November is a fun month in our family! We celebrate my husband's birthday and really kick off the holiday season. Men don't usually care about party decorations the way we do but I still like to create a party vibe that they would enjoy. Here are my tips for putting together a party that the man in your life will love including these DIY balloon signs!
This post is sponsored by Balloon Time Helium Tanks. I LOVE using balloons in my party decor. I love how a kid's face lights up when they arrive somewhere where balloons are floating in the air. And they aren't just sold in primary colors anymore. Recently, the world has upped its balloon game and is creating some awesome options that are suitable for all kinds of parties. PLUS you can now get plain mylar ball0ons (in different shapes and colors)! It's about time! These are perfect for making DIY sign balloons that make great party decor.
•Plain, colored mylar balloons
•Decorative napkins (or tissue paper)
•Balloon Time Helium Tank
•Sting (this was supposed to say string but I feel like if you can get Sting to your party, it's only going to be more awesome)
•Other balloons in coordinating colorsFirst, you need to cut out your letters. I used decorative napkins for a few reasons. They are really easy to find, they can be very inexpensive, it's the perfect way to have it coordinate with the rest of your party decor and they are very light weight. When working with helium, you want to keep your materials as light as possible. Anything heavy will work against the helium and your balloons might lose their float before your party is over. You can also use tissue paper, but I think it can be harder to find printed sheets and it tears a little bit easier. You can free hand the letters or you can create a stencil by printing out your phrase, in your desired font, on card stock. I LOVE my Balloon Time helium tank. I keep it in the garage and use it all the time. It's SO fun to be able to blow up a balloon for someone without having to run all the way to the store. Of course they work amazing for handling your party decor, but they are also great for taking a single balloon to school for the teacher's birthday or if a kid comes over who turns cranky…balloons for the wine! The tanks are really easy to use (Hint, push the nozzle down, after you've slipped on the balloon…I wasted lots of helium figuring that one out. Duh). Once the balloon is as full as it should be, simply tie it off with a knot, or if it is a mylar balloon, seal it by pressing on the tab at the bottom of the balloon.
Next, all you have to do is spray the back side of your napkin letters and stick them on the full mylar balloon. So easy. And so cute! Keep in mind that spray adhesive is REALLY sticky. You need to do this part outside, it helps if you wear rubber gloves and be careful as you get to the later letters. Your gloves or fingers will be sticky and you can potentially rip the napkin if you aren't careful. You can use the message balloons in all kinds of ways through out the party. But let's be honest, most men like a good bar. Help them find it with a message balloon!I always like to think of the guest of honor, and what they are in to, when planning a party. In this case, I had my husband in mind. He loves a good whiskey sour so I created a whiskey sour bar where the guests could serve themselves. To make sure that the ladies were taken care of too (although more and more women are learning to love whiskey) I made sure to set out a recipe for a whiskey based recipe that also includes champagne (I'll be sharing that recipe soon). Just by setting out a few ingredients, the guests can create all kinds of drinks to suit their mood. I kept the food really simple. Cured meats, cheese and bread or crackers are the way to my husband's heart. Also dip. You can't go wrong with dip. It's a great party food. And in my opinion should be its own food group.I can bake things. But I am not really good at it. So I found this awesome little chocolate sheet cake from a local store. It's delicious and let me focus more on the decor than on not burning a cake in my oven. Sure, it's the oven, not me…Aside from keeping the food and drinks on the simple side, I also decided to stick with a black and white color scheme to keep things easy, and classy but feel a little masculine. I stayed away from fresh flowers and used succulents instead. The pop of green adds a nice dose of color but helps to keep the decor muted and cool. And the only other decor I needed were these balloon signs and a few other decorative balloons. The balloon decoration goes next level with these marble balloons, amIright? HBD, bro. You can find Balloon Time helium tanks at tons of stores. I picked this Jumbo Helium Tank at Party City but their site can help you find them at a store near you. The Balloon Time site has all the information you need for using the tanks to create awesome balloon DIYS, party decor or even just making your kids smile. They have info on everything from where to buy, how to use and how to recycle the tanks. PLUS they are a great resource for unique party ideas using helium filled balloons!
Over the next few months, I'll be sharing more fun balloon DIY ideas with you thanks to my partnership with Balloon Time Helium Tanks. Thank you for supporting the brands that let me do what I love!
Images, except those of the tank, by Dez and Tam Photography