Balloon Decor – 15 Creative Ways to Use Balloons

Balloons with Photos

Photo and event by Swank Productions

Balloons, always a popular decoration for bar & bat mitzvahs and Sweet 16 parties, are now making their way into wedding decor – from classy and sophisticated to fun and whimsical!  You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with just a little creativity. Here are 15 of our favorite ideas for using this old favorite in a new light!

1. Photo Balloons / Balloon Chandelier  (Image Above from Swank Productions)

Make your balloons stand out from the bottom up. Attach old pictures of the guest(s) of honor, or any images or decorations that help tell your story or showcase your theme.  Use it over your escort table or dessert buffet to add a bit of nostalgia and a whole lot of warmth.  Check out Wedding Chicks for DIY Instructions for a Photo Chandelier.

2. Put a Stake in It

Balloon Decorations - Balloons with Golf StakesPhoto via Pretty Geeky

Use Golf Tees to anchor your balloons in the lawn.

3. Illuminated LED Balloons

lluminated LED Balloons, Balloon Artistry

lluminated LED Balloons by Balloon Artistry

LED lights give your balloons a gorgeous glow, like this party done by Balloon Artistry.

Balloon Decor | Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Party4. Light The Base

Balloon LED Vases, Light-Up Base

LED Base from Balloon Bouquets of Long Island

Balloon Bouquets of Long Island creates drama with LED light-up vases.  The effect creates a wow factor in person and in photos!

5. Lit From Within – Glow Stick Balloons

Glow Stick Balloons, Glowing BalloonPhoto via I Girls Games

Balloons floating overhead that shine with light have an other-worldly quality about them. People will stare and wonder how you did it. It’s surprisingly simple. All you need are some Glow Sticks. Lumistick Glow Sticks from Amazon.com are 2 inches long and easily fit inside a balloon. Insert them in your balloon and inflate. They actually create their own ambient lighting.

6. Lace Balloon

Balloon Decorations, Lace BalloonsCreate a gorgeous lace lantern with lace doilies and fabric stiffener using a balloon as your form. Find instructions here.

7. Floating On Air

Balloons Floating over PoolWe all know that helium gas is what causes balloons to float, but it’s a whole different effect when you string the balloons with a clear filament like fishing wire. It’s as though the balloons were in a state of suspended animation. Anchor the balloons in a pool for a stunning (floating on air) effect.  Photo by  Elizabeth Messina, Inspired by This.

8. Balloon Art

Lollipop Balloons & Balloon Candy | Candy Party Theme

Lollipop Balloons & Balloon Candy by Balloon Bouquets of Long Island

It’s truly unbelievable what balloon artists can create. Balloon Bouquets of Long Island can shape balloons into just about anything to make your decor fun and intriguing, like these balloon lollipops and candy balloons.  They look good enough to eat!

Bat Mitzvah Balloon WallA balloon wall can double as a beautiful way to greet guests, and a fabulous backdrop for photos.  This 13 foot balloon wall from Total Party was comprised of balloons of various colors and included the bat mitzvah girl’s cupcake logo.
See more from Lydnsey’s Cupcake Bat Mitzvah.

9. Feather Drama

Feather Balloon Centerpieces by Life O' The Party

Feather Balloon Centerpieces by Life O’ The Party

Life O’ The Party added drama to the table with a centerpiece made from oversized balloons and hot pink feathers.

10. Sparkly Balloon Garland – Bling the String

Sparkle Ribbon, LED Balloon Light-Up RibbonsMake the string as decorative as the balloon itself!  LED Light-Up Ribbons from Amazon.com.

Balloon Bling StringsString Bling from Honeysuckle Life.

11. Balloon Topiary

Balloons, Balloon TopiaryPhoto via So Cute Parties

You don’t always have to blow the balloon up. Get creative with a balloon topiary.  Check out Ways to WOW Guests with Topiary Centerpieces and Candy Topiaries.

12. Confetti Balloons

Balloon Ideas - Confetti Balloons Perfectly round and so beautiful – these are not your average balloons! Filled with colorful confetti and feathers, each Bonjour Balloon comes with a beautiful hand-crafted string called “tails” that gives the balloon character and charm.

13. Approach things from a New Direction

Balloon Ideas - Inverted BalloonsSure, you can arrange your balloons on a table, but how about suspending them from the ceiling for an interesting twist? Use marbles or pennies to make them hang downward. Photo by Kimberly Jarman, The TomKat Studio.

14. Spell It Out

Name Balloons, Balloon Arch

Name Balloons by Total Party

Spell out the name of the guest of honor with balloons. Total Party LLC creates large-scale balloon sculptures to fill your space and make your event unique.

15. Balloon Exit

Wedding Balloons, Balloon ExitPhoto by Linton Photography Studios

Sparklers have become a standard for the grand exit. But beautiful monochromatic balloons can make a striking and unique photo opp.

Do you have any unique ideas for using balloons for wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah or party decor?  We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

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Written by Cigall Goldman

Cigall Goldman

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    Thanks Cigall Goldman for so nice post.
    my favorite Photo is by Linton Photography Studios. and Confetti Balloons is a great idea for decorations.