Say hello to the modern balloon arch

If you haven’t noticed, balloon arches are quite the rage. And no—we’re not talking about the stereotypical arch structure you had at your high school prom; we’re talking about the next generation of balloon arch, pioneered by the incredible The House That Lars Built.

The modern balloon arch is organic in structure, rather than neat and perfect. More often than not, it also combines balloons of varying sizes, textures such as honey comb balls, as well as fresh florals and greenery.

To inspire your balloon arch creations, we’ve teamed up with our party pals Five Star Party Co to pull together some of our favourites below, as well as some tips and tricks to help you on your way to creating the ultimate balloon masterpiece. blog_funstuff_balloonarch_01

Left: House That Lars Built | Right: Sugar and Cloth

1. Pick colours for your balloon arch

Ultimately, the best bet is to choose colours that will complement the palette for your overall event. Our fave colour schemes for balloon arches are monochromatic colours (one colour broken down into various tints, shades and tones), as well as analogous colours (colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel). You may also like to add pops of a complementary colour (a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel), like the example below on the right, where shades of purple, pink and peach are complemented by pops of aqua. blog_funstuff_balloonarch_02

Left: Urban Palette | Right: Oh It’s Perfect!

2. Source balloons

Obviously, balloon arches require a lot of balloons! Depending on the size of your arch, you may need hundreds of balloons. When sourcing products at this quantity, it’s important to find a supplier who will offer you a bulk buying option. Our recommendation is to opt for a wholesaler who supports event professionals, like Five Star Party Co who can offer rates and have a huge range of balloons in various colours, sizes, and shapes. Plus, if you’ve got a set colour scheme, Five Star will allow you to PMS-colour match your balloon selection with your other party décor—double win!

Also, going through a supplier like Five Star Party Co will also mean you don’t need to stress about the quality—their balloons are actually 30cm, which means they have high elasticity and lower burst rates, which is super important when working on such a large set up!blog_funstuff_balloonarch_03

Left: House That Lars Built | Right: House That Lars Built

3. Source other materials

In addition to balloons, you’ll need a bunch of other bits and pieces, such as:

– Chicken wire to create the shape of the balloon arch

– A hot glue gun (low-temperature, you don’t want to pop your balloons!) or glue dots to connect the balloons

– Nails and hammer to attach chicken wire to a structure, or alternatively, stick and peel hooks or fishing line  to support the chicken wire

– A balloon pump

– Different types of tape to fix balloons to the wire

– Wire cutters

– Fishing lineblog_funstuff_balloonarch_04

Left: Grit + Gold, via Design Love Fest | Right: Wedding Chicks

4. Incorporate texture

Geometric shapes and patterns such as honeycomb balls and piñatas can add interest to your balloon creation. We suggest incorporating hanging decorations, such as tassels and honeycombs. You might also like to add some metallic finishes, such as metallic balloons, shiny tassels and accordion lanterns. Plus, if you partner with a great supplier like Five Star Party Co, you should also be able to source all of these extras in one spot!RC_Birthdays_RubysStrawberrySoiree_03

Image: Ruby’s 5th Birthday, HOORAY!

5. Add florals

Add fresh blooms of greenery to give your balloon arch some added dimension. You could opt for florals in a similar scheme to your arch, or forage some fresh foliage from your garden, like the examples below. blog_funstuff_balloonarch_05

Left: House That Lars Built | Right: House That Lars Built