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I was adamant that we were going to have loads of balloons at Seth’s first birthday party. I love foil balloons. I may even be a little obsessed with them. I’m always looking for an excuse to buy them, so I took full advantage of Seth’s birthday.

When I started looking for balloons for the party, I realized that I was going to have to fork out quite a bit of money to get the kind of balloons that I wanted. Having only ever bought single foil balloons here and there, it never crossed my mind how quickly they become super expensive when you want to make a balloon bouquet.

On my mission to fulfil the idea of the party that I had in my head (I blame Pinterest), but also not bankrupt myself, I started comparing prices. I wanted at least 10 foil balloon shapes, and a number one balloon, filled with helium.

Option one

Buy everything, even the helium, myself.

You can buy foil balloons almost anywhere now, such as Amazon, Hobbycraft and Tesco to name a few places.
“Good news”, I thought and went on my merry way to add everything to my cart on Tesco Direct.
1 Helium canister = £20
10 star foil balloons = £20
1 x number 1 foil balloon = £5
2 x balloons weights = £2
228m of balloon ribbon = £5.50
Total: £52.50

That’s nearing a week’s groceries… for balloons!?
And I’d still have to fill and arrange them all. Sjoe!

Option two

Buy balloons and have a party shop fill them.

This looked appealing, until I couldn’t get a single balloon filled for less than £2 in my town. Hobbycraft will do it for £1 per balloon, but only if you buy your balloons from them. If you bring your own balloons, then they charge £3 per balloon. Cheesus!
I didn’t even bother calculating this because just filling the balloons would have cost £33.

Option three

Buy the balloons from Hobbycraft and have them fill it.

10 star foil balloons = £20
1 x number 1 foil balloon = £5
2 x balloon weights = £2
Fill 11 balloons = £11
TOTAL: £38

Sure, I save £14.50, and they would arrange the balloons into bouquets for me… but I would need to walk from Hobbycraft to the car with the balloons… with Seth in the pram… and then fit everything in the car… and walk the 200 meters from the garage (in another street) to the house… with Seth in tow. Mmmm… no thanks.



Option four

Have balloons delivered to me.

This really appealed to me. The balloons would arrive at my house, already inflated with helium and arranged into a bouquet. So convenient! Having the balloons arrive all ready to go, would also save me about half an hour to an hour’s party prep time – something that I desperately need.

I started looking for companies that offer this type of service and I was pleased to find quite a few. Knowing that I’ll probably be spending upwards of £40, I wanted to read reviews about each company’s service, but I couldn’t find any proper, in depth reviews. There were lots of little, one-line testimonials floating around, but I wanted to know A LOT more, such as:

How long did it take to arrive?
How did it arrive? Does it come in a box?
Were all the balloons intact / inflated when you opened the box?
Was it really as simple as just opening the box, et viola?
How long did the balloons last?
Was it worth the money?

I took it upon myself to review a balloon delivery service, and that’s when I got in touch with Balloon Monkey.

I chose Balloon Monkey because they had the largest selection of foil balloon bouquets – exactly what I was after. Their Christmas balloon selection was massive, and it took me a full day to make up my mind.

Balloon Monkey - Christmas Balloons

I eventually settled for a red, gold, silver and blue bouquet that was topped with Santa and Rudolf. It was perfect. I loved it so much that I opted for the extra-large bouquet which has 11 balloons in it.

The balloons arrived in a massive box which looked very intimidating and heavy, but it was light as air.

Helium shrinks in cold temperatures, so as soon as the box started to warm up inside the house, I could hear the balloons expanding. I waited until I could see the box bulging before I opened it, for “maximum effect”. The balloons sky rocketed out of the box and began floating up and up and stopped just short of the ceiling. It was AWESOME!

Balloon Monkey - Seth's First Birthday

One silver star balloon, right at the bottom was a little deflated. In my haste to cut it off, I accidentally cut the ribbon for another balloon too. What an idiot!
You’d never know that two balloons were missing though because there were SO MANY balloons on the bouquet. It still looked as impressive as ever. This would have been a problem if I went for a smaller bouquet, and I would probably have been very upset about it.

