“Play Ball!” – Celebrating 75 years of International Little League!
“Noah’s Ark” Balloon centerpieces for a 1st Birthday Party – each accented with a pair of animals. What could make the theme even more fun….the birthday boy’s name is…. (wait for it…)…..NOAH! How adorable is that?!
Blue and Green Whimsical Columns greeted guests at the entrance to this outdoor baby shower. “Mr Stork” (a balloon table centerpiece) was also in attendance.
Ahhh…the fun and anticipation that comes with the expected arrival of a “bundle of joy”!
The Arctic, Rain Forest, and Savanna – animal habitats. How to incorporate all three in a balloon column? What I came up with was a little out of the ordinary, but the customer LOVED it!….Not to mention the students.
One child watched quietly as I built these columns, then got so excited when I put the blue and white balloons on. She said, “Finally – the ARCTIC! That’s my part.” (She told me she would be playing the walrus).
Below are centerpieces made for the refreshment tables – one animal representing each habitat.
This will definitely date me….but…being born and raised in Mesa, I remember the excitement and anticipation when Fiesta Mall was first built. This morning, as we installed balloon decorations for Valentine’s Day there at the mall, memories of yester-year came rushing back. I’m happy to see Fiesta Mall still looking so great! If you haven’t been there for a while, go check it out … it’s worth the visit!
Valentine’s Day is coming fast! Have YOU planned something for your sweetheart?
One of my life-long favorite Christmas movies is the animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, written by Dr. Seuss. Imagine how much fun it was to help decorate this week for a Christmas party with a “Whoville” theme!
If you are a big fan of the movie as well, you might remember the “Welcome to Whoville” arch – it’s pink. We made one for this event in purple – to match the client’s company color.
For the stage, we fashioned a skiwampus, Whoville-style Christmas tree with ornaments and lights. To complement the rest of the decor, we created custom, oversized Christmas ornaments and suspended them from the ceiling.
Ahhh…the power of suggestion! The pull to revisit my childhood for a short while by watching the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is strong! Lucky for me, my grandkids came to visit today – so I watched it with them (it was the FIRST time they’d seen the movie) – FUN!
Happy Christmas to all!
This past weekend we traveled to Buckeye to decorate and twist balloons for their annual “Hometown Holiday Boutique”.
To visit with Santa, children walked through this fun Peppermint Arch.
These 6 foot tall Peppermint Columns helped to guide the way to see Santa.
This 9 1/2 foot tall Nutcracker (one of my most popular designs), framed by two jumbo-sized candy canes, made a fun and interactive photo backdrop. The arms on this guy were moveable. I watched and children would stand next to him (the Nutcracker) for a picture…they would stand right up next to his side and let his arm rest across their shoulder. Absolutely adorable!
We also suspended several balloon “Christmas Ornaments” from the ceiling. After the event, these were transferred to decorate town hall.
There’s nothing like the feel of riding a bike! At a recent birthday party, children brought their bicycles; decorated them with balloons; and rode through an obstacle course. There were gentle ramps, a “bike wash” (paper streamers hung from above), balloon pylons to weave in and out of, and a colorful balloon arch for the finish!
Each child received a balloon bicycle as a take-home gift.
Such a fun birthday party idea for kids!
Thanks for inviting Balloon Happy AZ to provide the balloons! 😀
Break out the spiders and pumpkins – it’s that time of year again!
While much of the country looks forward to the cooler fall/winter months with dread, here in Phoenix, Arizona, we LOVE it! These are the months we can enjoy being outdoors without needing a swimming pool to keep cool. Add to this FABULOUS weather the fun holiday months and… you’ve got a reason to celebrate!
Yesterday we created a balloon entrance arch for a city-wide Fall Festival. We added a couple of balloon spiders to really make it fun!
Must be the cooler weather and fall colors…but now, I’m craving CANDY CORN!
First – make balloon fantasy flowers in pearl white & gold.
Second – make a variety of tabletop columns (Based on Centerpiece ideas made for 2012 Twist & Shout Banquet.)
Third – Decorate tabletop columns with fantasy flowers (the flowers are “take-away” gifts for the guests at the event.)
One of the perks of balloon design is the enjoyment that comes from people’s reaction when they see balloons as they’ve never seen them before. We created these street lamps and wedding backdrop for my niece’s wedding this past weekend – created them to look like wrought iron. It was fun to watch and listen as guests arrived. It was usually a few minutes before their eyes would widen and their mouth would drop open, “Are those BALLOONS?!” Some of the comments that evening:
“I thought that backdrop was mahogany!”
“I’ve never seen anything like it!”
“I am totally amazed! I never knew balloons could look like something other than a carnival!”
“After seeing this, I’ve TOTALLY changed my idea of what I want my wedding decorations to look like!”
Many thanks to my daughter, Amy, who helped with all the designing (we were responsible for all the decorating for the wedding reception, not just the balloons), and to all the family and friends who put in long hours to help decorate! (My husband, daughter-Marie, the bride’s family and friends,…and special thanks to those who babysat my grandkids so my daughters could help!)
Just say the name “Dr. Seuss” and fun, whimsical thoughts come to mind…you may start to wonder if Thing 1 or Thing 2 is about to pop-in or glance to see if there’s a Wocket in your Pocket.
My thoughts today were such, as I created two fanciful “Seuss-like” balloon columns for an event with the theme “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
Now, back at home, I find myself drawn to the bookshelf…anxious to check on the Star-bellied Sneetches and the North & South-going Zax.
I recently had a customer request a gift / centerpiece for a co-worker who loves wine. Being a recurring customer, she then gave me a budget amount to work within and basically told me, “Make whatever you want – I know it will be fabulous!”
