Little League Baseball – 75th Anniversary!

“Play Ball!” – Celebrating 75 years of International Little League!

"Power Pitcher" - Balloon Baseball Column Decoration

“Power Pitcher” – Balloon Baseball Column Decoration

Baseball Helium Balloon Arch floats between two Baseball Bat Balloon Columns

Baseball Helium Balloon Arch floats between two Baseball Bat Balloon Columns

Posted in Columns & Arches, Large Event Decorations, Sports | Leave a comment

Noah’s Ark

“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?!

Pairs of adorable balloon animal  adorn these fun centerpieces - Monkeys, Lions, Zebras, Giraffes, and Exotic Birds!

Pairs of adorable balloon animal adorn these fun centerpieces – Monkeys, Lions, Zebras, Giraffes, and Exotic Birds!

Posted in Baby Shower, Centerpieces, Jungle, Kid Theme Parties | Leave a comment

Baby Shower – It’s a Boy!

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.

Whimsical Columns at a recent Baby Shower

Whimsical  Balloon Columns at a recent Baby Shower

Mr. Stork - a great centerpiece for a baby shower

Mr. Stork – a great balloon centerpiece for a baby shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhh…the fun and anticipation that comes with the expected arrival of a “bundle of joy”!

Posted in Baby Shower, Centerpieces, Columns & Arches | Leave a comment

School Play – Animal Habitats

Balloon column representing the tree animal habitats - Rain Forest, Savanna, and Arctic

Balloon column representing the tree animal habitats – Rain Forest, Savanna, and Arctic

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.

Zebra - Savanna Twisted Balloon Animal

Zebra – Savanna
Twisted Balloon Animal

Penguin - Arctic Twisted Balloon Animal

Penguin – Arctic
Twisted Balloon Animal

Red-Eyed Tree Frog - Twisted Balloon Animal

Red-Eyed Tree Frog – Rain Forest
Twisted Balloon Animal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Centerpieces, Columns & Arches, Jungle, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day @ Fiesta Mall!

Valentine's Day Foil Balloon Decor

Valentine’s Day Foil Balloon Decor

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!

Fiesta Mall - Valentine's Day 3These elegant foil balloon “chandeliers” were roughly 8’x 8′, with dangling red heart “charm” centers.

Valentine's Day Foil Balloon Decorations

Valentine’s Day Foil Balloon Decorations

Valentine's Day Foil Balloon Columns with red heart toppers.

Valentine’s Day Foil Balloon Columns with red heart toppers.

 

 

Valentine’s Day is coming fast!  Have YOU planned something for your sweetheart?

 

Posted in Columns & Arches, Large Event Decorations, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Whoville-like Christmas!

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!

A balloon welcome arch, like in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

A balloon welcome arch, like in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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.

Dr. Seuss - Whoville Balloon Christmas Tree

Dr. Seuss – Whoville Balloon Christmas Tree

 

Foil Balloon Christmas Ornaments - Whoville Decorations

Foil Balloon Christmas Ornaments – Whoville Decorations

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!

 

Posted in Columns & Arches, Holidays, Large Event Decorations | Leave a comment

A Visit to See Santa!

This past weekend we traveled to Buckeye to decorate and twist balloons for their annual “Hometown Holiday Boutique”.

Fun Peppermint Balloon Arch

Fun Peppermint Balloon Arch

To visit with Santa, children walked through this fun Peppermint Arch.

Peppermint Christmas Balloon Columns

Peppermint Christmas Balloon Columns

These 6 foot tall Peppermint Columns helped to guide the way to see Santa.

Christmas Nutcracker & Jumbo Candy Canes - Fun photo op

Christmas Nutcracker & Jumbo Candy Canes – Fun photo op

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!

Balloon Christmas Ornaments

Balloon Christmas Ornaments

We also suspended several balloon “Christmas Ornaments” from the ceiling.  After the event, these were transferred to decorate town hall.

Posted in Columns & Arches, Holidays, Large Event Decorations | Leave a comment

Bicycle Birthday Bash!

Balloon Arch for Bicycle Birthday Party Finish Line

Balloon Arch for Bicycle Birthday Party Finish Line

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.

Scads of Balloon Bicycles – Great party favor idea!

Such a fun birthday party idea for kids!

Thanks for inviting Balloon Happy AZ to provide the balloons!  😀

Posted in Columns & Arches, Kid Theme Parties, Sports | Leave a comment

Giant Spiders and Fall Balloons

Fun spiders crawling on this Fall / Halloween balloon arch

Fun spiders crawling on this Fall / Halloween balloon arch

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!

Posted in Columns & Arches, Holidays, Kid Theme Parties, Large Event Decorations | Leave a comment

Elegant Table Decorations

First – make balloon fantasy flowers in pearl white & gold.

Balloon Fantasy Flower in Pearl White & Gold

Balloon Fantasy Flower in Pearl White & Gold

Second – make a variety of tabletop columns (Based on Centerpiece ideas made for 2012 Twist & Shout Banquet.)

Elegant White & Gold Tabletop Decorations

Elegant White & Gold Tabletop Decorations

Third – Decorate tabletop columns with fantasy flowers (the flowers are “take-away” gifts for the guests at the event.)

Elegant Table Centerpieces in White and Gold

Elegant Table Centerpieces in White and Gold

Centerpiece with White and Gold Fantasy Flowers

Centerpiece with White and Gold Fantasy Flowers

 

Posted in Centerpieces, Flowers - Floral, Miscellaneous, Wedding | Leave a comment

Balloon Wrought Iron – Elegant Wedding Decorations

Elegant Balloon "Wrought Iron" Lighted Wedding Backdrop

Elegant Balloon “Wrought Iron” Lighted Wedding Backdrop

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:

Wedding Centerpieces and Balloon Decorations

Wedding Centerpieces and Balloon Decorations

“I thought that backdrop was mahogany!”

