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15th june 2019 - THE big one

So we have just finished preparing one of the largest balloon jobs we have ever undertaken. An eclectic mix of birthday arrangements, balloon columns, balloon decor and statement pieces. Still lots to do when we arrive at the venue but can't wait to see how the room will look, once transformed!

If you are considering a party or similar event, come and have a chat to see how we can help.

 

 

9TH MARCH 2019 - THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY

Wedding

When it comes to getting married, the wedding day is undoubtedly a great occasion that will be remembered forever. Couples will look forward to the big day spending many hours and often, a lot of money, on planning and arranging the perfect day. With a typical wedding running to thousands of pounds, some of this will be spent on a professionally made cake which can easily cost a couple of hundred pounds, some may be spent on professionally arranged flowers costing a few hundred, and the list goes on...

I think most couples would not choose to make their own cake or arrange their own flowers, but why do some choose to do their own balloons? There's a lot to know and understand about balloons if they are to look amazing. It really isn't a case of simply filling them with helium and attaching ribbons and weights.

Firstly, balloons should be chosen so that they are proportional to the the room they will be in and to the area they will be placed. They should be arranged to have a recognisable form and be able to draw attention to specific areas of importance within the room. Balloons should be created to easily last for the duration of the event.

If you are getting married, and planning to do your own balloons, please come and talk to us first. We are professional balloon decorators trained to Cba level, happy to give you a litte free advice.

 

16TH JANUARY 2019 - NEW GIFT BALLOONS AVAILABLE

Gift balloons

Lots of our customers love to give balloons as a gift so we are really pleased to offer these 16" balloons that we can fill with money, teddy bears, soft toys, chocolate, tickets or other items that you can then give as a gift.

 

8TH NOVEMBER 2018 - PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WE NOW HAVE "CERTIFIED BALLOON ARTIST" STATUS

CBA

Yesterday was a great day up in York where I was put to the test in order to gain CBA status. Within the balloon world, the CBA is the most respected and comprehensive certification program. The CBA designation recognises dedicated individuals who have achieved the highest levels of skill and demonstrated their ability in balloon gifts, bouquets and decorating.

There were seven people yesterday who were put to the test in demonstrating their practical skills and knowledge to a panel of judges over a period of 4 hours or so. It was very much like "Bake Off" but instead of baking a cake, we were tasked with creating several different pieces of balloon decor and arrangements which needed to be constructed and designed to perfection. Each piece was then judged, and marks awarded. It was challenging but also very enjoyable, and having CBA status helps to take the business forward.

 

27TH August 2018 - INDEPENDENT SHOPS VS RETAIL CHAIN STORES

These days it's not difficult to come across a media story about how the High Street is suffering and how yet more stores are closing, so I thought that now would be a great time to tell you how we are doing, up here on the High Street. After all, it is a question we get asked several times a week by some of our customers. Some people will even ask us how we manage to compete for business, especially as there is a Card Factory and Clinton’s down the road that also sell balloons.


The High Street is constantly evolving, and in my opinion, any business that wants to succeed, has to evolve too. As a small business we are fortunate that we can adapt quite easily to the changing High Street and consumer trends. These days, it isn’t just about what you sell, but also about what you don’t sell. For example, public opinion dictates that we don’t sell foil balloons intended for release. This has to be a good thing for the environment and the future of the balloon industry. It certainly works for us as we are able to offer alternative solutions that are often cheaper.


When it comes to balloons, our customers tell us that they shop with us because we offer something different or something that’s been created just for them, and with our extensive stock and creative ideas we really can create balloons that are totally unique, or a one off. Something that will last for as long (or longer) than needed. Something that’s amazing, and better than they ever imagined.


Most of what we sell in the shop is balloon related so we have an ongoing commitment to professional balloon training. After all, there is always something new to learn! If a customer is organising a special occasion, we want the balloons to look amazing, so, when we ask lots of questions about the venue or theme, it’s because we are trained, and experienced enough to know what matters and what makes a difference. This ongoing training means that we can supply our customers with beautiful balloon arrangements or balloon décor that sets us apart from the competition.


For those times where we work on-site, perhaps setting up balloon décor for an event or even a promotional balloon arch, we have comprehensive public liability insurance, and our customers can depend on us to provide the appropriate Method Statements and Risk Assessments when needed.


