Throwing a party--any kind of party--and want to make a huge impression on a teeny tiny budget? I'm about to make your wish come true.
For my son's second birthday party last month, I ordered 100 balloons from Amazon ($10), inflated them with a double-action hand pump, and then used a needle and plain white sewing thread to string them in a line. Hang the balloon garlands with thumb tacks and voila! Balloons on your ceiling without having to rent a helium tank or spend a fortune buying them at a store and risking life and limb to get them home in your car. (And I bet your car couldn't hold 100 balloons anyway.)
Every party guest commented on how great the balloons looked, and we liked them so much ourselves, they're still up, now almost six weeks later.
The real secret is the thread through the balloon ends, and with that as your starting point, a whole world of possibilities opens up. String a dozen balloons together and gather them into big bubbly bunches. Hang blue balloons in a wave pattern for an Under the Sea party.
If you make a balloon garland at your next party, let us know; we love to see what other Style Lush readers are doing (so we can steal all your best ideas for ourselves!).
(More details and photos and ramblings-on about this project are on my personal site.)