And rarely do auction decorations make you money.
But many of the volunteers on your benefit auction committees LOVE talking about decor, don’t they?
They get excited planning the colors … considering the centerpieces … thinking of ways to incorporate fun elements. It pains me that your budget for the decor may grow out of control.
(It’s so much smarter to spend your budget on more important elements, like a top-notch auctioneer.)
So all that said, here’s an idea that is affordable AND elegant.
You might equate balloons as something appropriate for a child’s birthday party, but not a benefit auction.
Or you might consider balloons (especially the 11″ traditional size) appropriate for a school auction, but not a nonprofit gala.
These photos will convince you otherwise.
These over-sized balloons measuring 3′ and 4′ lended an air of sophistication to this nonprofit gala of ~420 guests. They were used in the silent auction (in multiple colors) and in the ballroom (in shades of pink) to beautifully fill the large space. They created a “dropped ceiling” effect.
The helium started to wane in a few of them by night’s end, but most of them stayed up and looked great.
Not too expensive and it looks beautiful. Don’t you think so?
There’s a top-notch balloon expert in California (Sandi Masori) who wrote a book about decorating events with balloons. She interviewed me about my experiences using balloons at auctions and featured me prominently in her book, The Event Planner’s Essential Guide To Balloons.
So if you want to learn more about this inexpensive decor idea that packs a powerful punch, head to Amazon and grab your own copy of The Event Planner’s Essential Guide To Balloons.
It’s written just for you!