ALL ABOUT BACKDROPS
My absolute favorite element when designing a head table is the backdrop. I love the creative freedom of envisioning a way to portray an idea. And the thrill of execution and actually pulling it off is a good payoff for your hard work. It takes approximately 2 hours, a ladder, and a list of supplies…fishing wire, double sided tape, 3M hooks, pins, nails…you name it. One of these days, I need to do a behind-the-scenes post on installing a backdrop.
Below are just two examples of ways to create a backdrop. My personal go-to’s for creating a backdrop are custom made wall decals and the use of props.
Here’s an example of a tree decal we used which we even strung a happy birthday garland from branch to branch. We first did this for Sabine’s dohl but my client loved it so much we did a boy version here for William.
For my son’s school themed first birthday we created a chalkboard backdrop by spray painting a large cork board with chalkboard paint and hung it from a curtain rod. Then we strung a happy birthday garland from end to end.
Other widely used options include banners, balloons, fabric, etc. Keep in mind, the challenging element which sets head table backdrops apart from candy/dessert bar backdrops is that it has to be free standing and able to support itself. Unlike candy/dessert bar backdrops where the actual backdrop can sit on the table which makes execution a lot easier and a lot less costly because all it is is typically foam board and fabric.