Our gender reveal earlier in the year where we used blue helium balloons to reveal baby is a boy! Friends and family loved this idea. I think balloons are so simple and effective.
I wish back then I'd known about Balloon Time portable helium/balloon kits. These are kits which come with a helium filled tank, a pack of latex balloons and a ball of ribbon. Finding a supplier is really easy using the store locator on their website; kits are widely available at various shops and supermarkets around the UK and and cost around £22.00 for a standard kit. I was amazed that I was paying through the roof for 3 single balloons when I could have crossed the road and bought a kit from Asda, paying around 66p a balloon, instead of the £2.60 at the independent shop.
When we got our balloons for LO's Christening reception from the shop down the road, I remember the difficulty we had in organising a time on a Sunday morning to pick them up and transport them to the venue without taking up an entire car, floating away, popping or deflating before the event. It was a real nightmare. One of the best things we have found about the Balloon Time kit is how portable easy to use it is. It really does give you a convenient alternative to transporting pre-inflated balloons in bin bags like we had to before. The kit allows you to inflate them at your convenience and even at the venue.
The process of filling the balloons with helium was quick, very easy and not too noisy, which is always a bonus. You simply turn the tap on the tank, place a balloon over the nozzle, pinch and squeeze down on the nozzle. Each balloon took just seconds to inflate. The helium tank is very light to carry and portable, plus it's recyclable too.
Next time we have a celebration which calls for balloon decorations, I shall definitely be making a massive saving and heading to my local supermarket to pick up a Balloon Time helium kit! I have already got some inspiration for what I can do with balloons next time we have cause for a celebration- there's some amazing ideas on the Balloon Time website, including balloon decor ideas for baby showers, hen dos, birthdays, weddings and Halloween.
Here are some of my favourite ideas featured on their website... (images below sourced from www.balloontime.com)
A fab idea for a hen do- each 'Hen' writes a message to the bride on a balloon.
A really simple and effective idea for a party invitation- would work best if giving out invites by hand! But I love ideas which are a bit different!