Eco-friendly alternatives to balloon arches
A quick search for party ideas on Instagram will quickly throw up hundreds of images of balloon arches - big inflatable displays made of different sized coloured balloons. There are some beautiful creations and it is definitely an art, but what if you want to achieve the same effect without the balloons?
Using Reusable Decorations
So instead of single-use balloons, what else can be used?
Paper fans, tulle pom-pom, honeycomb balls, lanterns and ribbons are all reusable and just as colourful as balloons.
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Paper decorations are not self-supporting and need some sort of frame. You could use a balloon arch frame (which are reusable but check how sturdy it is if buying new), a metal mesh panel, a backdrop stand, a garden archway or even a doorway or window surround.
Paper decorations can be attached to a wall to create the illusion of an archway; use paper flowers, paper fans, bunting or even crepe paper streamers or ribbons.
For an eco-friendly balloon archway which can be used again and again, blow up beach balls might offer a colourful and reusable solution. We haven't tried this yet, so if you do please tag us in a photo! (@partykitnetwork)
If time is limited, go for a themed backdrop. These are quick to set up and really help to add a splash of colour to any party.
Photo Credits: Backdrops and setup by Little Ones Party Hire (Sydney)
Backdrops are available in a wide range of themes, including ones with popular characters. Most are made from vinyl or microfiber cloth and are durable enough to be reused.
If you're hiring a venue do consider how you're going to hang the backdrop before the event. Many halls don't like sticky tape on the walls and backdrop can be quite heavy.
One option is to use a specialised backdrop stand. This is two tripods with a connector used to hang the backdrop from.
Your local party kit may lend out themed backgrounds. Otherwise, it is possible to find secondhand ones - take a look on eBay or Facebook marketplace, or ask via a local community swap group if anyone has one you can borrow.
If you do buy a backdrop, after the party you could resell it, gift to a friend, donate to your local party kit or keep for future parties.
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