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Straying From the Ordinary

This is somewhat of an extension of my post last summer when I listed my most favorite & unique ways to use a Balloonatic creation

During the past month I have been consumed with inquiries. Which is amazing. The best part? The requests that have come in aren’t for my traditional Balloon + Tail “column” style party-goers, but for elaborate, design-influenced installs, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Here are the top three install styles I will be working on in the coming months:

The Ceiling Swag ~ Picture this. You book a venue. The ceilings are drab or a canvas waiting to be covered. This is not a new problem when it comes to event planning…and balloons have been done before you could say, along with light transfers and fabric draping. This time around, think bigger. Giant balloons bobbing along the ceiling, or cozying up to architectural indents in somewhat of an upside-down-candy-dish sort of way. The icing on the cake is when we add miles of intertwined tassel swag, draped from balloon to balloon, to create a ceiling install that will likely still be talked about at breakfast the next morning. 

The Floating Forest ~ Plant a forest of balloon columns, let them float to the ceiling, repeat. An amazing way to bring a high ceiling down to an intimate level of fantasy fringe, hung almost within arms reach. This is only a slight variation of The Ceiling Swag, but imagine the change in scenery from one to the other.

The Gazebo ~ Where there is no ceiling, we shall invent one! Picture a runway, or outdoor ceremony underneath a “ceiling” of variant sized, monochromatic (or not) balloons, all invisibly strung to a similar height above chairs.

The Ceiling Effect

 

Bonus | The Backdrop ~ Lastly, a little something I obsessing over other than installs above the head…the Balloon wall backdrop. I can’t tell you how anxious I am to see this variation of a backdrop in place. Again, variant sized balloons come in to play and as far as color schemes, endless. I prefer a monochromatic version myself, with a close second place that utilizes clear balloons and glittery filling.

Watch my social feeds for the real-deal images in the upcoming months!

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The Real Deal

The moment when you make your first actual sale….indescribable.

Someone actually thought my creations were worthy enough to float above the tables at a very special 60th Anniversary celebration.

I jumped right away at this chance and dove head first into the job. I immediately started quizzing my client (who happened to be the Granddaughter that was spearheading the planning) what the guest of honors’ wedding colors were, anything special that could be incorporated and any other hints that would help me develop the initial colors and materials.

The actual wedding day of Josephine & Lorne was very modest and the bride chose the non-traditional route of wearing a navy blue women’s dress suit. Any ideas I had before knowing this were instantly wiped out, instead I was now on a new color train, sparked by the blue in Jo’s wedding day wardrobe, and the blue and cream decor of the Wedgewood Room at The Willows.

Later on, that very same day I received a heartwarming video from Jo (as most people know her by) stating that her favorite colors are blue and yellow. That left me with an obvious and fitting accent choice of silver Mylar and sparkly silver ribbon to play into the “diamond” anniversary year and a small touch of white lace just to add a little hint of wedding to the pieces.

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My original plan, since there were four of them, was to have all four tails topped with white balloons.

That didn’t exactly go the way I wanted it to! That day before the party, I brought home four, giant white balloons, filled to the brim with helium. I took them down to my “balloon room” for overnight storage and instantly one popped. It was the loudest balloon pop I’ve ever witnessed. And it popped my plan, bigtime!

You might be wondering why? Well I knew I had just bought the party store out of their supply of white balloons.

Time for plan b. I called my client and ran the plan by her. Two blue balloons and two white ones. With an extra white one on hand just in case of another popping incident! She loved it, especially when I sent her this….

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I had arrived at the party store shortly after just leaving there, and they graciously filled both giant blue balloons with helium, free of charge! What a relief! Helium isn’t cheap…but I’ll dig into that topic another day.

That night, I finished up the tail assembly and had everything ready to go. It felt amazing to only have one small little snag in the process, and be pleased with the product I was to deliver the next day.

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The next morning, I loaded five balloons into my wagon, four tails, and a bag of “just in case” supplies. I headed out to The Willows with excitement in my veins and hope that everyone would be pleased with what I had tediously prepared.

Arriving at the front door, I was greeted with shrieks and jumps of joy! Nothing better than that! I placed and weighted the balloons and sure enough…no camera on me! Something I never even leave my bedroom without, was sitting at home, in my bedroom! I snagged a camera from a staff member and was so relieved to have captured the moment.

Until the next post….

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Surprise!

From the very start, I had been brainstorming ways to get exposure. Among many ideas, was the surprise idea. Show up to a party with a giant balloon complete with fancy, flowing tassels and someone is sure to take notice!

My sister Sara is a Manager at on of Saskatoon’s many Wendy’s restaurants and I was invited to tag along to their recent manager party at the Sheraton Cavalier . An afternoon spent with families of the managers at the watersides. Since I knew there would be plenty of kids in attendance, I decided this would be a perfect time to bring along a surprise balloon.

I used Wendy’s colors; Yellow for the balloon, Red, Light Blue and accents of Gold Mylar and sparkly gold ribbon for the tassel tail. I decided not to tell Sara but made sure to drop plenty of hints via the Balloonatic Twitter & Facebook accounts.

We met at the hotel on Saturday. After I unloaded the kids from the car, out came the giant Yellow surprise! She was so excited! Everywhere that this yellow balloon trailed us, so did excited looks, lots of “oh wow’s” and plenty of smiles. We tied the balloon to our table at the pool and had plenty of comments and questions. It was the perfect mix of gift and garnering exposure. Not to mention my favorite creation so far….

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