Effects of sun/heat/time
A shore location, the new “The Mainland Adventure Park” at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin NJ grand opening event set for 6pm on Friday. Because route 72 gets notoriously busy Friday afternoons in the summer I dropped off the columns midday knowing they would be stored inside the hotel lobby.After the event they used the columns outside the entrance to the park. Probably left them outside overnight. The next day around 2pm they looked like this:There are multiple pops. Sun, humidity, wind and wind-borne particles can do damage. Also lower temps and dew at night can make balloons stick together.. then when the sun expands them the next day it can cause pops.If I had known they wanted multiple day use I would have left some spares with them and instruction/coaching on replacing pops. And I would have advised taking them inside overnight.
Mermaid Theme Outdoors
Above: Mermaid foil and two clusters on fence
Below: Gate/fence decorations
Below: Mermaid columns and single arch plus air-filled jumbo 1 taped to tent front.
Streamer of single balloons off back fence
Backyard Baby Shower for Boy
Above balloon clusters marked the mailbox and driveway leading to the gate to the backyard below.
Not shown is a bunch of tables with big white umbrellas and hot air balloon centerpieces.
Below is a large stuffed elephant with a cluster of 40-some balloons.
Windy day.. the big bunch moved around quite a bit. It is on a 10 pound weight and the cloud below is wrapped around the ribbon bunch. The elephant is sitting atop the cloud.. and is tied together with the ribbon bunch to look like he is holding it. A couple 4-ft dowel rods help keep the elephant and cloud from tilting too far in any direction (unseen).
The major piece is the table shown plus the flower wall which is accented with the organic balloon Garland shown. It was created in 2 pieces with some 100+ balloons of a dozen or more various sizes and shades.
You can see the client’s lovely hot air balloon centerpieces below.
We only do the balloons. Everything else was done by the very talented and industrious client family.
Tall balloon columns, or towers, for a strap and repeat backdrop
Very early delivery to hotels is always nice. By now the client has setup a step&repeat backdrop for photos of guests and these yellow and silver columns will be placed on either side.
Windy columns number year arch in tent
The large green balloons were supposed to be column toppers but they would not fit this position for the columns. Windy gusty afternoon, so columns were aligned with tent poles for support and lashed to them with elastic balloons.
The helium numbers were difficult as well. Normally, indoors, a single line from column to column is used and the line is taped to the bottom of the letters or numbers. In this case the numbers were blowing over almost flat and then outside the tent. Running a second line across the top tent supports and taping it to the top-back of the numbers gave the support they needed to not blow sideways.
Pre-Prom photo backdrop columns gold and silver
Had an issue where 4 gold 34inch letter Rs failed on inflation and I had none left. A silver R worked. Then I cut out the face of a failed gold R and taped it the silver R stretching it tight where I could. Photos looked good and that was the point.
Organic Balloon Garland Arch
This organic style balloon garland was made in two 9-ft strings with 3 different balloon sizes (11, 16, 36) inflated to varying degrees… Nothing over 2ft inflated. 6 different color families and something like 15 different shades.
From the left we have orange, coral, wildberry, rose, pink, goldenrod, yellow, lime, tropical teal, blue, Robin’s egg blue, light blue and, unseen from this angle, dark green and lilac.
Pink and Purple Banded Packed Arch
Bands of pink and lilac balloons in a good sized packed arch on a breezy day. Banded patterns work better than spirals when the arch might twist in the wind outdoors.
Blue Gold Silver 75th Birthday
1950s Soda Float Balloon Columns
Recently had an opportunity to help turn a nice family room into a malt shop look for a fifties party. Qualatex colors are mostly Rose (pink), White, Black and Tropical Teal with an undersized red balloon as the cherry on top. Some silver and clear balloons complete the look.
I used 2 Clik-Magnets and mono-filament line to connect the two wrought iron chandeliers with 5 12-balloon clusters. The client did lot of work around the home making each room’s look uniquely 1950s. The furniture here was largely moved out of the way and the client found a nice black and white checkerboard floor covering. At teh bottom of the photo you see the backs of a few daisy-clusters on the stair railing.
From another angle…
Balloon Decorations for Outdoor Parties
Here are balloon decorations that work outdoors.
This cluster streamer has its own weight (bottom-right of photo.. see how much room is needed for it to move in breeze)…
…tied to tent poles.
