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Foil balloon causes outage that leaves 6,000 without power near Cincinnati

A recent power outage in the Cincinnati area is another reminder why releasing Mylar balloons is a no-no. Cincinnati.com reported on an outage that was caused by a Mylar balloon coming in contact with a power line that left 6,000 people without power in Covington, Kentucky. Earlier this year, The Balloon Council (TBC) started a “Meet Faraday” campaign that is designed to help spread the word on its list of Smart Balloon Practices. Always tying…  » Read more

The Balloon Council announces winners of the #LiftUpSomebody campaign

Thank you to all our balloon friends and businesses that participated in the International Balloon Month 2017 #LiftUpSomebody Campaign! More than 70 companies registered to participate, and the hashtags #LiftUpSomebody and #BeBalloonSmart appeared all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, helping to spread the message about the positive power of balloons and Smart Balloon Practices. The goal of the campaign was to inspire people to connect with -- and “lift up” – members of their community…  » Read more

Five balloon products cited in dangerous toys report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group conducted its annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, which cites toys in the market that pose safety hazards to children. CBS News detailed the findings, which featured five balloon products. The report language called out the products for “missing or misleading warnings.” "But US PIRG found a number of balloon-based games on toy store shelves this year with missing or misleading warnings. Five balloon sets were cited in this year's…  » Read more

House of Representatives passes helium legislation designed to spur private production

H.R. 3279, the Helium Extraction Act, was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Cook (R-California) in July. Similar legislation, S. 1572, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).  On Nov. 1, The House brought up and passed H.R. 3279. There was overwhelming support with very little debate. The purpose of these bills is to increase the domestic supply of helium by providing new incentives and new authority for helium…  » Read more

Pioneer acquires Northstar in balloon industry merger

Pioneer Balloon Co. has acquired Northstar Balloons LLC the two companies announced on Oct. 27. The companies will be working with customers for a smooth transfer of business and timelines, Pioneer said in a press release. “We’re excited to be adding Northstar’s products and capabilities to the Pioneer family,” said Ted. A. Vlamis, Pioneer’s longtime president. “They have developed a unique product personality and sharp sense for trends, and their line further strengthens our complete…  » Read more

burton + BURTON founder Maxine Burton recognized by University of Georgia

In 2017, Maxine Burton, president and founder of burton + BURTON, was recognized in the University of Georgia, College of Education Insider publication. She obtained her bachelor of science in elementary education and master’s degree in education, but she found her true passion when she left teaching and began working with her husband, Bob Burton, CEO, in the floral industry. Around this time in the early 1980s, Maxine saw the opportunity to capitalize on the…  » Read more

burton + BURTON celebrates 35th anniversary with largest Ballooniversity to date

(Click on photo for a gallery) In conjunction with burton + BURTON's 35th anniversary, the company celebrated with Ballooniversity in Athens, Georgia, from Aug. 9-12, 2017. The theme was Sunset Safari. Ballooniversity is a world-class celebration that only happens every five years, and 2017 was the largest yet. Decorators’ Workshop is two days of hands-on training for décor that is showcased Saturday night. The following two days is Ballooniversity educational classes that allow attendees to learn from top balloon, floral,…  » Read more

Use balloons to #LiftUpSomebody this fall during International Balloon Month

Spread smiles and goodwill this Fall by taking the #LiftUpSomebody challenge during International Balloon Month this September. The Balloon Council sponsors the #LiftUpSomebody campaign to inspire people to use balloons to lift up someone in their community who could use a smile or a special “thank you.” Then, people are asked to spread the joy by posting a photo of the person receiving the balloons on the BalloonsLiftUp social media sites using the hashtag #LiftUpSomebody.…  » Read more

Peer Perspective: Tiffany Morrisett, CTI Industries

Tiffany Morrisett Project Manager, CTI Industries Barrington, Illinois As a big fan of art and a painter in her own right, Tiffany Morrisett takes an artistic approach when creating a balloon column. Her approach is to put balloons in unconventional positions and then let them guide her. PPR: How long have you been with CTI? I have been with CTI Industries for just over two years. When I was looking into the company, CTI seemed…  » Read more

California governor: Balloon law ‘not the solution’

California Gov. Jerry Brown feels stronger balloon restrictions are not the answer. On July 31, Brown vetoed a California Assembly bill that would have made releasing foil balloons — or Mylar — into the air a criminal act, reported the Sacramento Bee. Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, the author of the bill, also introduced a bill during the 2015-16 congressional session that would have outlawed the sale or distribution of any balloon filled with helium. That bill never…  » Read more

burton + BURTON’s Ballooniversity coming in August

Hop aboard for an adventure you’ll never forget! burton + BURTON® presents Sunset Safari Ballooniversity 2017! Join friends old and new at one of the country’s longest-running balloon conventions/seminars. Located amongst the rolling hills of Athens, Georgia, where Southern Hospitality meets an energizing music and arts scene; Ballooniversity® is the pinnacle of balloon and floral education! This world-class celebration only happens every five years so don’t miss your chance to learn from top industry leaders and celebrity…  » Read more

Helium Extraction Act introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

The proposed Helium Extraction Act of 2017 took a step last week as it was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives, reported the Allentown Morning Call. The act, which was introduced by California Rep. Paul Cook (R), would add two dozen words to the nearly century-old Mineral Leasing Act. Helium distributors hope the amendment will encourage domestic helium production by loosening federal land leasing requirements. An executive of one of those helium producers and distributors,…  » Read more

Readers react to proposed balloon ban efforts in California, Massachusetts

Last year, a bill was introduced in the California state assembly that would have banned the sale or distribution of helium-filled balloons due to the reported high number of power outages caused by foil balloons. The bill never reached the assembly floor for a full vote, as it was declined by committees. A proposed bill currently in the Massachusetts House (Bill H.2136) would ban the sale of helium-filled balloons in that state. The release of…  » Read more

Associated Press highlights clash between balloon industry and environmentalists

A recent article by the Associated Press’ Bruce Shipkowski detailed the ongoing fight between the balloon industry and environmentalists who say released balloons are a hazard to wildlife and power lines. “When hands release helium-filled balloons and send them into the sky, they’re doing more than marking a wedding, graduation or death. They’re also stirring the pot in a clash between the balloon industry and environmentalists seeking to deflate a tradition they say harms wildlife,”…  » Read more

burton + BURTON adds balloon artist Edward Munoz to education team

burton + BURTON has announced the addition of Edward Muñoz to its education team. Taking on the role of Education Balloon Specialist and Visual Designer, Edward will use his creative talents to teach burton + BURTON customers and employees about balloon décor and balloon art as well as working with the visual team. Ballooniversity returning to Athens In celebration of the 35th anniversary of burton + BURTON, Ballooniversity is returning to Athens this August. This year’s…  » Read more

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