7.1.13 Birthday Decorations Pinterest-style

A while back I pinned - this - pin on Pinterest.  (Boy, that could be a tongue-twister.)

I waited anxiously for an opportunity to re-create that awesome display.

We decided to throw our pastor's wife a surprise birthday party, so THAT was my opportunity! :)

I was able to find black-and-white polka-dotted balloons at Hobby Lobby, so it wasn't hard to gather my supplies together.  If I hadn't been able to find polka-dotted balloons, I was going to buy black balloons and draw dots on with a white paint pen.

This is how mine turned out:

The wall color doesn't match too well, but there wasn't much I could do about that. ;)

Here's a close-up of one of the balloon flowers:

I created the flowers by blowing up the balloons, and then attaching each balloon to each other with a long string. The string was long enough so that there was room in the middle for the black balloon.  (I wish I had taken more pictures of the step-by-step process, but I was in a hurry and didn't have time.)  A string attached to the black balloon was tied to the middle of the other strings.  Then I attached the flower to the wall using tape and thumb tacks.  That whole thing was very unscientific.  ;)  I just taped and pinned until it stuck to the wall.  Of course I was pinning and taping the strings, not the balloons themselves. ;)

It was a little more nerve-wracking than I expected it to be, getting the balloons to lie still and not bob and roll everywhere while I was attaching strings, but I just persevered until I got it to work.

Everyone was suitably impressed with the balloon flowers. ;)  Our pastor's wife loved them and the party.

It was fun having something besides 'just balloons' at a party.  Give them a try!  People will be impressed with your creativity. :)

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