Our quick and easy to follow descriptions will allow you decide what balloon decors are the optimal option for your special occasion.
When we started with balloon design, we felt confused with the substantial selection of displays we saw. Yet along our learning process, we found out that everything come down to three fundamental styles:
Normally used as a centerpiece for dinner tables, the balloon bouquet really is the heart of a balloon display. Between two and nine balloons, connected to curling stripes, are laid out in different heights and connected to a table base. In the instances below the base is either a weighted flower gift basket or a sand-filled balloon. Yet it may be practically any decorative object that is heavy enough to maintain the balloons in place and where the ribbons may be tied to.
A balloon centerpiece can be made from latex OR mylar (also called foil) balloons OR you can blend them.
As the balloons have to be helium filled this choice determines the life expectancy of your balloon decorations. Whereas mylar balloons will float approximately 14 days, even the greatest quality latex balloons won't stay up longer than for about 12 to 24 hours. But, utilizing a product called 'hi-float', it's possible to make them last 10 to 25 times as long!
Naturally, balloon arches fulfill their function best when you can go through them! They are ideal balloon decorations for an entry or exit. Commonly they are also utilized to frame the head or cake table at a wedding celebration or to create a spectacular stage decoration.
Unlike with bouquets you get the choice between helium or air-filled balloon arch.
A hovering arch is composed of single helium-filled balloons lined up like pearls along an invisible nylon string, hence the name "String of Pearls". The two ends are fixed to bases, quite similar to the table bases for bouquets, just a bit heavier and often standing on the floor. A brick or sand filled balloon will do the job and can easily be decorated nicely.
With a "String of Pearls" - usually utilized for wedding balloon arches - you put together an amazing effect with fairly little effort. The only drawback is the short life-span, as a result of the nature of helium-filled latex balloons, as described above.
You could either use mylar balloons instead of latex or you go for an arch with air-filled balloons if the decor for your special occasion should last much longer.
With these types of balloon decorations, there is a bit more constructional work involved, as an air filled balloon arch needs some supportive components:
a structure constructed from a sturdy, flexible material like conduit, PVC piping or aluminium pole and
a stable support at either end to secure the arch.
The pipe or rod is formed into the actual arch and the balloons are connected to it, mostly in clusters more info of three to five balloons. By using different colors and placing the balloons in a special way you'll get this good spiraling effect shown on the photo. Don't panic, we'll explain step by step and with lots of photos how to do that!
Depending upon the size of the arch you'll need to blow up plenty of balloons! So, get your family and friends ready! Alternatively you might use a hand pump and even rent or buy an electrical inflator. This investment, of course, only makes sense if you are preparing to do a lot more balloon decorations.
A much easier way to create an air filled balloon arch is by using so called 'Link-o-Loon' balloons.
Placed as outstanding eye-catchers at either side of an entrance or head table at a wedding event, balloon columns are ideal for wedding balloon decorations. They also make great balloon decorations for marking out an area of your venue, as an example the dance floor or the stage decoration.
As columns are commonly composed of air filled balloons, supporting materials are required:
a sturdy aluminum or plastic pole and
a stable base as support for the rod.
The balloons are connected to bunches of typically three to five balloons and fixed to the pole, layer after layer. By using larger balloons for the bottom and the top, and smaller sized balloons in between, the balloon column takes the characteristic look of its model in the "real" world. To crown your work you could position a stuffed giant balloon above the balloon column.
Like with the air filled arch, each of these balloon decorations imply you'll need to blow up a great deal of balloons! Getting an inflator would certainly be a really good idea, primarily for blowing up the giant balloon that crowns your column.
Additionally you could fill only the balloons at the bottom with air and the rest with helium. By doing this you will not need a sturdy base and a pole, as the balloons will support themselves. Utilize a nylon line to attach the balloon clusters to.
If you need to have the display specifically for one event, a helium filled balloon column will do fine. It saves you the struggle of setting up a frame and getting an inflator. However, helium costs much more than air and the lifespan of the balloon decorations will be much shorter.