The Adventure Begins

Hello, everyone! Today, we’re taking you on an exciting journey to West Palm Beach for an unforgettable Wild-themed 1st birthday party! You won’t believe the twists and turns this adventure took us on, so let’s dive right in.

Most of the time, when we’re decorating a clubhouse in a community, everything goes off without a hitch. Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) have strict rules, and everyone usually follows them to the letter. Or so we thought.

As we arrived at the gate, a surprising hiccup occurred – the security guard couldn’t find our names on the list. Of course, it was quite evident that we weren’t there for anything other than setting up an amazing balloon decor. With our car displaying our name and bags filled with balloons, there was no doubt about our purpose.

However, it wouldn’t be our first time picking the wrong day (yes, it’s happened before!). As a long line of cars queued up behind us, the security guard eventually let us in. We were on our way to the clubhouse, relieved that we were indeed in the right place on the right day.

A Wild decor for a Wild first birthday

Crafting the Wild-Themed Decor

Now, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of our Wild-themed decor setup. We kicked things off by setting up the backdrop, which consisted of a 7FT round frame and our customized grass wall. The grass wall, originally square, had been tailored into a round shape based on popular demand. We unrolled it on the floor and began assembling the frame on top of it. Using cable ties to secure them together (about 12 ties, starting from the top), we ensured the backdrop stood tall. To anchor it securely, we used double-sided carpet tape on the venue’s strong wall paint and added a piece of fishing line through a square hook to attach the backdrop.

Simultaneously, Anna was busy assembling the garland, featuring green, orange, and coral colors with some delightful gold accents. Creating a garland takes practice, but it’s fairly straightforward. We inflated 11″ balloons in pairs to create clusters, with every two or three clusters replaced by a 16″ balloon to achieve an organic look. Fishing line kept the clusters together, and by pulling gently on the line while holding the garland straight, we achieved the desired length. 260 balloons were used to attach the garland to the frame, and we embellished it with more clusters, 24″ balloons, large artificial leaves, and fresh leaves from our garden, adding that perfect Wild touch.

Final Touches and a Happy Ending

As a finishing touch, we incorporated clusters of 5″ balloons (sets of 2 and 3 balloons) using rubber bands. Then, we added podiums, scattered plush animals around, and placed the custom sign on the backdrop.

But that’s not all! We also took charge of the table setting, which included arranging table centers, centerpieces, plates, silverware, and napkins. Most of these items were ordered from Amazon, except for the centerpieces, which we crafted ourselves. Using wooden planks from Home Depot, we cut 4″ squares, drilled holes in the center, and added wooden sticks for a solid base. Anna then inflated a cluster of 8 balloons (11″) and some 5″ balloons to fill up the space. Artificial leaves added a natural touch, and with a dab of glue dots, we placed them atop the sticks.

Last but certainly not least, we assembled the wooden easel and positioned our custom entrance sign box – a plywood box filled with dry flower foam, adorned with a few artificial flowers, and graced with a custom-cut sticker that warmly welcomed guests to Ethan’s 1st birthday celebration.

Believe it or not, the entire setup took just two hours, and the client was overjoyed with the result. Despite initial neighborhood complaints (even before the party began!), everything went off without a hitch. We wrapped up the day and headed back home, all in the spirit of family adventure!

Stay tuned for more thrilling balloon decor tales, and remember to keep the party alive in your own unique way! 🎈🦁🌿

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Balloons we used for this decor

Black: 5″, 11″, 18″, 24″
Silver: 5″, 11″, 18″, 24″

We also used double stuffed balloons to create the coral, yellow and green colors.


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