A Touch of Italy

This past weekend we had the opportunity to create balloon décor for an annual benefit dinner here in the Phoenix Area.  The theme - "Imagine Italy".

Purple Grapevine arches decorated each of the entrances, and Jumbo-sized Grape Clusters were stunning accents in the ballroom.

Grape Vines - Ballroom Entrance Balloon Arch
Grape Vines - Ballroom Entrance Balloon Arch
 
Grape Vines - Balloon Arch - Ballroom Entrance

Grape Vines - Balloon Arch - Ballroom Entrance

Jumbo Red & Green Grape Clusters - Balloon Columns

Jumbo Red & Green Grape Clusters - Balloon Columns

 
"Imagine Italy" - Ballroom Decor

"Imagine Italy" - Ballroom Decor

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Ceiling Drape – A Great Solution for Decorating a Gym

People often ask for suggestions on how to decorate a gymnasium to look more elegant.  One solution that works well - drape the ceiling.
Ceiling Drape - Great Décor Idea for a Gymnasium

Ceiling Drape - Great Décor Idea for a Gymnasium

Ceiling drape can help make the room feel more cozy and intimate.  It also draws the eye, making things like basketball hoops and scoreboards less noticeable.
Ceiling Drape in White & Peach

Ceiling Drape in White & Peach

Ceilings can be draped in a variety of colors and designs.
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Who Let the (Balloon) Dogs Out?

Looks like these Saint Patrick's Day "Puppies" are anxious for a walk!

Adorable Balloon Dogs - In Green for St. Patrick's Day

Adorable Balloon Dogs - In Green for St. Patrick's Day

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SUPERBOWL XLIX – Tailgate Party

Are YOU ready for the big game? Football goal post balloon columns in Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots colors -  All prepped and tucked away...ready for the big bash this weekend!
Seattle Seahawks & New England Patriots - Goal Post Balloon Columns

Seattle Seahawks & New England Patriots - Goal Post Balloon Columns

 
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Silvery Winter Wonderland

Most areas of the country are seeing snow this time of year.  To many that means frosted car windows, slushy/frozen roads, shoveling sidewalks,...  Here in Phoenix Arizona it's 70 degrees outside.  We DREAM of snow and winter!
White Lantern Centerpiece

White Lantern Shimmering Centerpiece

This weekend we helped to decorate for a "Winter Wonderland" themed performing arts event.  Draping the ceiling at this venue was a bit of a challenge, due to the basketball standards, half-wall, and limited anchor points.  Overall, everyone thought it turned out beautiful.
Lighted Lamp and Shimmering Tree in White
White Lighted Streets Lamps and trees accented each side of the stage
Fantasy Flowers

Sparkling Fantasy Flowers adorn a Balloon Street Lamp in the Lobby

Ceiling Drape

Ceiling Drape and Balloon Decor

 
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Birthdays, Big Band, and Black & White Balloons

Dance Floor With Suspended Balloon Drop

Dance Floor With Suspended Balloon Drop

Dance Floor in Black and White

Dance Floor in Black and White

Lighted SDS Panels accent the dance band

Black & White Balloon Drop Culminates the Happy Birthday song

Black & White Balloon Drop

Black & White - Classy & Stunning!

Great way to celebrate a Birthday!

 
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Phoenix AZ Grid Bike Share Program

This morning the City of Phoenix launched it's new Grid Bike-Share Program - and we were privileged to provide the balloons for the event.
Grid Bike Share Program - Getting Ready for Launch

Grid Bike Share Program - Getting Ready for Launch

Phoenix Grid Bike-Share Program Launch

Phoenix Grid Bike-Share Program Launch

Grid Bike Share - Bike Rack

Grid Bike Share - Bike Rack

              This Bike-Share Program is really neat!  Check it out at http://gridbikes.com/ See the latest on twitter at https://twitter.com/gridbikes
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Baby Shower – Jungle Theme

Jungle Balloon Column with playful monkey and adorable elephant.

Jungle Balloon Column with playful monkey and adorable elephant.

Balloon Twisted Monkey

Balloon Twisted Monkey

        We created this column for a recent Jungle-themed baby shower.  While there, we got a peek inside this expected little guy's bedroom.  All four walls have been beautifully painted as a continuous jungle scene - complete with adorable jungle animals, palm trees, streams,... with letters and numbers strategically hidden in the painting (something fun for him to discover as he gets older).   Absolutely FANTASTIC!  (I wish I knew who the artist was....because it was totally A-MA-ZING!)
Balloon Twisted Elephant

Balloon Twisted Elephant

Wishing this family all the best!
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Circus Fun!

One of the great things about being a balloon artist is the variety of types of work we get to do.  This week we've done things from balloon twisting for a carnival, creating elegant autumn decor and fun Halloween decor, providing a balloon release for a wedding and ... creating circus animals - some of them life-sized!
Circus Lion - Balloon Decor

Perched on his pedestal, this lion stood 5' tall.

Playful Circus Monkeys

10 of these playful monkeys were scattered throughout the venue. (Each stood about 40" tall.)

Juggling Circus Giraffe - Balloon Column

A giraffe that juggles? (This column stood over 11' tall)

Balancing Giraffe Balloon Column

This giraffe, seeming to balance on a ball, stood over 11' tall.

Balancing Circus Elephant - Balloon Decor

This adorable elephant holds a pink parasol while precariously balancing on a ball. (Overall height - aprox 6' tall.)

   
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Fall is Shimmering!

