Sep 27, 2007
Fabulous Balloon Tricks and Tips

This is the first in a two-part series on balloon tips and tricks from Jan Iiams. Look for part two in the October issue of Party & Paper Retailer.

Are you ready for some fast and fun techniques that will simplify labor, make designing easier and enable your output to look wonderfully consistent and professional? From ribbons to color to tools, it’s in here!

The Best Little Ribbon Tricks in the World
¥ Save a step by learning to tie the neck of the balloon with the ribbon in the middle – it’s easy! Instead of tying the balloon and then tying on a curling ribbon tether, tie the balloon neck around the ribbon. It’s easy and very secure.
¥ Tidy those foil balloon tails and make them float 30 percent longer by tying low on the neck below the opening and use an auto shut off valve inflator. Make it pretty by folding up the portion below the knot.
¥ Beautiful accents are made quickly by using a ribbon shredder. For soft airy tendrils and quick curls, use the outside of the scissors instead of opening and possibly tearing ribbon or making too tight curls, which are not as lovely as soft curvy lines under your balloons.
¥ Tethering balloons as you fill them can be tricky. Use a latex balloon to hold the bouquet strings tight. Pre-cut your balloon ribbons and tie them into a group with an un-inflated latex balloon and stretch the neck to “grasp” the bolt near the top of your helium tank or another stationary spot in your service center, then just tie on the balloon to one end of the ribbon and let go. Each ribbon pulls out clean and easy when you gather them to arrange.
¥ Go “fishing” for a helium fly-away with another helium balloon on a ribbon and clear packing tape on top to capture the runaway.

Color Sells!
More than any other feature, color can change a design dramatically. Color evokes emotion and can affect people’s mood. The key is to create color harmony that reflects the theme.
¥ Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
¥ Secondary colors are green, orange and purple.
¥ Intermediate colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet.
Strong color harmonies set the best centerpieces apart. Let’s look at a few –
¥ Monochromatic – consists of one hue or pure color and its tints, tones and shades.
¥ Analogous – three hues that lie side by side on the color wheel. For instance,
my favorite is red-violet, purple and blue violet.
¥ Complimentary – two hues that lie directly across from each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, purple and yellow and blue and orange.
¥ Triadic – three hues that lie equal distances apart on the color wheel like red, blue and yellow.

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