The recently introduced Qualatex® taper foil balloons offer unique decorating options for events throughout the year. Shown below are Starburst sculptures, each created by connecting twelve (more or less) 38in tapers. Each Starburst measures five feet in diameter. In the USA, professional installers typically charge $150 for a 12-balloon Starburst, plus a 20% installation fee.

The 38in taper balloon can be air-filled for extended displays, or helium-filled for events lasting less than a few days. Smaller taper balloons are available in 13in and 27in lengths and are intended to be air-filled, then suspended. Contact your local distributor for color and size availability.


Balloon Decorating – More Balloon Pedestals


Balloon Planet has introduced additional designs to the Balloon Pedestal section of the online Decor Store. A balloon pedestal is a stage-like base created with latex balloons which both stabilizes the theme mylar balloon and creates a more significant display.

Visit the Decor Store to view our full line of balloon decorating options.

Balloon Decorating – Pedestal Concept

While participating in an industry symposium in Japan not long ago, I was impressed with the entrance decor created by attendees for an evening gala. I was caught without my camera, but the power of Photoshop made it possible to later illustrate the balloon pedestals which had been on display.

Classic balloon decorating concepts, including these pedestals, can be found at in the Decor Store.

Pedestal Dolphin

Pedestal Seahorse

Pedestal Whale

Pedestal Fish

Balloon Decorating for Air France Innaugural

Air France arranged for large balloon displays at Seattle-Tacoma Airport when non-stop service to Paris was recently inaugurated.

The first illustration below shows an overview of decorating elements which were used throughout two large terminals.

The second illustration is a close-up of balloon columns in a stylized representation of the Air France logo (as seen above). Each column was created with air-filled balloons, inflated to an 8in diameter, and supported by a bent conduit tube (10ft x 1/2in) which was inserted into a metal base plate.

The third illustration is a close-up of a floor bouquet created with 36in, 24in, and 16in helium-filled latex balloons. These were used in areas of the terminals with relatively low ceilings, where the airline wanted strong visual displays.

The festive beach scene above features an Air France jet landing on the island of St Martin/St Maarten in the Netherland Antilles (300 miles east of Puerto Rico). This little slice of paradise is shared by the French (St Martin) and the Dutch (St Maarten), and is the smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two nations. Photo credit to

Air France Overview

Air France 1Air France 2

Preparing the Perfect Double-Bubble


No balloon has resulted in more customer complaints for Balloon Planet than the Double-Bubble. It should be our shining star, and one that clearly puts us in a league far ahead of our competitors. Toward that end, please study the following procedures and see if you’re using the prescribed method. Perhaps you’ve been using 11in balloons for the inner balloon. Or putting Hi-Float® into the outer balloon. If so, you’ll be surprised to learn that we do not use these procedures. The 11in balloons simply look too small. Putting Hi-Float® in the outer balloon just makes a mess. Using the following procedures will yield a handsome balloon that floats for 3-5 days.

1. Start with a 16in Birthday balloon and a 16in Clear Spray balloon.

2. Insert the Birthday balloon into the Clear Spray balloon.

3. Sparingly, treat the inside Birthday balloon with Hi-Float®.

4. Inflate the Birthday balloon with helium, to approximately 90% of full size, and tie it.

5. Using an air inflator (hand-held pump works fine), inflate the outer balloon to full size and tie. Allow the inside balloon float freely.