Our brand New Balloon Room officially opens its doors …

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Well, look at us all posh and ready to party?!!  Welcome to our new Balloon Room, tucked away down the leafy lanes of Kennington on the edge of Ashford.  This is our new, little, balloon studio and workshop, it’s where we work our magic.  We are currently only open for pre-ordered, online, collections or pre-booked visits.  BUT…. as from 10th January, we will be opening the doors on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 – 5pm, so you can just drop in!  Two days a week you’ll be able to buy or order balloons off the shelf….!   (The rest of the week will be by appointment or for pre-booked balloon order collections.)  Look out for our bright pink door, black and white stripy frontage and our fabulous windows!

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And then come inside and see all of this……

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Our Pick ‘n’ Mix Balloon Wall our full range of gorgeous colours of balloons, in mini 5″ versions, through to big 3-footers.  We will also have a good stock of foil number balloons, mini foil letters and all sorts of supershape foil balloons too.  And if you’re spoilt for choice and need to sit down, our bright pink hot-seats are very comfy!  We can take our time and go through all your options, till we get it absolutely right.  (I think we may have a coffee machine by January too, and could even stretch to a biscuit, yay!!).

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The studio will be full of balloony gorgeousness for you to see like all of this….

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You can come and choose your colours, paper tails, flowers and accessories….

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And if you can’t find it ‘off-the-shelf’, we can make it up for you…

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We hand make lots of our orders (fuelled by Gummy Bears, obviously…).

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So, if you come and visit, and love it half as much as we do, we know we’ve got something right.  This place is a real labour of love.  Remember, at the moment, you’re more than welcome to visit by appointment, or to come and collect your pre-booked, online balloon order.  BUT as from Wednesday 10th January 2018, on Wednesdays & Thursdays, you can swing by anytime between 10-5.  We can’t wait to see you and show you more of all this….

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Lots of Love ….. Think Bubble xx

 

2016 The Year of The Rollercoaster

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Well, happy 2017!!  How are we in the second week already??  I’m so looking forward to this year, we have much planned…  Looking back, 2016 was a year of two halves.  A bit of a roller coaster to be honest.  We went from the hustle and bustle of our little party shop, to the homely surroundings of The Balloon Room.  I just wanted to kick off 2017 with a reflective post, and a little visual recap of 2016.  But most importantly, to say a big thank you to all of our lovely, bubbly customers for their ongoing love and loyalty.  Long may this continue because we want to keep doing lots more of this….here’s a pictorial, and heartfelt, recap of our rollercoster year 2016…

think_bubble_party_photos_25Ahhh….. We spent January 2016 re-jigging our shop to create our Party Room by halving our existing retail space.  We re-opened at mid-January with half Valentines and retail…. and half Venue and the first of our fabulous kids parties….

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Then came the wedding season, Easter and many more lovely bubbly parties in our venue…

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And then we started doing some awesome, ‘off-site’ events.  Alice in Wonderland at Westenhanger Castle, an eighties films themed birthday party featuring our handmade, 3ft paper mache  boulder called, Steve.

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think_bubble_party_photos_20Balloons, balloons, balloons, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles… Sadly, the best laid plans and dreams don’t always go to plan and cashflow ultimately overrules ambition.  We sadly closed the shop doors for the last time in July 2016 but with our heads held high ….

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But happily onto pastures new.  Luckily, I have the love and support of a wonderful husband who agreed for me to transform our former dining room at home into The Balloon Room, allowing me to invite all our lovely, bubbly customers round to mine to collect their fabulous party things whenever they needed them..!

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And boy, was this a good decision.  Much as I miss our little shop, and the lovely Evegate community, I don’t miss our monthly rent and rates ‘cloud’.  I have to admit, I’m still passionate about hosting a really good children’s party, and I desperately miss dressing and prepping our beautiful Party Room.  But, I have to say, the happiness of working from home far out weighs the loss of my shop.  So, let’s not dwell, and let’s focus on what happened next.  Photo shoots at home, working with my lovely girls, this fabulous new website with this very visual and lovely blog…

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And guess what?  I love it!!  And I can’t wait for 2017…. Thank you all for 2016, it’s been the making Think Bubble… and I can’t wait to share 2017 with you…from this wonderful place called home and work… xx

 

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Decorating with Streamers….

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Today has been a celebration of the humble paper streamer.  Who’d have thought these simple crepey, papery strips could cause such a scene??!  Gone are the days when my mum used to buy reams of the stuff at Christmas.  She would staple all our cards onto bright red, floor to ceiling strips of it and transform our kitchen into a Christmas card shrine.  I’d spend hours admiring her work.  Labouring over my Coco Pops in the mornings, completely distracted by the process of compiling my top three – ‘favouritist’, ‘rubbishist’ and ‘funniest’.  Not that we were super popular – it was just that my mum was a Head Teacher which made decorating at Christmas with 450 childrens’ cards a really cheap option.  Anyway, enough of my cost effective childhood memories….

Today we have used a rainbow of streamers in ‘popping’ colours.  We’ve doubled each drop length to loop it and tie it at the top and create a full colourful backdrop.  You can stick the strips straight on to the walls, or thread each drop onto a washing line of ribbon and make a ‘curtain’ which you can hang anywhere.  Either way, and whatever colour scheme you choose, it definitely adds a splash of colour and a bit of WOW.  We also added some drops of our paper garlands just to break it up a bit.  Lovely.  https://www.thinkbubbleparty.co.uk/product/24m-crepe-paper-streamers/

Go red, yellow, blue for Superheroes, pink, pink, pink for Princesses or girly Baby Showers, black, white, silver and gold for more sophisticated gatherings. Then layer unicorns https://www.thinkbubbleparty.co.uk/product/supershape-unicorn-head-foil-fairy-balloon/, bubbles, foils, giant number balloons, word phrase balloons or bunting in front…The possibilities are endless, just give it a try… you could wait for an actual party, or just decorate your conservatory for when your husband comes home from work.  I did – mine loved it.  #husbandslovethis