Often when having conversations with clients, I realize that the balloon community has a language that is not always clear to the client or even other events professionals. I was talking about organic balloon décor recently and my health conscious, environmentalist friend got really excited by the term because it means something totally different in her world. After a few conversation like this one, I thought it would be helpful to spell out common balloon décor terms to help Balloon Professionals and clients to speak the same language.
So let’s dive in…
First, what type Balloon Professional are you seeking to hire? There are Balloon Décor Artist and Balloon Entertainers or Twisters. Balloon Décor Artist create traditional and/or custom balloon décor such as balloon bouquets, arches, columns, or custom sculptures. They create the items that you commonly see at special events like birthday parties, weddings, showers, or corporate events. Balloon Entertainers, commonly referred to as Twisters, create twisted balloon designs using entertainer balloons. You are probably used to seeing them creating your favorite animals or characters at restaurants, fairs, or birthday parties. They also often create larger detailed sculptures or centerpieces for special events. Balloon Professionals often specialize in either Balloon Décor or Twisting but there are many who do both.
Let’s talk about the two main type of balloons: latex and foil and the various sizes of each.
Latex balloons refer to balloons made from liquid rubber. The come in various colors and sizes and can be used in a variety of balloon décor designs.
Foil balloons, commonly called mylars, refer to balloons made of nylon sheets that resemble foil. They are usually incorporated in balloon bouquets or used as balloon toppers. They come in a variety of prints and sizes to fit most occasions as well as letters and numbers. They can also come in various shapes including rounds, stars, hearts, curves, and crescents.
Next, what type of Balloon Décor are you interested in? Let’s explore some of the main categories of Balloon Décor.
Balloon bouquets refers to helium balloons arranged and attached to a weight. They can include various number of balloons and can range from very simple to very detailed. Balloon bouquets are commonly used as table centerpieces or placed around a room to create a more festive environment.
Other terms used: Balloon arrangement, balloon centerpiece, balloon bundles
Balloon Garland refers to a string attached balloons. Balloon garland can come in several different forms: stacked, linked, or organic. Balloon garland can be used to decorate ceilings, railings, draped throughout an event. Balloon garland is also used to create balloon columns and arches.
Stacked garland refers to garland that is created using balloon quads or clusters.
Linked garland refers to garland that is created using linking balloons. They typically include smaller balloon clusters between the linked balloons.
Organic Garland refers to garland created by using various sizes and/or colors to create a unique free form design.
Other terms used: Balloon swoops, balloon swags
Balloon Columns refers to a vertical arrangement of balloons in a column or tower shape. They can be created using balloon clusters or quads, linked balloons, or in specialty designs like organic, topiaries, or Roman Columns. Columns can be created with or without a topper.
Other terms used: Balloon tower, balloon pillar, balloon tree
Balloon Topper refers to a latex or foil balloon placed on the top of a column.
Balloon Arch refers to an arrangement of into an arch shape. They can be created using balloon clusters or quads, linked balloons, or in specialty designs like organic or string of pearl arches. Arches are sold by linear foot.
Linear foot refers to the combination of height and width of an arch to determine the total length.
Balloon Drop refers to a release of air filled balloons from a net attached to the ceiling. It is usually used to mark a key moment in a celebration. Examples include New Year’s Eve countdowns, championships, political events, weddings. Balloon Drops can be created in various quantities of balloons and size combinations.
Organic Balloon Decor
Organic Balloon Décor refers to balloon designs including an “abstract” arrangement of balloons of various colors and sizes. It is in contrast to the uniform sizes of traditional balloon décor. Organic balloon décor can be used for a variety of applications including balloon columns, balloon arches, balloon walls, and balloon garland.
Balloon Sculpture refers to a custom balloon design in the shape of a recognizable object. Balloon sculptures can be any variety of items made of balloons.
Balloon Wall, also referred to as a Backdrop, refers to a freestanding wall made from balloons. It can made in a variety designed including grid, flower, and organic. The level of detail can be minimal to extremely detailed.
Balloon Topiaries refer to a balloon cluster or ball containing twelve balloons. Balloon Topiaries can be created in a variety of sizes and have multiple applications from hanging topiary balls to custom columns.
While there are many more terms used by Balloon Professionals and the terms can vary from person to person, I hope that this listing serves as a good starting point to clear up communication when discussing Balloon Décor. You can check out more examples for some of the different types of Balloon Décor by clicking the links to our galleries below.