I attempted to create a balloon path along our front walkway for a party at our home. I made one big mistake and it ended up being a Pinterest-inspired failure. Find out what I did wrong and how I think it could be corrected!
For my sister’s graduation party at our home, I decided to make a balloon path leading into our house. I wanted to line the walkway leading to the front door, and one side of the driveway, with pink, orange, and yellow balloons. This image that I found on Kid’s Kubby was my inspiration.
But this is what I ended up with. Major fail. I later realized that I made several mistakes when creating my balloon path. If I hadn’t made those mistakes, this probably could have been pretty cute!
How To Create a Balloon Path
The first thing you need for a balloon path is balloons inflated with helium. I was not quite prepared for how much most places charge for helium inflation. Most places charge you $1 per balloon! That was the price at the Dollar Tree (where everything’s a dollar) and at Kroger.
Wal-Mart ended up being the cheapest option at $.50 per balloon.
We considered buying a one time use helium tank, but the total cost to have Wal-Mart inflate the balloons was a little cheaper. Plus, less time consuming. It was super fun carrying over 40 balloons through Wal-Mart at 10 pm on a Friday night, especially since I had them all tied to my purse so they wouldn’t fly away.
I had the balloons inflated the night before the party because I didn’t want to be rushed trying to pick them up the morning of. Setting up the balloon path ended up being very simple. I just tied my husband’s golf tees to the end of each balloon. Then I pushed the tees into the ground until they were flush in the ground. It didn’t take very long and was super easy.
The Mistakes I Made When Creating The Balloon Path
Now, let’s get into my mistakes. These resulted in the balloon path being a fail.
Mistake 1 – Inflated the Balloons the Day Before
The first mistake was inflating the balloons the night before instead of the day of the party. I didn’t think I would have enough time the morning of the party to go to Wal-Mart, wait to have the balloons inflated, tie the balloons to the golf tees and get them in ground. Setting up for a party and preparing food is already so time consuming, so the balloons would have been a lot to add to my day.
I thought inflating them the night before was the best way to manage my time. Nope. Helium doesn’t last as long in latex balloons, so by the next morning the balloons were already sagging. I lined them along the front walkway and driveway anyway, but they were on the ground by the time the party started.
Mistake 2 – Too Close Together for a Windy Day
My second balloon path mistake was that it was very windy outside and the balloons were too close together for all that wind. It was over 90 degrees the day of the party, so the strong breeze was lovely for the party guests. Not so much for the balloons.
Within an hour of setting up the balloon path all of the balloons were a tangled mess from the wind. Plus, blowing around caused them to deflate faster or pop. Double fail.
If you want to set up a balloon path, but the weather is windy I would suggest either rethinking the balloon placement. You could either cluster balloons together every few feet, so it doesn’t matter if they tangle any more. Or shorten the balloon strings and be sure to space the balloons to be further apart than the strings.
This ensures that even if the balloons blow around, they won’t tangle up. However, neither of those options will prevent the wind from blowing the balloons around and messing with the visual appearance or popping some of the balloons.
If you ever want to make a balloon path, don’t do what I did. Be sure to have your balloons inflated the day of the party! Also, check the weather. If it’s too windy, either rethink your balloon placement or save yourself some money and skip it.
If you’re interested in seeing more decorations from my sister’s graduation party, check out the full recap post. I also have a tutorial for how I made the tissue paper pom poms and the invitations that I designed.