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Backdrops as Wedding Décor!

November 30th, 2016

Wedding: Sunset Beach 5 Backdrop

It’s Wedding Wednesday and we are so excited to share this gorgeous, vibrant wedding with you! Have you ever thought what could be the extra step that you could take to make your event unique and stand out above the rest? Or are you looking to trace a subtle theme throughout your day? That’s exactly what this couple did! A tropical, beach themed wedding complete with seashells, sand, and a scenic backdrop behind the band! A tribute to a couple that met near the beach! With all of the greenery and the beach themed backdrop, this indoor wedding was immediately transformed into an unforgettable affair!
Wedding: Sunset Beach 5 BackdropIt’s always the details that make a wedding distinct, extraordinary, and a night to remember. The details are often the fun part of planning a wedding anyways. Using a backdrop is an easy and affordable detail that we can take care of! It’s so simple to reserve a backdrop that will completely transform any ballroom or event space. Look at these pictures and I think you’ll agree. The decor at this wedding is absolutely stunning!

Wedding: Sunset Beach 5 BackdropWant more ideas on how you can use our backdrops to enhance your event? Call us at 858-300-2100 to talk with our team! We’re always here to give you ideas on where you can place our backdrops, how you can use them, and to suggest which backdrops be best at your wonderful affair! We have thousands of themed, abstract, and celebratory backdrops in-stock ready to create your ideal atmosphere. Want to rent a backdrop to complement your photo booth? We have an array of 10′ x 10′ backdrops just for that as well!

Wedding: Sunset Beach 5 BackdropInterested in seeing our other wedding backdrops? Click here to see more! We are so excited to see how our backdrops enhance your next event! Using backdrops as decor is a unique way to make your affair remarkable and distinct!

5 Reasons to Use Backdrops at Your Event!

April 7th, 2016

Event Photo - Rainforest Backdrops Room Wrap!

Looking for a way to use backdrops at your next event? Always wanted to use backdrops, but you’re not sure how to? That’s what we’re here for! Check out 5 reasons to use backdrops at your next event below and let us know what you think!

Event Photo - Wizard of Oz Backdrop

1. Backdrops are an effortless [& affordable] way to instantly transform any space!

When we say effortless, we mean easy as pie. Our backdrop consultants will help you choose the perfect backdrop for your event and they’ll assist with finalizing the order. We ensure our customer service is impeccable, giving you the best experience possible. We ship worldwide to your door, making it easy to receive your package ahead of time to hang the backdrop. We take the worry out of backdrops. We make it as easy on you to have an incredible experience and to WOW your attendees.Event Photo - Paris backdrop

2. Easily create a theme or enhance your existing theme around a backdrop!

Haven’t decided on a theme for your gala or special affair? Look no further! Our amazing team of backdrop consultants have YEARS of experience in the industry and can help you by recommending an array of different themes. Themed events are our bread and butter. Imagine having a French affair with a Paris Eiffel Tower scene or a fantastical Alice in Wonderland themed event – it’s easy to imagine with our wide array of hand-painted backdrops.Event Photos - Ballroom backdrops

3. Use a backdrop for a creative, unique background for your event photos!

A do-it-yourself photo booth or a real photo-booth! They can be used in so many ways. We’re not only talking about step & repeats (but we do those as well). We have SO many backdrops in a perfect size for a photoshoot. Want to tailor the photoshoot to a handful of people in each shot? Choose from our amazing 10′ x 10′ backdrops. Have group pictures that you want to capture? Select one of our 20′ x 10′ backdrops. Easy as that. Want something different than what you see in our inventory? Let us know and we’ll paint it! It’s that simple. (AND we’ll rent it to you).

Event Photo - Cotton Club Backdrop

4. Renting a backdrop is as easy as 1-2-3.

We’ll help you choose a backdrop, ship you the backdrop with ample time before your event, and include a return shipping label for you to easily send it back to us! It really couldn’t be easier. We’ll provide hanging instructions and will recommend pipe and base companies! In Southern California, we even provide installations!

