Our warehouse and service center is in Portland Oregon. We serve all of the Portland Metro area- Including Oregon and SW Washington.
West Portland – Northwest Portland
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Rock Creek, West Haven – Sylvan, Northwest Heights, St. Johns, Scappoose, St. Helens, Skyline, North Plains, Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston
South Portland - Southwest Portland
SW Portland, Southwest Hills, Raleigh Hills, Multnomah Village, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Metzger, King City, Durham, Tualatin, Sherwood, Newberg, Yamhill, Carlton, McMinneville, Newberg, Dundee, Dayton, St. Paul, Donald, West Linn, Wilsonville.
Northeast Portland – Southeast Portland
NE Portland, N Portland, Maywood Park, Mt. Scott, Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Corbett, Damascus, Happy Valley, Sunnyside, Clackamas, Oregon City, Canby, Sandy, Estacada, Beavercreek, Redland, Spring Water, Mulino, Mollalla, Colton, Mt. Hood, Mt Angel, Woodburn Hubbard, Aurora, Gervais.
We Also Serve:
Bend, Corvallis, Albany, Eastern Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford-Ashland, Oregon Coast, Portland, Roseburg, Salem.
Vancouver, WA - SW Washington
Vancouver, Camas, Mill Plain, Camas, Washougal, Five Corners, Orchards, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Ridgefield, Woodland, La Center, Kelso, Longview, Amboy, Kalama, Castle Rock, Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Mossyrock, North Bonneville, Stevenson, Goldendale.
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Four Corners, Brooks, Hayesville, Amity, Willamina, Grand Ronde, Monmouth, Independence, Silverton, Stayton, Turner, Jefferson, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Brownsville, Sweet Home.
Bend – Redmond
Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs
Eugene – Springfield – Ashland – Medford – Klamath Falls
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Central - Eastern Washington
Yakima, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Tri-cities, Spokane, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and more.
Post Falls, Coeurd'Alene, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
One of the most important things for any party is the menu. Whether you are having an elaborate meal or just serving appetizers, guests appreciate having good food to nibble on while they mingle. The ideal appetizers should be easy and inexpensive to prepare, and they also need to taste great.
Chips are easy (just open the bag) and inexpensive but served by themselves, they are also boring, You can get a container of salsa to serve with the chips, and but unless the salsa is something really special, it is unlikely to be a source of much praise. Luckily there are many other kinds of dips you can make or buy.
Mexicali or 7 Layer dip is a favorite for parties. It doesn’t actually have to have 7 layers, there can be more or less depending on your preferences. You can purchase premade layered dip in stores; however, it is not difficult to make yourself and it tastes much better if it is homemade.
Here is the recipe I grew up with:
In a large flat bowl, layer the following:
2 nine ounce cans bean dip (smashed flat)
3 ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tablespoons lemonade
½ cup sour cream mixed with ½ cup mayonnaise and 1.25 ounces taco seasoning
Grated cheddar and jack cheese (enough to cover the entire bowl with a thick layer)
Chopped olives (1-2 small cans)
Chopped green olives (1 bunch)
Serve with corn chips.
This dip can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until the party. Be sure that if any perishable foods are going to be kept out for any length of time that they are kept at a cool temperature so they do not spoil. Placing the dip bowl over a tray of ice may be a smart idea during warm weather. You can purchase an inflatable buffet tray to fill with ice and set up on a table for a nominal cost. Another option is serve smaller portions and keep the remainder in the refrigerator or ice chest until the food that was served has been used.
If you want to serve warm appetizers, making nachos is another great way to serve chips at a party.
The problem with events (weddings, birthday parties, etc) is that you spend so much time and money planning them out and trying to make everything perfect, then before you know it, the whole thing is over. After the mess is cleaned up, all that is left is the memories and the pictures.
A good photographer is essential to any event that you want to remember. Photos bring memories of the events alive. However, when I look back at the photos of important occasions in my life, I often wish I had more pictures, perhaps from other angles, with other expressions, or with individuals who did not pose in that picture.
When you are picking a photographer for an event, there are many things to consider. First and foremost is perhaps availability and reliability. No matter how good the pictures that the person takes, if he or she is not able to make it to your event, they do you no good.
Assuming the photographer is available for your event, take a look at their portfolio and discuss pricing. It is important to understand what you are purchasing. Will the photographer be taking photos during the entire event or just coming for a portion of the event. Will the photographs be posed, candid, or a combination? How many photographs will the photographer take and of those how many will you get to keep? Who will own the rights to the images? Will you be allowed to make copies or the images yourself or will you have to purchase additional prints from the photographer? Would you prefer to get a disc of photos that you can print yourself or an album of printed pictures? If you do not have a lot of time, the album may be more convenient, but if you want to give copies of the images to everyone involved in the event, digital copies will probably be preferable.
Most photographers are flexible with their options but the fee will depend in part on what product they are delivering to you. Purchasing rights to an image will probably be more expensive then just getting a print of the individual image.
On the event day, the photographer will be busy taking pictures. Make sure if there is anything or anyone in particular that you want photos taken of, the photographer knows. If there is any assistance you can provide, such as gathering people for photos, be sure to do so. If you are happy with the photographer and the images they take of your event, refer them to friends who are having events and remember them next time you are holding an event of your own.
As long as they are not distracting, it is never a bad idea to have a few extra cameras around an event, even if you hire a professional photographer. You never know what images an amateur may come up with that you may really like. You may also want to hire or recruit someone to videotape part or all of the event.
Photographs last much longer than any event, so make sure that you get plenty of good ones!
Recently at a family goods consignment sale, a balloon artist made a teddy bear for my son. It took him a few tries as a couple balloons popped as he tried to make the complicated bends and turns, but the finished balloon sculpture was amazing. Frankly I am surprised that any of the balloons survive to make a sculpture with all of the twisting and bending they go though. I can’t even blow those thin balloons up, let along make animals out of them.
Balloon sculpting reminds me of origami, but instead of folding paper, the person is folding a balloon which could pop at any moment. The concept is simple and you can find instructions for making basic balloon animals online , but to get really good at making the sculptures takes a lot of practice and a bit of luck.
A balloon artist is definitely a skilled craftsman and many of them are talented entertainers as well. Kids love watching creatures take shape out of the balloons and the finished creations make great party favors. To add a little extra fun to a party, get a balloon artist who is dressed up in costume as a favorite character or a clown. Balloon artists are wonderful for birthday parties and all sorts of events, especially events with kids involved.