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New Jersey state senator looking to ban release of helium-filled balloons

There is currently a bill in the New Jersey state senate that would criminalize the outdoor release of helium-filled balloons. The bill (S3177) was introduced in May by Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, and would make the release of balloons filled with gas lighter than air punishable with up to a $500 fine. The bill grants exceptions for balloons released for scientific or meteorological purposes and hot air balloons. The Balloon Council (TBC) — a nationwide collection…  » Read more

Massachusetts looking to pop balloon sales

The Massachusetts state legislature is the latest looking to crack down on balloons. If passed, a proposed state house bill would ban the distribution or sale of any balloon filled with gas lighter than air. House Bill No. 2136 was introduced by Rep. Sarah K. Peake (D-Provincetown) earlier this year and is currently in committees. It is unknown when a vote will take place. The Balloon Council (TBC) — a national collection of balloon retailers,…  » Read more

Balloonify Your First Birthday Party

A first birthday is a momentous occasion. It’s the first time in your life the party is all about you. Because of this, parents have begun making their children’s first birthday parties more and more elaborate. Social media sites like Pinterest have empowered DIY designers to create and share their birthday party designs. If you own a party store, you have inevitably seen an increase in requests for extravagant first birthday decor supplies.   If…  » Read more

Q the lights with Qualatex’s new LED balloons

By Matt Cerre | Special to Party & Paper Retailer   In order to be a successful party-store owner, you must understand and stay ahead of party trends. Two current trends to watch are glow parties and lavish first-birthday parties. Balloons are a wonderful option for customers looking to take their party decor to the next level. Qualatex has new products that will make sure your customers’ parties are top-notch.   Glow and black light…  » Read more

The Balloon Council hosting Smart Balloon Practices awareness event at California state capitol

The Balloon Council is proud to announce, and invite you to participate in, the nationwide launch of the revitalized Smart Balloon Practices Education Campaign, and the introduction of our new SpokesBalloon "Faraday."  The Education Action Day event will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 on the grounds of the California State Capitol Building (Area 22), 1315 10th St., Sacramento, California. Faraday will meet and take photos with legislators, the press and the public.  The…  » Read more
Best of Balloon Recipes

Best of Balloon Recipes

A few of our most popular balloon recipes from the past few years. Follow the links below to download. Listed from left to right in the image above. Monkey Buddy It's a Girly-Girl Sparkling Birthday Tower Balloon Dog Birthday For our full archive of balloon recipes, click here. 

Becoming a Certified Balloon Artist

Breaking down Qualatex's CBA program and what it could mean for you By Peter Mussatto | Special to Party & Paper Retailer There’s an old proverb from Chinese philosopher Laozi that says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) and Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) programs are a great way to begin your journey. Some of the major benefits of becoming a CBA include: Value. Add value…  » Read more

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal proclaims September Balloon Month

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a proclamation declaring September as Balloon Month. Maxine Burton, president and founder, and Bob Burton, CEO, spearheaded the initiative to coincide with this month’s International Balloon Month. International Balloon Month seeks to raise awareness of the joy of balloons as well as to spotlight the economic impact the multi-billion dollar balloon industry has on the state of Georgia and the world. This marks the sixth year in a row…  » Read more

Valentine’s Day Balloons

Click on picture to view entire gallery.  From September 2016 issue. 

Party Line: Balloon ban avoided, for now

Last month, I wrote about California Assembly Bill 2709, which would have banned the distribution of foil balloons in that state if passed. The previous sentence is in past tense because the bill was voted down by the assembly’s appropriations committee before it ever got to the floor for a full assembly vote. AB 2709 went the way of hundreds of other pieces of proposed legislation in the California Assembly — 448 others, to be exact,…  » Read more

Proposed bill banning foil balloons in California voted down

The proposed law that would have banned the sale of foil balloons in California is dead before a full assembly vote could even take place. California assembly bill 2709, which would have banned the distribution of foil balloons starting in 2018, has been was voted down by the California Appropriations Committee on Friday, May 27, the Balloon Council (TBC) posted on its Facebook page and through an email blast. Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored…  » Read more

Party Line: A Sinking Feeling

What would happen to your business if you could no longer sell foil balloons? That’s a scenario California retailers are facing, as there is a bill currently in the state assembly that, if passed, will ban the distribution of such balloons. The reason California lawmakers want to ban selling foil balloons is because they can cause power outages if they come into contact with power lines. Two major electricity distributors cited more than 1,300 outages…  » Read more

World Balloon Convention 2016 draws professionals, artists from around the world

Photo Gallery The recent World Balloon Convention truly was an international affair, as it drew more than 900 delegates from 58 countries to New Orleans for the eye-popping celebration of balloons. Staged every other year by Pioneer Balloon Co., this year’s event took place April 6-10 at the Hilton Riverside overlooking the Mississippi River. Attendees converged on the Crescent City to share ideas, learn new balloon techniques and, most importantly, to reinvigorate their passion for…  » Read more

California lawmaker wants to ban foil balloons

Bill currently in state assembly would prohibit distribution by 2018 By Zeke Jennings | ppredit@partypaper.com A bill currently in the California Assembly would ban the sale of foil balloons in that state if passed into law. Assembly Bill 2709 would prohibit the sale of “metallic balloons after 2018,” stated Assembly Member Bill Quirk (20th-Hayward), the bill’s author, on his official website. “This will lead to a reduction in power outages resulting from the release of the balloons,” Quirk…  » Read more

Tank Talk: Helium distributor addresses industry

Helium supplier addresses state of turbulent industry By Zeke Jennings | ppredit@partypaper.com The words “helium shortage” are all too familiar to balloon retailers. Although some stabilization has occurred the past couple of years, availability and cost are still concerns going forward. The Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 was designed to boost market competition by deregulating the price of helium sold from the National Helium Reserve to private companies by implementing an auction system instead. The…  » Read more
Shop Talk: 50-50 Factory Outlet

Shop Talk: 50-50 Factory Outlet

Spotlight On: Eau Claire, Wis.   A “Favorite” place both online and off   Even though 50-50 Factory Outlet was named a “Favorite Place on Google” in June of 2010, all the fun actually happens in the Wisconsin-based stores. Owner Tiff Lystrup opened the first store in Eau Claire, Wisc., in 1984 that has since evolved into a thriving company with four stores, a Web store, warehouse operations, a home office and just under 50…  » Read more

Return of the West Coast Event and Balloon Arts Convention

West Coast Event Productions has announced the return of West Coast Event and Balloon Arts Convention (WCE&BAC) July 25-28 at the Hilton Long Beach, in Long Beach, Calif.   “We’ve had such a fantastic response and feedback from both WCE&BAC 2009 and 2011 that we’re returning in 2013,” said Amanda Armstrong, executive producer.   This three-day event will offer a full range of new classes for the balloon artist and event decorator and a variety…  » Read more

Maxine Burton Given Key to the City

In honor of burton + BURTON’s 30th Anniversary, Athens-Clarke County, Ga. Mayor Nancy Denson presented a ceremonial Key to the City to Maxine and Bob Burton.   Founded in 1982, family-owned burton + BURTON has grown into the largest supplier of balloons and coordinating gifts in the world. The presentation was made during Ballooniversity’s Homecoming Gala, which brought more than 700 customers, employees and dignitaries to the Classic Center in downtown Athens, Ga.   In…  » Read more