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Your Guide to Environmentally Friendly Balloon Usage

Balloons have been a party staple since they were invented in 1824. Since their creation, they’ve become an essential element at every party scene. As much fun as they are, unfortunately they can be very damaging to our environment. Elements used for balloons, such as helium, strings and the balloon itself are hazardous when they aren’t disposed of properly and enter the environment. Have no fear though, there are numerous ways to use balloons and protect the environment. Let’s take a look at how to properly use balloons to stay environmentally friendly. 

Use latex balloons instead of mylar balloons

There are two types of decorative balloons: mylar and latex. Mylar is a non-biodegradable foil-like plastic made of polyester whereas latex is a biodegradable flexible material made from liquid rubber. For environmentally friendly balloon usage, you’ll want to use latex balloons, which includes qualatex and tuf-tex. But keep in mind that even though this natural rubber latex is technically biodegradable, you still will want to avoid from releasing them. Latex can take up to years to degrade, harming animals in the process. So when you’re ready for your next balloon delivery in Denver, make sure to order qualatex or tuf-tex balloons. 

Avoid releasing balloons

Whether it’s intentional or not, when a balloon is released, it becomes hazardous to the environment. What goes up must come down and in this case, when a balloon floats along its merry way, it will eventually fall on land or in the sea. Balloons can be mistaken for food and eaten by animals, leading to bad stomach issues or even death. So when you’re using balloons, try to avoid releasing them into the sky and instead deflate them and throw them in your garbage can.

Use environmentally friendly strings

Avoid using strings that use polyester or plastic, as those materials are harmful to the environment during production and the disposal process. Instead, use environmentally friendly alternatives, including, strings made of cotton or cardboard. They are biodegradable and more environmentally friendly. 

Dispose of them properly

As mentioned previously, releasing balloons is not the proper way to dispose of them. To ensure that the environment isn’t harmed, avoid releasing them or leaving them outside unmonitored. You never know where they’re going to go and what kind of damage they will do to the Earth and its inhabitants. In addition, try to use balloons more than once. If you ordered 500 latex balloons in your balloon delivery, ask around online to see if anyone in your Denver neighborhood can use them the next day. 

By following these tips, you can have your party and save animals too! It is our responsibility to protect our environment by practicing sustainable methods of balloon disposal. For your next balloon delivery, consider Hico Distributing of Colorado, as we provide two types of biodegradable latex balloons. 

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15 Unique and Creative Ways to Use Balloons

Tying a string to the bottom of a balloon, molding it into an animal or filling it with water are not the only ways to use balloons! Try using balloons in one of these unexpected ways to add a little more whimsy and fun to your life.

1.) Frozen water balloons

Instead of going through endless bags of ice to keep your drinks cold, use frozen water balloons! Simply fill them with water and stick them in the freezer.

2.) Confetti filled balloons

Before you inflate your balloons, put some confetti inside them. This is great for celebrations such as New Years Eve. When the midnight strikes simply have your guests pop the balloons and let the confetti ring in the New Year!

3.) Dress up the balloons

Putting party hats, glasses and even drawing faces on balloons is a great activity for any kid (or adult!) party.

4.) LED balloons

At your next party consider using balloons as ambiance lighting. Place a small LED light inside the balloon before you inflate it and now you have a fun spin on your decorations and lighting scheme.

5.) Balloon arch

Sometimes placing a single balloon on your mailbox or front door just isn’t enough. Try stepping up your balloon game and get a balloon arch instead!

6.) Balloon drink stirs

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your place settings, might we suggest incorporating balloons? Take a small balloon and blow it up until it’s slightly larger than your fist. Then tie, or super glue, the balloon to a tall drink stir and there you have it!

7.) Number made of balloons

Instead of going the traditional route of a giant birthday number balloon, why don’t you make a giant number made of balloons. So if you are throwing a six year old a birthday party, don’t get a giant balloon or candle in the shape of a six, make a six by pulling together a bunch of balloons!

8.) Balloons as cake toppers

Similar to the balloon drink stirs, you can use balloons as cake or cupcake toppers to add some fun to your dessert table.

