HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGY IN THE WINDOW?!
Well, it depends. Is it a MUTT? Is it a pedigree? Does it have papers? What breed is it?
The same holds true with balloon arches. The price of an arch depends on a variety of factors. And many questions must be asked before we can help our customer determine a price. It’s not sneaky salesmanship or some mystical secret….it’s a formula. And there are many factors for us to consider before we throw out a dollar figure.
When customers call us looking for arch prices, we ask the following questions:
1. Where is it going?
2. What is the occasion?
3. How big does it need to be?
4. What area are you looking to hi-light?
6. Is it going indoors or outdoors?
6. What TYPE of arch are you looking to purchase? Is it a simple balloon arch or a thick balloon arch?
Once we get those questions answered, we proceed.
A string of pearls arch is a simple arch. It can go behind a table, across a table, behind doors, in front of doors.
A table sized arch is less than $50.00 when we use 11″ latex balloons.
A string of pearls arch marks an entrance. Arches like this must be set up on site and they start at $150 and go up depending on how it is built, the length and the type of balloons used.
We can dress up a string of pearl arch with accents such as skinny balloons and ribbons.
A string of pearls arch can also use foil balloons.
The string of pearl arch is sturdy enough for indoor use, but we generally do NOT recommend it for outdoor use. If there is any amount of wind, the arch will blow all over. String of pearl arches are practical and beautiful for many different indoor occasions.
The second type of arch we recommend is a Link-O-Loon arch. A Link-O-Loon is a special type of balloon that has a tip and a tail so that they can be connected together easily.
Our classic Link-O-Loon arch is around $100.00. It is easy to transport. It bends and folds….and it does NOT tangle. Most organizations find money in their budget for this type of arch even when their budget is tight.
This arch went across two 8 foot tables.
This arch was purchased by a local store that wanted to draw attention to their trade show exhibit. Again, it doesn’t bust the budget and it surely attracts attention. It’s worth every penny.
The third type of arch is what we call a packed arch. A packed arch is a sturdy arch which is typically used for fundraisers, walks and races. It usually marks a starting point. A packed arch is also used for grand openings, open houses and special sales for our business customers.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with a red ribbon on the arch.
Outdoor Balloon Arch in a very windy location.
We create these packed arches in different styles (Box or rounded) and in any color combination. They are thick and sturdy. We use 100% helium for 3/4 of the arch. Sometimes we build the arch on two bases…..sometimes we use two cement blocks to hold the arch down….it depends on the weather conditions and the length of the arch.
1. How much does it cost? Packed arches start at around $350.00. Larger arches that go over 2 lanes of traffic are more than double. We determine the price based on exact measurements once we do a field visit to see the area.
2. How long does it last? It depends upon the weather. If it’s a mild 65 degree day and if we use light colored latex balloons, the arch will last most or all of the day. If it’s a 100 degree day and sunny, the arch won’t last as long. We do take precautionary measures such as using light-colored latex and under-inflating 16″ balloons…..however, we cannot guarantee outdoor balloon decor. If it’s windy or rainy, the arch may tip or become top heavy. If possible, during the rain we will move the arch under a tent. Having a plan B is helpful to our customers.
3. Can I cancel if the weather looks bad? This is a tough situation because we reserve the time to create the arch JUST FOR OUR CUSTOMER. We purchase the supplies, book our staff and plan our helium. As a store, we generally follow this protocol. 50% is a down payment for materials and it in NON-REFUNDABLE. If the weather looks like it is going to be bad, the customer may RESCHEDULE the balloon arch with no penalty if they notify us within 48 hours. We generally call our customer to talk about a plan B. If the customer does not cancel and if the weather is horrible, we will do our best to substitute designs which will hold up better in the conditions. For example, one year for a breast cancer walk….the wind was 40-50 mph. Since the walk still went on, we did 5 air-filled columns instead of 1 large arch.
Another thing for customers to know is that your balloon team will need electricity and about 3 hours worth of TIME to complete the job.
We can go on forever about ARCHES. We hope we did our best to explain how much an arch will cost. However, each situation and each event is INDIVIDUAL and there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. Complimentary consultations are available by calling It’s My Party 219-322-7777.
