Outdoor Decor

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by admin in North American Backyard Birding


Outdoor Decor


Outdoor Decor

Balloon San Diego- Outdoor Decor

Balloons Outdoors

Summer is coming. That means picnics, barbeques, pool parties and beach time. And of course, you want to decorate all your events with balloons.

Balloons are a great media for attracting attention, adding color and ambiance, and setting the stage. The thing is, balloons outside have different needs and issues than balloons indoors.

First thing to watch out for is heat. Heat can wreak havoc on balloons in many ways. Stay away from dark colors, like black, green, brown, purple, etc., as they absorb heat and can pop. Next inflate the balloon so that it will float, but leave a little bit of room for the balloon to expand, so it the temperature warms up throughout the day, it won't expand and pop.

Next thing you have to worry about is wind. As little as four miles an hour is a lot to a balloon. Essentially, the balloon is like a kite or a sail, it can catch the wind and be pushed by it. This means that for free-standing décor, like columns or arches, you want a solid base with a good footprint and weight. Weight alone is not enough, you also need a wide footprint.

Here are some recommendations for strategies to change indoor décor to something that would work better for outdoors:

Arches: Instead of a spiral arch, which is anchored to the ground, it's better to do two columns with wide footprints and have an arch tied into them. The arch can blow down to its anchor point. So, if it's anchored on the ground it can blow all the way down to the ground. If, on the other hand, it's anchored at the 6' mark of a column, it will generally only blow down to that point.

Bouquets: Instead of a bouquet with lots of individual ribbons, which will tangle around each other in the wind, it's better to do décor that is on a single anchor point, like a Cloud 9 or a Topiary kite. Then for extra movement you can put a wide ribbon hanging down to catch the wind and give some rhythm. The single anchor point will work better with the wind, moving from side to side instead of tangling up in itself.

Balloon Releases: Check your local city ordinances. Here in San Diego there are restrictions on how many balloons can be released, and releases are never allowed under the flight path or near beaches or bays. Balboa Park doesn't allow balloons of any kind. NEVER do a balloon release with foil balloons. Look up the California balloon laws for more information on that.

Other types of décor that are very effective for outdoors are floating columns, streamers and hi-flyers. Check out the Balloon Utopia website to see examples of this type of décor at http://www.balloonutopia.com .

To see some photos of beautiful
outdoor decor
, check out our website at http://www.balloonutopia.com .
About the Author

http://www.balloonutopia.com-
Sandi Masori has been a balloon artist, designer, decorator, entertainer and industry educator for over 15 years. She has traveled all over the world delighting audiences and training balloon professionals. She was the first female balloon artist to put out an instructional video for the industry. Her instructional videos have all reached the "best seller" level.

Sandi was one of the pioneers of the "deco-twisting" movement. A movement within the balloon industry to encourage balloon entertainers to use more decorating techniques and decorators to use more entertainment or "twisting" techniques. This provides more detail and greater versatility of design.

Sandi is currently head designer of Balloon Utopia. A San Diego based balloon decor and entertainment company that serves the Southern California area. Balloon Utopia is one of a small (but growing) number of balloon companies who proudly can offer both decor and entertainment with equal fluency and expertise.

copyright 2010- all rights reserved- Balloon Utopia



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