The balloons stayed fully inflated for 12 days. By day 15 all of them were staring to deflate, but still have enough helium in them to float. I didn’t wait to see how long it would take them to deflate until they sunk to the floor because they looked like shiny, wrinkly bags and it was not a very pretty sight.

The extra-large bouquet I chose cost £51. Delivery is usually £4, but since it was over £50, the delivery fee was waived.

Even though this only came in at £1.50 cheaper than buying everything myself, it saved me so much time and worry. It was such a stress-free process. What arrived was exactly what was shown on the website and it took all of 30 seconds to “set-up”.

Balloon Monkey - Seth's First Birthday

Balloon Monkey - Seth's First Birthday

I also don’t think that one, small helium canister (£20) would have been enough to fill all the balloons, so it would most likely have costed me £72.50 if I bought it myself. And just thinking about walking around with such a massive balloon bouquet is giving me anxiety as I type this blog post – the convenience of having the balloons delivered to my door is worth the price tag.

I do need to point out that buying one balloon for delivery, is not worth the money. A single balloon costs £13. Obviously, there’s labour, materials, packaging and shipping to cover, so it is expensive for the company to do just one balloon, but the more you add, the more economical it is for both parties – so go big and you’ll be getting more bang for your buck.

Balloon Monkey’s bouquets come in various sizes, the most common being 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11 balloons. Each bouquet has a “show stopper” right on top and the rest of the balloons are a mix of shapes such as circles, stars or hearts.

Balloon Monkey - Different sizes

If you are wondering why they only do foil balloons, it’s because latex is porous, so it deflates rapidly. After a few hours, a latex balloon will be on lying on the floor.
Foil balloons, however, can last for two weeks. This is good news if you have a string of parties set over a weekend, or are having different guests over through-out the week, etc. The balloons will last long enough for you to get more than one use out of them. This came in handy for me so that I could take cute photos of Seth the day after his party. It was just too manic on the day.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, why not send some balloons instead of flowers (or both)? They’re way more fun and make amazing photo props.

Balloon Monkey have a whole bunch of Valentine’s Day bouquets to choose from.

Balloon Monkey - Valentine's Day

You can even have your own face printed on a balloon! How rad!? They also have literally any other theme you can think of.  Here are my favourite picks:

Balloon Monkey - Singles

Balloon Monkey - Baby Shower

Balloon Monkey - Boys

Balloon Monkey - Birthday

 



Giveaway

If you would like to win a balloon bouquet of your own, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. You’ll be asked which bouquet you would like to win as the mandatory first entry, so head on over to their website (here) so long to browse their selection. Max value of this giveaway is £35 including delivery.

Win a balloon bouquet from Balloon Monkey

Terms and Conditions

Open to UK Mainland residents only.
No purchase required.
The competition runs from Thursday, 18 January 2018 to Tuesday, 13 February 2018.
One winner will be announced on Wednesday, 14 February 2018.
The winner will have seven days to supply a delivery address. If an address is not supplied, a new winner will be chosen.
The winner will receive one balloon bouquet of their choice from Balloon Monkey to the value of £35 including delivery.
The prize is not transferable for cash.
Prize is sponsored by myself, Leigh-Ann Otto.

Good luck!

Product has been sent to me for review.

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167 Comments

  1. Solange

    I’d choose the Unicorn Airwalker Balloon Pet.

  2. sarah summers

    would love a Minnie mouse one for my daughter

  3. Lorna Ledger

    Pink 18th Birthday Bubble

  4. Jessi

    Love the Minnie Mouse balloon, my daughter loves her Disney!😍

  5. Jules Eley

    I would love the pony or is it a unicorn? it looks amazing!

  6. Lindsey Stuart

    Oh wow they are super cool, I would love the doughnut bouquet very nice!

  7. Fay

    I would choose the Baby Boy Head Shape for my best friend who is due her first baby soon

  8. Margaret Clarkson

    The Darth Vader one for my daughter

  9. Lisa Day

    I would choose the personalized birthday balloons for my sister’s upcoming birthday as she’d love that.

  10. Claire glace

    Great, we love balloons on birthdays, my pic would be 21st Birthday Diamond Stars for my upcoming big sons birthday….

  11. Catherine McAlinden

    I’d love a coloured bunch, with a birthday balloon for my son.

