Well, Hello 2019…! Sorry, what day of the week is it???

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Well, here it is…. 2019!  … And we’re back!!  I love a new year.  It’s a buzz of fresh thoughts, ideas, and plans, fuelled by having had a whole two weeks off.  And two weeks in my new kitchen at home too.  It’s totally lush…. I can’t even tell you…. (but more about that another time) ….In between the whole, ‘Christmas-to-New-Year-down-time’, cheese eating (I never eat cheese), beer drinking (I do drink beer), and general day of the week disorientation, we have actually been pretty busy.  Our regular customers will notice a whole portfolio of lovely new images for our gorgeous products in our Online  Shop.  And, we’ve added more products, like these beautiful Balloon Garlands ….

Aren’t they gorgeous?!!  We love them, and they’re one of our big Trend Predictions for 2019.  We think you’ll be seeing a lot more of these rollercoasting lovelies over the course of this year.  These, and also…. the colour Peach.  Peach is Pantone’s Colour of 2019.  Peach?  What do you think?  To be honest, a year ago, I’d have said….’er….naaahhh!’.  But actually, now, I LOVE it.  It’s part of those lovely, understated, ‘Nudes’ colour palette.  But, if you mix it with Baby Pink & Burgundy (that’s my other colour prediction  for 2019, deep, rich, yummy, Burgundy), it’s a marriage made in heaven.  Dreamy….

So, those are our Trend Predictions for 2019, but what else have we got in mind for you…..?  Ah!  SO MUCH!!  For starters, we thought we’d try being a little bit more organised.  Of course we’re organised anyway at Think Bubble HQ, but we thought we’d step up to a whole new level and introduce, a schedule of weekly featured, ‘Party Themes’.   A whole menu of delightful, decorative, party gorgeousness just to inspire you.  What a great idea….!!  So, in our Think Bubble world, Thursdays will now be known as, ‘Theme Thursday’.  Tuesdays and maybe Wednesdays, we’ll put our lovely bubbly, Studio to good use, and deck it to the nines,  with decorative gorgeousness, make loads of mess behind the scenes – and then take loads of beautiful, inspirational pictures, like this just magically happened, to share on our blog and, Instagram and Facebook with you!!  This we will do, each week, and call it Thursday Theme.  Yay!!  

So, that’s Thursdays sorted.  What about Wednesdays….?  Well, we might call these, ‘Sneaky Peek Wednesdays’.  As they preceed, Theme Thursday, we can use Sneaky Peek Wednesday to show you some of the messy, preppy stuff.  If you’re really interested – which apparently you are!  This we’re also going to coordinate with our social media.  Facebook (obvs), and if you don’t already follow us on Instagram, please do check us out, Think Bubble Party.  Instagram Stories in particular are brilliant, I love watching all the people we follow’s video clips.  I might even have more of a go at this myself….. So, YAY for Sneaky Peek Wednesdays!  (And eeek for me….).  

So, let’s kick off this Sneaky Peek Wednesday 9th January 2019 with a Grey, Dusty Pink & Rose Gold theme birthday….  we’ve chosen some of this lovely lot….

 

… and see what we can do with it!  Stay tuned. 

And then, the following week, we’re very excited to be working with the super talented , Victoria at Cherrylicious Cakes, to bring you a very exciting collaboration project for 2019.   You’ll have to wait until Sneaky Peek Wednesday 16th January to see what we’re cooking up, but I can tell you, it’s going to be gorgeous….

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Then we’ll be launching Valentines!!!  On Sneaky Peek Wednesday 23rd January.  Can’t wait to share this year’s beauties – last year we went big with giant 3ft hearts.  This year we’re going for VOLUME!!  I can’t tell you anymore, other than, I REALLY WANT THEM!!  

And so it should continue….!  We also have another, MASSIVE, project happening for Think Bubble this year, but, I think that’s enough for now,  I’ll save our exciting news for a bit.  Let’s see how we get on with Theme Thursday and Sneak Peek Wednesday… Happy New Year EVERYONE, thank you so much for reading, and lots of love….

Team Think Bubble…xxx

 

 

Sophie’s Rose Gold & White 18th Birthday Decorations

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I’m not sure if the extravagant marking of my daughter Sophie’s 18th birthday was for her benefit or mine?  Either way, we’re both guilty of having gone a bit wild… (although my wildness had a much prettier outcome than Sophie’s… but we haven’t included those pics…).  What better excuse to transform your tired old, dining room in your newly moved-into, 1980s house, than a request for a Rose Gold themed Cocktail Bar Birthday??  No persuasion needed.  When can I start…?

So… we decided the DIY SOS, ‘BIG reveal’ approach would be best.  We cordoned off the room, and sealed it with a homemade sign, designed by my little daughter, which read,

‘SOPHIE.  Enter this room before 12th April and Mum will kill you’. 

A little harsh, maybe, but did the trick.  Not that I wish to exploit my daughters for my own commercial gain, I then spent three weeks (in between business as usual at Think Bubble, and in conjunction with the fabulously timed, Easter School Holidays), creating a decorative masterpiece fit for my 18 year old ‘Princess’, and a good-looking, Think Bubble Blog Post…

When turning 18, the focus is predominantly on the legal purchase, and public consumption of alcohol.  Hence there was much linking, to the heady world of Prosecco, sophisticated cocktails, classy bars and the newfound freedom of legitimate ID.

