The Balloon Room

balloon room

How could you not smile in a room full of balloons?

By Dawn Padfield

When Burnt Hills' Cindy Gotobed wants a party, she doesn't mess around.

For the past five years she and her family have hosted a Balloon Room party in their living room for her kids and their friends. What's a balloon room party, you ask? Only 1000 inflated balloons packed into your living room.

Why? It's 1000 inflated balloons packed into your living room.

Cindy was initially inspired to do this for her son's first birthday party. It started with a mere 25 balloons to kick around the room, but some friends helped out and they decided to see just how many balloons they could inflate. By the end of the night, and with some very sore fingers from knot-tying, they ended up with about 600 balloons. Since then the parties have only gotten bigger.

Of course there are certain elements which help to optimize this event, and Cindy has this down to a science. Over the years she has found that 12-17" balloons work best and it's best not to fully inflate them so as to minimize popping. She doesn't use helium because that gets too expensive, and she keeps about 200 extra balloons on hand in case of popping and deflation. Cindy estimates it costs $100-120 for the party (with balloon donations accepted). It takes about 3-4 hours to inflate the balloons with the help of some dedicated friends.

Cleanup? Not a problem. That is probably just as fun as the actual balloon room itself. According to Cindy, give a couple of kids a half hour and some safety scissors and things are back to normal in no time.

The Gotobeds (pronounced Got-a-bed) have been hosting this event over the last few years during the winter school break -- her kids hand out invitations at school and there's now a Facebook page. The Balloon Room lasts three days, which is just enough time for Cindy to start missing her living room (and for the smell of latex to get dizzying). Last year she estimated about 70 people of all ages stopping by to check it out.

Now, if only there could be a Cupcake Room...

Dawn is the author of Small-bany, a blog about stuff to do for kids and parents in the Capital Region.

Comments

Fun!
My friends and I did a similar thing for a friend's birthday in college-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/intermittent/116523834/
It was super fun, until we discovered her laptop screen was busted along the way (Happy Birthday!). We never figured out if it was a result of all the static in the room or if someone just never fessed up to bumping it during the balloon party.

This is a great idea for a party (kids or adult!!). How do you find out about all these cool things going on??

P.S. My birthday is soon!!

This looks like so much fun. I have no children but I still want an invite :)

This lady's last name is really Go to Bed?

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