"CLOUD LEVEL" LAUNCH AT THE AON CENTER IN CHICAGO: photographer: Elaine Melko | event planner: Executive Productions, Ltd. | venue: Aon Center | balloons: Luft Balloons
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20 Balloon Installations That Elevate Corporate Events with Grand Entrances, Fun Photo Spots, & More

Balloons have grown past their humble beginnings as children’s party staples and have taken over as the chic way to add glamour and fun at every type of event. From balloon-filled baby showers and inspired balloon installations at weddings to decking out milestone events of all kinds, balloons are joining florals on the list of party must-haves. 

When a décor element makes the leap from intimate private gatherings to huge corporate events, you know it’s become a bona fide trend. Elaine Frei, founder of Luft Balloons in Chicago, says, “Color is one of the pillars of branding, so when you translate a brand’s colors into a dramatic balloon installation, it personalizes the event in a big, bold way.” She adds, “Typically we encourage clients to focus on a singular, big moment to maximize impact and attention. This is usually in the form of an entrance, a backdrop to the space, or an overhead installation. Essentially we respond to the existing architecture of the space to make something unique that will enhance the experience of the event and the space.”  

We’re here to share 20 creative and interesting ways that corporate celebrations have used balloon installations to define their brand, create fun photo ops, conjure grand entrances, and more.

1. Fashion Show With Fashionable Décor

photographer: Mateo & Company

New Orleans, Louisiana

We love how the oversized balloon installations at this fashion show smartly weave all of the theme hues together into one colorful design statement — and we wish we could lounge in one of the gorgeous poolside cabanas.

photographer: Mateo & Company | event planner: Amanda Price Event| florals: Herbivore Floral Designs | balloons: Crescent City Balloons | venue: Maison Dupuy | linens: BBJ Linen | rentals: Firefly Ambiance | catering: Central City BBQ | catering: La Cocinita

2. L’Oréal Paris’ Galentine’s Day

L'Oréal Paris' Galentine's Day Corporate Holiday Party in New York, NY
photographer: Brandi Gard

New York, New York

“If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with…” the old song goes — and we have no trouble mustering affection for this gorgeous Valentine’s Day party meant for the ladies only, and the L’Oréal beauty brand that they adore.

photographer: Brandi Gard | event production: AGENC | venue: West Edgecaterer: Creative Edge Parties

3. Lots of Chic Shoppers & One Grand Entrance

photographer: Streamline Retail

Austin, Texas

The entrance to this BuddyLove fashion brand’s corporate dinner party set the tone for what was to come. Guests enjoyed colorful place settings boasting so-unique-you’ll-take-them-home place cards that perfectly evoke the brand’s fun vibe. 

photographer: Streamline Retail | event planner: Two Be Wed | florals: Posey Floral Design | balloons: Revelry Goods | venue: Casa Cartel Austin | rentals: Your Butler’s Pantry | calligraphy/menus: Memory Lane Paperie |caterer: La Pera Catering & Events

4. Launching the Perfect Venue & the Perfect Balloon Installation

photographer: www.harryphoto.com

Dallas, Texas

We adore how the whimsy of this balloon-filled entrance to The Schoolhouse is carried throughout the launch of this stunning historic venue — from cotton candy cocktails to boxwood hedges and a tapas grazing table.

photographer: Harry Photo  | event planner: Social Llama Events | floral design: Freesia | balloons: Lushra | venue: The Schoolhouse | caterer: Blue Fire Total Catering | furniture rentals: Bella Acento | tents: Peerless Event Rentals | rentals & staffing: Top Tier Staffing and Event Rentals | entertainment: Absolute Entertainment | photo booth: Red Photo Booth

5. We Heart this Heart-Shaped Balloon Installation

photographer: Kelton Jones

West Hollywood, California

It turns out that Victoria’s Secret is a fabulous heart-shaped balloon installation, perfect for perky poses and for honoring the sexy, empowered brand at their Valentine’s Day soirée.