Backdrops Beautiful Personalized Plates

5. Once you backdrop, you’ll never go back.

You have NO idea how many customers we have that tell us once they’ve used a backdrop, they’ve never found an excuse not to use a backdrop! No mater where your event is located, showcasing a backdrop can instantly change the mood, theme, and atmosphere of your occasion.

Be my Valentine or my Galentine?

February 10th, 2016

Valentine Hearts Backdrop

Love is in the Air, Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We’re excited to celebrate with our loved ones. Valentine’s Day is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. Although the holiday didn’t start out about love, in 18th-century England it evolved into a day when people expressed their love to one another through presenting flowers, offering sweets, and sending each other hand written greeting cards (now known as ‘valentines’). We love trading and surprising others with Valentine’s! It’s definitely not only reserved for when we’re younger. We think the more clever, the better. So go grab your supplies and create your own unique valentine for those special someones in your life. It’s time to get creative and show your loved ones what they mean to you! & there’s no better way to do this than a homemade valentine.

Valentine Hearts 3 Love Story backdrop

No Valentine? What about a Galentine?

We affectionately love Galentine’s Day as we know our female best friends are the bees knees & perhaps our absolute favorite type of love story. This term was first coined by Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who officially made February 13th Galentine’s Day. A pre-Valentines day brunch consisting of ‘ladies celebrating ladies’. Having a gal pal to confide in, a best friend to shop with, and a partner in crime helps make our worlds go round. No matter where you live, it’s easy to find the perfect place for brunch with your girls or you can always have your girls over at your place. & remember: #NoBoysAllowed.

However you are celebrating, we hope you have a weekend full of laughter, spontaneity, love, and definitely brunch. Even though it’s only Wednesday, we’re already counting down to this weekend. There’s no shame in having something to look forward to, right?

Comment below and let us know how you plan to enjoy your weekend!

How to Plan A Perfect Superbowl Party

February 4th, 2016

How To - Football 2 backdrop

We are officially counting down to the Superbowl is this weekend! Who is planning on throwing a Superbowl Party? It’s definitely one of our favorite past times and we are looking forward to this year’s party! We’ve rounded up our advice on how to plan the perfect Superbowl party. Check it out below!

1. Invite your friends, family, and colleagues

Tell all of your friends to come over [& not just those into football]. The Superbowl is time to relax, spend time with your loved ones, share in delicious food and drink, and discuss all of the crazy commercials. Think: More The Merrier when it comes to the guest list. The crowd is what makes Superbowl parties so much fun.

2. Make it a potluck

You know those loved ones we we’re talking about above? They can add a helping hand in the party! Superbowl parties are all about bitesize appetizers. You can spend all day looking for inspiration on Pinterest & even tell your friends what you’d like them to bring! Superbowl bites can either make or break the party, so come prepared.

3. Add a friendly competition

There’s nothing that complements a Superbowl party more than a friendly [or not-so-friendly] Superbowl Pool! Easily download your pool here and print it out for the party. This is sure to get everyone even more excited for the game.

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4. Easily enhance your home décor

The Superbowl is in San Francisco, CA this year! Since not all of can be in San Francisco for the game, why not bring San Francisco to your party? Enhance you home décor for the day by renting a beautiful backdrop to set the scene at your party or even for a DIY photo booth! So many options and so many choices.

5. Turn up the TV, especially during commercials

We all know that the commercials are what make the Superbowl so great [even if the game is lacking in the excitement part]. Make the most out of the commercials by creating a game out of it! Have your guests chance their luck at guessing the type of product showcased in the first commercial of the game, the first commercial after halftime, and what product will be showcased most often!

Have a great Superbowl weekend. Wishing all of you a safe and fun weekend celebrating!

Backdrops Beautiful Gives Back! – A Time For Heroes 2015

December 14th, 2015

Woodlands 6 backdrop - A Time for Heroes 2015

It was such an honor to be a sponsor of such a meaningful cause. We jumped at the idea of being a sponsor of The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) annual event, ‘A Time For Heroes‘, at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, CA. A family-friendly event dedicated to spreading awareness of pediatric AIDS while providing a fun atmosphere for all of the attendees.