  12. Karen Barrett

    The Teddy Bear Valentines Heart 🙂 Thnaks

  13. Kerry Kilmister

    I would love the black and gold Birthday Balloons for my husband’s 40th birthday

  14. rebecca courtney

    id have to go for the unicorn!

  15. Anne Johnson

    What a lovely idea

  16. laura jones

    MY DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR AND IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO SEND HER A WEDDING BOUQUET ON THE MORNING OF HER WEDDING

  17. Jo Carroll

    I’d opt for the green dinosaur balloon set for my little fella. x

  18. iain maciver

    I would love a mixture

  19. Tracy Smith

    This looks amazing! It’s so great to find a detailed review of this as I love having helium balloons at my boys’ birthdays.

  20. Angela Treadway

    The green dinosaur one x

  21. Chris Andrews

    Which balloon bouquet would you like if you won? . . . . .Darth Vader would be nice

  22. helen tovell

    The emoji bunch

  23. ashleigh allan

    the smiley party guy one

  24. carolyn heyworth

    LIKE THE MICKEY MOUSE ONE

  25. Rachel White

    If I won I’d choose the unicorn airwalker balloon pet… there’s some fantastic one’s

  26. Maria Blythin

    the minnie mouse x

  27. Katie Kingsbury

    The giraffe airwalker balloon pet.

  28. Katie W

    It would have to be one of the dinosaur ones

  29. Stacey Carnell

    I would love the green dinosaur balloon bouquet for my son, he loves dinosaurs!

  30. Fiona K

    I would choose the Mickey and Minnie Mouse I Love You balloon bouquet

  31. Helen Adams

    I’d pick one of the Valentines Day ones for my hubby

  32. Sidrah Ahmed

    Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna

  33. Fiona Paley

    The Butterflies and Hearts Mothers Day cluster bunch

  34. Tee Simpson

    The Love You Rose Bouquet

  35. leanne weir

    I would love the doughnut bouquet

  36. Emma Waughman

    I don`t know what balloon to have, they are all so quirky

  37. lara manson

    I love the valentines heart cluster balloons.

  38. Inga Andersen

    I really love the Minnie Mouse one, gorgeous!

  39. Lorraine Tinsley

    I really like the unicorn balloon and the Love You Bubble

  40. Marycarol

    Love them all! Going to choose Minnie Mouse x

  41. Kevin000

    I think my granddaughters would like Minnie Mouse

  42. Sadiyya Maryam

    Lots of great options but my favourite is the Love you to the moon and back balloons!

  43. Michaela Turner

    I would love the teddy heart bouquet if i won

  44. D T

    😍 want to win it for my daughter’s birthday party! ⭐️🤞

  45. aj

    I like the emoji ones

  46. Michelle Smith

    The minnie mouse balloons for my granddaughters birthday in March

  47. Jessica Powell

    Definitely the unicorn for my daughter! 🙂

  48. Kim M

    Love the cupcake x

  49. Emma Evans

    The magical unicorn balloon bouquet for my daughters birthday as she is made on unicorns and pretends she is one.

  50. jenny reynolds

    i would love teddy valentines day balloons

  51. Lucy Barlow

    I love the T-Rex bouquet – think they’d let me hold it off til my nephews Birthday in September if I won?!

  52. Miz Rahman

    the I love you set

  53. Laura Pritchard

    The T-Rex bundle!

  54. Hayley Elvin

    Happy Valentines Gold and Black Arrows

  55. Kate Kathurima

    I like the Mickey And Minnie Bubble

  56. tamalyn roberts

    the unicorn to go with the unicorn bacpack i have for my niece

  57. Jamie Edwards

    The black and gold Happy Birthday for my bestie in April!! 😀

  58. Gary Topley

    I would love the unicorn one, my youngest is unicorn mad. Thankyou for the competition x

  59. Karen Hill

    Love the football one for my little boy x

  60. Frances H

    The half eaten doughnut looks tasty.

  61. Corinne Peat

    I like the green dinosaur one for my son best.

  62. Stacey Turner

    I love all of them. Great give-away, fingers crossed

  63. Stevie

    My niece would love the Monsters Inc. balloon set.

  64. Emilia Nastaly-Howard

    The unicorn one 🙂

  65. claire griffiths

    love the grumpy cat

  66. Danielle Spencer

    I would have to get my partner an I love you one, if I were to win.

