We’re All About That Pipe & Base!

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Wizard of Oz 3B Backdrop – 20′ X 10′

We always get asked, “What do you use to hang a backdrop? How difficult is it? How long does it take?”. This post is to solve just that! Being in the theatrical backdrop business, we are all about that pipe & base! Depending on the size of the backdrop, our needs in terms of hardware adjust slightly. Our backdrops have either grommets, ties, or a combination of both along the top and the side of the backdrop. We recommend using plastic zip ties with the grommets as they tend to provide a tighter grip on a variety of different types of hardware. At the top, the grommets are 20 inches apart and, along the sides, they are 30 inches apart. The backdrops also have a pole pocket along the bottom, which can be used this to weigh down the backdrop to create a seamless look without creases. Additionally, the grommets on the bottom corners allow for pulling the backdrop tight to further reduce creases. We recommend that you use counterweight (pipe & base) system or any smooth horizontal beam. For a 40′ x 20′ backdrop, it’s necessary to have 4 cross bars (10 ft each), 5 uprights (20 ft each), and 5 bases (as every upright needs a base). For a 20′ x 10′ backdrop, it’s necessary to have 2 cross bars, 3 uprights, and 3 bases to make sure the backdrop is well supported.

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For backdrops exceeding 10’ high, we recommend to hire an installation company.  If the backdrop is 10′ high, it is easier to manage and can easily be hung using the ties we provide together with the grommets on the backdrop, rubber tipped clamps, or zip ties. A 20′ x 10′ backdrop is an easy task for 1-2 people and takes around 20-30 minutes to assemble the hardware and hang the backdrop.

We provide the hardware and local installation in San Diego and Orange County, so if you live in the area this is definitely recommended! If you live elsewhere, we have a recommended list of companies in select states. If your city or state is not on the list, feel free to call us at 858-300-2100 & we’ll be able to recommend a company that can fit your needs!

Backdrops at NACE Experience!

Posted by Elyse

We’ve heard a few times before that it’s #AllAboutTheNACE & we couldn’t agree more. We travelled to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which was such a gorgeous resort we never wanted to leave. While we know summer in Arizona is no cool feat, we were excited to escape the heat and enjoy our NACE Experience – with much needed air conditioning. Exhibiting at a resort with so many luscious and prominent palm trees, it seemed fitting to showcase our Stage Showgirls 4 backdrop.

NACE Experience 2015 Backdrop

This backdrop showcases the silhouettes of the dancers and palm trees in a vibrant setting full of fireworks, green foliage, market lights, and a serene water element behind the stage. The array of colors in this backdrop is accentuated through the use of LED lighting shining on the front of the backdrop. It was so much fun to see the colors change and compliment our hand painted backdrop by creating dynamic movement throughout. It felt as if the silhouettes were moving to the music, which showcased the fluidity of our backdrops in motion. This backdrop transformed the room into a slice of tropical paradise.

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We had such a great time getting to know the attendees, creating relationships with other vendors and NACE partners, and tasting all of the delicious creations from the catering team! We were lucky enough to be right next to all of the delectable cuisine! Tell me how great those desserts look? We think they’re a perfect pair to our summer inspired backdrop. We love the idea of utilizing a backdrop behind a catering station or dessert table that enhances the theme of the event or type of cuisine that’s being served. The pairing of the catering station and themed backdrop will cohesively amplify the atmosphere of your event. After all, you do eat with your eyes first.

New Hand Painted Backdrops – July 2015

Posted by Elyse

It’s about that time again – our new hand painted backdrops for the month of July! Let’s see what our graphic designers and artists have been up to this past month. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing some flavorful cocktails, a beautiful summer lake landscape, a Hollywood red carpet, and a burning hot volcano! Let’s get to it!

