Monthly Archives: January 2014

Idea of the Month: Patriotic Columns

Every year we are asked to do a Patriotic Theme Party. In the past we have created the American Flag Arch and awesome looking patriotic centerpieces. You can see these creations under the Arches and Centerpieces tab on our web site.

This year we were asked to create balloon columns to be placed at various locations through out the event. At the entrance to the ballroom, focal points inside the event and as a back drop on the stage.

Pictured above are two 6 foot helium filled columns, topped with an American Flag mylar balloon. These columns can also be air-filled with a stanchion to hold them upright in non-helium venues.

So when you’re thinking about your next patriotic theme party call us and we will be glad to sit down with you and help you create that party where everyone will just say “WOW”



Tip of the Month for High Ceilings

 Verizon Wireless at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

One of the major challenges for some events is what do I do with the super high ceilings. I have heard this time and time again, “the ceilings make my event look like it’s being held in a barn”

The trick is in fooling the eyes of your guests. Have them see what you want them to see, creating an illusion so to speak.

There are many ways to do this, super size your centerpieces, using balloon swags or in this case using string-of-pearl arches.

So which one do I choose…..lots of variables are to be considered, the two main ones are cost and how high is the ceiling.

The picture above is at Sports Authority Field at Mile High East Club House where the ceilings are one of the highest in the metro area.

We couldn’t have used balloon swags because we couldn’t have reached the ceilings even with a lift. Thought about using super sized centerpieces, but we were already using a lot of floor bouquets.

String-of-pearl arches were the natural choice. Fairly economical, no need for a lift and it created the illusion of the decor being part of the ceiling. Cutting the ceiling height in half.

For this event we also used a term called “Blocking”. Blocking is simply using solid colors. In this case each strand of the string-of-pearls was one color. This tricks the eye into seeing more of something then is really there.

You might try this “blocking” trick on centerpieces. Using solid color centerpieces instead of mixing colors…. it really does work.

I hope you picked up on these tips this month, they really do create magic for rooms with high ceilings.


Happy New Year – 2014

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa – Black Hawk

Hi and welcome to another year……..2014 should be a great year for most of us…… Though I am not a fortune teller and can’t predict winning lotto numbers, I just have this feeling 2014 is going to be an awesome year.

I am a positive person who loves life. For those who know me, when they ask “How I am doing?” they know what the reply will be.

“Today is the greatest day of my life, I am on this side of the grass”. Truly mean what I say, this will be the 53rd year I start each day saying it to myself while I look in the bathroom mirror.

Try starting each day that way for a month, you will notice that it has improved your attitude towards life….. Simple, but it does work.

Now, I didn’t live this long without great friends and their words of wisdom. Will give you a quote from my friend “The Wonka”. It really doesn’t matter if your glass is half empty or half full….either way there is more room for beer. He too, is a positive person who has been my friend for 30 plus years. Thanks Wonka for being my friend.

I dislike using the term “old friend” cause it makes me and my friends seem like old people…..prefer to use “long time friend”. Notice the difference?

No, New Years Eve Resolutions for me…..not that I am at the ideal weight or that I don’t need to exercise or eat better…..I will try to do better at both, but to often we get caught up in the details and ignore what is real important.

Great friends and to enjoy each day as it comes.

I hope to meet a ton of new friends this year and hope my Maker doesn’t take a bunch of long time friends. So let’s all have a great year……2014 is going to be the one, can feel it in my bones.

The picture above is at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk.


The Lighter Side

Normally I use something funny that I have collected over the years. This month I stole the following from Sunil Bali, who probably stole them from someone else. No matter, they are funny….. just enjoy the funny signs

1. Over a gynaecologist’s office: “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”

2. On a plumbers van:
      “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

3. In a vet’s waiting room:
      “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

4. Door of a plastic surgeon’s office:
      “We can help you pick your nose!”

5. On an electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”

6. On a maternity room door: “Push. Push. Push.”

7. At an optometrist’s office:
      “If you don’t see what you’re looking for,
        you’ve come to the right place.”

8. At the entrance to a funeral company:
      “Drive carefully.  We’ll wait.