So, we set about building her a make-shift bar….

We’re lucky enough to already own an old 1950s Cocktail bar, which I covered with Rose Gold glittered wall paper, (delightedly discovered one afternoon at The Range in Folkestone).  I used IKEA Billy Shelving and had mirrored acrylic cut to fit to the back of each shelf.  Each piece was measured and ordered online, cut somewhere up North, and then delivered within days from these guys, Acrylic Sheets, brilliant. Adding Hobbycraft Mache Letters to spell out SOPHS BAR, and some white Christmas fairy lights, cursedly dragged down from the loft…..completed the look.  Oh, and an embarrassingly extensive accumulation of alcohol….

A few accessories from my favourite The Range and a job-lot of cocktail glasses from Ebay  and ‘Operation Soph’s Birthday Bar’ – mission accomplished.

No Rose Gold themed, 18th birthday scheme is ever complete without a token  Unicorn…

Box ticked.  I’m not sure where Unicorns fit in to life, but I just love them.  And the colours were just right….

The Unicorn was so fabulous, we had to have a beautiful cake made to match.  A massive thank you to the wonderful Victoria at Cherrylicious Cakes for the cutest and most perfect cake.  You never cease to amaze….

And didn’t she just look perfect in the party room…

I’m a big fan of white as a base colour.  I think it brings simplicity and calmness to a décor scheme.  Start with a calm white canvas, and then build in colours from there.  Sophie wanted a Rose Gold colour theme.  I absolutely love this new-waive metallic.  It’s warm and super pretty and a natural partner for the latest baby pinks and peachy nudes.  But as with any metallic, my advice would be, ‘for best results, use in moderation’. It’s like an accent, a little burst of life, that brings a whole colour scheme together.

So, when balancing her colour palette and trying to think which bits needed to be which colour, I went 45% white, 20% dusty pink, 20% peach, 10% silver and 5% Rose Gold.  You’d be surprised how much that 5% adds a real popping candy touch at the end.

So, white walls were covered in floor to ceiling drops of crepe streamer.  Following the colour ratios – 3 drops of white, 2 drops of pink, 2 drops of peach, 1 drop of silver, 1 slightly narrower drop of rose gold.  Then repeat. And again. And again.  And again….!! Until all four walls were covered.

Tah-dah!! Gorgeous walls!!  Backdrop Kit available to purchase, in various colours from Think Bubble or course.  Then, we added a Balloon Garland.  This was quite a big decorative piece which went all the way around the room.  Fourteen gorgeous metres of it.  Again, referring back to the scheme’s colour ratios, this had to be white.

 With a dash of rose gold and silver, added by using metallic confetti filled clear balloons and our amazing metallic Orbz.

We also hired three Chrome Poseur Tables from Ambassador Furniture Hire so there was leaning and posing facilities…

Then we just turned up the music, added guests, and got this party started….

 

And some silly stuff…

And some pretty dreadful Karaoke…..

And some pretty good Karaoke too….

Well, I think that’s a wrap.  Thank you Sophie for being such a Superstar, and for all the love, laughter and entertainment you’ve given us over the last 18 years.  You are a dreadful singer but thankfully you are an, ‘Absolute Babe’.  (And thank you for having such beautiful friends too!!)

We all love you Soph….xxx

 

 

 

 

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

 

Party Decorating with Balloons & Hoops

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This week we’ve gone a bit loopy over hoops, here at Think Bubble HQ.   Balloon Hoops to be more precise.   Alongside the latest craze for fabulous balloon garlands , balloon hoops are also right up there at the front of the party scene trending queue.

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Simple, but effective I think is just the right phrase for them.  They frame all those foil ‘phrase’ balloons that seem to be everywhere,  perfectly.  And gone are those previous, slightly limp, although very lovely, ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Just Married’ buntings, make way for Balloon Hoops that will bump them right up to, fully-fledged, party signage status.

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Our Balloon Hoops  measure in at around 75cm diameter at their widest points. They’re finished with mini, 5″ balloons and artificial flowers making the colour combinations head-scratchingly endless.  Whatever your colour scheme or theme, I reckon we could work with it.

So, once they’re done – what to do with them….?  Well, personally, I’d hang them all off ‘washing lines’ across the full length and breadth of the party room to fill the space with a sea of floating Balloon Hoops.  Arrrr…. completely OTT, slightly delusional, but very beautiful (that’s me!).  Failing that, how about hanging just one of them on a feature wall, or above the cake table?  Or even on the front door as guests arrive – what better form of warm welcome than a rose-bearing, pink, partying panda?

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Wherever they go, and whatever the event, be it a wedding, a 40th birthday or a children’s party, if you mix them with matching balloon garlands, giant three-footer balloons and snazzy tableware, you’ll score highly on the on-trend party list and you won’t go too far wrong… Here’s some more shots from our very jolly, Summer Colours Balloon Hoops shoot.  Happy hooping!

