by Edited by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 30, 2012

E-Z balloon sticksWith helium prices and availability at a premium, consider air-filled (read: blown up by you and your staff) balloons as an inexpensive alternative. Creative Balloons Manufacturing Co.'s E-Z balloon sticks and cups hold air-filled foil and latex balloons in an upright position, eliminating the tedious task of tying each balloon. Cost: about $22 for 250 sticks and cups (cost varies depending on retail location). (800) 538-5800;