In my Saturday morning sporadic and incomplete reading of the New York Times, I found this hazy picture of a wedding reception held in a Chrysler car dealership showroom in 1984. Balloon arches! When was the last time you were treated to that sight?

Though I don’t see this much in Boston, in the Midwest I used to drive past car dealerships regularly, and even though they are not very popular right now, dealerships really are the last businesses to believe in the power of a few good party supplies.

They use  flag banners in multiples,

and splurge on big balloons,

and even have the occasional festive penguin.

#1 from HereontheRoad, #2 from Samlanterman, #3 from DianaLBrks. Click on the photos to go to their sites on flickr.