This was a fun and adventure packed day with such important intent. There were so many options for all of the families and kids. We loved all of the activities! Some of the highlights were the Nickelodeon Animation Station, King of Harts Lake Tahoe camping experience, Cinema Makeup School play station, science room exploration station, gift bag screen-printing, basketball, and virtual surfing.

Woodlands 6 Backdrop - A Time For Heroes 2015

We sponsored the King of Harts booth by Melissa Joan Hart in which were honored to be part of the Tahoe camping experience to introduce their new line of clothes for kids! We loved seeing Melissa, Tori Spelling, and other celebrities read by the campfire! We had the pleasure of providing our Woodlands backdrop as a perfect complement for this Lake Tahoe camp-inspired King of Harts booth.

Woodlands 6 Backdrop - A Time For Heroes 2015

This was definitely a star-studded event full of celebrities including Melissa Joan Hart, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Hannah Simone, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, James Van Der Beek, Alyson Hannigan, and many more. We all joined EGPAF to celebrate its 26th annual ‘A Time for Heroes’ family festival, which was truly such a blast for all that attended.

Woodlands 6 Backdop - A Time For Heroes 2015

EGPAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. This is such an important and significant cause. We’re so proud to be part of this amazing event that brought awareness to the attendees and greater community at large. It is time for the everyday heroes to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Get involved by giving back here.

New Hand Painted Backdrops – June 2015

June 8th, 2015

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.

Weather1 - 40x20

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!

Bubbles5 Aqua - 20x10

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.

Coral Kingdom4 - 40x20

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.

Mansion View15 - 50x30

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.

Broadcasting Digitally

June 11th, 2010

In the months to come we will be rolling out new and fun ways to help you take advantage of our ongoing specials including QR Codes that you will be able to scan with your smart phones such as the iPhone and not worry about having a paper coupon, etc.  We embrace technology and we will be broadcasting digitally all of our marketing efforts in addition to the traditional methods.

Keep an eye out as we will be revealing new QR Codes throughout our print ads, trade shows, social networks, sponsorships, etc. that will give you savings digitally!  Welcome to the digital revolution!

Test out the QR Code with your iPhone or any other smart phone using ScanLife App.  This application is free.

ScanLife App is available for Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Windows operating smart phones.

Maximize your trade show sponsorship with Foursquare

April 9th, 2010

Backdrop Warp Blue Backdrops Beautiful

As we all know we sometimes get bombarded with sponsorship opportunities at the many trade shows we exhibit.  In an effort to maximize our brand awareness we usually sponsor one of the many available opportunities when our budget allows it.  I think it’s important that we do more to capitalize on our sponsorships.  In fact, it is essential we find creative ways to expand our exposure at these events.   There are things we can do to create an experience rather than just a glimpse of a sign with our logo and/or name that we pay for to be seen throughout the conference/tradeshow.  We have the technology and it is up to us to brainstorm and create an interactive experience for our prospective clients to engage and take something more than just a 5 minute sales pitch and our literature.

For example, let’s discuss the possibility of creating a virtual event within the expo for the sponsors.  Depending on the sponsorship and tradeshow, you can suggest to the show host to set up a foursquare event prior to the tradeshow to allow plenty of time to promote.  The event would consist of the already participating sponsor companies and the expo attendees. Each company would be assigned a virtual booth space by the coordinator setting up a venue on Foursquare to reflect their booth.  If your show host doesn’t have a clue on how to set up a venue, refer them here: Eric Lukazewski from Echelon Design Inc. recently posted “A Practical Guide to Creating foursquare Events.”

To encourage attendees to visit each sponsor, there would have to be incentives at every booth with a chance to be entered into the grand prize raffle upon completing every check-in.  The booth incentive can be a special offer or an extra discount that could be combined with your ongoing promotion for your product or service.  The grand prize could be a trendy gadget such as the iPad that could be purchased in advance by the host at the expense of the participating sponsors.

Procedure for the event:

  1. Attendees would need check-in at every booth and include in their shout out an assigned hashtag that would be provided by the tradeshow host to reflect the expo’s name (this would amplify the buzz, not just on foursquare, but also on twitter – given that the attendee also has a twitter account).
  2. The participating sponsor would then provide each attendee a unique code that they would also need to post via the “add a tip” function for every virtual booth they visit.

