If social distancing has given you the blues, this “Going the Distance” Hot Air Balloon Quarantine Birthday Party is sure to have you soaring!
Submitted by Cynthia Najares – For All Time Events, out of Hopkinton, MASS, this 1st birthday bash is full of sweet fun that you won’t want to miss!
So lift off and take flight and be sure to locate these included details, sure to fill you with delight:
- Hot Air Balloon Cakes
- Cloud Backdrop
- Balloon-crafted Hot Air Balloon
- ONE- Travel Themed Block Letter Sign
- Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns
“Going the Distance” Hot Air Balloon Quarantine Birthday Party
This is what Cynthia shared about the party:
“Quarantined at home so up, up and away with virtual planning. From California to Boston. Even being thousands of miles apart, it took a village. Thru the power of a feature online and the tool of Instagram to go the distance to plan Atharv’s social distancing/quarantine birthday. I just had to help Mom Keerthika save her son’s first birthday. Especially when she told me that originally the birthday celebration was supposed to take place in India. With lockdown in place and no traveling happening, this task was definitely one for the books. Plus, it one of my favorites to date. Keerthika, the mom of Atharv, emailed me after she saw my daughters quarantine birthday featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.
Video Call Party Planning
She asked if I could give her some insight and help. After hopping on a video call we decided that distance didn’t matter. I promised her that I would get it done. With the birthday a little over 2 weeks away I had to get on it immediately. It was a challenge to scout and recruit vendors, especially ones who would even trust that this was really happening. I mean what would you do if someone from out of state told you she had a client who could not celebrate in India and now is going to do a quarantine birthday at home? A lot of vendors at the time were not comfortable going, but this QUARANTEAM took every precaution and it was epic.
Photographer and Pixie Dust.
The first person I reached out to was a photographer. I needed someone to capture the most important things like details, memories, and zoom calls from India. After coming up with a way to approach vendors in Boston even though I was in California Leah responded and said this: On May 7th, 6:41 pm I received a text from Cynthia. At first I was skeptical considering she was in California and found me off Instagram. Fortunately my optimistic and curious personality encouraged me to pursue this opportunity. Little did I know that Cynthia would help plan one of the coolest quarantine events, and I was going to be part of it. Even during a global pandemic, I am thankful for Cynthia, Keerthika, Funke, and Sandra for being a great team to work with. Cynthia says were forever friends and hope to work again in the future.
Cake and Sweets
The next vendor that needed securing was a cake and sweets. That was tricky considering the travel. Also, a question was who was even willing to deliver and or do a cake considering the social distancing regulations. It took a whole day but I narrowed down to Funke from Sweet Inc Desserts. So fortunate she was willing to hop on a video chat with Keerthika and me.
This is what Funke said:
“When Cynthia first Sent the DM she was from California I messaged her to make sure she knew I was in MA. She was getting a team together for an event in 2 weeks. I had a number of events around that date but there was no way I was going to pass this up. She pulled it off we pulled it off. This opened a door to a new opportunity! Each vendor moved quickly and thru video calls and texts. I am so glad to have been part of making this celebration special for the client in spite of the current situation of our country. We were able to really connect in spite of being physically separated. I’m glad Cynthia messaged me as I have a whole new group of friends!
Treacherous Search for Decor!
The next step in planning this event was finding the right balloon artist. Sandra from Boston Balloons produced a work of art. She is one busy woman! In the time we got with her she made it clear she meant business and not to worry! After seeing her incredible design from our inspiration it was better than what we imagined. The basket for the hot air balloon installation was like nothing I had ever seen! The clouds were sooo fluffy and looked great in front of the sky wall. She really did an amazing job.
The final Touches included paper planes, a One sign, and paper hot air balloons to create a 3D effect. With neighbors waiting to wish the birthday boy well and a zoom celebration with family and friends in India, Mom of the birthday boy was elated and overcome with emotion a few words condensed were this :
“Like every mother, I wanted to celebrate my son’s first birthday so that he has memories to cherish. The hope to travel to India to meet his grandma and celebrate back home where I grew up did not happen due to the pandemic emerging. My quest began when everything was at a standstill. The challenge of how to celebrate when you are quarantined and the planning quest had me stumble upon Cynthia’s daughter’s birthday. The creativity of this mom and entrepreneur struck me. She amazed me! Not anticipating any reply from her, I took a chance to ask if she could help. Surprised after a quick response and a video call, we spoke about my theme and she took it to another level. Celebrating my son’s birthday on Memorial Day was perfection. The way this all ended up happening still awes me. I somehow feel that the universe conspired to make all of this possible. Funke, Sandra, Leah and Cynthia really pulled it thru.
In the End
In the end of all this social distancing, quarantine, and lockdown, we really saw how people of all backgrounds could come together for what we need now- celebrating. A bit of positive in the midst of chaos and it really took a village to pull this off. Atharv was all smiles! The family, friends, and neighbors celebrated him from a distance or on Zoom as he ONE-Dered away turning 1. One day he will look back at this and see that even a lockdown could not stop his mom from saving his day.”
Balloons | Sandra at Balloon Joy
Cake and Cupcakes | Sweet inc.
Clothing | SunainaRao Label
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