Wallpaper backdrop by B & Q and The Range

Paper Garlands by Think Bubble

Tableware Talking Tables

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Georgie’s Birthday Sleepover Party

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It takes nerves of steel to open up the ground floor of your house to your ten year old and her friends for a free-range sleepover party.  But, I have to say, they were fabulous fun, and they had a blast.  And, everyone appeared fully intact in the morning, although slightly frayed around the edges.  Myself included.

We surrendered our lounge for the BIG event.  One end became the Sleepover Den and the other end the nail bar.  I crudely constructed an eight bed wide, pink canopy out of plumbing overflow pipe and 8m of pink fabric and for them all to sleep under.  I finished it with fairy lights and every cushion and pillow I could find in the house (who knew I had so many?).

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Opposite, was a wall of helium balloons above the sofas, which we layered with yet more cushions and matching paper honeycombs.

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Perfectly positioned in front of the big screen for back to back DVDs through the early hours…

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And our new OO BAR became the NAIL BAR…

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Face masks were prepped.  Make-up prepped..

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Party game prizes prepped…

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Party game prizes prepped…

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I made disgustingly over chocolated cake…

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Then at 5.30pm, Martin vacated to the shed, and was temporarily replaced by eight, ‘buzzing’ and ‘hyped’, nine, ten and eleven year olds.  Cue seventeen hours of back to back pampering, make-up, blindfolded make-up, the mannequin challenge, nails, hair, pizza, cake, films, gossip, giggling (much, much giggling), and good-old-fashioned girlie-ness.  No sleep.  (Well, maybe 3 hours..?)

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My final check-in was 2.30am, after which I turned the lights out and left them to it.  By morning they were still chirpy and in surprisingly high spirits.  Then it was breakfast and a final film…

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Before raking through the carnage to pack bags and wave happy, but slightly weary, farewells… And amble down to the shed to reclaim my husband… Arr, thanks so much for coming ladies.  Georgie is one lucky, newly ten year old….xx

 

 

How to Make a Loony Balloon Wreath

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Pins and balloons isn’t a combination I would normally recommend in my line of work.  However, in this case I’m happy to make an exception.  This wreath is delightfully mad!  A crazy explosion of colour – great for dressing your front door to set the party scene, or just to brighten the days of all innocent passers by….door wreaths are for life – not just for Christmas.

 

Here’s how…

Take approximately 100, 11″ latex balloons in big, bright colours….

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1 x polystyrene wreath

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A whole bunch of pins….

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And a roll of coloured crepe paper streamer.  Wrap this round and round and round….until it’s all neatly covered.

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YAY!!  Then it’s time to start pinning….mix up your balloons and pick them out two-by-two at random.  The ‘random-er’ the better.  Place them one on top of the other but facing opposite ways and put a pin through the middle….

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Then just stick them in at any old angle all the way around….

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Until you end up with something like this…!!

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Add some funky twizzled pipe-cleaners to complete the craziness….

 

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Pin ribbon on the back to hang, add proudly to front door and await happy arrivals….

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Why are Pirates called ‘Pirates’..?

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….Because they ‘Aaaaarrrggghh’ (said in your best pirates swashbucklingly, theatrical way)!  Haha! My little daughter’s favourite joke, and very befitting for today’s blog post.  This week we’ve been, ‘All at Sea’, thanks to Book Week at school.  Georgie’s, pirate make-over, for dress-up day, has been brought to you today, courtesy of the back of my wardrobe, my scarf draw and stress induced creativity #lastminute.com/whydidntwestartthisearlier.  Following which, I discover, we are also given the, ‘optional’ (aka totally NOT really optional) task of conjuring up a ‘Treasure Chest’.  Plus contents.  Well, actually, that sounds easy enough – shoe box + sellotape/stapled hinge + paint = treasure chest.  No?

Me:  What’s everyone else doing?

Georgie: Well, Maisie’s Mum has baked a cake – shaped like a treasure chest, all decorated treasure chesty, and with all sweets in the middle, as the treasure.   And Jack, well, he’s coming dressed as an actual treasure chest because his mum and his Nan have made his costume, Mummy.

Doh!  Staving off my ‘bad-mother’ thoughts, we headed straight for Hobbycraft.  A shoe-box just wasn’t going to cut it.  £29.50 later we emerged with a proper, paint-able treasure chest, posh paints, new brushes and a hand puppet called Captain-Scally (integral to the whole project, apparently).  And a packet of crisps.  And few other random things we didn’t need.  And a coffee from Costas next-door.  Eeek!

Anyway….I’m off on the school run in a minute so we’ll see how she faired against Maisie’s Bake-Off Showstopper and Treasure Chest Boy.  And, in honour of our piratey theme, we thought we’d showcase a Pirate theme party we prepared earlier…we loved using Meri Meri’s Pirate partyware range to rustle up this little pirate ensemble.

And of course, you shall need pirate balloons.  How about these…? https://www.thinkbubbleparty.co.uk/product-category/themed-supershapes/

It’s a fabulous theme with so much potential for creative entertainment, tea-tables, party bags and baking.  Just ask Maisie and Treasure Chest Boy…xx

 

 

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