There are very few occasions in life where the gift of a balloon would not be appropriate. From Weddings, Christenings and Birthday parties to simply saying “I love you” or just to cheer someone up – balloons are the ideal gift.

Balloons come in all shapes and sizes, colours and designs. From plain coloured latex balloons, to multi coloured super shape foil balloons – it would be hard to think of a balloon design that doesn’t exist, however elaborate!

Latex balloons come in various sizes and most colour shades, they can be the usual “round” shape or heart or flowered shape etc. They can be filled with either air or helium and used singly or grouped together with some skill and know how to form simple but elegant table centrepieces or elaborate balloon sculptures. If you are hosting a small dinner party, then a simple 3 x latex balloon centrepiece would add the perfect finishing touch to your table. Have the balloons in your chosen colour theme to compliment the occasion.

Wedding receptions are wonderful opportunities for really going to town with balloon decorations – again, have them in colour shades and designs to compliment your wedding theme. Latex and/or foil balloons can then be arranged together as table centrepieces, archways, cloud 9’s (a special arrangement particularly suitable for the Top Table), heart sculptures – an ideal back drop for cutting the wedding cake- the list of possible designs is just endless. The plainest of venues can be transformed by the skilful balloon artist, using their skills and experience to ensure your special day is even more memorable and your once in a life time wedding photos are even more beautiful.

Children’s parties – another ideal balloon occasion. Every child loves a balloon – from a simple colourful latex balloon used for games to a foil balloon with their favourite cartoon character on it. Why not give a balloon to each child at the end of the party in place of the usual goody bag? The balloon will last longer than those sweets and doesn’t contain all that sugar!

Of course, although balloons are fun and exciting, there are safety aspects that must be considered, especially around children. Balloons should not be blown up by young children for obvious reasons. Adults should supervise children with balloons to ensure they are not being put in their mouth, an obvious choking hazard. Balloons filled with helium hold another serious safety issue. The inhalation of helium is very dangerous as it can cause asphyxiation and death, neither children nor adults should attempt to inhale helium. As long as these safety issues are noted and adhered to, balloons can be a safe and fun accompaniment to any event/function.

You don’t have to have a party to give a balloon as a gift, why not just give one to that special someone just to let them know you care? Balloons can come decorated with all sorts of special messages; I love you, You’re Special, Special Mum, Miss You, Get Well Soon, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary etc, the list just goes on and on. To make the gift extra special, why not have the balloon delivered in a box? When the lid is lifted from the box, the balloon and so your special message, floats up to bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

Balloons make ideal gifts to send to people in hospital, many wards no longer accept flower deliveries so, instead, send a bouquet of balloons! The balloons won’t wilt in the heat of the hospital and they will cheer up the patients and staff alike by brightening up the ward.

New Baby? Then why not send a cuddly toy with a balloon attached, or a bouquet of balloons or even an air walker balloon for extra impact, in order to announce the new arrival. A new mum will not have time for arranging a vase of flowers, but the gift of the balloon requires no effort on her part and will be remembered for a long time.

Ever heard of a “Gift-in-a-Balloon”? This is a spectacular way of presenting your special gift. As long as the gift is not too sharp, big or heavy, (all of which risk popping the balloon!) it can be arranged on a bed of coloured tissue paper inside of the balloon and topped off with a beautiful bow and cascading ribbons. Cuddly toys make the ideal gift to go in a balloon, but other suitable gifts include chocolates, jewellery, lingerie, small bottles of champagne, even gift vouchers, the list is as endless as your imagination.

As this has demonstrated, balloons can be as exciting and imaginative as you allow them to be – the simplest of venues can be transformed to your desired theme or you can simply bring a smile to some ones day with the gift of a balloon. Opportunities for the use of balloons as decorations and gifts are endless. Talk to your local Balloon Artist and see what dazzling displays can be achieved with the use of balloons. Balloons- the perfect accompaniment to every occasion!

About the Author

Heidi Howard is a Balloon Artist and is also one of the founder partners of