Inflate, knot, and then clip regular-size and 5-inch balloons to a ribbon for a festive focal point. Plastic balloon clips are available at partycity.com. If you need to inflate dozens of balloons, a hand pump gets the job done in a snap!
To create darling daisies, tie the bases of a cluster of balloons together and then insert a contrasting-color center.
1. Fold washi tape over strings and snip notches in the ends for a pennant effect.
2. Fill clear balloons with tissue-paper confetti and decorate the strings with neon-hued office- supply stickers. To stuff a balloon with confetti (or treats): Cut off the bottom of a water bottle and use the top as a funnel.
3. Give jumbo-size floaters some serious style with ribbons knotted to the balloon's end.
Send guests home with helium balloons adorned with cutout paper numbers (the birthday kid's age).
For a fun chalkboard-like look, use white paint pens to write phrases like "Let's Party!" on black inflatables.
Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Parents magazine.