Selling balloons successfully isn’t just a case of filling a balloon with helium and taking the money. It’s about offering choice, it’s about giving value for money, it’s about giving the right advice, it’s about good service, and it’s all about doing something we are passionate about.

 

 

2ND August 2018 - say hello to OUR cheeky cow!


We're often asked what we have for a party or special occasion and, although we do sell "off the shelf" balloons, there's so much more that we can do for you. This balloon arrangement can be themed for other animals and ages, of course, which means that they can make excellent table centrepieces for your themed party.

contented cheeky cow

There are cows and horses for a farmyard party, or a whole bunch of jungle animals including tigers, zebras and giraffes for those jungle parties!

 

28TH JULY 2018 - MEET OUR PARTY PEOPLE

Have you ever seen our life size party people? They are perfect if you're looking to buy someone something that's a little different from anything else. In fact, that's exactly how they came about....One of our regular customers asked us for something different to give to a chap who was about to celebrate his 50th birthday, and this is what we came up with, within our customers budget.

Balloon Man Balloon Lady

If you are having a party, then these life sized characters are going to bring some smiles to your friends and family! Simply add your own welcome message to the characters and they work perfectly when placed by the entrance to your party room, meeting and greeting your guests as they arrive.

Each one is hand made to order, with a wide choice of colours to choose from. They can be made for all the milestone birthdays and for those inbetween, we have happy birthday options in many colours. They can easily last for a week or two when cared for properly.

Price is £20 or £23.99 with your character holding a birthday balloon.

Want to take one home? Each one is supplied in it's own bag and easily fits on the back seat of most cars. To order yours today, call us on:

 

01298 938060

or message us:

https://m.me/buxtonpartyshop

 

 

 

8TH JULY 2018 - HOW LONG WILL MY BALLOONS LAST?

This is the question we are asked at least a dozen times a day and as there is no single difinitive answer, I thought it would be worth putting a few words together to try and explain.

Assuming that any balloons we inflate with helium are going to be cared for properly, you can expect most foil balloons to last for around a week or so. Bubble balloons and deco bubbles can easily last for three weeks or more, and latex balloons for around a week. (Lot's of people still think that latex balloons in particular will deflate after just a day, and while this may be the case when balloons are bought from card shops, it's not the same product that we sell).

There are many things that can shorten the lifespan of your balloons. It's most important that balloons aren't subjected to temperature extremes as this will almost certainly damage a balloon. When a balloon gets warm, the helium gas that keeps the balloon afloat will begin to expand and when foil balloons do this, they can easily split. This can happen very quickly (under a minute) and it's why balloons should never be left in a place where they can get hot, such as in a car or on display in a sunny window. As I write this, the weather is hot and sunny and even though we always offer our customers advice on how to care for their new balloons, we still hear some ask..."But it will be alright in the back of the car for 10 minutes while I go to the supermarket, won't it?" Well no probably not, you might as well take your balloon home and pop it in the oven (excuse the pun). We didn't do that but we did do this, to demonstrate how fast helium balloons react to temperature change. Here's one we popped earlier in very hot sun.

On the other hand, when helium filled balloons get cold, they will appear to deflate or go soft and this also happens very quickly. How often have you noticed that the new balloon you just bought in the middle of winter appears to have deflated a little as soon as you get outside? Once the balloon is returned to room temperature, your balloon will quickly recover, but they should not be left in a cold car for any longer than necessary.

Some types of balloons such as latex, and all Bubble balloons are more tolerant of temperature change as they are able to stretch and expand better than foils, so it's always worth considering these, over foils.

When balloons are used outside, they will only last a short while. Sunlight and humidity will soon damage any kind of balloon whether it is helium filled or not. Latex balloons will soon look dull and even air filled latex balloons will pop with prolonged exposure to bright sunlight. Foils will blow about in the slightest breeze and are easily punctured. If you need to use balloons outside, put them out at the last minute to keep them looking at their best for when you need them.

 

21ST JUNE 2018 - BALLOON SAFETY

We take the safety of our customers and whoever may come into contact with our products very seriously. We recommend that you always follow instructions given by us, our manufacturers or any third parties we use. This will help you to get the most out of your products in a healthy and safe way.

There is always an element of common sense required when dealing with safety issues. However, common sense doesn't always come naturally to children and the majority of balloon safety information is given with children in mind. However it is sensible to heed this advice regardless of age.

