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How far in advance can I build a balloon column?

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I am building some balloon columns for a party on the weekend and this is my first attempt of doing multiple projects for 1 party...so I'm a bit nervous I need x-tra time to inflate the balloons and put the designs together. How far in advance can I inflate the balloons and/or build the design? The party is inside.


Thanks for your help and thanks for a great resource to get fabulous tips!!

Natalie

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Hi Natalie,

Thanks for your kind words about Balloon Decoration Guide.

I assume you are talking about air-filled columns, right?

You can blow up the balloons several days in advance, but - and this is extremely important - you have to store them in large plastic bags that close tightly around the balloons.

If you leave the inflated balloons exposed to air (even indoors), they will oxidize and won't look good anymore.

Good luck with the party!

Margit

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Answer to anonymous: Storing balloons NEW
by: Margit

Hi there,

Yes you can store the inflated balloons together in a large plastic bag.

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Storing balloons NEW
by: Anonymous

From reading the comments I understand that you can blow up the balloons in advance. Can I store all the balloons together in a black plastics bag and then set up the arch the day of the party? Or does rack balloon have to be wrapped individually?

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Answer for Nicole: Plastic Wrap
by: Margit

Hi Nicole,

Yes, plastic wrap should work fine too. The largest sizes of plastic wrap I've seen was 24 inches (60 cm) wide.

Depending on how many balloons you have to wrap, you'd need quite a bit of cellophane.

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Plastic wrap
by: Nicole

Would plastic wrap (cellophane) work just as good as a large bag?

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Large Plastic Bags and Balloon Shine
by: Margit

Hi Tracy,

"Associated Bag" is a company that specializes in selling all kinds and sizes of plastic bags. But they only sell them in larger quantities (on a roll or in a box), not single bags.

You can check them out at https://www.associatedbag.com/.

As for the balloon shine...

Not sure which product you used. What's usually recommended is to coat the latex balloons with a silicon compound (for example "Stay Clear", "Balloon Shine" or "Balloon Shield") and polish them with a cotton glove.

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Large bag and balloon spray
by: Tracy

Hi. Where can I get a big large enough to cover the whole balloon column? Is there a balloon shine spray you recommend for me to use to help with oxidation for clear balloon? I've purchased one before and it does not work well.

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