  67. Chloe

    The I love you bouquet

  68. Kim Neville

    I would choose the Pink 18th Birthday Bubble for my daughter who is 18 soon. She has been asking for balloons 🙂

  69. Shan G

    The T-Rex streamer looks immense, I’d like one of those for a special boy 😀

  70. Katie Skeoch

    My boys would love an airwalker balloon bundle

  71. claire Woods

    I Love You Bubble

  72. Gillian McClelland

    The black and gold happy Birthday balloons

  73. Thomas Buchanan

    i would like the unicorn one for my daughter

  74. Gayatri Gogoi

    I’d love a valentines day themed one, perhaps the mickey and minnie mouse

  75. katrina walsh

    its all about unicorns in our house at the moment so that would be my choice

  76. Natalie Crossan

    the Mickey And Minnie Bubble

  77. Rich Tyler

    Dinosaur balloon! 🙂

  78. Karen Usher

    The R-rex themed one, my little boy and girl and Dinosaur obsessed!

  79. A.E. ADKINS

    Anything Disney to decorate our Brownie Guides pre-trip meeting place their trip to Eurodisney next Easter!

  80. Ruth Harwood

    Unicorn Airwalker Balloon Pet

  81. Tania Stannard

    This would make a wonderful gift for my stepdaughters 16th birthday at the end of feb.

  82. MILLIE ROSE DOWNES

    black and gold! xx

  83. ADEINNE TONNER

    Has to be the pizza one for sure!! I love pizza!

  84. Melissa Lee

    I would love the rocket ship one

  85. holly harmsworth

    i would love the fabulous celebration cake bunch for my daughters birthday at the end of this month 🙂

  86. CHERRY EDWARDS

    I would choose Butterflies and Hearts Mothers Day Cluster

  87. Ursula Hunt

    I would choose the teddy valentine one

  88. Laura Harrison

    Happy Mothers Day Pink and Gold Dots Bunch 6 for my mum x

  89. SHIRLEY EVANS

    love the DOUGHNUT BOUQUET

  90. Maria Jane Knight

    The “Happy Birthday” In gold & black.

  91. Sandra Fortune

    Love the unicorn one and the teddy Valentine. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  92. Laura Loo

    I love the dinosaur one for the son

  93. Elizabeth Smith

    Got to be the dinosaur bundle

  94. Rach Elsegood

    It has to be the doughnut balloon! It looks Brilliant 😀

  95. Danielle Moore

    my little girl would love the Minnie mouse balloon 🙂

  96. Tristan Mutton

    Most probably the T-Rex one!

  97. kimberley ryan

    Mickey 6th Birthday Cubez for my twins birthday

  98. Samantha R

    Definitely Mickey and Minnie ‘I love you’ one.

  99. Natalie Gillham

    I would choose Mini Mouse x

  100. Rebecca Walton

    I love balloons and so do my girls. Kind of like the big sister one, I kind of wish now I’d of got her one when her sister was born… Ooh well 9 months is better than never lol

  101. Stef

    I would choose the personalised birthday balloons for my husband

  102. Victoria Prince

    The Oh No 65 Supershape Bunch of 3! It’s my dad’s 65th birthday next month and this would be brilliant 🙂

  103. MANDY DOHERTY

    My daughter is expecting twins so I would get Twins Personalised

  104. D Smith

    I love the giant number balloons 🙂

  105. Debbie Preston

    Mickey & Minnie Love Bubble

  106. Christine Taylor

    I’d love the pretty Unicorn balloon – it’s so cute x

  107. pete c

    the Good Luck Colourful

  108. Claire Little

    I love you

  109. Sarah Wilson

    I would choose 30th Rainbow Confetti for my husband’s birthday.

  110. jen jackson

    Love you to the moon and back

  111. Marie Elvin

    Love the Unicorn Airwalker Balloon Pet.

