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Global Helium Shortage?

by Suzanne McGoldrick on 11/02/18

Helium supply has always been a little up in the air (pun intended). With only three sources producing 75% of the world's helium, any disruption causes a significant impact. Currently, helium supply is very low while demand is growing.

Wait, where does helium come from?

You might think we capture helium from the air, but it's actually extracted from the ground. It's typically found in small portions mixed with natural gas, then separated.

Who else uses helium?

Helium is very versatile. Besides making your voice sound like a chipmunk and filling up party balloons, helium is used in creating many electronics, medical devices, and even rockets.

Can I still use balloons at my party?

Of course! If helium is not available, we have other options.  Sin City Balloons team can create a balloon arch or balloon wall with latex and foil balloons – no need for helium; we are skilled balloon artists and can create beautiful air filled decorations for you!.

Because of this global helium shortage, our helium costs have increased 25% so in order to offset this increase, all helium filled décor and gift prices will increase by 10%.

Despite this helium hiccup, Sin City Balloons is committed to helping you to throw an unforgettable party.

Check out some unique balloon ideas that don't need helium.


Crude Helium Supply Declining

by Suzanne McGoldrick on 10/21/18

As crude helium continues to decline, our suppliers must manage their helium business under the constraint of a diminishing supply.  We've been advised by our supplier that they face restrictions on supply as the U.S Bureau of Land Management (USBLM) has changed its practices for allocating helium. These actions are placing increased pressures on helium pricing and its complex supply chain which includes Texas, Qatar in the Middle east, Canada, Algeria, Russia and Poland. The industrial gas industry has announced increases in prices as of October 1, 2018 which is resulting in a 30% increase in cost. As a result, Sin City Balloons will apply a 10% helium surcharge for any helium decor. If the suppliers see an increase in supply and reduction of cost, the surcharge will decrease.
We thank you in advance for understanding that this is a necessary part of the balloon business, as helium is required to create beautiful decor for YOUR parties and events! These are the unexpected consequences of working with a non-renewable resource.  We appreciate your continued support and your business during this time and hope to see a change in the years ahead. 

Back To School

by Suzanne McGoldrick on 09/01/16

School dances, school fundraisers, and many other events are perfect opportunities to DRESS UP THE PLACE.  Why not use balloons?  Balloons are a cost effective way to fill large spaces and create the atmosphere of your choice. 

Summer's Over...Almost...School's Started and SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS

by Suzanne McGoldrick on 09/01/16

The weather is cooling down here in Las Vegas, thankfully.  School has started and students will be involved in all kinds of different after school activities and sports.  Sin City Balloons has participated in decorating for the opening day of South Summerlin Little League for the past couple of years.  We love decorating for the kids!  Check out our latest work on our Facebook page for Sin City Balloons.

OH God, it's HOT HOT HOT!

by Suzanne McGoldrick on 07/17/16

It's summertime here in Las Vegas and our temperatures have been triple digits for weeks now. 
All balloon artists know that balloon decorating in the outdoors can be very challenging even under the best of conditions, but with our Las Vegas valley temps, extra precautions need to be taken.  For instance, when decorating with balloon columns or balloon arches to be used outdoors, it's best to use larger balloons and size down considerably.
Also, dark colors attract the heat and light colors detract from the heat so just like you don't want to wear black clothing outdoors in the heat, you don't want to use dark colored balloons in the heat. 
Another hazard of the heat are helium filled foil balloons. 
Foil balloons filled with helium do not work in the heat, period!  Helium expands with the heat and can cause your foil balloons to just burst.  Nothing is so discouraging as hearing that POP! sound after you've gotten in the car after just purchasing a bunch of foil balloons for your event. 
Sin City Balloon's professionals take all the precautions necessary to make your outdoor event as successful as possible.
One of the nice things about hiring a balloon professional is that we do all the work and you get to relax and enjoy the party! 

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