Friday, May 23, 2008

How To... Keep Balloons From Tangling

Another vital series brought to you by Hunter Events…

How To. I know you’re on the edge of your seats. You want to learn how to do… everything. This is the first in a series of one million. Sure.

You’ve blown up your balloons or you’ve way overpaid for high float filled glimmering globes from the party store. You walk out the door and hear a dreadful and familiar sound. (you know if you’ve heard it) It sounds like boxing balloons on crack. You look up and your pricey bouquet is spiraling into a tight weave sweater of ribbons. “Great, that’s just how I wanted them to look.”

First of all you should always blow up balloons in the location they will be used if ever possible. Shiny latex balloons and wind and sun don’t mix. Your balloons will quickly resemble those droopy little hangers off real estate signs- dull, wrinkly and not celebratory.

Second of all you should know balloons take forever to fill and tie but lose luster after 3 hours. So if you have more important plans, hire someone else to do it.

You’ve made your calculations and it turns out you’ll have to trek outside. All is not lost. Your savior today…chip clips.

1. You’ll need the smaller size (~3”) or your balloons will lie on the floor. You’ll need clips with grip that won’t cut ribbon. (test it on a scrap piece of ribbon). Small Bread clips also work.

2. Next divide your balloons into bunches. If they are going to be divided at the location, do it right now. You’ll have less work later. If you will keep hundreds together then divide them into manageable bunches (10-15).

3. Grip the bunch and pull the ribbons with the other hand until all
the balloons are touching your hand.

4. Attach your clip as close to the
balloons as possible. (less ribbon equals less movement.)

THE CAR- (This is where many people lose their hours of work by unintentional balloon releases and bursts on sharp garages.)

1.Back your car into the garage and open hatch/back.

2. Have one person sit in front seat and CLOSE THE DOOR. (or you’ll create a wind tunnel)

3. Carry up to 4 bundles at a time to back of car and hand ribbons to your front seat assistant.

4. Tell them not to let go ever! Or your balloons will be sucked out.

5. Close back & drive carefully. It’s hard to see.

6. When you arrive have your front seat assistant hold all ribbons before opening doors.

(The division of wildlife has asked and (banned in locations) the release of balloons. While it looks cool for 30 seconds, it’s shiny to animals and blocks their stomachs when swallowed. It’s gross I’ve seen pictures. )

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Our Best Client

Ever wonder what an Events Coordinators son’s birthday looks like?

-Whatever he imagines.

Our children are not spoiled. We work very hard to make sure they don’t get all the things their grandparents want them to have and nothing from the kids shopping network. But when it comes to birthdays, the Mom and Party Expert in me collide to create amazing things. I want my boys to remember their birthdays when they’re 30. It drives our friends mad.

These 2 crazy boys are my favorite clients. I love to spend weeks with them planning their parties.
This year David my 5 year old designed his own cake (and then supervised the implementation). He had very specific ideas about decorations, was very decisive and showed great imagination and foresight. He knew what he wanted and how it would look. Genetically, I’ve never been more proud. On a related note, Graham our other son punched a kid in soccer- my husband had never been so proud.

Friday, April 11, 2008

It's A Nice Day For A Black Wedding

The black wedding dress!

Once again the Paris Runway is shocking the world. Paris the Fairy-Godmother of fashion has given you the OK to wear black. Maybe it’s symptomatic of our culture and maybe it’s just slimming.

I’m sure that when you read the headline you gasped and then when you saw the photos you paused. “Those are beautiful dresses. Can I really wear that?” I don’t know, can you? It is after all YOUR WEDDING. (Don’t tell your mom) You decide what to wear, and what to do.

As always you should consider your wedding style, your site and your juncture (time, date, season, etc.).
Black dresses are more suited to ultra-modern, formal, artsy celebrations. They are more suited to evening and they are more suited to winter. Think art gallery December not garden in April.

What about etiquette? What will people say? What does it mean?
There is some etiquette that is timeless and some that should go. (Don’t ask “does anyone have reason that these two should not be married”, because you don’t really want your Aunt Milda to finally decide to tell you she doesn’t really approve.)

Grooms wear black. It’s timeless. It’s handsome. I always think a white tuxedo looks odd. Is it because I’m used to men wearing dark tuxedos? Maybe, and maybe black suits a body frame better and complements skin tone better. Although white doesn’t suit most skin tones, today’s wedding dress makers offer a variety of shades of white to suit your skin tone. Pick any color that suits you; champagne, white and pink (Gwen Stefani did), gold, black.

Traditionally brides have worn white because it has been a symbol of joyous celebration since early Roman times. At the beginning to the twentieth century, white stood for purity as well. Today, it holds it original meaning of happiness and joy.
Pick a dress you love. One you don’t want to take off. The store should have to tell you its closing time.
Pick a dress that screams joy. It should suit your occasion.

Worry less about what people think.

Some more resources:

Wedding DNAhas addressed your etiquette questions about the little black dress…
The Power of BlackThis is power of black. Black is independent, fearless of society's reprimands, grounded in a species of strength that may only come forth from within. And when is such strength more necessary for any woman than on the day of her wedding? Now that we have somewhat dispelled the ancient myths of black, let us consider the various possibilities of its use. A formal, floor length evening gown is always stunning in black. It may be a sleek, body-hugging silhouette of chiffon or silk, or a two piece princess gown, complete with ball gown skirt and strapless, beaded corset. This sort of dress is ideal for an after five event. However, if you wish to wear black to a daytime affair, lighten it up with a tea-length skirt and sash of baby pink or blue. Trim in this same pink or blue would also work, as would a touch of pale yellow here and there; a wide ribbon around waist, perhaps, or color in the form of flowers worn in the hair and across the line of the bust would do nicely.

Even Emily Post has new dress etiquette for guests attire

Old- Guests shouldn’t wear white or black to a wedding.

New- You can wear white as long as it doesn’t look like a wedding dress: it’s the bride’s day. If you wear black, it should look like you are attending wedding, not a funeral. Also consider: time of day, location, and any rules of attired specified by religion (for example, bare shoulders or too much cleavage or leg showing).

See the rest of the story here… or read more about Paris weddings at

Even Silver?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Your Millionaire Bachelorette Party

Just in case you are in need of a lavish Bachelorette Party (Stag & Hen Weekend) Coleen McLoughlin has a great idea for you.

Seven Star (you didn't even know there was one did you) Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. (It's the one Roger Federer & Andre Agassi played tennis on top of). I doubt she'll be playing tennis. Soccer Star Wayne Rooney's fiance is planning a weekend get-a-way for girlfriends at the $2,000 a night hotel in Dubai. Wonder what a $200 massage is like? Keep wondering...

It the mean time- dream away and see how millionaires amuse themselves at

Wayne and pals are reported to be headed to the Bellagio in Las Vegas and Jeeping in the Nevada Desert.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Congratulations to Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker!

Tennis superstar Andy Roddick
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Brooklyn Decker
have announced their engagement!

Brooklyn was born 1987 in Kettering, Ohio.
Andy was born 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Both have long since left their humble beginnings for the public stage.

A gorgeous wedding to be sure-

No wedding date has been set. (a.k.a. They don't want you to know)

Congrats to the beautiful couple!