One of the most popular styles of party, as of late, is absolutely to be the foam party. There’s just something about it that gets people of all ages excited. We think it’s probably the foam.

If you’re thinking about throwing your own foam party, there are some considerations you some to keep in mind so everyone can have a memorable and fun experience. First, foam parties are a great option for any celebration: birthdays, graduations, after proms, reunions, or even just a fun summer bash. With that in mind, let’s dive into some tips for how to throw the ultimate foam party! If this article speaks to you and your next dream is to throw your own foam party, Rythm EFX can help you make that happen!

Choosing a Venue

The first and most important step when planning any sort of event is choosing a venue that fits your needs. This is going to be especially important when it comes to your foam party. You’ll need to take many different factors into consideration, including the time of year, expected weather conditions (especially for an outdoor venue), the age of the people attending the party, the number of people who will be at the party, and the water resistance of the venue. That last one is super important and definitely a deal breaker when throwing a foam party.

Outside

For summertime parties, choosing an outdoor venue has a lot of benefits. Firstly, it means you won’t have to worry about water damage from the foam. The cleaning up process is significantly reduced as well. When holding a foam party outside, it’s a good idea to look for a hard surface like a patio or driveway.

If that isn’t possible, we suggest throwing a plastic sheet down on the lawn to keep the grass safe and maintain the bubbles for longer. If you’re having a kids foam party, adding in a bouncy castle is a great way to keep the bubbles contained in a specific area, while keeping the kids safe from slipping and falling on the hard ground. If you’re throwing a foam party for adults a bouncy castle is also a good idea because they’re fun at any age.

Inside

Depending on the time of year, considering cold weather and wet conditions don’t mix well, it might be a good idea to book your foam party with an indoor venue. Discuss with the owner of the venue that you are intending to have a foam party and check with them regarding the water resistance of the dance floor.

Some venue owners may not want to have a foam party in their building out of fear of damaging their floors or walls, so this discussion is important to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding what will be happening at the event. Also be sure to book a space that’s large enough for your guests to move wildly and comfortably. Too many people in too little of a space will bring down any party, especially when there isn’t enough space to play with the foam.

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Getting Prepared

While many people think they can make their own foam with some dish soap, this is NOT recommended. Dish soap is known to be painful in your eyes as well as cause skin irritation and rashes. Anyone who has had shampoo get in their eyes knows that burning and stinging sensation, which will definitely ruin the party.

Instead, renting a legitimate foam machine — like the one Rythm EFX offers — will ensure you avoid those issues. You should look for a machine that produces hypoallergenic foam and won’t irritate skin. The best foam is also biodegradable! A party is more fun if everyone is healthy and safe, including the Earth. Using a foam machine will also make it easier to apply the foam and create less of a mess than trying to make your own.

Using a plastic sheet will help protect the ground or flooring, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have a large enough sheet to cover the whole area you’ll be using the foam. It’s worth it to use multiple tarps if you can’t find one big enough. To keep it secure, use duct tape around all edges of all the sheets! This will prevent them from sliding around and foam from seeping between the cracks of the sheets.

Depending on the type of venue you choose, you might also want to cover the walls with some plastic sheets to keep them safe. Better safe than sorry right?! Choose furniture that won’t be damaged from water or foam, like plastic lawn chairs and tables. Additionally, you’ll want to cover electrical sockets, plugs, and keep the DJ booth away from the foam pit to avoid electrocution risks.

Staying Safe

Shoes

While people may be tempted to wear flip-flops to the foam party, it is not recommended. Flip-flops are incredibly easy to lose in the foam plus they won’t give you very much traction or protection on a slippery and crowded dance floor. Advise your guests to wear tennis shoes, crocs, or water shoes to help them stay on their feet and avoid the pain of someone accidentally stepping on them.

No sliding or skidding

When you have a slippery floor, it’s awfully tempting to go Risky Business by sliding across the floor. This is very dangerous, not just for the person sliding, but for anyone they may slide into. It can lead to collisions, resulting in neck and back injuries. It’s also important to avoid picking people up while in the middle of a foam party because foam makes people slippery, making the chance of someone being dropped or falling much more likely. It’s always a good idea to lay down clear ground rules to keep everything under control and safe.

Plastic cups and plates

People can get pretty rambunctious at a foam party, so it’s a good idea to avoid using anything breakable (besides the DJ equipment of course!) especially glass cups or plates. Shattered glass is easily covered by the foam and people are much more likely to get hurt by it, cutting up their legs and ankles. Not only that, plastic cups and plates are far easier to clean up at the end of a party than glass.

Smart cell phone policy

While many cell phones these days claim to be waterproof, they’re at far greater risk of damage than you might think. To avoid damaging these items, provide a safe place for everyone to store their phones when they go into the foam. Whether this is a lock box or a separate room, your guests will appreciate having someplace to put their things without worrying about them getting damaged or wet. A successful option we’ve seen is a plastic tote with a lid! If someone chooses to keep their phone on them, be sure they are aware you are not responsible for damages. A fun addition to the party is a designated photographer, so that people don’t feel they’re missing valuable photo opportunities without their phone.

Throwing a foam party is a great way to elevate a basic and boring event to the next level. If you’re looking for a foam party machine rental near you, call Rythm EFX. We’re proud to serve all of Northern Colorado with our lights, special effects, and custom props. If you’d like more information, more ideas, or make a rental, please contact us. We hope to hear from you soon!