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CONFETTI

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Inside Scoop on Confetti Planning to use confetti indoors? Kristina Sumey, CSEP, project support manager of Philadelphia-based Explosion Lighting & Draping Co., offers the following tips:

Hire experienced operators to handle the confetti cannons.

The ceiling should be at least 14 feet high.

Make sure that no objects, such as chandeliers, block the confetti's path.

Keep guests at least 10 feet away from the tanks.

Bear in mind that streamers can get stuck on objects in the ceiling and obstruct the view of video projectors and lines of sight.

If you are igniting a confetti cannon on cue during a speech, always advise the speaker and any people in the immediate area beforehand.

Arrange for cleanup. The company exploding confetti is responsible for cleanup, and some companies will charge additional fees for this service.

Let the photographer know when you will ignite the cannons so that he or she is prepared for the action shots.

Call 800/634-0483 or visit the company's Web site (www.explosionlighting.com).

"When you have a great idea, give the decision-maker in the event the feeling that it is all his or her idea. This is a sure equation for repeat business."

Ariel Becker, Ariel Events, Tel Aviv, Israel

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