Not so long ago, we thought maybe the simple helium balloon was doomed, it’s popularity cut short by helium shortages. Today helium balloons are back, and their presence more welcome than ever. One of the unexpected benefits of the helium shortage, was a product that we have come to use in all of our latex helium balloons.
The simple latex balloon filled with helium used to have a short life. Typically we would not guarantee them to stay afloat longer than 12 to 18 hours. Today, thanks to a product known as HIFLOAT, that life can be extended greatly. HIFLOAT is a gel like substance that Cappel’s adds to all of our latex helium balloons. It can extend the longevity of these balloons anywhere from 3 to 7 days or more. In addition, it enables customers to have their helium balloons the day before a big event, and avoid the last minute rush. There are enough last minute details to any large party, so this is a welcome improvement. Our customers love the fact that their balloon bouquets can be enjoyed for more than just a night.
Balloons! Just the thought of them brings mental pictures of celebrations, and fun times. They are a part of our celebration landscape, and are often used in times of sorrow. We seem to float with them as they are released, and our secret thoughts, often inserted in the balloon, float with them too. Their color can add to the emotions we feel, or the theme we are trying to build. Three cheers for the simple latex balloon!
With the recent helium shortage, we are becoming more creative with balloons. Balloon archways can be made with air filled balloons and suspended from the ceiling. Balloon columns can make a grand statement in a room or at the sides of a doorway. They also can be suspended from the ceiling using nylon suspension thread or PVC pipe. When suspending, tie the balloons together in twos, twist together two sets of two, and wrap around the PVC pole or suspension line. You will find that as you begin to stack them they will “nest” together, leaving no space in between. Put two or more colors together and depending upon how you stack them, you can make a “spiral” effect.
If you are interested in a balloon centerpiece, these can be made using air filled balloons, balloon cups, and balloon sticks. They will be colorful and bright, and on the plus side, they will actually last longer. Combining other elements with air filled balloons, such as fluffed out mylar picks, colorful bows, and even smaller balloons can make for an interesting as well as beautiful centerpiece. All you need when using air instead of helium is a way to keep them upright in a centerpiece. That’s where the balloon cup comes into play. Wind the balloon stem through the slits in the balloon cup and pull it taught. Glue the cup with balloon attached to a balloon stick, a decorated styrofoam disc, or a balloon weight. Cover the balloon cup if you like with some pretty ribbon, mylar paper or tissue paper.
The helium shortage may continue for a while yet so it makes sense to utilize balloons in other ways. The possibilities are endless and inexpensive. Just make sure to get a hand pump, or air compressor to blow them up, or you may have to recruit a lot of friends!