November 28, 2022

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Balloons are a fun and easy way to decorate a party or any other event, and they are quite affordable just about anywhere. Wholesale latex balloons may be ordered in bulk by party supply stores, and these wholesale latex balloons may come in different colors, and some will even be heart shaped balloons. Not to mention the foil balloons that will be in stock alongside those wholesale latex balloons. Balloons date back further than some people realize, and there’s more than one way to use them. How might you find the right wholesale latex balloons for your supply store if you’re a business professional, or find packets of the right balloons for a party?

Latex Balloons

Often, latex balloons are the “typical” model, and a party supply store is bound to have a lot of wholesale latex balloons in stock for its customers. These were first invented all the way back in 1824, when professor Michael Faraday invented them by fusing together the edges of two rubber sheets and inflating them. Today, though, it is far more common to use latex than rubber, since using rubber would add a lot of pressure to rubber tree populations. But it is possible to harvest latex from a tree for around 40 years without killing the tree, which makes latex much more sustainable for the environment.

Latex balloons tend to be teardrop shaped, though they can also be shaped like hearts, such as for Valentine’s Day. Latex balloons can be filled with ordinary air, and air filled balloons do not float but will last for at least a week, if not two. And if a latex balloon is filled with helium, then it will indeed float, and you can use a helium pump to do this. Many balloons that are bought pre-inflated at stores are filled with helium, and they come with thin ribbons and weights so they stay in one place. A helium balloon may last for a day or two.

Foil Balloons

A more recent innovation is foil balloons, which are made when two foil sheets are fused together at the edges, and then filled with helium. These balloons can be bought in packets, but they are also often sold already inflated, such as in grocery stores, and they come with a string and weights. Such balloons can come in a wider variety of shapes than latex ones, such as squares, circles, and even number and letters. What is more, foil balloon can have images printed onto them before they are inflated, such as a “happy birthday” message or pop culture images.

Where to Use Balloons

So, when is the right time for latex or foil balloons? One example is a gift to a recovering hospital patient, who may appreciate a bundle of latex balloons or foil balloons with encouraging messages on them. A bridal shower or baby shower can easily be decorated with balloons, such as pink and white latex ones, and maybe some foil ones with thematic images and messages printed on them. Many high school senior proms will feature a wooden cage on the ceiling, which will contain hundreds or even thousands of air filled balloons, which will be released across the dance floor at some point to enhance the festivities.

A birthday party is possibly the most typical time for balloons, both foil and latex varieties. Children’s birthday parties in particular do this, and there may be helium filled balloons attached to strings for an outdoor party. Indoors, air filled balloon can be taped to the walls or the backs of chairs, and they can also form a sort of ball pit. Number-shaped foil balloons can show how old the birthday boy or girl is, too.

Remember to practice basic caution with balloons. Until they are inflated, latex balloons are a choking hazard for small children and pets, so be careful about who can access them. Also, an air filled balloon may pop if it gets too close to a heat source, such a a large light bulb or an open fire. Heat will expand the air inside the balloon and make it burst, and the scraps should be collected right away. To discard latex balloons, it may be best to simply let the air out and throw them away.