With the both my kids birthdays in December, hosting a holiday party is not something that comes easy – so we’ve taken to hosting NYE for the past 5 years. It is my favorite party we host every year. We normally invite a handful of our dearest friends, do something fun for dinner (this year it’s fondue!), drink homemade eggnog, and celebrate a balloon drop countdown at midnight east coast time (which is 9pm where we live). It ends up being the perfect night for our friends with kids, everyone loves it, and everyone is home in bed by 11. ;)
Hosting a balloon drop in our living room gets rave reviews from the kids and the adults alike. Last year we did it along with these confetti cannons which were also super fun. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks on how to do a balloon drop the right way. I’m partnering with Balloon Time today to share my tips for NYE balloon fun.
The first step in making sure your balloon drop is legit is to start with the right bag. After trying out a lot of the options this one is my favorite for big events – think weddings or huge birthday parties. This one is a good one for a home based NYE party.
The trick to making a balloon drop really look great is to have different levels of balloons fall at the same time. If you pull the bag open and they all drop at once, it is a bit melodramatic.
To make ours really magical we include about 1/2 the balloons that are blown up by air and will immediately fall to the ground, about 1/4 that are freshly blown up with helium and will float upwards, and about 1/4 that are about a day old helium and will float at about face level. It makes for a balloon drop that is pretty to look at and is super fun to be found in the middle of.
I also like to include something beyond just the basic balloons in our drops. Adding in a couple shapes and different size balloons adds great spunk to the drop. For NYE we made a set of glittered 2016 balloons to include. These balloons are fun on their own as well, in case your not planning a balloon drop – although you definitely should, you probably need to reconsider if you are not planning one.
Make the 2016 glitter balloons to have in your drop, or to just have setting out around the party room to welcome in the new year.
Having a balloon drop that has different levels of helium in the balloons is a great reason to have your own helium tank at home. We use our Balloon Time helium tank for nearly all of our parties and shoots. It is handy to have a helium tank when planning balloon drops and other fun balloon shenanigans at home.
To make the glitter 2016 balloons you will need:
- Balloon Time helium tank
NYE Glitter balloons
- Start by using your finger or a paintbrush to apply the glue lightly onto the balloons in the shape of a number (I quickly learned my finger was the best way to do this).
- Sprinkle the glitter over the glue and allow to dry.
Hang the glittered NYE balloons around the room, stick them into the balloon drop and watch your NYE become the most magical night of the year.
PS. A disco ball headband to wear on NYE.
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(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Erin Holland).