up.  I just taped the strip to the wall and ceiling.  You may have to adjust a few balloons once it’s hanging to get the fullness you desire.  If spots look a little bare, just blow up another balloon and pop it through the hole.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsIt makes a great entrance or backdrop to any party.  And all you have to spend out of pocket is about $8 between balloons and the decorating strip.  Although if you don’t have strong lungs you may want to purchase a pump to blow up the balloons.  It only took me about an hour to make this whole arch.  So for not a lot of money and not a lot of time you can have a great statement piece at your party.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsI was pretty surprised at how well the balloon arch held up too.  I finished the arch and hung it up about a week before the party and it was still holding up great the day of the party.

There are so many ways to use this method when decorating for a party.  Make an arch like I did, attach the balloon garland to stair handrails, hang a bunch from the ceiling to make a balloon filled background, or attach them to the front of a buffet table.  It would also look great if you tucked other things in between the balloons.  Flowers, streamers, leaves, or garland would look great and fill in any bare spots.

You can bet that I’ll be having a lot more balloon arches and garlands at my upcoming parties, that’s for sure.  Happy 4th of July weekend, be safe and eat a lot of bar-b-que.  If you need some last minute decor inspiration, don’t forget to check out my patriotic front porch.

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Balloon Week: Making an Entrance Statement

Day three of Balloon Week is here!  Are you liking these shorter, quick tip, balloon themed posts?  It was fun creating them because I already needed the balloons for different events and now I get to show you all of them.  Today is all about your party entrance.  I’m showing you how to dress it up using balloons.

A couple months ago I had a business anniversary party.  I wanted to do something fun as my guests came in and thought what better way than to dress up the party entrance?

I used my super easy, free balloon weight idea to hold these helium balloons in place along the walkway through my house.

As guests walked in they got to walk through a runway of balloons!  So fun!  It’s a good thing I planned to have them inside because we got a late spring snow storm and were dumped with about 12 inches of snow the night of the party!

This balloon idea is just as versatile as the others I’ve posted this week.  You can change out the colors of balloons to match your party.  But I also love that you can use this idea to make an entrance statement in so many different areas.  Try lining the walkway to your front door, the driveway, or a path to your backyard party.

How about lining the stairs of an event that’s taking place on a second floor?  If you wanted to avoid using helium, you can use this balloon decorating strip to make a balloon garland and attach it to the handrail of the stairs leading to your event.

Grouping the balloons together at your party entrance would be a great statement too.  Grouping balloons together and placing with any signage you have at your event draws attention to what the signs are instructing your guests to do, where to go, or what’s available.

I also love the idea of covering the ceiling with balloons at the entrance to your party.  This would work great especially if there is a foyer area that would contain all of the balloons.  Then your guests could walk through the balloon strings that are dangling down.

What is your favorite way to make a statement at your party entrance?  A sign, balloons, or something else really fun?

 

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How to Make DIY Balloon Weights

It’s day two of Balloon Week!  Today I’m going to show you how to make your own balloon weights.  Have you ever bought helium balloons and then had to buy weights to keep them where you wanted them?  Well, those balloon stores are getting so much more money out of you when you buy the balloon weights to go with your helium balloons.  There’s no need to do that anymore!

 

With just a few supplies that I’m sure you already have at home you can make your own, for FREE!  That’s the best part!

Supplies Needed

  • Tissue paper
  • Canned goods
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors

With just these four supplies you can make your own balloon weights.  It’s super easy too!

What to Do

First you will need to tie the balloon string around the canned good.  I love that you can adjust the height of the balloon by tying it at different levels.

Then place your tissue paper down and put the canned good in the middle of the tissue paper.  Wrap the canned good with the tissue paper and gather together at the top.  Secure the paper with some party coordinated washi tape.  That’s it!  Done!

Here’s what it will look like when you’re done.

You may have to adjust the paper a bit to keep it in place or covering the canned good.

Isn’t that a genius way of creating your own balloon weight and not shelling out more money when you are already picking up helium balloons?  I love creating and finding ways to make party decor with things that you already have at home.  There’s nothing better than using what you have, saving money, and still having a party look pretty and festive.

These are also so versatile because you can change out your balloon colors, tissue paper colors, or washi tape to match whatever theme your party is.  You can use them in a group for a backdrop, line the walkway to a party, or even spell something out using different colored balloons.

Tomorrow, I’ll be showing you how I put these DIY balloon weights to use for a fun party I had.  They definitely made an entrance statement!