Attendees would need to make sure to stop at every participating booth to be automatically entered into the raffle.  The winner could then be announced at one of the tradeshow events or gala.

If the tradeshow hosting company decides not to participate, you can easily team up with a handful of exhibiting vendors and co-manage the event.

In exchange for a virtual check-in, the attendees receive real incentives and take home a unique experience!  How have you implemented social media to maximize your sponsorship investment?

Event Solutions / Catersource Conference & Tradeshow Recap

March 25th, 2010

We exhibited at the 2010 Event Solutions / Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas for the first time.  It was a great experience and will definitely continue to participate in the years to come.  We decided to showcase one of our many Alice in Wonderland themed backdrops and framed it with trussing to display our product in a professional setting.  Our trussing was provided by one of our partners, “Rhythm Entertainment,” based out of Ontario, CA.

As product sponsors for “Anthology Event 2010,” we partnered up with Nick Apap from the Royce Prop Shop and designed a custom backdrop for the event.  Nick’s vision was to create an ambiance of “mad scientists” by incorporating a laboratory backdrop for the demo stage on how to create frozen ice cream.  He also adapted our Fire backdrop into the main stage where performers entertained the guests later that evening.  Nick was one of the finalists for the Spotlight Awards for “Creative Director of the Year.”  In appreciation of our sponsorship for that event, Nick and Royce designed a table setting exclusively for our booth which further accented our beautiful Alice in Wonderland theme.

Our goal was to showcase and educate event professionals how a backdrop can accent any event by thinking outside the box and working together with an event company.  In speaking with many catering businesses and chefs we were able to teach them that their food presentations and/or buffet tables can be accentuated with our product and giving their clients a bit more and gaining more business.  It’s very important to not just pitch your product on what it can do for them but to also show them and have them see the big picture.  At the end, we conquered so much more and are looking forward to working with other event companies in our upcoming shows.

Our raffle at the show was a Nintendo Wii and the Alice in Wonderland Video Game.  Out of the 897 registrations we received, we had one lucky winner:  Legendary Events.  Congratulations Legendary Events!

2010: New Year, New Opportunities

December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Eve is the celebration that commemorates the beginning of a new year.  For some, 2009 was a trying year yet we learned new ways to survive in an ongoing recession.  New technological opportunities boomed allowing companies to reach new masses.  Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and blogging sites took over conventional communication methods and a new phenomenon emerged.

Rooftop Terrace Backdrop

As we get ready to kick start the new year, we should take a little time to reflect on what we want to tackle in the upcoming year. Positive thinking is the key to success.  It is helpful to set goals and stay focus to accomplish these objectives.  We hope that the new year is filled with creative inspiration, new business opportunities and a healthy lifestyle.

The Backdrops Beautiful Way for 2010:

Budget – Learn to work with lean budgets
Experiment – Don’t be afraid to try new strategies in reaching a new audience
Adapt – Every customer is different
Understand – Understand current trends and utilize modern technology
Target – Find the niche that works in today’s times
Inspiration – Be creative and let your imagination inspire
Focus – Listen and engage with your customers
Unite – connect with others and establish new partnerships to maximize exposure
Learn – Continue to develop new concepts and expand on industry knowledge

Backdrops Beautiful is extremely grateful to have met so many wonderful and creative people this past year.  We established new business partnerships and gained new client relations by becoming members of elite organizations such as ISES, MPI, NACE and UDMA.  We attended many meetings and dinner events that allowed us to create brand awareness and showcase our backdrops.  These organizations have given us the opportunity to work with many talented professionals in various industries and we look forward to being more involved in the upcoming year.

Additionally, we exhibited at many tradeshows and will be no different in the year to come.   Our participation at tradeshows such as the Special Events Show, Dance Teacher Summit, Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Conference, Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo and UDMA’s Dance Resource & Costume Shows gave us the opportunity to meet with all our existing clients and meet new ones. These shows allow us to work on a personal level with everyone and obtain feedback to create new backdrops in line with today’s trends.

We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

Fireworks Backdrop