With the help of some FABULOUS volunteers, we created over 30 of these fall centerpieces - "Autumn Starry Elegance".  These ladies had never done anything like this before, but they were fearless and willing.   Didn't they do a fabulous job?  😀

Note:  I based this design off another design by Jan Iams with Conwinonline.com

Autumn Starry Elegance (Base) Autumn Starry Elegance - Balloon Centerpieces Autumn Starry Elegance          

 

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“Spring-Loaded” Centerpieces

A chili cook-off with 19 teams competing....each team assigned a different "color".   This is what we came up with to decorate each table.  Simple, striking and oh so fun!  You guessed it, we created them in 19 different colors....red, green, blue, yellow, black....   🙂 Spring-Loaded Balloon Centerpiece in OrangeSpring-Loaded Balloon Centerpiece in Yellow Spring-Loaded Balloon Centerpiece in Burgundy      
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Peacock Themed Wedding Decor

In September, we provided balloon decorations for my niece's wedding.  She asked for the "Wrought-Iron" decor I'd designed for another wedding, along with some centerpieces, in rich blue, violet, and sage, to compliment her "peacock" theme. Jeweled Peacock Pedestals - Balloon Centerpiece DSC_0145 Lighted Balloon Backdrop - Faux Wrought Iron
My husband with one of our grandsons - too cute!

My husband with one of our grandsons - too cute!

** (Click to see a time-lapse video of the making of the backdrop.)**

     
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“Hope Rising” – Balloon Anchor Decor

This month we were privileged to provide balloon decor for the 2014 Delta Gamma Convention in Phoenix, AZ.   Huge balloon anchors in various sizes and colors were created and placed in several areas at the Arizona Biltmore.
9' Hot Pink Balloon Anchor with Light Blue and White Chain

9' Hot Pink Balloon Anchor with Light Blue and White Chain

8' Balloon Anchor Sculpture in Blue, with a red and white cable.

8' Balloon Anchor Sculpture in Blue, with a Red and White Cable.

   
10' Bronze Balloon Anchor with Pearl White and White Cable.

10' Bronze Balloon Anchor with Pearl White and White Cable.

     
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Plump Starburst Balloon Chandeliers

These bright and colorful ceiling balloon decorations added such a fun touch to Bella's (creator of Origami Owl) birthday celebration!  LOTS of yellow and accents of hot pink.  Trendy, youthful party decorations.
Plump Starburst balloon chandeliers and jumbo rounds in yellow and wildberry.

Plump Starburst balloon chandeliers and jumbo rounds in yellow and wildberry.

  Check out our "before" and "after" photos below:
Before balloon decorations

Before balloon decorations

 
After balloon decorations are added.

After balloon decorations are added.

   
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Sports Banquet Centerpieces

Basketball Balloon Centerpiece - approximately 45" tall

Basketball Balloon Centerpiece - approximately 45" tall.  Photo by Collette Prather.

  These fun balloon centerpieces were created for the Chandler's Special Olympics and Therapeutic Sports Program Annual Sports Banquet.   Throughout the year, individuals participate in sports such as golf, bowling, softball, football, swimming, track & field, cheer, and basketball. Two dozen centerpieces in all.
Golf, football, baseball, bowling, and basketball centerpieces - Balloon Decor

Golf, football, baseball, bowling, and basketball centerpieces - Balloon Decor

 
Fun photo!

Fun photo!

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Commencement 2014

We were asked to provide balloons for three high school commencement ceremonies this week, which were held at Wells Fargo Arena (ASU Campus, Tempe, AZ). (Mesquite & Desert Ridge held their ceremonies on the same day, and were able to share their balloon decor.)
Mesquite High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

Mesquite High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

Desert Ridge High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

Desert Ridge High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

 
Queen Creek High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

Queen Creek High School Commencement - Graduation 2014

Congratulations to all the graduates and best wishes for the future!  
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“Starburst” Balloon Chandeliers

Made four of these for a very chic and uniquely decorated Bat Mitzvah over the weekend.  (Each "Starburst" measured approximately 8' in diameter and contained approximately 90 balloons.)
"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - Bat Mitzvah decorations

"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - Bat Mitzvah decorations

"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - contemporary event decorations

"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - contemporary event decorations

"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - suspended from the ceiling (each measuring 8' in diameter)

"Starburst" Balloon Chandeliers - suspended from the ceiling (each measuring 8' in diameter)

 
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“Hoppy” Easter!

Just a couple of bunnies from this weekend...

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

This 3' Easter Bunny is ready for his photo shoot with the kiddos.

This 3' Easter Bunny is ready for his photo shoot with the kiddos.

Easter Bunny in lilac...a 3' prop for an Easter photo shoot.

Easter Bunny in lilac...a 3' prop for an Easter photo shoot.

 
A couple of cute pink bunny rabbits for Easter gifts.

A couple of cute pink bunny rabbits for Easter gifts.

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“To Infinity & Beyond!”

"To Infinity and Beyond!" - Buzz & Woody - the best of friends!

"To Infinity and Beyond!" - Buzz & Woody - the best of friends!

    Created these in honor of a beloved nephew.  These "guys" were his favorites!   (Based on designs by Balloongenuity - THANK YOU!)        
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A Couple of “Sweet” Decoration Ideas

Balloon Candy Sucker Centerpieces

Balloon Candy Sucker Centerpieces

Balloon treats!  Delicious decorations for this event!

Balloon treats! Delicious decorations for this event!

            Fun sucker (lollipop) candy centerpieces for a girls activity - "It's a Sweet Life!  
Balloon Ice Cream Cone table decor - for a "Baby Gender Reveal" party.

Balloon Ice Cream Cone table decor - for a "Baby Gender Reveal" party.

  Baby Showers & Baby Gender Reveals - such an exciting time! This balloon ice cream cone was wrapped in a box and when lifted out the color of the cone revealed that...."It's a girl!"            
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