 

 

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Balloon Week: Balloon Table Runner

Welcome back from the weekend friends.  We are getting really close to a baby appearance, so I’m trying to crank out these blog posts for all of you.  Once baby arrives, I can’t guarantee that posting will be as regular.  This week though is something kind of fun.  I recently bought a bunch of balloons and have tried all kinds of fun ways to use them.

First up this week is using balloons as a table runner.  It was super easy to make and can be used for so many different occasions.  Mine didn’t turn out the greatest, but the concept is something anyone can do.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpiece

Supplies Needed

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceThat’s it, just two things to make a balloon table runner.  That balloon decorating strip is probably one of the most genius things ever invented.  It’s so easy to use and allows you to do so much with balloons.

All you have to do is blow up your balloons in different sizes, then punch the tied end through the hole in the balloon strip.  Then you can hang, arrange, or manipulate the decorating strip however you’d like.  All you have to do is tape it up or tie it to something to make fun balloon shapes, arches, or designs.  It has holes for 12 balloons per foot, so you can make it really full if you need to.

What to Do

For the table runner, I used the strip by keeping my balloons in a line, so they would run down the center of the table.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceAfter doing so I felt the table runner looked a little sad, so I added more balloons onto the strip and piled them up in the center of the table.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceI thought this looked a little better, but it definitely makes conversing across the table more difficult.  My biggest recommendation to avoid this would be to use smaller balloons, water balloons maybe, and don’t blow them up as much.

I also tucked in some fern leaves to dress up the centerpiece a little.  Combining leaves and some flowers would make a really pretty addition to this centerpiece.  There are a lot of additions you could use for something like this though.  Flowers, leaves, ribbon, streamers, tissue tassels, or any other kind of garland.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceI love that this idea is so versatile.  You can change it up just by swapping out the color of balloons, mix it up by changing the size of the balloons, where they are on the decorating strip, or what kind of additions you tuck into the centerpiece.

Such a simple idea, but super fun, and super easy.  Stay tuned this week for a lot more balloon related posts, a couple of which I’m super proud of!

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4th of July Front Porch Decor Inspiration

It’s almost time for the biggest celebration of summer, the Fourth of July!  Do you love celebrating our country with some red, white, and blue, bar-b-que, and fireworks? We live in a great little cul-de-sac where most of our neighbors spend summer evenings outside in the front yard hanging out.   So, I decided to focus my Fourth of July celebration on my front porch this year.

Here’s a bunch of inspiration and a little DIY on a super simple 4th of July wreath.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasFirst up is my Fourth of July front door.  I diyed this simple flag wreath and added a huge Boston fern.  It’s so big it’s blocking our doorbell.  Eventually we’ll be building a custom plant stand that’s a little shorter to allow guests to see the doorbell.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasHere’s how I made this simple wreath.

  • I took a wreath form
  • Wrapped an extra flag around it, so that the stars were around the wreath, and the stripes are hanging down.
  • For the remainder of the wreath, I used some leftover burlap and hot glued one end around the wreath, then wrapped the rest around the wreath form and secured it with more hot glue
  • I hung the wreath using some burlap ribbon

Like I said, it’s super simple, you’ll just have to play around with the flag to get the positioning that you want.  I specifically used this style because our front door is so tall.  I wanted something that would take up a good portion of the door.  This does just that!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasNow for the rest of the porch, I added some flower boxes to the porch railings then tucked some flags into them.  I wanted to make sure that the flags stayed put, so I zip tied them to the flower boxes.  Can we give a collective high five to the inventor of zip ties?  They work for so many things.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasIt’s been so hot here, my flowers are a little droopy.  Thankfully, it’s cooling off this weekend so I’m hoping they perk back up a bit.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI just love the ferns that I’ve added to my front porch.  I got them at my local grocery store for guess how much…..$12!!!  Isn’t that crazy cheap?!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI put them in galvanized dairy buckets I picked up at a farm store.  This is a great way to let the plants drain but not have water running all over the place.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideas

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI hope some of these ideas give you a little inspiration to start incorporating some red, white, and blue onto your front porch.  The front porch is such an important space to show some attention.  It’s the first thing that people see when they come to your house, or even when someone just drives by.  A lot of times the front porch is an underutilized entertainment area.

Use your front porch to invite a neighbor over and have a cool, refreshing beverage while enjoying the decor and work you put into your front porch!  I hope you have a great weekend!  We’ve got several parties to celebrate this weekend, so you’ll get to see all of that fun in the upcoming weeks.


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Celebrating everyday!