But going out on Valentine's Day… NOPE. It's a mess! Even if you make reservations, it's insanely busy at every restaurant with "special" (translation—smaller) menus and higher prices… I'm not into it.
Early in our relationship, we started a tradition of staying in on Valentine's for a romantic, cozy dinner at home. We like to go crazy buying fun groceries and fancy cocktail supplies rather than gifts. It's more about the experience and the time spent together. One of my favorite homemade traditions.
Today we're teaming up with Balloon Time! We thought it would be fun to teach you how to make a fancy balloon arch. It's easier than it looks and packs a lot of visual wow factor! I'm definitely going to do this next time I host a shower as well. I love that you can swap out the colors and do this for nearly any occasion.
First, use your Balloon Time tank to blow up your balloons and tie the bottom closed. For a project like this, having your own helium tank seems like the only way to go so you can fill up balloons to various sizes. And the Balloon Time tank is so, so easy to use! If you want to blow up all your balloons at once before attaching them, put them into large garbage bags as you blow them up so they don't float away, or do it in a room with a low ceiling so you can reach up and grab them as you need one.
Next, slip the knot of a regular sized balloon through one of the holes in the decorating strip. Skip a few holes and place another balloon into the strip facing the opposite direction. Keep alternating balloon colors and sides until you have a balloon strip as long as you want your arch to be. You can add a few more balloons if needed into some of the holes you skipped if it feels too skimpy, but make sure to leave some room to add the small balloons in later.
Once you have your main balloons attached to the strip, cut the balloon decorating strip just past where the balloons end on either side. Tie a piece of balloon string or twine onto each end, and tie those strings onto the piece of furniture you want the arch to go over (or have the strings go to the floor and use balloon weights at the bottom of each).
Now that I've shared our Valentine's tradition, I want to hear about yours! xx- Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.