Foam Party Basics

Foam Party Basics

Whether you’re hosting your 8-year-olds birthday party or organizing a graduation bash for your fellow college students, a foam party can be a great way to spice things up and create a memorable event for everyone involved.

If you’re new to foam parties, or even to party planning in general, it can seem a bit daunting at first. But with the right team and a good plan, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

First of all, let’s look at what a foam party actually is. A foam party includes most of the same elements that a regular party would; music, drinks, dancing and possibly even games. The only difference is that with a foam party, the dance floor and other surfaces will be covered in soapy bubbles, which as you can imagine, gets people into party mode pretty quickly.

Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind when planning your first foam party:

Selecting a venue

Before you plan anything else, you need to know where you will be holding your foam party. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the venue, including the time of year (weather conditions) age of party goers, number of party goers and water resistance of the party hall/room.  During the summertime, the easiest and most logical solution would be to hold the party outdoors. This leaves less mess to be cleaned up later and there is no risk of water damage.  If you do choose to hold your foam party in an outdoor setting, you will either need a hard surface such as a patio or driveway, or you could spread out a plastic sheet on a lawn to spare the grass and preserve the bubbles for as long as possible.

For kids foam parties, a bouncy castle can be a great addition, as it provides you with a way to contain the bubbles in a closed off area and also gives kids a safe environment to jump and play without the risk of slipping and banging their head on a hard surface.  During colder months, you will, of course, need to find a suitable indoor venue, as wet and slippery conditions coupled with cold weather make for a miserable party.

For indoor parties, make sure you inform the property/venue owner what you will be using it for, as they may object to the foam idea if they feel it could ruin their floors or walls.

You will need to find a location that is large enough to accommodate the number of guests you will have at your party, as too many people crowded into one small area and surrounded by foam can get unpleasant pretty quickly.

What you will need?

Obviously, the first thing you will need to organize for your foam party is the foam machine. You may have heard that it is possible to make your own foam without the help of a machine, and while this is certainly true, using a foam machine is just easier and far less messy.  Speak to a party planner or do some research online to find out where you can rent one in your area. You will also need a large plastic sheet that is big enough to cover the whole ground, or if you can’t get your hands on one that is big enough, you could use several.

Just make sure you attach them securely with duct tape so that the foam can’t seep between the cracks and cause water damage. You may also want to consider covering the walls with a protective plastic, depending on what type of venue you have picked out.  Electrical sockets and plugs must be properly covered as well, and any speakers or DJ equipment should be set up well away from the “foam pit.”

You will also need furniture that won’t be damaged by the foam, so plastic lawn chairs and tables are your best bet during such an event.

 

Use plastic cups and plates

Because foam parties tend to get a little bit more rowdy than regular parties, it is not a good idea to use glass cups or plates that can shatter and leave sharp pieces on the floor. The foam will cover the evidence of a broken glass, which could cause others to cut their feet or ankles.

Have people leave cell phones and electronic devices at home.

Foam machines do use water and things tend to get pretty damp by the end of the night, so for obvious reasons, it is best to leave all electronic devices like cell phones, tablets, iPods or what have you at home.

If some people would like to bring cell phones along for later or to use in case of an emergency, you should consider providing a safety deposit box or at least have a locked room to stash these valuables during the party.


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