For open spaces like a large lawn or courtyard, the cluster streamer works real well and can match any color scheme. This example is tropical colors (in the perfect morning light) before they got placed at their intended locations.
Single balloon streamers tied to tent poles
Inside tents and gazebos these air-filled clusters can often be rigged up.
Even single balloons in various sizes can be stung on rigged lines..
The air-filled tent decor seen above can be installed the prior day in most cases.
If the tent is so large that it is hard to rig lines for air-filled clusters you can go to helium-filled cluster lines created on the day of the event.
The ends of the cluster line arch have to be attached to *something*.. in the first case, border fences.. other examples have been trees, tent poles, light poles, fixtures on a building… while it can work on weights you always have to be aware of where people might be walking.
The daisy on rails look is very nice. Also works on tent poles, light poles and even trees. And if you make them a solid color without a contrasting middle, that works also.
Some public parks allow balloons. NJ State parks do not. But often you will find picnic areas and groves with structures like these.
This gazebo made it easy to run lines with air clusters inside the gazebo. Without the cross beams on the ends, I would likely need to use helium clusters inside.
On the outside a line can be run and drape single air-filled balloons.
Really tall columns make a statement as well.. though positioning them next to tent poles or similar structures for added support might be necessary.
If you need something directly on a table you want something the wind won’t get a hold of.. This table piece has 8 5-inch balloons on a shiny spray weight. I’d probably use red and blue weights similar to this one and use your colors. Somewhat flexible to color schemes using different color weights and balloons.
Of course the big helium arches work..
as well as smaller air-filled arches…
Enjoy your backyard or pool party or outdoor event and make it an instantly recognizable celebration with balloons!
80th Birthday Cafe Azzuro, Peapack
Cafe Azzuro was quite nice with a friendly staff and is BYO. Did gold and pearl white 80 column as a focal point / photo backdrop and table centerpieces and balloon trees added both “80” and Happy Birthday balloons. Gold and pearl white with stars-around clear beneath the foil theme balloons.
Backyard Princess Rapunzel Tangled Party
Packed arch in pink, rose, lilac and yellow with print colors Daisy balloon clusters tie to a fence. Windy day made the arch a bit less than perfect.
Jungle Animal Theme
Jungle animal theme balloon decor at the popular Akbar Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey. Animal print balloons used along with mocha brown, goldenrod yellow, lime and orange balloons.
10th Anniversary Event Stage Arch
Minnie and Mickey First Birthday
Grand Opening West Marine
A nice big West Marine store opened in Woodbridge, NJ today and we got to create a nice double-door-sized packed arch in their royal blue and white colors. They also got a large number of foil star balloons that might last them the whole week. BTW.. the packed arch could last several weeks indoors.
Bridal Shower Balloons, Knob Hill GC, Manalapan NJ
6-balloon centerpieces for 8 tables for a morning bridal shower. The requested colors were muted sage green, butter yellow and cream. In Qualatex balloon colors, this translated to pearl mint green, pearl lemon chiffon and pearl ivory.
Valentines Day Balloon Drop
Balloon drop at the Voorhees Town Mall for a Bridal Show. Some of the balloons had numbered tickets good for prizes. Here’s a link to a video of the drop.
Superbowl 51 was a great one
New Years Eve at Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ 2016-2017
Popular winter sports resort close to New York City had a New Years Eve bash in their Biergarden and Schuss Lounge (over the Biergarden all in Red Tail Lodge, complete with midnight fireworks over the slopes. Balloon décor included 40 balloon trees, 10 small centerpieces and 7-foot and 9-foot balloon columns all in black, gold, silver and black stars-a-round prints.
Some New Years Eve Balloons
As New Years Eve nears we wanted to share some photos of things we have done at some area NYE celebrations. In some restaurant and club settings, we sometimes set up days before and the regular customers get to see it and may help them book a spot for NYE.
Black and Gold Stars
Jungle Safari Balloons revisited
We have been getting some calls recently for jungle and safari theme pieces because, well, everyone loves animals! So here is a color theme based on the safari print colors, animal colors and a lime green for the jungle. Below are an arch and columns, 4+1 centerpieces with the large animal foils and some columns and balloon trees in the last photo.
Hotel Meeting Balloon Trees
World’s Largest Car Wash
Got a call to do balloon columns for the grand opening of a car wash in Lawrenceville NJ. I assumed it was for outdoor use. But when I asked about a possible rainout, I learned this was for an inside event. It did not strike me as odd then, but 6 columns for inside a car wash? How could they have room for that?
