bubbly, balloons & beaches

Who remembers “Beaches”…the classic chick-flick from the late 80’s starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey?  What a tear-jerker it was, AND I wasn’t even a mother then!  Even though it always chokes me up every time I watch it, I love that movie.

So when I saw that they were doing a remake of it, I couldn’t wait to see it and see how they would portray the characters and the storyline.  And with it being a chick-flick, I decided to invite a few girlfriends over to watch the movie together.

Bubbly, Balloons & Beaches

If you know me, you know how I love to decorate for any event!  I had been wanting to try my hand at making a balloon garland for a while…there’s just something pretty and feminine about clusters of balloons decorating a table.

So for the Balloons…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

I used the following supplies…chicken wire (I used a 5 foot section), string, glue dots, balloons in your color scheme (pinks, blues, gold, and white in this case), greenery, and scissors.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

To start, I attached the end of the chicken wire to my curtain rod with string…I wanted the balloon garland to flow down the window onto my food table.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

Then, I inflated balloons and began attaching them to the wire by tying them with the string.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

I continued to add more and more balloons to fill in the spaces…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

At a certain point, it became difficult to attach balloons to the wire BUT there was open space showing.  That’s where the glue dots came in handy!  I placed glue dots in various spots on balloons and placed the balloons in the open spaces.  The glue dots were strong enough to hold the balloons in place without tying them to the chicken wire AND the balloons filled in the open spaces.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

Another great “filler” for those open spaces is some greenery…and it adds another element to the balloon garland, also.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And so after a few hours of inflating and tying balloons, I had a balloon garland…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And now for the Bubbly…

LaCroix, Prosecco, and raspberry martinis were on the drink menu, along with a few appetizers and some mini cupcakes!

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And then it was time for Beaches…

Did any of you watch the remake with Idina Menzel and Nia Long?  I’m usually not a fan of remakes and sequels…it’s never easy to live up the original.  A couple of my friends had not seen the first Beaches movie, so it was fun to see them experience it…although, they were not expecting it to be sad.  No worries…I had tissues on hand for the tears!

What a fun night it was with friends enjoying bubbly, balloons, and Beaches!

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “bubbly, balloons & beaches

  1. It was a fun night! The balloon garland was very impressive, and there were a few of us wondering how you made it. You did such a great job that none of us realized chicken wire was involved! Wonderful evening.

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