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Party Must Have: Balloons

Nov 19, 2007
Guess what would be an excellent ingredient to make your child's party more festive and fun? They come in red, green, yellow, pink, blue and any other color in a rainbow. They come in all shapes too. There is your basic round, the elongated variety, the zigzags and the twisted ones that could take up the shape of almost anything from an egg to a dinosaur. Give up yet? Balloons!! Balloons are definitely the one party good that your child's birthday party should not be without. For one thing, nothing lights up a child's face than seeing this floating icon on a string.

A balloon is basically a flexible light material bag that can be inflated and filled with heated gas such as air, hydrogen, nitrous oxide or helium. The name comes from "ballon", a French word which means large ball. A priest from Brazil, Bartolomeu de Gusmao, invented the very first balloon in 1709. The earliest balloons were made to aid in experiments with hydrogen. Nowadays however, balloons evoke happier times and are greatly associated with parties and social events.

There is a great selection of party balloons available in the market these days. The two main categories include latex balloons and foil balloons. Latex, which is actually a vegetable, makes up the popular high quality rubber balloons that we have today. The material is biodegradable so it can decompose quite easily after being exposed to air and all other elements. These balloons are either filled with air or with helium. Balloons with helium most often can stay afloat for more or less eight hours. Latex balloons are known to make a big bang when they burst. The bang usually is a result of the high pressure gas enclosed in the balloon that may be suddenly released. This happens when the latex is stretched too far or when it cracks after getting pricked with something sharp.

Foil balloons on the other hand are made of sheets of plastic and nylon that are sandwiched together. They are further coated with aluminum which gives them a silver metal finish. These inflated bags are known to be more expensive to make than their latex counterparts. Foil balloons are definitely not biodegradable as they contain aluminum. Extra care should be given when letting children play with foil balloons. The metallic component of the balloons conducts electricity so it is best to keep an eye on the young ones. Because of this same reason, it is duly advised that foil balloons should never be released out-of-doors. In the event that these balloons get enmeshed or caught up in power lines it could cause outages or power failures. Balloons are definitely fun. Albeit, it is always best to exercise standard caution.

On the bright side, whatever type of balloon you will choose for your child's birthday party, they are sure to create gasps of delight. As an added thrill, artists have crafted balloon sculptures. With a creative twist here and there, one could produce a four legged animal such as a cute poodle or even an eight legged one such as a spider in a manner of minutes. The ingenious ones can smoothly produce a caricature of the celebrant effective to acquire bounds of laughter and smiles of glee.
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