If you have a place to conveniently hang something, this might be a good way to display your send-off bubbles, sparklers, or rice. My mom and I trekked out to First Monday trade show in Canton, TX and found these great iron hanging baskets. We put a shallow glass bowl inside each and filled with colored sand (both from Michael's) and stood the bubbles up in the sand.
*A place like First Monday, which is essentially a flea market on lots of steroids, is a GREAT place to find all sorts of different things for your day at a good price. Here are some of the things we found:
Ashtrays for outdoor cigar lounge (pictured with centerpiece above)
Goblets to hold fabric squares for quilt guestbook
hanging baskets for bubbles
Texas shot glasses for welcome baskets
3 vintage tables (all for $30!), pictured with husband and I sitting on couch