Latex Balloons

Never allow children to suck, chew or play with un-inflated balloons. Supervise children at all times if they are playing with balloons.

Discard all broken pieces of balloons immediately.

Adults should always inflate balloons for children.

Balloons can spread germs. Never put a balloon in your mouth after it has been in someone else's mouth.

Some people are allergic to latex. Foil or plastic balloons are an excellent choice instead of latex balloons in this situation.

Try to keep balloons away from faces. If a balloon bursts it can hurt an eye or face.

When inflating balloons with air, it is better to use a hand-pump than blow them up orally as they may burst in your face.

Balloons are, by nature, temporary items. Although Celebrations uses only the finest quality balloons, some balloons will occasionally deflate sooner than expected and will also be adversely affected by wind, rain, rough handling, sunlight and other uncontrollable factors.

Latex balloons pose no threat to humans, wildlife or the environment WHEN handled responsibly. Broken or uninflated balloons can cause harm to young children and pets and should be disposed of immediately. Children under the age of seven (7) should be under constant adult supervision while playing with latex balloons.

Balloons are a choking hazard and clients are responsible for not giving balloons to children three (3) years of age and younger. Our latex balloons are 100% biodegradable, but should not be released. They should be disposed of in a rubbish receptacle. Inhaling helium can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and even death. Under no circumstances, inhale helium from a balloon or from a helium tank. Inhaling helium is dangerous and can result in asphyxiation.

 

Helium

WARNING: You should never deliberately inhale helium. It is an asphyxiate and can cause suffocation, even death. Never allow children or any unauthorised person to handle the cylinder or to use balloon filling equipment. If transporting the cylinder by car, ensure that the vehicle is well ventilated and the cylinder is well secured.

Ensure cylinders are stored in well ventilated areas and away from direct heat. Never open the cylinder valve without fitting an inflator nozzle first. Then proceed to open the valve slowly.

Always wear eye protection when filling balloons.

When inflating balloons, always point the balloon and inflator nozzle away from you. Remember to close the cylinder valve after use.

 

10th May 2018 - Balloon Arch for Burger King

Burger King balloon arch

Another early start at 4am today to set up this 4 colour spiral balloon arch for this brand new Burger King in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The colours were specified by the client, and they were very happy with the finished arch. It made a refreshing change to get some nice weather for once on an outside balloon decor job, as we have been getting wet, to say the least, on the last few. The journey there and back was hassle free and we got to drive through some truly spectacular scenery too.

 

 

 

2nd May 2018 - Roll on Summer....

Marstons balloon arch

 

Now, anyone that knows Buxton will know just how wet and windy it can get, especially in this part of town, so knowing that we had this 25ft spiral balloon arch in purple and white at the Kings Head booked in for early this morning, we were keeping a very close eye on the weather forecast.

We knew it was going to rain a bit during set up and that it could be blustery too, however, even though these balloon arches can withstand pretty extreme conditions nothing got left to chance with this one. This arch didn't take long to set up and secure, but at times it felt like we were working out in the North Sea!

Pleased to say that everything went to plan with the arch, which was supplied to coincide and promote the newly introduced menu.

 

 

7th April 2018 - Lets buy cheap balloons... or not.

Cheap balloons

Buying balloons for your party or special occasion can be fun, but it can also cost you more than it should if you don’t know the pitfalls. Here, I will explain some of the things you should look out for and consider, before you spend your cash!

Naturally, most of us want to buy the things we like for as little money as possible and will do our research and price comparisons before we buy. These days, many will choose to look on internet sites such as eBay or Amazon for the products we plan on buying because they seem to offer products that can be bought cheaper than buying the “same” or similar product in a traditional retail shop.

Take a quick look online and it's not difficult to find an abundance of balloons for sale. In general, these balloons are usually supplied uninflated, without helium gas. Filling a balloon with helium that you source separately can easily cost as much as the balloon itself, and in some cases a lot more. (especially the 3ft balloons).You might choose to buy a disposable helium cylinder so that you can fill your balloons yourself, and while this is certainly an option for some, the cost of buying helium this way is relatively expensive. You will almost certainly need ribbon and weights too.

