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So you’re planning a birthday party and you’ve got magical entertainment, some killer pinterest recipes, and a whole slew of princess plates, napkins, and party favors all ready to go. But how do you transform your living room/garage/basement into the birthday wonderland you want it to be? How the room looks as your guests arrive sets the stage for your event. The easiest and most ICONIC birthday decor is the ever-so lively BALLOON! Balloons have been around since 1824 and are still at the top of everyone’s checklist for any type of party or celebration. And for good reason. Parties can be expensive for a host and balloons are tried and true festive decoration that doesn’t break the bank. And since the balloon is nearly 200 years old, we’ve had some time to elevate it for a chic party look that is anything but ordinary. If you’re like me and don’t have an interior design or event planning degree, this guide will clue you in on how to make your space look fab with the help of everyone’s favorite party decoration.

 

  1. Pick a few colors that complement your theme.

 

Before you go creating elaborate arches and centerpieces, you’ve got to figure out what color you want you balloons to be. Even if your princess themed party is centered around the color pink, pick 3-4 shades of pink to give your balloon displays some variety. This mermaid themed display did a great job of choosing colors that fit their under-the-theme!!

BALLOON DECORATING

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  1. Balloon arches and garland

 

This is where you can really get creative. Tower over your dessert table, entrance, or backdrop with a chic balloon arch. Once you have your colors chosen, grab a template that fits your space and get working on your arch with just the balloons. Afterwards, you can experiment with lights, flowers, streamers…whatever you want! This arch was designed so beautifully, it almost looks like an arch made of flowers!

BALLOON DECORATING

PHOTO COURTESY OF PINTEREST

 

  1. Use specialty balloons for centerpieces.

 

Invest in just a couple Mylar Balloons to use as centerpieces or end table decorations in your space. These types of balloons are a little more expensive than the traditional latex, so you may want to use them sparingly instead of roping them into your larger displays. By mixing both types of balloons you get a very inexpensive, yet professional decorating job.

BALLOON DECORATING

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRINCESS MY PARTY

 

  1. Dress them up with tulle and ribbons

 

You can do this using the traditional rubber balloons or the rounded mylar balloons. Grab some tulle and ribbon for your local craft store and “dress” your balloons. These types of displays are perfect for fairy parties, tea parties, and princess parties.

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  1. Pillars

 

Another way you can use a large number of rubber balloons is to rope them into pillars. They make a nice addition to an entrance or even beside a backdrop!

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRINCESS MY PARTY

 

  1. Cover the ceiling

 

Streamers are a pain to hang up and take down. With a bunch of balloons filled with helium, you can dress up your ceiling without having to climb up on a ladder to do the decorating.

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  1. Let the characters join the party

 

There are TONS of templates for all kinds of different characters that you can sculpt out of balloons.

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  1. Make a quirky backdrop

 

Balloons make a great background for photos. This backdrop incorporates streamers and is lined with a pretty balloon arch with some balloon letters in the middle.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRINCESS MY PARTY