Local small business Paris Party and Events Rentals felt the sudden stop that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. After many cancellations and postponements, the team quickly regrouped and came up with an idea to help not just their business but the community as well.
“We wanted to bring some cheer back to the community and offer something fun and inexpensive for parents to take advantage of while homeschooling their kids,” said Kacy Smyers, manager of Paris Party and Event Rentals.
That’s when the team came up with three different balloon packages. Each package offers a unique way for parents to not only keep their kids entertained while at home but also encourage them to stay on track with school work.
Packages offer kids incentives like ‘finish an assignment, pop a balloon,’ as well as, game ideas with a treat at the end including bubble butt, balloon tag, waddle race, pass the balloon, balloon stomp and more.
The three options are:
Option #1 – “Pop It” – includes nine air-filled balloons with toys or candy.
Option #2 – “Bag of Balloons” – includes two bags of around 15 balloons each and a list of games to play at home.
Option #3 – “Mini column” – customize this column in theme or color scheme of your choice.
Orders for same-day delivery must be made by 1 p.m. Otherwise they will be delivered the next business day. You can place your order through their Facebook page or contact the team on 903-905-4901 or 903-905-2565.
They are also offering delivery to all areas of Lamar County, customer’s who reside in the outer edges of the county will incur a small delivery fee.
Each option costs $15, which Smyers says helps keep it affordable for locals and allows the business to stay open.
Since they launched the new service earlier this week, Smyers said they have already completed 70 orders with more coming in regularly.
“We are so grateful for the support we are seeing,” she said. “When everything changed, we had to let go of one of our team members, but with all the orders coming in, we were able to bring them back, which is wonderful.”
Each order is being carefully created by the team and delivered with the utmost hygiene practices.
“We are using gloves, sanitizers, and abiding by the guidelines, so every staff member and customer is as safe as possible,” she explained.
But it’s not just parents getting in on the unique balloon gifts; one local man gifted his wife a mini-column as she has been missing her students. So he had the team add a sweet note.
“A good teacher can inspire the mind, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning,” read the note.
Teachers have also started jumping in on the idea, with Smyers saying several local teachers have bought an option for every student in their class to help brighten up their day and encourage them to continue their studies during this difficult time.
“This has become very fulfilling for us here,” she said. “We hope to keep expanding our ideas on what we can do to help our community with a little bit of happiness in each order. This is about spreading cheer, and keeping these options all the same price and affordable for everyone is just one way we can ensure that our little business can keep going while bringing smiles to our customers every day.”