Well… It turns out that Valet Auto Wash off Route 1 North in Lawrenceville NJ is the world’s largest car wash!
Winter theme dancefloor
We know winter is coming when we start getting asked to do winter theme parties. Here is an example of 4 snowflake columns connected by 3 arches with the open end facing the DJs booth and video setup.
Sweet Sixteen revisited
We are posting this Sweet 16 event from 2014 because it shows a rare name arch without columns. The arch line needs to end somewhere. We usually use 5 foot or taller columns on the ends so people could pass beneath it or the columns can be placed next to a table. For a line to go to a weight on the floor you need a large wall. This wall had doors outside, but we were assured the doors would remain closed.. but still, we added clusters to pull the line up at those doors and placed single balloons so guests would see the line in the way should they try to use those doors.
Halloween party balloon column and balloon trees with large clear balloon stuffed with eyeball and skull print balloons in balloon (aka stuffed balloons). Orange, Violet, Quartz Purple, Spring Lilac, Black and star print latex balloons were used.
Purple and Gold Grand Opening
The balloon colors of violet and goldenrod were used for some columns and balloon trees and an outdoor cluster streamer for a grand opening OVOX gym in Morganville, NJ. The 4-letter company name was made in 14 inch gold letters stuck together with 3m poster mount strips and tied to the column top with a long thin uninflated balloon so it would “spring” downward and stay snug.
Large Backyard Event in Navy Blue and Orange
- A couple times a year some nice people put on a big fundraising party supporting local high school teams. They went all-out for the 50th anniversary of the football program. I usually use a royal blue called sapphire blue and plain orange. This time I mainly used pearl midnight blue and pearl orange as well as pearl sapphire blue, orange (all qualatex brand) and in the small clusters inside the tent I went a little lighter blue with tuftex metallic blue.
Contes in Princeton, Curious George 1st Birthday
It seems there are only 3 designs for foil theme balloons for Curious George. First published in 1941, Curious George is still being enjoyed by children, parents, grand-parents and probably some great-grand-parents. Contes in Princeton is famous for their pizza and other eats in a sports pub setting.
Sesame Street House Party
Sesame Street theme balloons for a 2nd Birthday party at a residence. They got cluster streamers for the mailbox and lawn, a number 2 balloon tree for the entrance, 36 balloon bunch that was planned to be cut and released to the ceiling and various balloon trees and table centerpieces for around the rooms.
Sesame Street theme at The Westwood
The Westwood is a nice banquet facility in Garwood, NJ. The event was a Sesame Street theme Birthday Party in the main Sesame colors of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.. all pure and bright. Went with jumbo Sesame Street theme balloons as column toppers and in 4 balloon trees and 17-18 inch theme balloons on the centerpieces.
Charity Bike Ride
Century for the Cure runs a charity bike ride of various lengths with 100 miles being the big event. It is held this time each year and leaves from campriverbend.com in Warren, NJ. Great Cause, Great People, Great Event.
Corporate Charity Walk / Event
NJ corporate got some tropical colors balloon décor for a dual event this morning involving a charity walk and an education event boosting cross-cultural awareness.
Stone Pony Asbury Park balloon trees
Wedding today at famoys The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. The place is so rich with music history with signed guitars all over the walls and that famous stage. A few balloon trees in pearl pink, silver and damask print clear softened up the place just a bit.
16th Birthday in red, white and Hollywood theme
The Heldrich Hotel Ballroom
Centerpieces and Balloon Trees on pale blue, silver and white in the cocktail area outside the ballroom and a large columns and arch with tulle inside. The arch is over the buffet table, behind the large “court” table and made a nice photo backdrop for the head table.
Golden 60th Birthday
Google Colors Balloons
A few times now we have had clients specify “Google Colors” when asking for balloon decorations. This combination is qualatex colors of dark blue, spring green, goldenrod and red. Was very well received.
Numbers Columns Arch
Client had a color scheme of maroon, purple, yellow, orange and, for contrast and pop, white. It was for a members event for a health club.
The maroon is a challenge in balloon colors and the closest is a jewel burgundy. The “jewel” indicates it is translucent.. see-thru. This might be called “crystal” in other brand balloons.
All balloons oxidize and will cloud over and develop a matte finish over time. How long it takes depends largely on sunlight, heat and humidity but it happens indoors in climate controlled conditions as well.
These colors can be used to represent stained glass or candy.