How to Customize Your Balloon Garland with Accessories and Add-ons - Ellie's Party Supply

How to Customize Your Balloon Garland with Accessories and Add-ons

Balloon garlands are a fun and trendy way to add color and whimsy to any party or event. Whether you’re planning a birthday celebration, wedding reception, or baby shower, a balloon arch can be customized to fit your theme and style.

If you already have a theme in mind, then you will probably have some ideas for accessories. Adding accessories is not necessary, however, they do add a fun dimension to your already fun background. Depending on your theme, type of party, budget, and other details, you have an abundance of options to choose from to give your garland some extra flare.

Balloon garlands have become an increasingly popular decoration for all kinds of celebrations. These fun displays are easy to assemble and fit any event you are planning. But did you know that there are accessories and add-ons you can use to take your balloon arch to the next level?

Five Ways to Customize Your Balloon Garland with Accessories and Add-ons

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways you can customize your balloon garland with accessories and add-ons.

  1. Floral or Greenery Arrangements

One way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your balloon garland is by incorporating floral arrangements. Fresh flowers can be added to your garland to create a stunning centerpiece or backdrop. 

Depending on your event and if you plan events often, you could opt for faux silk flowers or faux leaves, such as eucalyptus or palm leaves. that you can use for future parties.

You can choose an arrangement that best matches your theme or color scheme or mix and match for a unique and eclectic look. Besides silk flowers, other materials that can be used multiple times would be felt garlands or pom pom garlands.

The color arrangement you choose could be neutral to blend with a neutral color palette or to soften a very bright balloon garland. Or you can use complementary colors to create a beautiful contrast that brings a pop of color to your party. For example, bright yellow flowers against an all-green balloon garland shown here. Or dark blue flowers against light blue balloons, as shown below. 

Fresh, in-season flowers can be found in your backyard or at your local market. Faux, silk flowers can be found at your local craft store or online. Be sure to follow directions for both. Fresh flowers will require more attention and will need last-minute preparation, whereas silk flowers may need some attention prior to the party.

  1. Tassels and Streamers

Streamers are another popular add-on for balloon garlands. They can be hung from the top of the garland to create a cascading effect, or woven throughout the garland for a more seamless look. You can choose streamers in colors that match your theme or opt for metallic or holographic streamers for a touch of sparkle and shine.

Streamers are very similar to tassels, depending on how you decide to decorate with them. If you have multiple balloon decorations around your event space, you could have both balloon tassels and streamers.

Tassels are a fun and festive addition to any balloon garland. The addition of a balloon tassel will give your garland more depth. And just like the other add-ons, they can provide a pop of color or blend with your stylish palette.

The type of event you are hosting can also play a role in if a tassel is right for your party or not. There are a variety of styles to choose from, whether it be an elegant retirement party or a fun festival. 

A tassel garland can be made from tissue paper, ribbon, or even metallic fringe. They can be hung from the bottom of the garland to create a playful and whimsical look, or mixed in throughout the garland for a subtler effect.

  1. Vinyl Backdrops

Vinyl backdrops are an easy addition to an already fun balloon garland kit. A vinyl backdrop is perfect to fill in space below a balloon garland that is hung behind a cake or gift table to create a picture-perfect backdrop. They are also great because you can decorate with them more than once!

Choose a backdrop that matches your theme, like a Winnie the Pooh quote or a pink and blue divided for a gender reveal party. Vinyl backdrops are great for filling in that blank space that you need to fill. 

When you decide on the perfect backdrop to coordinate with your party theme, remember to allow plenty of preparation time prior to your event. Vinyl backdrops can come folded, which require a bit of ironing or steaming out the folds. Most don't include holes to hang, so you want to be prepared and assemble ahead of time.

  1. Lights

What better way to add something bright than with lights? Adding string lights to your custom balloon arch can create a magical and enchanting atmosphere. You can choose warm white lights for a cozy and intimate feel, or colorful LED lights for a fun and playful look.

If you plan to host indoors or for an event at night, choosing lights almost seems like a requirement. Lights are the perfect add-on to create the perfect ambiance for all of your guests and give your event that WOW effect.

The lights can be wrapped throughout the garland or hung from the top to create a twinkling effect. Lights are an easy accessory that you can add on at the last minute, especially if it is around the holidays.

You can choose from Christmas-style lights, modern outdoor lights, neon signs, light up numbers, or spotlights to highlight your entire balloon garland backdrop.

When deciding on whether to use lights or not, your location may play a part. Consider if you will have access to electricity and the time of day you will be hosting your event. Also, a venue space might have certain stipulations on what can and cannot be used.

  1. Letter or Number Balloons

Letter and number balloons are popular accessories for balloon garlands. They are perfect for graduations, birthdays, company parties, and more! Balloon letters also come in a variety of colors that can match your theme.

While your balloon garland is usually the show-stopper, letter balloons can spell out a name, phrase, or hashtag that all of your guests will appreciate. 

You can choose letter balloons in colors that match your theme or opt for metallic or holographic balloons for a glamorous look. Letter balloons can be hung from the top of the garland or woven throughout for a unique and personalized touch.

If choosing to use helium, your only challenge will be keeping the letters in place, especially if your event space is outdoors. Numbers and abbreviations are an easy example that won’t require a lot to hold in place for pictures, however, longer phrases will be a bit more challenging.

To hold helium balloons in place, use weights at the bottom linked with ribbons. Think about taping air-filled balloons to your garland or to a wall under the balloon garland, which will be perfect for those Instagram-worthy pictures.


There are many ways to customize your balloon garland with accessories and add-ons. From floral arrangements to tassels, streamers, lights, letter balloons, and vinyl backdrops, the options are endless.

By incorporating these elements into your balloon garland, you can create a unique and personalized decoration that will WOW your guests and make your event unforgettable.  

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