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Who doesn’t love a fruity, colorful cocktail? Especially, a complete line up of delicious, radiant refreshments. To me, there’s not a better symbol of summer than a vibrant cocktail on a warm day. There’s something about the way the sun reflects off the drink that brings a smile to my face. Our Celebrate 7 Cocktails backdrop brings this feeling to your special event, no matter what time of year it is!

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Our Summer Parklands backdrop creates the essence of summer in any space, whether it be a ballroom, theater production, or dance recital. The luscious trees surrounding the serene lake pop with vibrant colors from a variety of greens, pinks, and yellows. The reflection on the lake from the clouds and the trees adds depth to the backdrop that is inviting to the eye.

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Lights, Camera, Action! This Hollywood inspired backdrop includes all the bells & whistles when it comes to film production – complete with the red carpet in front of a beautiful skyline.  The color blocking in this backdrop creates a distinct look and feel of new Hollywood glamour. Want to feel like a celebrity for the day? Step in front of this backdrop and it will do the trick!

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Our Volcano 2 backdrop leaves nothing to the imagination – it brings the hot, burning feeling of explosive lava to your event or theater production. The rocks are burning as the smoke billows into the air and the lava escapes the volcano in a hurried manner. This backdrop is sure to transform the whole atmosphere of your affair.

We are so thrilled to see these newly hand-painted backdrops at your event, dance recital, or theater production! Our backdrops truly come alive once they are a part of your production and we cannot wait to see the creative ways you use our backdrops!

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Elyse
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USA FLAG 6 FIREWORKS BACKDROP

We would like to wish all of our friends, partners, and customers a very happy, safe, and enjoyable 4th of July! We love celebrating our Independence Day (especially when it makes for a three day weekend!). It is always filled with special time with our family, barbecuing with our friends, and enjoying the fireworks light up the night sky! We enjoy being a part of and seeing so many pictures of all of the July 4th parades that happen from coast to coast. Each city has it’s own unique take on celebrating the 4th of July! It is amazing seeing all of the red, white, and blue flags waving in the air demonstrating pride for this beautiful country.

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FIREWORKS NIGHT 5 BACKDROP

What is your favorite part of celebrating 4th of July? After spending the entire day celebrating with friends and family, our favorite highlight of the night is getting to experience the beautiful array of firework colors (not only red, white, & blue!). It isn’t an Independence Day celebration without fireworks lighting up the sky and I’m always making sure to get the best seat to do so. This year, I’ll be watching the fireworks over the East River in New York City. Most people escape NYC to celebrate the 4th, so I’m excited to see what it has to offer while most people are away!

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USA FLAG 1A BACKDROP

We’re looking forward to the holiday weekend and we hope that all of you have a chance to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather and endless amount of food, and spend quality time with those that mean the most to you. This is the quintessential summer holiday and it should be enjoyed to the fullest! We would love to see pictures of your 4th of July weekend as inspiration for new backdrops! Email us a high resolution picture to get $10 off your next order!

Backdrops at BizBashLA!

Posted by Elyse

Did you get a chance to see us at BizBash Los Angeles? We had such a wonderful time exhibiting among all of the other innovative vendors. We enjoy any opportunity to see our partners within the industry and meet new and upcoming event professionals. Connecting with so many professionals within the industry reminded us why we love being at tradeshows, especially in Los Angeles.

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We highlighted our 10′ x 10′ Haunted House backdrop as one of our favorite holidays is Halloween (& we remember that even during the summer!). We absolutely love this spooky hand-painted backdrop and the front lighting transformed the backdrop in it’s own distinct way. Remember, front lighting is the way to go in regards to uplighting backdrops! We still celebrated summer by enjoying the beautiful weather in Los Angeles AND extending our Sizzling Summer Sale to all the attendees! We have a wide selection of 10′ x 10′ backdrops that are perfect birthday parties, smaller events, Quinceañerasbar and bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, or even photoshoots!

It is amazing to exhibit at all of the BizBash expos from Florida to Los Angeles to New York. Each event is extremely unique and each of the attendees brings a new element to the conversation regarding event design and decor. It was lovely connecting with so many event professionals and discussing new ways to bring backdrops to life at any event, wedding, or special affair.

