Birthday Balloons

Birthdays are a time to cherish and celebrate life, and no matter how young or old, a birthday is never complete without colourful balloons. Balloons of different hues and colours always fascinate us, but do you know how they came into existence?

Let's find out some interesting facts about a toy with no age restrictions:

1. Balloons have been mentioned in classics Moby Dick from the early 19th century, much before they were invented.

2. Long before the rubber was introduced balloons were made from pig's intestines.

3. The first rubber balloons were made by Michael Faraday in 1824, for use in the laboratory. They were invented for use in military communications, scientific experiments, and transportation. It was only in 1889 that people could buy a balloon for fun.

There is no doubt that Balloons are fun, and an integral part of a birthday, or for that matter any celebration. They are cheap and colourful, and enchanting as they fly away in the sky. But Balloons do have some significance in birthday celebrations:

1. They denote a lightness of sorrow. Just as the balloons are light, so should the lives that they touch be light, and be devoid of the weight of any burden.

2. When you make a wish during your birthday and release balloons, they carry your wishes to God and help you fulfil them.

3. Balloons are synonymous to joy and cheer. Just the sight of balloons is enough for positivity.

Birthday Balloons


Types of Balloons

Balloons add cheer and happiness to every occasion. There is no celebration which is complete without balloons. Even though fragile, a balloon is powerful enough to paste a smile on every face. The word balloon found its origin from the French word Ballon, meaning a ball. Balloons have evolved over the years and have come a long way from the very first ones made out dried animal intestines.

The colourful and beautiful balloons which manage to enchant us come in a number of varieties today. Some of them include:

Latex Balloons:

These are the most popular and commonly used balloons in parties. They come in a varied array of colours, are generally round in shape and also have messages printed on them.

Latex Balloons


Water Balloons:

Perfect for water fights or as table decoration for any party, these balloons are smaller in size. In India water balloons are used during the festival of colours where they are filled with coloured water and thrown at people. The material used for water balloons is rubber, so that they are easy to break.

Water Balloons


Foil Balloons:

These balloons have a metallic finish and are made of nylon sheet. Normally used when helium is used to fill the balloon, as the material is more suited for the gas. The material is also perfect for images and messages to be printed on them.


Mylar Balloons:

Mylar balloons also have a metallic finish but are made of polyester film. These balloons are perfect as decorative items.

Mylar Balloons


Helium Balloons:

In this case Balloons made of rubber or foil is filled with helium. Helium being the lightest gas in the atmosphere helps the balloons float up in the air. Perfect for floats and to create a festive environment, these balloons have an interior coating which helps retain the helium gas longer and thus helps them to float for a long time.


Birthday Balloons:

Last but not the least is the Birthday Balloons. An integral part of every celebration, balloons are especially significant in birthdays. Symbolising a lightness of sorrow, joy and cheer, birthday balloons come in different hues and colours, and shapes and sizes. The latex, mylar and helium balloons are more popular in birthdays.

So add that extra zest to your celebrations by decorating with balloons. Cheers!!

Birthday Balloons


Decoration Ideas

  • Instead of the mainstream Happy Birthday banners, use multi coloured balloons to write the words. Using different coloured balloons will add vibrancy to the surroundings.
  • You can form arches, flowers and even streamers with balloons and hang them on walls.
  • Fill the balloons with helium. Tie them with long strings and attach photos you cherish of the child at different ages. Rest the balloons right on top of the table where the cake is placed.
  • Fill the balloons with heliums and attach paper bags on the other end with the return gifts for the children. Place the bags on a corner table in the room. It will look inviting and beautiful.
  • Buy the smallest size balloons (the kinds you get for Holi) and after they are inflated place them on the birthday cake with the help of toothpicks.
Decoration Ideas


Games with Balloons

  • Catch the balloon game:

    Make the children stand around you and throw the balloon into the air and call out the name of a random child. The aim is for the child to catch the balloon before it touches the ground.

  • Pop your friend's balloon game:

    Give an inflated balloon to every child and put the music on. The children have to dance and while dancing try and burst others' balloons. The child with a balloon at the end of the game is the winner.

  • Race with your friend and a balloon game:

    Make pairs of all the children. Give an inflated balloon to each pair. They have to run balancing the balloon between them without touching it with the hands. The winners would be the ones to reach the finishing line with the balloon intact.

  • Balloon Popping:

    As the party is coming to an end, fill the floor of the room with balloons of different colours, and allow the children to stomp and pop them. This causes a lot of cheer among the kids, and most importantly, everyone is a winner.

Indeed, Balloons depict life through a prism of colours. So go ahead and enhance the cheer and happiness of birthdays through balloons.

Games with Balloons


Balloons As Birthday Gift

  • Balloons are known as a symbol of love, joy and happiness. It actually spreads the message of enthusiasm and liveliness in any celebration party. Balloons with wonderful messages written on them are a wonderful birthday gift idea. Cartoon-faced, round shaped, heart-shaped balloons are a big hit as a birthday gift idea.

  • Balloon bouquets are an arrangement of balloons that are attached together with a ribbon to give it a decorative and attractive touch. There are various shapes and styles of balloon bouquets available in the market, so make an appropriate select.

  • Balloons not only add value to the ambiance of the birthday celebrations but are also defined as a great birthday gift option. Balloons can be attached anywhere because of their light weight. Their bouncy and vivacious aspect adds more charm to the celebration effect making it more magnificent and spectacular.

Birthday Gift


Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

Birthday Parties celebrated at home are by far the best nostalgic moments remembered by both young and adults alike. So, here are a few handy tips for Birthday Party Decorations that will turn food tables into telltales and walls into magnificent craft. Read On!!


First and foremost select a theme according to the interest of the birthday boy/girl. Themes could be age appropriate i.e. for a child mostly cartoon characters, animals or hobby are best and for adults, favorite colors, number themes, retro etc. For instance, if you're having a skate boarding hobby party, then you can create a mini skate boarding arena style table in your house and decorate with favorite skateboarding posters etc.

Birthday Balloons