This is the design I came up with – an over-sized champagne bottle & bubbles rising from balloon grape clusters in three colors – a centerpiece that was OVER 6 FEET TALL!
(For non-drinkers, like myself, this works as a nonalcoholic “sparkling cider” centerpiece as well.)
Warm weather is a fabulous time for swim parties, beach parties, and luaus – And, here in Arizona…well, that’s pretty much all year long!
Today we created an underwater world for a sweet little girl’s 1st Birthday Party! Several centerpieces with octopi, a crab & a mermaid, LOTS and LOTS of colorful polka dot “swimming” (helium) fish, bubbles, and more! Sure made us feel that we were right there, in the ocean, swimming with all these friendly creatures! These centerpieces were made so that, and the end of the party, each of the creatures could be detached and given as take-home gifts for all the party guests. What a great idea!
Whether for a birthday party, a baby shower, or just a great summer event! – Sea creatures sure bring the party to life! (These same designs could also be done in bolder colors.)
This fabulously fun party was held at Hubbard Family Swim School.
I had a request from a customer one Friday afternoon for some balloon decorations the following Monday – the customer wanted a candy theme…in NEON! I’ve never seen a balloon candyland done in neon…my guess is because neon balloons only come in two sizes: 260Q and 11″ round – definitely limiting when it comes to balloon decor. Neon balloons are fun (FYI they are blacklight-sensitive), but I don’t typically get requests for them in decor, so I don’t keep them in stock…I HAD to be sure I purchased everything I needed right then. Knowing that my balloon suppliers close at 4pm on Fridays and don’t reopen until Monday morning (which would be too late to get any needed supplies) I rushed over to Big Fun Balloons where they gave me a place to sit down and quickly draw up some balloon designs for the project. (Note: A HUGE thank you to Julie & Anthony at Big Fun, who were such a great help!)
I was only able to do a couple of hours of prep work over the weekend, so Monday morning I was up bright and early to start building some of the elements for the project. Amy Seiter & Marta Hoburg both came to help me on this project – I definitely couldn’t have done it without them! They are my heroes!
What balloon designs did we do? We built a 9′, double-scoop ice cream cone with sprinkles, an 8′ gumball machine, and scads of lollipops and wrapped candy suspended from the ceiling in a shower of sweets! (We also left of couple of these candies for use in photos.) Last-minute and rushed, but overall…we considered it a “sweet” success!
I was recently asked to help with decorations for an event for 10 & 11 year-old girls. The theme? – “Happy to BEE me!” There were several wonderful volunteers who helped with some of the inflating and to get everything in place. To them I say, “THANK YOU!”
First on the list – a photo backdrop of a beehive. This was a GREAT opportunity for me to experiment with a Rouse Matrix System, as it would give the the hexagonal look of honeycomb…a beehive hanging from a tree limb. At the last minute we decided to raise it up a bit, so we quickly created a daisy flower garland (matching the centerpieces) to fill-in the gap on the bottom.
For the table centerpieces, we created balloon floral bouquets of white daisies and placed them in bright yellow buckets with bumble bee trim.
The ceiling was extremely high, so we suspended large white daisy-like flowers and some busy bumble bees to help liven the room and give a cozier feel.
All in all…it was BEE-utiful!
With March comes the opening day for Chandler National Little League. We LOVE providing both balloon twisting and balloon decorations for the festivities each year! this year, as part of the balloon decorations, we created a giant baseball cap out of balloons using balloon topiary netting. The finished sculpture took up as much space in the garage as a sedan!
(Photo courtesy of firstname.lastname@example.org)
I originally designed this colorful arch for a luau event I did with several other balloon artists last June. Since then I’ve had several customer requests for this arch. Seems that, no matter how elaborate the rest of the balloon decorations are at any event, this stunning arch gets the most raves!
Funny how a last-minute addition can have lasting impact…
A couple years ago, I was asked to provide a couple of balloon columns and some centerpieces for the birthday party for an adorable 1 year-old girl. The theme? PRINCESSES!
For centerpieces I made balloon “pillows” upon which rested a balloon tiara. These tiaras were then given as gifts to the other young guests at the party.
The lighted balloon Corinthian Columns were placed on either side of a beautiful Disney Princess mural that was provided by the mother of the birthday girl.
As I was getting ready to leave the venue, I hesitated…there was just something missing… My husband was with me and I asked his opinion. We came up with the idea of adding a “flower garland” – spanning the distance between the two columns and framing the beautiful mural. It was a sort of “pseudo arch”. Last-minute…and it made all the difference.
A luau is always in style! And to decorate your luau with pizazz…do it in balloons!
(Photos courtesy of Marci Shill Photography…the nice ones are that is. The others are courtesy of a few cell phones.)
As guests entered they were “washed ashore” by a giant balloon rip curl!
(About 1000 balloons used for the “water” alone.)
A balloon “surfer dude” rode the balloon wave as well.
(Seems most every guy who sees this, claims the surfer was modeled after him.)
A very “touristy” balloon tiki hut served as a backdrop for a refreshing frozen tropical drink station for the teenagers (approx 12′ wide, 9′ tall, 3′ deep).
Sure hope those “tiki torches” don’t catch the roof on fire…
“The Balloon People” came and set-up balloon palm trees throughout the room that we decorated with a variety of flowers, plants, and animals. (Thanks, Francine!)
We built a framed, non-helium, 32′ Tropical Flower Arch that spanned the dance floor – a colorful, elegant backdrop for the Polynesian dancers that performed that night. This is my wonderful husband JOE – I consider him to be the backbone of Balloon Happy AZ. He engineers and builds all the framing I need for my balloon project designs…and helps with most everything else. What a guy!
Thank you, ladies!
And the rest of the team who made all this possible…