I have used balloons for past parties, but I am not that fond of the results. If you buy one of those party helium tanks it only lasts for one party. I have gotten creative and used helium-less balloons for a birthday morning surprise and for a hanging display. But regardless of how they are used, balloons still look a bit tacky and cannot be re-used. I have started to move away from balloons in my party decorating and am instead using paper lanterns.
Here are 10 reasons why I think paper lanterns are better than balloons for party decor:
- They look more sophisticated. Paper lanterns can make any soiree look high-end.
- They have an adorable round shape. You can’t find this perfect round cuteness in your average balloon.
- They don’t need to be blown up. Simply pull the paper lantern open and insert the metal frame to hold the round shape.
- They come in a variety of sizes from tiny string lights to jumbo globes. Use all the same size for a modern look or mix and match various sizes and colors for an eclectic feel.
- They are relatively inexpensive, considering they can be re-used endlessly. Depending on size, individual paper lanterns can be less than a $1. Even large 30″ lanterns can be found for as low as $15.
- They are reusable. Paper lanterns can be used as permanent decor or collapsed in between uses and used over and over again.
- They store flat. Paper lanterns collapse flat, so even the really large ones are easy to store.
- They can be lit from inside. A light kit or string lights can be used to light paper lanterns from the inside, adding a beautiful glow to any celebration. I have even seen solar powered paper lanterns.
- The colors are more saturated. No fading occurs like when you inflate a balloon. You can even get patterned paper lanterns.
- No strings attached. Strings aren’t required unless you want to hang them as a paper lantern chandelier or for a dazzling overhead display. Alternatively, they could be set directly on a table or clustered in a group on a shelf.
My paper lantern collection is growing with each party I throw. With the most recent bug party I was able to use green lanterns from the Wild Rumpus party, yellow lanterns from the Milk & Cookies party, along with a few new turquoise lanterns to create a giant paper lantern chandelier. It was a big decor statement for very little effort and money. All those lanterns have been collapsed back down for storage until the next party.