Monday, May 5, 2014

Prom Prep

Finally time to start sharing all the prom party goodness. It's been over a week since the party and I'm now just coming down from my prom high. What an amazing birthday, dare I say my favourite one so far! Today I'm going to share all the sneaky photos I took as we set up. I was pretty much diy-ing to the last day and the balloons ended having to be blown up on party day. As the clock hit midday and I'd only blown up a quarter of the arch (those things take a crazy amount of balloons) I definitely had a moment of questioning whether or not it would all come together but it did and it was amaze-balls.



My roommates jumped on board and each had there own projects going on for the party. Ben and I had scoured bins at midnight for cardboard (I was thinking I'd need them for the structural base of the balloon arch but after a quick google found out I was super wrong) so we ended up using the cardboard for wall decorations. Above you can see Ben spray painting the stars and hearts which we spent most of a day (before the party) cutting out with some crazy blisters to prove it.

On the left you can see the balloon drop Lowie had rigged up - such a fun moment of the night when we got to release balloons onto everyone :) The photo on the right is where you can see our wall decorations and also that semi arch the moment I was thinking we weren't going to get it all done in time. I had a slight bridezilla moment but I pulled myself back into line. Actually I sat alone in the house and got my sad frown face on and little Gremlin came over and cheered me up and then I was back to blowing up those balloons and getting light headed all over again :p (so worth it btw!)



The balloon arch at the half way point and Lowie and Karla filling the balloon net with balloons


Apart from the sheer number of balloons required to make the arch my guess would be just under 200, it was pretty easy to put together. I literally sewed 4 balloons together with thread and needle and then sewed this to another bunch of four balloons and kept the process going. I used balloon weights on either side of the arch to keep them on the ground and then we had anchor points (using thread) along the wall and roof to keep the balloon arch up :)

And lastly a sneak peak at my hair. I decided a few days before, with the knowledge of my hair being super fine that curling might be the answer in creating some epic big hair. The night before I spent about an hour, rolling my hair up into rags and spent the next day (prom day) with my hair wrapped up in my hello kitty towel turban which included a fun trip to the supermarket. My mum used to wrap my hair up like this when I was little so I knew it would give me good curls, I also did some googling and worked out that the smaller I did them and the more I did the more crazy it would go. 

Tomorrow I'm going to show you all the photos (well my favourite anyway) of the photo booth shots (my hair included). I'm so super proud of the photo booth it really came together and there were some amazing (and funny) shots from it. I'll also give some tips if you guys ever want to make your own DIY photo booth so stay tuned!

18 comments:

  1. wow, so much preparation! I'm so impressed, I would be way too lazy :-P

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    1. I normally am too but for whatever crazy reason I got way too on board for this party and I'm glad I did :)

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  2. The decor looks amazing and I bet this party was so much fun! I can't wait to see the photos of your hair and outfit. :D

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    1. Yay - all will be revealed tomorrow :)

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  3. Ahhh it was amazing!!! You did an awesome job! :) super fun party with such impressive decorations! My fave was the balloon arch :) xx

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    1. Thanks Heddie, thanks for coming up and contributing so much to my fun birthday :) love you!

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  4. That looks awesome!!! So glad to hear you had a ball. My 30 was very low key, now I wish I did something fun like this! Looking forward to more!!!

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    1. Thanks Trishie :) I have a theory that if you don't plan your birthday they just roll along, so I definitely got into planner mode!

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    1. You'll like tomorrow's post Sara :)

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  6. amazing!!! would've loved to be there ;) such an awesome balloon idea! and 200! wow! such an amazing job!!

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  7. This is a wonderful theme! It sounds like it was amazing and I look forward to the rest of your pictures. Also, happy belated birthday! I hope this will be a fantastic year for you!

    I had a lot of catching up to do on your blog, but really enjoyed your 30 before 30 posts just now:)

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    1. Yay thank-you :) It was a super fun party and fun to get to share all the photos too!

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  8. yay! the prom posts!!! I'm super excited to see all of them! :) 200 balloons, wow that's crazy, but so helpful to know the way to hold them together without inner structure. The nest of balloons is an amazingly fun idea! I'm sure it was one of the high parts of the night :) (it would be of mine, at least, hahaha) Off to see the photobooth! ;)

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    1. Oh! I forgot to mention LOL at the Bridezilla comment, hahahaha, loved it!

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    2. Thanks Damaris - I'm going to blame the light headed-ness of blowing up balloons partly on my bridezilla moment :P lol lol. The balloon drop was really good definitely added to the movie feel of the night. I'm so glad lowy had the thought to make it and then rigged it all up for us - definitely out of my own technical skills :P

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  9. looks absolutely AMAZING. these pictures say it all - job well done!

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    1. Thank-you Shoko, I'm sad it's all over now!

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