  112. Lucy Carter

    I’d love the unicorn airwalker

  113. Samantha Bolter

    My son would love the Emoji ones

  114. Stephanie

    love minnie mouse balloon

  115. debra applegate

    The 70 bouquet for my dads birthday in March

  116. Joanne smith

    The football balloon for my footie mad husband

  117. Ruth Kromkamp

    I would love the Love You Rainbow Unicorn bouquet 🙂

  118. Carol Boffey

    21st for my sons birthday

  119. Susan Smith

    I would choose the Happy Birthday balloons, its my mums 80th coming up, so this would be the perfect surprise for her

  120. Melissa Crowe

    Lovely choices, i would pick the hearts and love you one for my parther thankyou

  121. Katie m

    Birthday Pink and Gold Dots

  122. Shaun Heathcote

    the teddy bear bundle

  123. Sarah Austin

    Winnie the Pooh

  124. Fiona Johnstone

    The Unicorn in a heart balloon with hearts circles and stars in pink blue and silver. Very pretty

  125. Kat C

    I’d love a bunch of stars in rainbow colours!

  126. Jayne Kelsall

    I would love the Unicorn set for my daughter .x

  127. Hayley Colburn

    I would love the black and gold I love you bunch

  128. Kat Allinson

    I would choose the heart and stars bouquet

  129. Emma Whittaker

    I would love the Unicorn Airwalker Balloon Pet for my daughter 😍

  130. Helen

    My daughter’s would love the giraffe pet balloon!

  131. Emma Davison

    I like the star balloons

  132. Michael Chapman

    i love you valentine one

  133. Kerrylyn John

    All the stuff on here is absolutely gorgeous. I m in love 😍😍😍

  134. Adrian Bold

    Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna for my niece.

  135. Liv Lee

    The Teddy Bear one! 🙂

  136. Meryl Thomas

    The unicorn airwalker

  137. zoe somerfield

    I’d like the Darth Vader one for my son, thanks for the chance.

  138. Rachael Sexey

    I would love the personalised birthday balloons for my father in law

  139. Emma Hussain

    Giant numbers did my twins birthday

  140. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Would love the MR AND MRS ENTWINED HEARTS for my niece’s wedding. Thank you for the chance.

  141. katie smith

    I would choose the Mickey 6th Birthday Cubez for my sons birthday next week!

  142. Christina Palmer

    The Butterflies and Hearts Mothers Day cluster bunch Would be wonderful

  143. stacey kavanah

    Grumpy cat as its my daughters birthday and she collects grump cats

  144. Alison Burns

    Would love love love to receive this giveaway its my 40th too!

  145. Diana

    unicorn airwalker 🙂

  146. Joanne Gardner

    There’s so many nice balloons to choose from I’m finding it hard to decide. I have a large family and we always have something to celebrate (or apologise for). My son is 21 this year so I might chose the black diamond 21 balloon.

  147. amanda greensmith

    i’d choose a valentines one x

  148. Jennifer Baker

    Minnie mouse for my Daughter as were going to Disney World Florida in September x x x

  149. linda curtis

    would love some romantic hearts for my husband to celebrate our 37th anniversary coming up
    that would be lovely

  150. hgutowsk

    The Teddy Bear.

  151. Simone Griffin

    I’d love the bride and groom for my wedding day 🙂

  152. Elaine Stokes

    it will have to be the star wars one…. family are mad for it

  153. Paula T

    I’d love the black and gold Birthday arrangement, I’d give it to my lovely mum xx

  154. Deborah Mackenzie

    Lola Puppy Air Walker Balloon

    I would love to win this for my great nieces in South Africa, so wouldn’t like it filled should I be lucky enough to win

  155. Herbert Appleby

    I’d love the cupcake balloon thanks

  156. Amanda Botterill

    Minnie Mouse

  157. Laura Lee

    I would love the unicorn one, as my sons are a bit obsessed with My Little Pony at the moment so they would absolutely love this. Fingers crossed 🙂

  158. Cathryn Crawshaw

    The Butterflies and Hearts Mothers Day cluster bunch

  159. Rachael O’brien

    I’d be hugely grateful for the ‘baby boy’ option . My daughter due to give birth to her first baby (my first grandchild) in 5 weeks and I’m super excited !!!

  160. Tammy Neal

    A princess one for my niece x

  161. Danielle Graves

    I would go for either the Mickey one or one of the dinosaur bouquets

  162. AJ T.

    The best thing about getting a helium balloon is cutting it open, sucking up the helium, and then talking until the helium runs out.

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