Global Helium Shortage​

​Helium supply has always been a little up in the air (pun intended). With only three sources producing 75% of the world's helium, any disruption causes a significant impact. Currently, helium supply is very low while demand is growing.

Wait, where does helium come from?

You might think we capture helium from the air, but it's actually extracted from the ground. It's typically found in small portions mixed with natural gas, then separated.

Who else uses helium?

Helium is very versatile. Besides making your voice sound like a chipmunk and filling up party balloons, helium is used in creating many electronics, medical devices, and even rockets.

Can I still use balloons at my party?

Of course! If helium is not available, we have other options. You can create a balloon arch or balloon wall with latex and foil balloons as seen below – no need for helium; just some tape and creativity.

Because of this global helium shortage, fulfillment of balloon orders may be affected at your store. We’re working to replenish the helium at the affected stores as more supply becomes available. Despite this helium hiccup, Party City is committed to helping you to throw an unforgettable party.

Check out some unique balloon ideas that don't need helium.