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How long will the balloons stay inflated?

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My sons 3rd bday party is this Saturday. I have so many things to do between now and then. I have 144 balloons to blow up and we decided against spending money on helium. We're putting the balloon on sticks instead of strring so there is no need for helium. If I blow up half of the balloons today just using the air from the lungs God gave me...ha ha...will the balloons still be well inflated by Saturday evening? Also, if I ended up needed to decorate outside overnight and it rains, will the balloons pop or deflate with the change in temperature and getting wet and such? Thanks!
They are latex balloons. 12" I think.
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Air stays in balloons longer than helium. Latex pores are very large and will still lose air quickly. I would guess that after 12 hours the balloons will begin to look rather deflated. Your best bet is less than 6 hours before the party.

Rain won't pop them, but will seemingly deflate them by thermal cooling. They will expand again when it is warmer.
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