Three fundamentaltechniques for balloon decors

Our easy to follow descriptions will allow you determine what balloon decors are the ideal pick for your special event.
When we kicked off with balloon decorating, we felt overwhelmed with the impressive variety of displays we came upon. Yet along our learning process, we understood that it all come down to three general designs:

Balloon Bouquet

Generally used as a centerpiece for tables, the balloon bouquet actually is the heart of a balloon display. Between two and nine balloons, tied up to curling ribbons, are organized in various heights and affixed to a table base. In the examples below the base is either a weighted flower gift basket or a sand-filled balloon. It can be almost any decorative object that is weighty enough to keep the balloons in position and where the ribbons can be tied up to.

A balloon centerpiece can be made from latex OR mylar (also called foil) balloons OR you can blend them.

As the balloons will have to be helium filled this choice determines the longevity of your balloon decorations. Whereas mylar balloons will float up to 14 days, even the finest quality latex balloons will not stay up longer than for about 12 to 24 hours. By applying a product called 'hi-float', it's feasible to make them last 10 to 25 times as long!

Balloon Arch

Typically, balloon arches carry out their function best when you can walk through them! So they are optimal balloon decorations for a doorway or exit. Frequently they are also utilized to frame the head or cake table at a wedding event or to make a magnificent stage decoration.

Unlike with bouquets you have the choice between helium or air-filled balloon arch.

A floating arch is composed of single helium-filled balloons organized like pearls throughout an unnoticeable nylon line, hence the name "String of Pearls". The two ends are fixed to bases, very similar to the table bases for bouquets, just a bit heavier and typically standing on the floor. A brick or sand filled balloon will get the job done and can easily be decorated quite nicely.

With a "String of Pearls" - oftentimes utilized for wedding balloon arches - you generate an amazing effect with relatively little effort. The only problem is the short longevity, because of the nature of helium-filled latex balloons, as explained above.

You could either use mylar balloons alternatively of latex or you go for an arch with air-filled balloons if the decoration for your special party should last a lot longer.
Having said that, with these types of balloon decorations, there is a little more constructional work required, as an air filled balloon arch requires some supportive components:

a frame crafted from a solid, flexible material such as conduit, PVC piping or aluminium rod and
a sturdy bottom at either end to anchor the arch.

The conduit or rod is formed into the actual arch and the balloons are attached to it, mostly in bunches of three to five balloons. By utilizing a variety of colors and placing the balloons in a special way you'll get this great spiraling effect displayed on the photo. Don't worry, we'll explain step by step and with numbers of photos how to do that!

Basing on the size of the arch you'll have to blow up quite a few balloons! This investment, obviously, only makes sense if you are preparing to do many more balloon decorations.

A much simpler way to design an air filled balloon arch is by using so named 'Link-o-Loon' balloons.

Balloon Columns

Placed as amazing eye-catchers at either side of an entry or head table at more info a wedding ceremony, balloon columns are ideal for wedding balloon decorations. They also make exceptional balloon decorations for marking out an area of your wedding venue, as an example the dance floor or the stage decoration.

As columns are often made of air filled balloons, supportive materials are needed:
a solid aluminum or plastic pole and
a sturdy base as anchor for the rod.

The balloons are tied to bunches of generally three to five balloons and fixed to the pole, layer after layer. By utilizing a bigger size balloons for the bottom and the top, and smaller balloons in between, the balloon column takes the characteristic look of its model in the "real" world. To crown your work you could place a stuffed giant balloon at the top of the balloon column.

Like with the air filled arch, each of these balloon decorations mean you'll need to blow up a bunch of balloons! So, renting an inflator would be a really good strategy, specifically for blowing up the giant balloon that crowns your column.

You could fill only the balloons at the bottom with air and the rest with helium. That way you will not need a strong base and a pole, as the balloons are going to support themselves. Work with a nylon line to attach the balloon clusters to.

If you need the display only for one event, a helium filled balloon column will do fine. It saves you the hassle of constructing a frame and leasing an inflator. However, helium costs a lot more than air and the life-span of the balloon decorations will be much smaller.

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