photographer: Kelton Jones | event planner: Jessica Fels Event Production & Design | venue: Delilah | dessert: Hollywood Candy Girls | a/v & lighting : Images By Lighting | photo booth: Sharing Box

6. Dreamy Ombré Purple Cloud Cover

Westfield National Campaign - Beauty and Balance at The Village in Los Angeles, CA
photo courtesy of Jessica Fels Event Production & Design

Los Angeles, California

What has yoga, a beauty bar, fun décor, and our attention? This Westfield “Beauty and Balance” campaign brought to beautiful life in the form of undulating ombré balloons, mannered greenery, and a rotating roster of interesting speakers.

photo courtesy of & event planner: Jessica Fels Event Production & Design | balloon installation: Modern Rebel Balloon | florals: The Flower Chef  & Floral Rush| venue: The Village | rentals: Anytime Production Equipment Rentals, Inc.Town & Country Rentals & Designer 8 | lighting : Images By Lighting | audio: Rhythm and Sound

7. A Collab That’s Fab

photographer: EDLT Photography

Los Angeles, California

At this point our interest is piqued by any collaboration that Target announces, but this Clutch Nails partnership has us especially curious with it’s fun messaging — “They Stay, You Slay” — and rose-hued décor with not one, but two, glamorous balloon installations.

photographer: EDLT Photography | event planner: Level Events | venue: The East Angel

8. Joy Brand Evoked in Joyful Hues

photos courtesy of Level Events

Los Angeles, California

Both balloons and florals in an ombré of hues evoke the bright packaging of Joy shave products and create the perfect frame for both the colorful razors and shave cream as well as fun pics that the luncheon’s bloggers enjoyed (and posted).

photo courtesy of, planning & design: Level Events | balloons: Balloon Celebrations

9. Summer (& PartySlate) in the City

photographers: Gold Grid Studios & Rebecca Marie Photography

Atlanta, Georgia

PartySlate’s Atlanta launch was a summer-themed celebration filled with perfect-for-the-season elements like a “pool” photo op, an ice bar, and a lobster roll slide — all centered by a towering balloon installation accented with colorful pool floaties.

10. Mira Zwillinger Fashion Show Against Stylish White Palette

photographer: Sean Smith

New York, New York

White is the new black and balloons are the new chic décor — so this all-white fashion show for wedding gown designer Mira Zwillinger was on-trend in every way (including the gorgeous gowns on the runway). 

photographer: Sean Smith | design, décor, floral, & production: The Style Marc | venue: The Harmonie Club | lighting: Strohmeier, Concert Audio

11. “H is for…” Haute Balloons

photographer: Kiss Me For Eternity

Dallas, Texas

This blog launch party for H is for… featured clever, on-point branding (with a string of towering H’s and a logoed bar) as well as a show-stopping balloon-filled entrance in the glam hues of pink, white, blush, and gold. 

photographer: Kiss Me For Eternity | event planner: Pop Parties | venue: Birdie Beauty | 
catering: Dive Coastal Cuisine

12. Design Challenge Gives Rise to Stunning Balloon Installations

photographer: Christopher Todd Studios

Los Angeles, California

WIPA SoCal’s yearly design challenge asks wedding professionals to create clever, themed tabletops, resulting in innovative and beautiful event décor. We love how balloons were integrated everywhere, from a tasseled photo op and ceiling installation to dessert cart flair.

photographer : Christopher Todd Studios | event planner: Pure Lavish Events | florals: Earth And Grace Co. | balloons: Balloon Celebrations | flowers designed with balloons: Los Angeles Floral Couture | venue: LA River Studios | specialty popsicle cart: Pacific Organic Pops | laser cut details: Etchey Shop | stationary & signage: Heidi Davidson Design | entertainment: MJ Entertainment | dj & sax: KRIEGER | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | lighting: Vox Productions

