Inspired by Organics

One of the things I love about my job as a Balloonie is being able to create purposeful art.  The latest on-trend design element in our industry is Organic Balloon Design. This lovely art form has given my team the freedom to use shape, texture and movement as a medium to not just theme an event, but act as a social expression.

It can be quite a challenge to find the right balance with this Organic style. So often we are asked and trained for uniformity and strict forms, whereas Organics is so much more fluid.  I know a lot of Balloonies in the industry who can be daunted at first, but come to relish and embrace the freedoms it allows.  I for one am truly loving all the ways we can make a vision come to life, to suit the design brief, the clients vision and the venue!

It’s been so great to see all the balloon art out there filling Instagram and Pinterest feeds. From French artist Charles Petillion’s pulsating Covent Garden cloud installation to LA’s Geronimo Balloons amazing building-scaling constructions, to local Melbournites Belle Balloons vibrant garlands.  With these artists creating such awe-inspiring work it has given a great reference point for our clients to allow us to create art for their occasions.

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Here’s a small selection of my favourite organic pieces my team has created recently.  From table runners, to gravity defying Cantilevered Arches, undulating Clouds imbued with soft lighting, hot air balloon sculptures, acres of clean white organic garlands with splashes of Gold confetti and Orbz spanning the entire length of a property.

Ahhh! I just can’t pick a favourite – every job has been so fun and challenging.  I especially love being able to incorporate new textures and mediums into our balloon designs – using florals, tassels, garlands, metallic Orbz, confetti, greenery, lighting, crepe fans and lanterns.  The inspiration just keeps flowing! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and hope it brings a little smile, awe and inspiration to your day too!

Stunning organic balloon texture set within a custom made number 1 frame. Concept: Mary Ronis

 

Wedding in the clouds

 

Up up and away

 

Elegant balloon table runner

Happy New year everyone! Stunning 18 meters of organic mirror finish garland using qualatex foil balloons.

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Organic balloon walk through installation

Illuminated organic garland

If you love these designs and can see something that you want as part of your event, drop us an email to hi@balloons.net.au or give our friendly team a call on 1300 655 058 to discuss the details.  Or if you want some more eye candy have a look at our Instagram or Pinterest feeds to check out even more jaw dropping designs!

 

Olympics Fever!

It’s that time again! When the best of the best in world sport will be competing, all the diehard sports nuts will go two weeks straight without sleep, and everyone else has a collective ‘a-ha’ moment while finally figuring out what exactly the decathlon is*.

That’s right – it’s less than two weeks until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics begins!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly getting excited. There is no better excuse than the Olympics to go mad with colour. One of the great things about designing balloon decorations in Australia, is that we have so many cultures, every colour has a team! Green and Gold for Australia – add a little blue for Brazil, drop the green for Sweden and don’t forget the Orange if you’re barracking for the Dutch.

One of the best ways to do this is with our classic helium floor or table arrangements. With any number of latex balloons, you can really show your team spirit. Keep it simple with them all the one size, or go a little further and top the arrangement with one of our 16” latex to really make it stand out.

Or, you can go even further and show your passion for the games with an Olympic torch like the one our stylist Lindsay created for our shop window in Annandale. Combine it with letters like we did, or have it standing alone amongst your team colours.

One my favourite ideas is to go all out with our gold and silver Megaloons to spell out ‘RIO 2016’ with coloured weights.

ROAD TO RIO

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Or why not go for a more subtle look to show your love for the Olympic Values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence and include throw up a string of pearls one of our arches in the same colours? Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red. Five colours chosen representing the colours of all national flags at the time of it’s creation, meant to symbolise the unity of all five inhabited continents. Or let us put together some columns for you in the same colours with an Australian flag or Kangaroo on top!

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Kangaroo decoration

Know someone who lives and breathes the Olympics? Send them a bouquet to show you understand why they won’t be contactable until the Closing Ceremony is done and dusted!. Try our new Kangaroo walking pet and an Australian flag foil with some green and gold latex for a patriotic feel. Or, if it’s a Kiwi you want to impress, choose black and white to compliment an All Blacks jersey for when they inevitably win the Rugby 7’s.

Kangaroo balloon bouquet

Whatever your needs, Balloons Online is here to help you celebrate the XXXI Olympiad in style.

Contact us now to order for your party. Don’t leave it to the last minute…like every Olympic host ever!

xxx Rikki the Roo

 

*JSYI The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events.

 

Here Comes the Bride…

Wedding planning instantly conjurs up a flurry of ideas – the dress, venue, flowers – but wedding decor can be taken to a whole new level with the addition of balloons.  When brides, grooms and their stylists come to us, they are firmly in two camps – either with a clear vision of balloons to complete their styling or, looking for suggestions and inspiration on current trends.  It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement as we help to complete their vision as seamlessly as possible on such a momentous occasion.

Before my “balloon life” started in 2010, I had been to 46 (yes 46!) weddings.  In the past six years I’ve managed to bump that up to around 200 – purely as a Balloon Decorator though!  From the ultra luxe thousand guest extravaganza to the most intimate reception, from the 80s themed dance party to the luscious clifftop wedding, Balloons Online has found the perfect balloon match to every wedding theme thrown at us.

Yolanda - Concord Church

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 The classic and most popular look has been our giant, white 3ft round balloons.  I have seen this utilised in so many elegant and very cute ways – for the flower girl and ring bearer to walk down the aisle with, table toppers in a grand outdoor marquee, as props for the wedding shoot, or with embellishments such as bridal tulle, flowers or ivy (or all three!).  It is an affordable and versatile way to style a wedding.

There has been a marked rise in bespoke, boutique wedding stylings in the past few years with wonderful application and pops of colour.  Rather than stick with the traditional monochromatic white look, soft pastel tones in Blush, Pink, Wintergreen, Spring Lilac, Ivory and Lemon Chiffon have been favoured.  I love the warm romantic tone they set without being overpowering. Matching the tone of balloons to the flowers or table settings is a fun challenge that brings a coordinated and stylish edge to the event.

Gabi & Eitan

 

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One of my favourite styles has been the rustic, organic, earthy feel where we can team balloons with twine attached to jars filled with gorgeous rocks or to lovely garlands of ivy that have worked so well with outdoor weddings.

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More whimsical weddings have even incorporated giant Megaloon letters to spell out Love or YAY or the names of the lovely couple.

Ombre has been a massive trend in fashion and hair styling – now see it in balloons! The boldest wedding look of 2016 has been incorporating deep Crimson and Burgundy at the darker end of the ombre palette before moving into Rose, Blush and Ivory.  Can’t you just picture Kendall or Kylie Jenner with this on their wedding day?  The first picture is the inspiration shot we’ve been sent many times and the second is our creation incorporating tassels and flowers.

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For our most recent wedding, we created a heavenly, organic cloud structure with warm white lighting built throughout.  I’m calling it now that clouds and lighting will be the next big wedding trend!  So keep an eye out for a more detailed blog on this in the near future 🙂

These are just a few of my  favourite photos, but if you’re feeling inspired check out our Pinterest Wedding Balloons board or Instagram for the latest trends and stylings.

Your local Balloonie – Helen

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