Our store is exciting because it is filled with splashes of color, movement and creativity from wall to wall. Balloons. Customers love coming into our store because they love the atmosphere.
Working with other businesses to create excitement in their store is very rewarding. Their eyes light up when we give them ideas. We can see the wheels in their head start to spin as they imagine the transformation that balloons create.
Our latest project was for a jewelry store. The store was located in a mall and it was Labor Day Weekend….which means SALES! We created 11 centerpieces which were scattered throughout the store. Once we delivered all the balloons, every sales associate wanted to know where the balloons came from….and we proudly talked about our store.
This past week, we also had the opportunity to help a local Dunkin Donuts celebrate their 7th anniversary.
There were many components to this job, including topiaries from the ceiling, bouquets on the counter, a tower, a sculpture and the three foot balloons outdoors to attract attention.
In this photo, we celebrated a five year anniversary of one of our favorite Mexican Restaurant…La Quasadilla Mexican Grill in St. John. We also did a coordinating arch in front of the restaurant. The balloon buddy was a hit because it made the customers smile. When people are smiling, their experience is generally much better. Balloons help create more memorable experience….adding value to any type of business celebrating a special event of any kind.
What a fun way to welcome guests! Uncle Sam is at the front of the store. Hanging from the ceiling are bursts of red, white and blue 260Q’s. Celebrate! Be Happy! Proud to be an American! Convey your message with balloons.
We meet with our local businesses at their place to provide them with ideas. We follow up the meeting with a proposal. When the client says “GO!”, we get our hands into our bags of latex and put our creative minds to work.
For more information about balloon decor for your home, office, business or celebration….call It’s My Party at 219-322-7777.
Whether it’s a first birthday, a Sweet 16 or a 50th birthday….almost everyone likes to see their “age” in their balloon decor. Customization is very important in our store…it separates us from the big box stores. We listen carefully to every customer before they place the order. In listening to our customers, we find out what is important to them. And if it’s the AGE that’s important…we have a lot of options.
Number balloons come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they can be incorporated into any balloon design. Customers are delighted, and as a result…”Word Of Mouth” is our number one referral source.
Enjoy our custom balloon decor! Please call our balloon artists to help you plan your next birthday party at 219-322-7777.
It’s been a hot, hot summer here in Northwest Indiana. It’s been filled with a lot of excitement as we’ve tried new balloon decorating ideas. Our customers have trusted us with many precious events this summer. We’ve seen baby showers, graduation parties and birthday celebrations. And we’ve also seen the union of many of our customers. Weddings…brought to you by It’s My Party…and inspired by our amazing customers.
Here are some of our best wedding balloon decorating ideas!
Corners. Every room needs them…it’s a fact. And, at It’s My Party, we are happy that rooms have corners…because corners are a perfect place to put an elegant balloon design.
Say “Welcome”…and say it with elegance and class. This gorgeous design features a “Just Married” latex balloon inside a clear plastic bubble. Inside the tube, there are floral beads which glow. Why do they glow? We inserted a “Fairy Berry.” The effect is mesmerizing as the light fades in and out.
Our customers were seeking a “fun” entrance into their reception hall. What could be more fun than a bride and groom made out of balloons? Both bride and groom were displayed next to their name….written out of silver foil balloons. And of course, helium filled bouquets framed the display and added height. A guest at the wedding wrote on our Facebook page: “The bride and groom had a little bit too much to drink and were out on the dance floor all night.” Yes, we know that guests LOVE to dance with our balloon people. It happens every time we create one for a party.
The dance floor came to life with the floating balloons attached to Sparkle Ribbon. Lights and movement….what could be more perfect on a dance floor!
We accented the head table with jumbo latex balloons which were double stuffed. The balloons were attached with tulle, creating a delicate look which looked great in photographs.
We agree that floral, candles, glass, feathers and other decorating ideas DO have their place in weddings. We DO like a lot of those ideas a lot too. But, we also DO think that more people need to remember that balloons can transform an event into an elegant atmosphere. The way they float and fill the space create warm emotions and happiness…and weddings are no exception. Their versatility, affordability and uniqueness can’t be denied. And we DO think that the balloon decorators at It’s My Party are just right for YOUR wedding. Call me at 219-322-7777 for more information!