When it comes to throwing a party, one of the first things considered in the planning process is certainly the decor. Party decorations always vary from one party to the next. For example, birthday parties are sure to include cake and maybe party hats, just as Halloween parties are sure to include fake spiderwebs and jack-o'-lanterns. Christmas parties are sure to have a Christmas tree and maybe some mistletoe, and Fourth of July parties are sure to have all things red, white, and blue. So what is the one thing almost all parties have in common? Party balloons!
If you think about it, there are rarely any parties that do not include some type of balloon in the decoration scheme. Since party balloons come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, it is always easy to coordinate them with the theme of the party. They serve as centerpieces, backdrops for photos, and archways. They are so popular because not only are there many options for decorating with them; they are also relatively affordable to use as decor. While it seems like there may be limited options as to how one could decorate with balloons, you may be surprised to learn that there are actually countless different ways to decorate with party balloons.
What Are Party Balloons?
Balloons come in many sizes. While the most popular size may be the average, pear-shaped, latex balloon, there are many other options, too. You can find large, round balloons, as well as small, almost miniature, latex balloons. They can also be long, thin, and straight.
The typical balloon shape is either pear-shaped or round. However, when it comes to party balloons, that is only the tip of the iceberg. They can also come in letters or numbers, as has been the trend recently for birthday parties. Some balloons come in shapes like squares or hexagons or triangles. It's also possible to find balloons that resemble something else, such as a donut, a piece of pizza, or a plant like a cactus.
Party balloons come in just about every color imaginable - black and white, blues, pinks, reds, purples, oranges, and all other basic colors. However, many balloons come in colors such as silver, gold, or rose gold. Others may be transparent. Still others may be many colors at once, such as tie-dye balloons, ombre colored balloons, and more. For these reasons, they are so easy to match to a party theme. If the theme exists, it's almost guaranteed that a balloon exists to match it. And, if you can't find a specific party balloon to match your theme, it is always possible to use several party balloons to create exactly what you are looking for.
Are Party Balloons Easy to Decorate?
While it may seem difficult to decorate with party balloons, it's actually quite simple. There are many different ways to use party balloons to decorate for your party, and they are much easier than they may appear at first glance. All it really takes is a little bit of patience, creativity, and time. To make it easier, below are a few ideas for decorating with party balloons.
Tips and Ideas for Decorating Party Balloons
There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating with party balloons, and there is no wrong way to do it. Below, we have listed eight different tips and ideas for decorating using these balloons, but, of course, feel free to get creative with these suggestions and create your own as well.
1. DIY Hula Hoop Balloon Wreath
For the DIY hula hoop balloon wreath, you will need a hula hoop, a clear balloon decorative strip, tape, and, of course, the party balloons! It is an option as well to spray paint the hula hoop if you can't find one to match the color scheme of your party. When you are satisfied with the color of the hula hoop, simply use the tape to attach the clear balloon decorative strip to the hula hoop. Then, blow up the party balloons in various sizes and attach them to the decorative strip. Just like that, you're finished and have a great backdrop to hang above a cake stand or in a photo area.
2. DIY Ice Cream Cone Balloons
These DIY ice cream cone balloons are easy to make, affordable, and fun to make with kids. For this, you will need brown construction paper, scissors, tape, white tissue paper, red pom-poms, and balloons in whatever color "ice cream" you decide! Use the brown construction paper to create a "cone" by cutting out a triangle and using the tape to form it into a cone. Blow up the balloon and tie it off. Use the tape to attach it to the cone, tied side down. Take the white tissue paper and bunch it up and then tape it to the top of the balloon so that it looks like whipped cream on top of the ice cream cone. Finally, take a red pom-pom and tape it on top of the tissue paper so that it resembles a cherry on top. The DIY Ice Cream Cone Balloon is sure to be a hit at any ice cream themed party.
3. Large Confetti Balloon
This large confetti balloon brings a new twist to the traditional piñata. To create this, simply fill a large balloon with several miniature-sized party balloons and some confetti. When the large balloon pops, the smaller balloons and confetti will come showering down on everyone below! This is a great idea to use for a New Year's Eve party.
4. Tulle Wrapped Balloons
These tulle wrapped balloons look great for any girly themed party and are very easy to create. All you need for these balloons are large, round balloons, tulle material, and fake flowers. After blowing up the large balloons, simply cover them in the tulle material and bunch it all together at the bottom of the balloon. Wrap the fake flowers around the tulle to secure it at the bottom, and you're finished.
5. Easy Balloon Garland
This balloon garland looks great strung across a window or doorway and is so easy to make. All you need to create this garland are several, regular latex party balloons, a sewing needle, and yarn. After blowing up all the balloons, simply use the sewing needle to thread the yarn through the tied off part of the balloon. When you have used the yarn to string together all of the balloons, just hang the garland up on a window or door.
6. Simple Balloon Clusters
Balloon clusters are a classic form of party balloons. For this simple decoration, all you will need are several balloons and cable ties. After blowing up several of the party balloons, simply thread the cable tie through the tied off section of the balloon until you are satisfied with the size of the cluster. Hang several of these clusters in different colors in the corner of a room for a classic decoration.
7. DIY Painted Balloons
DIY painted balloons are a bit more time consuming than some of the other ideas mentioned above, but the final result is well worth it! For these, all you need are balloons, latex paint, and a paintbrush. After inflating the balloons and tying them off, use the paintbrush and paint to paint the balloon from where it ties off to about halfway up. To make sure the paint does not get smudged while drying, you can tie a string to the balloon and hang them from either a ceiling or a tall countertop while they are drying (if the balloons aren't filled with helium). If the balloons are filled with helium, just tie a string to them and attach them to the back of a chair with enough space to dry.
8. DIY Strawberry Balloons
These DIY strawberry balloons are a fun addition to any summer party. For these, you will need red or pink balloons, a permanent marker, glue (either white glue or a glue stick) and green crepe paper streamers. After inflating the balloons, use the permanent marker to draw strawberry seeds all over them. While the ink dries, cut the green crepe paper streamers to look like strawberry leaves. After the ink dries on the balloons, use the glue to attach the green crepe paper streamers to the top (be sure to not use a hot glue gun for this, as it will pop the balloon).
As you can see, there are many ways to use party balloons when it comes to decorating. The eight tips and ideas listed above are simple and fun but are only the beginning of what you can do with party balloons. Remember that they can be adapted to almost any color scheme or party theme. They can be used for backdrops, photo booths, window decorations, and more. You can hang them from the ceiling or scatter them around the floor. All in all, it is difficult to go wrong when decorating with party balloons.