A balloon inductee who attended a birthday party last month in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said she doesn’t like balloons because they don’t do much for her.
“It’s not for me,” said Faye Flanders, 25, who graduated from the University of South Florida last year with a degree in communications.
“I think balloons are good for a birthday, but they’re not good for me.”
Flanders is one of a handful of people to make the jump from balloons to a formal birthday celebration, which is a major milestone for people transitioning from balloon to formal parties.
They have become a major part of a balloon-fueled celebration that is growing across the country.
In 2015, balloon and ballooning were the biggest ticket items in most big-city celebrations, including the World Series, according to the Association of Balloon and Parachute Launch Professionals.
This year, ballooning has taken over the White House, and a number of balloons were launched into space.
But even with the increase in balloon launches, many people are still hesitant to jump in.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.