Things we learned after throwing a birthday party for a child for the first time…Part 1

Did you know…Latex balloons filled with helium do not float for 24 hours unless you specify that you need them to? We found this out the hard way in preparing for Hannah’s first birthday party. Thinking we could get ahead of the game, I went to Party City Saturday afternoon and had a bunch filled. When I got home I put them in the spare bedroom for safekeeping. On game day Sam went to get them and gasped at what she found: there they were, slumped pathetically on the floor, like scolded puppies with their ribbon tails between their legs. It was a shocking, confusing, heartbreaking and appalling scene. Just senseless, they were less than a day old. Later in the morning I went to Kroger to pick up the cake, ice, some other accessories and grabbed a half dozen more. It was then that I was enlightened to the 6-hour rule…apparently helium is a precious and rare gas these days, so they “water down” the air in the tank with oxygen, and you’re only guaranteed 6 hours of floating time. Complete rip-off, I know! Luckily for all the little balloon enthusiasts attending the party, the helpful helium tank attendant introduced me to “Hi-float,” which is apparently helium with a double-dose of Cialis, because it which lasts, much longer than 6 hours. Much to Hannah’s delight, those babies were still floating proudly today!IMAG1102

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July 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Observations and musings. 1 comment.

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