“I’ve never seen anything like it!”

“Sooooo elegant!”

“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!”

Hanging balloon lamps (they actually lit up, but weren't on in this photo)

Hanging balloon lamps (they actually lit up, but weren’t on in this photo)

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!)

Lighted Centerpiece

Lighted Centerpiece

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon Bride & Groom

Balloon Bride & Groom

Posted in Centerpieces, Columns & Arches, Large Event Decorations, Lighted, Miscellaneous, Wedding | Leave a comment

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” – Dr. Seuss Themed Balloon Decorations

Balloon Column - Dr. Seuss Themed decorations

Balloon Column – Dr. Seuss Themed decorations

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.

Whimsical, Dr. Seuss-like Balloon Columns

Whimsical, Dr. Seuss-like Balloon Columns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Columns & Arches, Kid Theme Parties, Large Event Decorations, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Celebrate!

Time to Celebrate!

Time to Celebrate!

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.)

 

 

Posted in Centerpieces, Holidays | Leave a comment

Under the Sea – A Swim Party!

Ocean Octopus with Floating Fish - Underwater!

Ocean Octopus with Floating Fish – Underwater!

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!

Mermaid ...Blue-eyes & Brown Hair - to match the birthday girl!

Mermaid …Blue-eyes & Brown Hair – to match the birthday girl!

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.

Posted in Baby Shower, Centerpieces, Kid Theme Parties, Ocean / Sea / Nautical, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Balloon Candy Shop – in NEON!

Balloon Ice Cream Cone with sprinkles and "falling" wrapped candy

Balloon Ice Cream Cone with sprinkles and “falling” wrapped candy

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!)

Balloon wrapped candy shower - overhead view

Balloon wrapped candy shower – overhead view

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!

Lollipops and candy shower - in neon balloons

Lollipops and candy shower – in neon balloons

Amy Seiter, Brenda Hatch, Marta Hoburg

Amy Seiter, Brenda Hatch, Marta Hoburg

Posted in Columns & Arches, Kid Theme Parties, Large Event Decorations, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Bumble Bees – BUZZZZZ!

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!”

Buzy Beehive Backdrop

“Busy Beehive Backdrop”

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.

"Daisies and Bumblebees"

“Daisy Bouquet”

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.

"Bumble Bees and Daisies"

“Bumble Bees and Daisies”

All in all…it was BEE-utiful!

 

Posted in Centerpieces, Flowers - Floral, Kid Theme Parties | Leave a comment

PLAY BALL!

Giant Balloon Baseball Cap

 

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 flash@pixelpv.com)

 

Posted in Large Event Decorations, Miscellaneous, Sports | Leave a comment

Tropical Flower Balloon Arch

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!

luau pink fuschia purple orange yellow green decorations

Tropical Flower Balloon Arch

luau palm trees monkeys bird purple fuschia pink green yellow

Arch close-up

yellow green purple pink fuschia orange luau decorations

Tropical Arch at Batmitzvah

 

Tropical Decorations

Luau Floral Arch with Tiki Poles

Posted in Columns & Arches, Flowers - Floral, Large Event Decorations, Luau - Tropical | Leave a comment

Princess Party Balloon Decorations

Princess party ideas

Princess balloon tiara resting on “pillow”

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.

Princess - pink purple lavender party decorations columns flower arch

Lighted Balloon Corinthian Column with flower garland

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.

Posted in Centerpieces, Columns & Arches, Flowers - Floral, Kid Theme Parties, Lighted, Princess | Leave a comment

ALOHA MITZVAH – A Luau in Balloons!

A luau is always in style!  And to decorate your luau with pizazzdo it in balloons!

(Photos courtesy of Marci Shill Photography…the nice ones are that is.  The others are courtesy of a few cell phones.)

Tropical luau decorations ideas

Balloon Wave Arch with “Surfer Dude”

As guests entered they were “washed ashore” by a giant balloon rip curl!

(About 1000 balloons used for the “water” alone.)

luau tropical party decorations ideas

Balloon Wave Wall

luau ocean party decorations

Balloon “Surfer Dude”

A balloon “surfer dude” rode the balloon wave as well.

(Seems most every guy who sees this, claims the surfer was modeled after him.)

luau decorations ideas tropical

Balloon Tiki Hut

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…

tropical luau flowers monkey decorations ideas

Decorated Balloon Palm Trees

luau tropical decorations ideas snake anaconda monkey flowers

Tropical Balloon Palm Tree with Snake

 

 

 

 

“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!)

luau decorations ideas

Tropical Fantasy Flowers – Hibiscus

luau tropical decorations ideas

Yellow Hibiscus – Balloon Fantasy Flower

tropical balloon arch flowers decorations

Brenda & Joe Hatch

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!

Marta Hoburg Kristy Edel Balloon Arch

Marta & Kristy

Marta Hoburg (Bee Happy Balloons) and Kristy Edel (Twisty Kristy) – Two FABULOUSLY talented balloon artists!  We all work together as a team on large projects like this.

Thank you, ladies!

And the rest of the team who made all this possible…

Amy & Jed Seiter

Amy & Jed Seiter

Matthew Millett

Matthew Millett

Shaun Skaff

Shaun Skaff

 

Posted in Columns & Arches, Flowers - Floral, Large Event Decorations, Luau - Tropical, Ocean / Sea / Nautical | Leave a comment