As we put our Florida and California 2015 BizBash experiences behind us, we are looking forward to what’s next. We cannot wait for the last BizBash expo of 2015 in New York and are thrilled that our East Coast Manager will be there to represent us! Read more about our East Coast expansion in our latest newsletter. We are extremely excited to be able to service your needs from both coasts!

Backdrops at the LOVE Benefit!

Posted by Elyse

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We had the honor of being involved in the Love Benefit on June 2nd at the Morgan Run Resort and Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. It’s always a pleasure for us to give back to the community, especially when it affects someone so near and dear to the Backdrops Beautiful family. We were among 150 companies that came together to show our love and support for Aaron Feldman, CEO and Founder of True Photography. Aaron is a true visionary and has made a strong impact on our industry and our community, which was evident by the attendance and support at this amazing event.

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We had such an incredible night being apart of this event, full of libations, delectable cuisine, a silent auction, opportunity drawings, games and live entertainment. It was so special for us to witness our Beatles 7 backdrop as a main element to the night’s festivities and it was so wonderful to see so many people that care so much about Aaron. 

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Everything really came full circle for us as our Director of Sales and Marketing, Jonathan Goldstone, used True Photography to document one of the most important days in his life – his wedding. We jumped at the chance to be apart of this event as we viewed it as an opportunity to truly thank and give back to Aaron and his company for all that they did in capturing Jonathan’s wedding. It is incredible how connected all of us are and using our community as a place to give back is essential in facilitating a loving and supportive network.

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All proceeds from the event went towards Aaron Feldman’s recovery and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Follow his journey at http://howibeatmycancer.com/. Thank you Aaron for letting us be apart of this meaningful event and thank you to True Photography for these gorgeous photos.

New Hand Painted Backdrops – June 2015

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We love having the opportunity to create, design, and paint new backdrops on an ongoing basis – it’s what keeps our creative vibes flowin’ and inspires our team to continue to develop backdrops that push the limits of design. We are often inspired by requests from our clients that are looking to see their ideal vision that will perfectly complement and enhance their event. By working with our clients, our team creates picturesque backdrops that are unique and have the capability to completely transform an event.

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Our Weather 1 backdrop is one of my personal favorites. A reason I moved to the East Coast from California (where every season is summer) was to truly experience all four seasons. This portrays each season cohesively within one backdrop, highlighting the stark contrast of the seasons while seamlessly transitioning from one season to the next. This backdrop really highlights how beautiful nature is and how transformative it can be!

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Our Bubbles 5 Aqua backdrop is the ideal backdrop for a corporate event, birthday party, theatrical production, or special event. Our artists have used the ombré technique, using the aqua blue paint to transition to the green hue at the bottom of the backdrop. This backdrop will add a unique, subtle background to any event.

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Looking for an under the sea experience without getting in the ocean? Our Coral Kingdom 4 backdrop brings the sea life to you! The intricate design of the coral kingdom takes you to a fantasy down under, full of a sea of purples, pinks, and blues.

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Our Mansion View 15 backdrop features an inside look at the interior of a stunning mansion, complete with a fireplace and two drape adorned windows. The detailed design of the mansion interior combined with the warmth of the fireplace makes our imagination wander into this beautiful living room.

We are so excited to see how these backdrops will look at your upcoming events! After all the work that our team puts in to creating each backdrop from inception to painting, the process is only complete with your vision on how the backdrop is incorporated into your event/recital.

Backdrops at BizBash Florida!

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Every year, we look forward to exhibiting at BizBash South Florida and this year topped all of our expectations! We were so excited to travel to paradise (aka Ft. Lauderdale) to share new ideas with fellow vendors and attendees, inspire and become inspired from all of the other wonderful and innovative event industry leaders, and to connect with so many new and familiar faces. It was so incredible to be a part of the latest and greatest that the event and meeting industry has to offer. One of our favorite things to do is showcase our product and help you figure out different ways to use our backdrops! As always, we love receiving pictures from your events that help showcase the power of using a backdrop to transform your meeting or event! We would love to feature you on our website!