When you buy balloons online, there is no way of knowing that these balloons are going to inflate properly, until the time comes to actually inflate them. When we used to inflate balloons that weren't our own, we would see many that were not what the customer had hoped for. We have seen foil balloons with no valves (so the balloon can't be sealed), and we have seen latex balloons that are so old that they have gone brittle and can't be filled.

People still bring balloons into the shop asking if we can fill them with helium. Many of these balloons don't carry the CE mark or comply with the law as they fail to meet European or British safety standards. Most people are unaware of the risks of giving these balloons to young children. However they may have been made with inks containing toxins, and the overall quality of the product will be sub standard which in all likelyhood means that these balloons wont float for long, if at all. Here's an independent report that gives more information regarding the risks of using such balloons.

To summarise, buying your balloons from one supplier and then buying helium from somewhere else has its risks, and may cost you more in the long run. If you want quality helium balloons that last, come and take a look at the thousands we keep in stock. You could even save yourself some ££’s.

 

26th March 2018. Pinata's - What's all that about?

Pinata

Pinata's can be filled with sweets or small toys before being broken apart as part of a celebration or special occasion. Most of the Pinata's that we stock are genuine traditional Pinata's originating from Mexico. This type of Pinata is intended to be broken apart using a suitable object such as a Pinata Buster.

Once the Pinata has been filled with treats of your choice, it can be hung onto a washing line or something similar, using the hanging loop that's on the Pinata. This way, when the Pinata is hit, it will swing and move around making the whole experience even more challenging and fun. Alternatively, the Pinata can be placed onto the floor, ensuring there is enough space to strike it without causing damage to other objects or people. A blindfold can be used to make hitting the Pinata more challenging, but it's not necessary. Each person should then take turns in hitting the Pinata to try and release the contents. The winner is the person who breaks the Pinata apart, releasing the contents onto the floor for sharing.

Pinatas are remarkably tough and it is likely that it will take lots of strikes before the majority of the contents are set free.

Pinata's can be used by children, under adult supervision, or indeed by adults themselves. They are brilliant fun at any celebration!

 

 

24th March 2018. Balloons and our environment.

Balloon release

As a responsible retailer, I thought that now would be a great time to give you more of an insight as to how some helium filled balloons can be damaging for the environment and wildlife, particularly as in the coming weeks and months we will all begin to see more media coverage of how single use plastics are polluting our oceans.

As somebody who cares about our industry and it's future, I also believe that we all have a responsibility to use balloons sensibly and with consideration for the environment.

When helium balloons are released into the sky, they will eventually fall back down to earth, landing in fields, rivers and oceans, and whilst latex balloons are 100% biodegradable, we should still consider that when they are released, we are in effect, still creating litter.

The most common form of helium balloons can be made from latex, a natural product which is biodegradable. They can also be foil (which is actually a nylon base coated in foil), or they can be made completely from plastic.

We do not advocate releasing any type of balloon in to the sky, however, it's the foil and plastic balloons that do not biodegrade easily that can cause real lasting damage. When mistaken as food, balloons can kill wildlife and farm animals through digestive blockage, and choking. Foil balloons can also cause power cuts when they come into contact with overhead power lines.

When balloons are used to decorate a room for a party or special occasion, they are usually popped and disposed of properly once they have served their purpose, and using balloons in this way will minimise the impact that they have on our planet, not to mention the future of the balloon industry.

If we continue to see balloon releases in the UK, I believe that it is inevitable that tighter regulations will be introduced that will limit the use and possibly the sale of all helium filled balloons. This has already happened in three Melbourne suburbs in Australia.

Continue to enjoy your balloons but please think again before releasing them into the sky!

 

 

3rd March 2018. Snow, snow and a bit more snow!

Snow

Well, what an interesting week this has been thanks to some extreme Spring weather. Lots of jobs booked in, some rearranged for alternative dates and pleased to say non cancelled (you love to party don't you) and quite a few going ahead as normal - you are a hardy bunch I have to say. We are lucky enough to live within a stones throw of the shop, so no 'snow days' for us means you can always depend on us to be open whatever the weather. 

 

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We stock balloons, and party accessories for life's special occasions icluding Graduation, Retirement, Leaving, Bon Voyage, Get Well, Congratulations and many others! We have lot's in stock for birthdays of any age, baby showers, new born arrivals, weddings and engagements, hen party's and all the celebrated anniversaries.

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