From unicorns to watermelons and a whole lot of other shapes in between, balloons have come a long way from the plain multi-coloured ones that populated the parties of our youth. Whilst these are certainly not to be sniffed at- after all, any balloon is better than no balloon at all- the options available now are more interesting and infinitely more Instagram-able.
Even if your love of birthdays wanes the more of them you have, a cute and perky helium-filled sphere of loveliness will get you excited for the celebrations ahead.
Here we’ve found our favourites that prove party decorations are definitely not just for kids.
1. All Sorts Fruit Balloons
Making sure you get your five-a-day are these tropical fruit balloons from Talking Tables. If you’ve got a summer birthday, a tropical theme will be just the ticket for those hot and hazy days (who are we kidding?).
£3.99 per pack, Talking Tables, Buy it now
2. Forest Animal Balloon Kit
Walk on the wild side with this cute animal balloon kit. Including stickers to make a bear, deer, owl and fox, you can match them to your friends’ personalities.
£14 for 8, White Mint, Buy it now
3. Whoop Whoop Balloons
Sure to get you all in the party spirit, these balloons have been exclusively designed for Pretty Little Party Shop and look great in photos. Where’s the selfie stick?
£3.99 for 5, Pretty Little Party Shop, Buy it now
4. We Heart Pink Marble Balloons
The pink marble effect on these is dreamy and ethereal. Team them with a gold or coral colour scheme for a glamorous effect. Great for birthdays or baby showers.
£4.99 for 12, Talking Tables, Buy it now
5. Pastel Rainbow Confetti Balloons
Fill each balloon with beautiful rainbow confetti for an iridescent effect. These will suit any special occasion, whether that’s a wedding, christening or super sophisticated tea party.
£15.95 for 14, Bubblegum Balloons, Buy it now
6. Yay Foil Balloon
What better way to state your feelings than with balloons? This beautiful phrase balloon in cursive script would be the perfect backdrop to a party photobooth or food tables. We particularly love it for a hen do or special birthday.
£4.99, Partyrama, Buy it now
7. Limited Edition Birthday Bubble Balloon
Don’t let anyone burst your birthday bubble- unless it’s this balloon, which is filled with glorious fuchsia feathers. The only stipulation is that this should be worn on the wrist of the birthday girl or boy for the entirety of the day. No exceptions.
£30.60, Not on the High Street, Buy it now
8. 36 Inch Neon Balloons
Giant balloons are the best kind. The neon colours of these ones give them a Full Moon Party vibe, helping to recreate the halcyon days of your youth. Perhaps steer clear of the cocktail buckets this time, though…
£6.99 each, Party Pieces, Buy it now
9. Giant Flamingo Balloon
Anything flamingo shaped is fine by us, and this one is a real show stopper. Although it technically could be used for a children’s party, we think it would be much more suited to a very grown up evening soiree, and we’re sure all your delighted guests would agree. A great crowd pleaser.
£4.99, Pretty Little Party Shop, Buy it now
10. Let It Go Balloons
Three little words, one big meaning. You may have heard them uttered more times than you care to remember by your offspring, but they make a great adornment to a party balloon. Whether it’s being the first to get on the dance floor or the last to leave, keeping this sentiment in mind will ensure you have a great night,.
£4.49 for 6, Pretty Little Party Shop, Buy it now