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Since Paris, France is always on the top of our destination list, we highlighted our intricate Paris Eiffel Tower backdrop and enhanced the backdrop with our mime costumes à la Marcel Marceau. Our goal was to take you on a trip to France through our costumes and our backdrop, which we were delighted to hear such great feedback regarding our dedication to our theme. Our Paris backdrops come in all different sizes (from 10′ x 10′ to 50′ x 20′) and a variety of scenes.

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We had so much fun bringing Paris to Florida and practicing the ‘art of silence’ while our mimes showcased our backdrop. The Eiffel Tower illuminated the night sky and we felt as if we were across the pond enjoying a gorgeous evening in France. Our enthusiasm continues as this is only the first BizBash expo of the year! We are excited for the remaining BizBash expos in 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Backdrops at Canadian Special Events!

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Last month, we travelled to Toronto, Canada to showcase our backdrops at The Canadian Special Events Show with over 400 other vendors in the event industry. We were overjoyed to collaborate with other vendors, see new and familiar faces, share best practices, and learn from our valued partners and customers.

While Canada is thrilled that the winter weather has finally come to an end, we highlighted our gorgeous Ice Castle Interior 10 backdrop to serve as a reminder that our backdrops can transform your event (and even change your mind about long-lasting winters).

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Our Ice Castle backdrops, available in many sizes, add the fantasy element to an event while accentuating the intricate hand-painted detail by our talented artists. These backdrops can enhance your event, whether your occasion is for a special event, theatrical production, dance recital, or ice king or queen birthday party! Check out our Ice Castle Interior 10 backdrop in action, which is a 10′ by 10′ backdrop ready to be a show stopper!

Whatever theme you choose, the options are endless and we would love to discuss the ways we can make your event a night to remember! There is nothing we love more than to see our customer’s vision come to life through the use of our hand-painted backdrops. As always, shipping to your door (of course, including Canada!) is made easy by Backdrops Beautiful. Give us a call at 858-300-2100 or send us an email!

Backdrops at USITT 2015

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This past week we had the honor of being a continuing supporter and exhibitor at the 2015 USITT Conference and Stage Expo. USITT which stands for the United States Institute of Theater and Technology, is the premier annual event for the theatre industry. We were so excited to highlight our beautiful backdrops to such a multi faceted industry. It was such a pleasure meeting and learning with individuals and companies throughout the three days of the #USITT Stage Expo. We highlighted the intricate detail of our hand painted backdrops by showcasing our 40’ x 20’ Palace Interior 3B Gold backdrop along the wall of the Stage Expo and our smaller 10’ by 10’ Palace Interior 6 Gold backdrop at our booth. All our hand painted backdrops utilize brush and airbrush techniques.

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Our hand painted backdrops (available in many sizes) are the perfect complement to any theatrical production, no matter the size of the theater. Utilizing the ideal hand painted backdrop for your production provides and creates the visual imagery that makes the scene come to life. In our opinion, there is nothing that compares to the sight of your actors in front of our hand painted, highly detailed backdrops! For those of you interested in different themes for shows, we are more than happy to work with you to provide you a listing of all of our beautiful backdrops that will transform your theatrical production.

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Our Palace Interior Gold backdrop is an extraordinary example of our custom backdrop rental services in action. A valued customer wanted to create their own unique custom backdrop to transform their wedding reception, which in time has become a popular rental among many of our customers. We view you as the trendsetters and the innovators  and are always looking to accommodate your needs with our custom backdrop rental services.

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Interested in our custom rental services? We have in-house graphic designers and artists ready to make your dreams come to life. Give us a call at 858-300-2100 or send us an email!