Balloons for Parties and Events

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We all love balloons – they make people think happy thoughts, remembering parties, celebrations and childhood memories. Balloons make parties and events come alive!

Long ago there were just ordinary old fashioned balloons that you bought in a packet and huffed and puff to blow up. In those days helium balloons were rare and wonderful.

Did you know, a balloon was first made from rubber in 1824? Professor Michael Faraday, in his work at the Royal Institution in London, was experimenting with gases and raw rubber, called caoutchouc.

Clear Balloons

Pretty little party shop says: “Clear balloons have been used by decor professionals for a long time and it is only recently that people have started to use these as part of their own party and wedding decor. Clear balloons are very versatile. On their own they create a stylish classy display but there are many other ways we can use these balloons to create something individual and unique.”

Number and Letter Foil Balloons

The concept and technology for the “metallisation” of plastic sheeting that has given us foil balloons comes directly out of the NASA Space Mission. Mylar balloons, also known as foil balloons, are made from nylon with a metallic coating. These balloons look like shiny silver metal when plain, although they are often printed. Number and Letter Foil Balloons are popular for birthday and party decor.

These balloons are reusable and easy to inflate and deflate.

How to Blow up Foil Balloons

Foil balloons are much less porous and can stay inflated for much longer than regular latex balloons. You can easily fill the balloons either with a straw and some lung power or a hand air pump. Or use helium.

Read more about blowing up foil balloons.

Party Balloons and Weights

Our high quality biodegradable latex balloons are the ideal addition to any party or event, with an extensive choice of sizes, colours and designs available to add those finishing touches to your celebrations.  We also have a selection of balloon weights in bright foil colours..

All About Helium

Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, but here on earth, it’s rare. It is also one of the lightest elements. According to some estimates helium accounts for as much as 24 percent of the Universe’s mass.

Most people guess that helium is extracted from the air, but actually comes out of the ground.  The majority of the helium is extracted from minerals or tapped gas deposits.

The United States produces the majority of the world’s helium supply at 78%. The rest of the world’s helium is harvested in North Africa, The Middle East, and Russia.

Helium Myths and Misconceptions

Helium balloons won’t catch fire – or if they do it is just the balloon burning and not the helium. Helium is a noble gas and noble gases are what we call inert – which means they do not burn.

Discourage kids from inhaling the helium. In small doses it probably won’t do anything more than make your voice sound hilarious. The problem with breathing a lot of helium isn’t so much what the helium actually does, it is the fact that it replaces the essential oxygen that you need and this could be dangerous.

Helium Filling Service

At Household Plastic we stock a wide range of balloons, both latex and foil, and include the service of helium filling.  (The helium service is not available at the Clairwood store).

Important note: helium balloons only last 10-12 hours. Please bear this in mind when planning your function, and be careful with big balloons in windy conditions – fully inflated they have a serious amount of pull and can be quite difficult to control outside even in light winds. Children find them particularly difficult to handle and they need to be well tethered or could be lost very quickly.

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