Choosing Helium Balloons for your Party

Are you planning a wedding, graduation party, or birthday party? Balloons add a decorative touch and bring a party theme together. Helium balloons stay inflated longer than air-filled balloons, and helium for balloons is easy to obtain.

Compare cost, float time, and variety of shapes for your perfect choice.

Helium gas for balloons

Latex balloons are the most common and cost effective. They come in a huge variety of colors and usually inflate to around 9-10 inches. Some people have an allergic reaction to latex, so be sure to check with your guests beforehand. Plan to inflate latex balloons 1-2 hours before the party. Over-inflated latex balloons are more likely to pop, so be careful. Float time for latex balloons is about 8-10 hours. Latex balloons can also be treated with a liquid called Hi-Float to make them last up to 3 weeks.

Foil or Mylar balloons are more expensive than latex, but they come in a wide range of shapes and stay inflated longer.  Float time for foil balloons is usually about 3-4 days. They are refillable during that time to avoid shriveling. Foil balloons shaped like your favorite cartoon characters, princesses, dragons, or dinosaurs are sure to be a hit with the kids. If you want to make an even bigger impression, consider gliding balloons – larger than life foil balloons in character shapes.  They can stay inflated for weeks.

Bubble balloons made of see-through, stretchy plastic are smooth, wrinkle-free and come in a huge variety of designs and shapes like foil balloons. They last the longest of all types, with a float-time of 3-4 weeks, but tend to be slightly more expensive.

For a unique display, mix material types and colors. It’s easy to source your own balloons as well as helium gas, helium tanks and helium cylinders for inflating your balloons. For the best rates, guaranteed supply of helium gas and stable pricing, contact AGP gas at 1-800-439-0100.