13. 80s-Inspired Corporate Prom

photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography

Chicago, Illinois

Nothing evokes the 80s like candy-colored and neon-hued balloons and this corporate “prom” for the employees at PEAK6 had creative uses for balloons at every turn — including an arched tunnel that we long to roller skate through and on dance floor where we’d be singing along to “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography | décor: Kehoe Designs | venue: UIC PEB Building | sound & lighting: Sound Investment AV

14. At the End of the Pastel Rainbow

Too Faced Life’s A Festival Collection Launch Party
photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Los Angeles, California

A rainbow of pastels greeted guests to the launch of the” Life’s a Festival” Collection for cosmetic brand Too Faced — and the whimsical theming continued inside with unicorns and white fringed hallways mirroring the makeup’s whimsical packaging.

photo courtesy of & event planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | florals: Marks Garden | décor/draping/furniture: Revelry Event Designers | balloons: Wild Child | venue: Carondelet House | lighting: Peterson Lighting

15. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s an Amazing Balloon Installation

Comic-Inspired Corporate Bash at Joy District in Chicago, IL
photographer: Kehoe Designs

Chicago, Illinois

This comic book-inspired corporate bash used the primary hues commonly associated with heroes and their soundtrack of “bam” and “ka-pow” to create a balloon installation that led party-goers up the stairs and into the celebration.

photographer, design, & décor: Kehoe Designs | venue: Joy District

16. A Golden Globe Installation for a Golden Globes Gathering

Vibrant Golden Globe Awards viewing party
photographer: Heather Kincaid

Los Angeles, California

This Golden Globe Awards viewing party hosted by InStyle and Warner Bros. took the gold inspiration to heart — and to the tabletops and ceiling, with a divine installation of hovering golden (what else?) globes. Night-black drapery on the walls and ceiling conjured additional drama.

photographer: Heather Kincaid | design & production: JOWY Productions | florals: Marks Garden | props & décor: Studio D Decor &  Revelry Event Designers | venue: The Beverly Hilton | rentals: Theoni Collection & Bright Event Rentals | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen & Wildflower Linen | lighting: Images By Lighting

17. Free-Form & Forest Green

photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Chicago, Illinois

It only makes sense that PartySlate — the go-to resource for event inspiration, party venues, and top local event professionals — would host a totally on-trend third anniversary party. An undulating installation of forest green balloons created a can’t-miss focal point in the industrial-chic space.

18. Rainbows & Unicorns are Always a Magical Combination

Over the Top Vibrant Corporate Event at 35 West Wacker Drive in Chicago, IL
photographer: Elaine Melko

Chicago, Illinois

Digitas’ vibrant walls inspired this rainbow ceiling installation in all of its ROYGBIV glory. We love imagining the look of joy upon guests’ faces as the elevators opened upon this magical scene.

19. We Love the (Paris) Nightlife

photographer: The Bosco

Chicago, Illinois

This Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile-hosted celebration for “La Nuit by Sofitel,” combines Parisian nightlife vibes with local culture for one epic party. The black-and-white palette conjured a vintage French scene with a kicky photo spot allowing guests to pose with their bubbly in a clawfoot tub filled with white balloon “bubbles.”

photographer: The Bosco | event planner: Total Event Resources | décor: Kehoe Designs| venue: Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

20. For the Love of Parties — And Balloons

photographer: Christy & Co.

Miami Beach, Florida

This “For the Love of Parties” breakfast at the Gather & Soar Summit looks like the definition of “joy” brought to beautiful life. A collection of pastel hues is present in every creative installation, including a wall of heart-shaped balloons and a bathtub filled with giant sprinkles-like balloon bubbles. 

photographer: Christy & Co. | event planning & styling: One Inspired Party | event design & props: Bambini Soiree | wholesale balloons: Funny Balloons | venue: Eden Roc Miami Beach | event rentals : Atlas Event Rental | catering: Mena Catering | paperie : Lexi Kay Paperie