The implementation of the Luzon lockdown had a great impact in the events industry. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, celebrations like weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties are prohibited as deemed to be “mass gatherings”.
The government only approved wedding and baptismal ceremonies with a limited number of people. Hence, many couples just decided to reschedule their big day. Others, however, pushed a civil wedding ceremony, and postponed their grandiose plans until the mass gathering is allowed.
For birthdays, many friends I know just celebrated at home with only their family members. Some also prepared meals for frontliners as their way of saying thank you.
But even though most of us are still on quarantine mode, the pressure of social media still exists. For some, parties at home must have at least balloons or backdrop decorations for photo ops purposes.
Of course, it’s workable. Especially now that you can order balloons, buntings, and other party supplies online. Several event styling businesses offer balloon works and prop rentals, like my Project Diyosa.
A friend residing in Canada was hiring me to decorate their home here in the province for her daughter’s 7th birthday, but it did not come up due to General Community Quarantine (GCQ’s) guidelines. She ended up renting some of my basic props, and then ordered 100 pieces assorted pastel balloons.
My friend and her 11-year-old daughter supervised the execution of a simple backdrop plan. I only shared a YouTube video about DIY garland balloons and some pegs from the Internet for their guide. They did it well together with other household members. The celebrant couldn’t hide her emotion, and was stunned by the effort.
With a little research and playful imagination, it’s possible to have an ”instagrammable” birthday party at home.
Here are some guides which I stumbled online: