On Halloween night with all the spirits on the wing there were balloons as big as flying saucers coiling like a beautiful jewelled snake around the gothic stonework of London’s Two Temple Place
. These lofty balloon cloud decorations really set the scene for our arrival and are the work of luxury wedding and party designers Bubblegum Balloons
Ever imagined that you could blow a piece of bubblegum up as big as your head? Well Bubblegum Balloons can and they’ll keep on inflating these radiant airy creations until you say stop. This is the magical alchemy you can expect from the three-woman team Sally, Meg and Laura, who offer more than 30 gift balloons in rainbow colours across the spectrum from baby pink through to cobalt blue and metallics as well. They supply a variety of wedding decorations to augment your big day such as balloons with flower tails or tassels for your marriage ceremony and confetti filled balloons or foil and diamond shapes to augment your wedding reception. They also stock garlands, confetti, chair back ribbons and greeting cards so you can creatively coordinate your whole wedding look.
Bubblegum Balloons have popped up at London Fashion Week and they’ve styled for Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, Harrods, Google, Benefit, Benetton, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, Sam and Billie Faiers, The Saturdays and Little Mix to name a few.
Continuing their acts of helium genius inside the venue for our Halloween treat, Bubblegum Balloons constructed an entire wall of bubbly balloon at the back of the stage, comprised of marbled and shiny orbs with the occasional spooky face here and there for an eye-popping ghoulish delight.
In the entrance the Phantom of the Opera and his love entertained us with a duet on the piano and we paused to admire a regal black swan with its silky feathers and a body made entirely of flowers. Reenactors guided us up the beautifully carved staircase and through the wood panelled mansion to where a Miss Havisham style jilted bride lamented the loss of her love at a table shrouded with cobwebs and lit with pendulous chandeliers. There was Iberico ham hanging from hooks for us to taste, nourishing pots of risotto and lamb to revive us and a whole host of creepy cocktails brimming with edible bats and spiders. We were invited to pose for a post-apocalyptic street scene and sit for a photo opportunity in a haunted parlour. Mad scientists tempted us to try blood orange ice cream and a hilarious yet yummy dry ice sorbet, which gave insight into what it must be like to be an actual dragon.
After feasting and mingling, we then hit the dance floor where bands and dance troupes got us into the rhythm of the blackest and most mist-hewn hours of the night. The costumes were truly inventive; we had a witch doctor, a couple of Jokers and some wicked queens, a winged beast or two including an amazing raven outfit, mummies, ghouls and even an inflatable dinosaur in the mix.
What really made the evening was that after getting to know everyone during the day and the night before, under cover of darkness we were less sure who everyone was beneath the fake scars and headdresses, which made for some fun rediscoveries during the course of the evening. Hats, wigs, masks and voodoo wands off to Bubblegum Balloons and the Bridelux Symposium team for making the best Halloween Party I’ve ever been to.