This is the first of a series of articles, intended to introduce you to the options available for the materials you will need in creating some of our party balloon ideas. The first material we will discuss is the most obvious, the balloon! There are basically 8 different Type of balloons for decorating purposes.
Here at Potters Party Balloons, we want to give you as much information as possible to either allow you to duplicate our ideas or at least inspire you when making purchasing choices. Therefore, we will try to produce a series of articles on the materials available in the market for creating balloon decorations.
We want to introduce to the most basic material that you will of course need, which is the balloon. The fact is that whilst it is the obvious material needed, there are 8 different type of balloons and multiple different options available within each type and therefore your options are vast and the potential for a unique design to compliment your party is unlimited.
So let’s get into it and discuss each of the different types of party balloons, individually.
Traditional Latex Balloons
Our first balloon to discuss is the standard tear-drop shaped party balloon that everybody will know and recognise. They come in a wide variety of colours and patterns and can be filled with either helium, air or water. Although, because latex is porous, they will only float for a few hours when inflated with helium.
Options to consider include using latex balloons as single gift items. There are plenty of standard printed designs including patterns, ages and messages dedicated to each and every occasion.
Kids love latex balloons. They are great to knock around and play with etc. A bag or net of balloons, released into a party environment, can give the kids hours of fun.
Latex balloons can also be used as part of a bouquet or sculpture design. Create your own customised design as a unique gift for that special friend or family member.
You can also consider using latex party balloons to dress rooms etc for special occasions. They can be presented in arches, columns and clouds or as table centerpieces amongst other options.
The great thing about latex balloons is they are very inexpensive, and with the amount of options available on the market, they really should be considered as your first choice.
Pearl and Chrome Latex Balloons
Basically the same as your standard latex balloon, but with an effect added to the outside of the balloon. The pearl latex balloon has an effect similar to a pearl, i.e. it has a dull shine! Whilst the chrome latex balloon has a reflective surface with a metallic shine.
They are available in many different sizes and colours, with and without patterns and printed messages etc.
They are ideal decoration choice for special occasions like weddings, bridal or baby showers and anniversaries.
Additionally, they can be a perfect choice to make your DIY creations absolutely unique.
A little more expensive than your standard latex balloon, but still should be regarded as an inexpensive option.
Now it’s time to get a little creative. Want to stuff your balloons with soft toys, boxes of chocolates or even bottles of champagne then the stuffing balloon is your answer.
As per standard balloons, they are made out of latex, but far more stronger.
Stuffing balloons come in one size (18″) and one colour (diamond clear). You can get patterns and messages on them.
Stuffing balloons is not the easiest of skills to master, but is also truly not that difficult. Depending upon what you want to stuff the balloon with then you may need specialist stuffing tools or machines.
The balloons themselves are not much more, cost wise, than a standard quality latex balloon.
Now it’s time to get really creative. Want to make a dog, rabbit or literally anything that your imagination can come up with then modeling balloons as your answer. Sometimes they are called twisting balloons!
As per standard balloons, they are made out of latex, but because of their long narrow shape they often a little more difficult to inflate and therefore we would recommend the use of a hand pump.
Modeling balloons come in various different sizes and many different colours. When purchasing your modeling balloon, you can identify the size by the number on the packaging etc. The three digit number relates to the balloons diameter and length in inches, with the first number being the diameter and the two others matching the length.
For example the most common sizes are given below:
- A modeling balloon with a size of 160 when fully inflated measures 1 inch in diameter and 60 inches long.
- A 260 fully inflated modeling balloon measures 2 inches in diameter and 60 inches long.
- Whilst a 350 balloon is 3 inches in diameter and 50 inches long when fully inflated.
One of the big issues with modeling balloons is the cheap alternative version that are available on the market. Because of the amount of twisting, shaping, and tying that you have to do to create your model, these cheaper alternatives simple do not hold up to the stress and will frequently break or burst. Quality manufactures such as Qualatex are certainly your best choice, even if they are more expensive than the local supermarket budget version.
Standard Foil Balloons
To be a bit more flash with your decorations you can use foil balloons. Foil balloons are actually made of a continuous film of metal over nylon. They feature a shiny finish and there is a vast amount of options for colors, shapes, and sizes available on the market.
You can inflate foil balloons with air, but more commonly they are filled with helium. As they are far less porous than standard latex balloons, they retain the helium for much longer. They will certainly last for the full length of your party and will often float for days or even weeks.
The beauty of foil balloons is the numerous amounts of designs available. Pictures, patterns, numbers and messages all wonderfully presented. You can even get your own photos printed onto the balloons. Foil Balloons are also available in a few different shapes just so you can make your decoration that little more unique.
Finding a foil balloon that suits the theme of your party or occasion should be quite easy. In fact the most difficult part will be choosing the perfect balloon or combination from the vast amount of options that you will have available.
The majority of foil balloons are 18 inches diameter or more and have self-sealing valves, so do not require knots. But small versions, such as the 9 inch, do not have a self sealing valve and therefore require a heat sealer.
Cost wise, foil balloons are still relatively inexpensive, but it could soon add-up if you were to start creating designs with multiple combinations etc.
This is where it gets really clever!
Mylar balloons are basically foil balloons made into a vast variety of shapes and are available for almost any theme or occasion that you could think of.
From Disney characters to animals, from sports equipment to musical instruments and from letters and numbers to full messages, the list is literally endless. You should be able to get a Mylar balloon to suit any design you wish to create.
There are even places where you get a custom-made Mylar balloon in a specific shape or design with personalised messages etc. This could be ideal for special occasions or events.
Depending upon the complexity of the design and the trademark (i.e. Disney), Mylar balloons can either be reasonably priced or very expensive.
Metallic and Chrome Foil Balloons
Similar to your standard foil balloon, but with an effect added, The metallic balloons have a reflective and glossy finish, whilst the newer style chrome foil balloons have a fabulous sleek metallic shine.
As per your foil balloons, there is a variety of designs available including pictures, patterns, numbers and messages etc. Metallic and Chrome foil balloons are also available in different shapes, enabling you to make almost any decoration or design.
Alongside your standard foil balloons, the options available with metallic or chrome foil balloons will allow you to find something that reflects the theme of your party or event. The options available are vast.
Most metallic and chrome foil balloons are 18 inches in diameter and have self-sealing valves meaning they do not require knots. You can get bigger and smaller versions similar to the standard foil balloons.
In regard to cost, the metallic and chrome foil balloons are usually around double the price of a standard foil balloon, but still worth considering, to create that ideal decoration effect.
Bubble balloons are made from a plastic and are often actually referred to as stretchy plastic balloons.
These balloons are designed to be inflated to a spherical shape (almost), rather than your standard tear-drop. They are far less porous than latex balloons and therefore the helium escapes a lot more slowly. They can be filled with air although majority of balloon decorators use helium for this type of balloon.
The bubble balloons are an ideal alternative for those with allergies to latex.
There is still a reasonable amount of designs and colour available on the market for bubble balloons, although nowhere near as many as for latex or foil balloons.
If you need a spherical shape in your design or decoration, or struggle with latex allergies then they certainly should be considered as an option, but generally they are slightly more expensive than the foil equivalent.
Snap, Crackle, Pop
Now we’ve given you the information, the choice is obviously yours! Have fun!
As we stated at the top of the article, here at Potters Party Balloons, we want to give you as much information as possible to either allow you follow and create our ideas or inspire you when making choices. We have tried to do that above and hope that you have found the information useful.
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