9.) DIY balloon drop

For your next celebration considering making your own balloon drop with these easy DIY instructions!

10.) Painted balloons

Whether you want your guests to paint the balloons or your just feel your party calls for paint splattered balloons, painting balloons is an entertaining way to use them.

11.) Giant lollipop balloons

By using empty wrapping paper tubes, cellophane and balloons you can create a lollipop forest.

12.) Balloon ceiling ornaments

Attach a string and hang balloons from your ceiling for a cool twist on ceiling decorations. Just make sure not to inflate the balloons with helium otherwise you will not get the desired effect.

13.) Balloon wreath

This holiday season instead of hanging a traditional wreath, hang a wreath made of festive colored balloons from your front door.

14.) Money balloon

If you’re looking for a fun way to surprise someone with a cash gift, consider putting the money inside a balloon. It makes the gift feel more special and definitely more fun to open!

15.) Piñata balloons

Opt for water balloon ‘piñatas’ at your child’s next party instead of one filled with candy. It’s still just as fun to play with but without the aftermath of a sugar crash.

Want to try one of these ideas at your next party? Buy wholesale balloons in Denver at Hico Distributing of Colorado.

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Tips to Make Your Next Party Even Better

Whether you are throwing a kid’s birthday party or an extravagant adult event, you want to make sure your party is something worth going to. You don’t want to throw a party that everyone forgets about or leaves early from, so try out a few of these party tricks to make it one your friends and family will never forget!

Pick the right food

Many times parties fail because the food choices are not right for the attendees. For example, you wouldn’t serve fois gras and a charcuterie board at a ten-year-old kid’s birthday party. Just as you probably would not serve firecracker ice pops and chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs at an engagement party. Understanding your party crowd and the food they are likely to eat is a great way to elevate your party. Additionally, you want to make sure there is enough food and it is appropriate for the setting. If you expect your guests to be mingling for most of the event, small appetizers and finger food is probably better than serving food that requires utensils.

Have a theme

Every party should have some sort of theme. It’s important to note, however, that throwing a party with a theme does not mean you are throwing a costume party. Themes can range from a superhero kid’s party to a color scheme or feeling you are trying to evoke. A party with a strong theme is a strong party, but you also need to make sure the theme is known. This can be achieved by making sure your decorations, food and party favors all fall within the same motif.

Set the mood

Picking the right lighting and music can have a noticeable impact on a party. Once you have chosen a theme it is important to match the music and lighting to help drive the theme home to your guests. For example, if you are throwing a college graduation party you want to make sure your music speaks to your guest list, meaning a soft jazz playlist is probably not your best move. You also want to make sure the lighting reflects the mood of your party. So if you plan on having an evening barbeque you might want to consider getting some tiki torches or string lights so your lighting choices reflect the ambiance you are going for.


Possibly the most important part of any party is the decorations. Instead of going to the dollar story or Party City for overused and cheese-y decorations, have you thought about adding a variety of balloons? You might be thinking, what’s so special about balloons? Well, nowadays you can get balloons in all shapes, patterns, sizes and colors as well as having customized balloons such as a balloon arch or a sign made of balloon letters. Equally, by choosing to decorate your party with balloons you don’t need to drive all over town collecting party supplies. Balloons are an easy way to add decorations in line with your theme without overspending on streamers, signs, and other party supplies. Hico Distributing of Colorado specializes in balloon delivery in Denver, so all you have to do is order your supplies and wait for your guests to arrive knowing full-well that you throw the best party in town.

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How to Decorate with Pennant Flags

Pennant flags can be a fun, versatile way to decorate your home and your yard. While pennant flags are typically thought of in relation to sports teams or universities, their use can go far beyond adorning the classic dorm room wall. If you are looking to spruce up your classroom, bedroom, kitchen, patio, office, or other property, look no further than pennant flags!

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Why You Should Have Balloons at Your Next Event

When we think of parties, we automatically think of balloons. Nowadays, balloons have evolved in their meaning and use from when they were first invented. The options are endless and add eye-catching appeal. There’s something fun about a balloon that just brings out the kid in all of us. These few reasons alone will entice you to add a little color and imagination with balloons to your next event.

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