Elaine opted for face painting this year at her daughter’s birthday. Will it hold up to Dave’s balloon twisting? (For context, she’s a satisfied return client! We just emailed her to make sure she was just as happy with her service this year as she was last year.)
Hi David! I wish you had been able to be at our party, but Heather was set on face painting [for her birthday]. Your girl (I forget her name?) was wonderful! All of the kids got tons of different faces with extra glitter (of course). Thanks so much for all of your help! Maybe next year we’ll see both of you for Heather’s 7th birthday! 😉
Hey all! I get lots of questions about how I learned to balloon twist, so I thought I’d let everyone who’s curious know how this all began!
Back in 2009, at my oldest child’s kindergarden Parent Action Team meeting, I was put in charge of fundraiser entertainment. After hours of trying to find a free balloon twister and failing, I decided to try it myself. And after a few more hours, I had learned a sword, a dog, and a flower. (Well, it was a start!)
Since then I’ve been getting better and better. And by now, I can twist basically anything you’d want! Because I love it!
Balloon twisters go to professional conventions, can subscribe to services like BalloonClick.com, and can join all sorts of FaceBook groups set on helping them get better. I do all three! Its’ a lot of hours every year, but the results are worth it.
Besides balloon twisting, I work a semi-boring day job, spend my evenings with my wonderful three children, and root for the SeaHawks whenever I find a spare second.
We keep getting asked: “What happens if it snows?”
Connecticut is a pretty crazy place to throw parties during the winter! For everyone’s safety, we ALWAYS encourage you reschedule your party if its going to be snowing or icing within a few hours before your party or during your party. We have heard of a few fender-benders (thankfully nothing worse) by guests trying to get to birthdays!
Our actual policy, however, is this:
If you outright cancel your party for any reason including snow, you forfeit your deposit
If you reschedule your party for any reason outside of your control including snow, we will move your deposit
If we cancel for weather, we refund your money and give you 50% off your next party. This has only happened to us once!
My favorite comment from new twisters is always: “When I do that the balloons pop all the time.” I always laugh and ask what brand balloons they have used. 99% of the time their answer is “I don’t know, from the toy store.” or “From the discount market.” The only advice I can give them is to buy Qualatex balloons and try again. They sell them in our local party store. My favorite say is “Even if you are the greatest balloon artist in the world, with bad balloons you can’t do anything because they will pop.”
Since we don’t have Walmart in the Netherlands I don’t have any experience with their balloons but my favorite YouTube balloon twister Holly Hopper ‘The Twister Sister’ has made a YouTube video where in she tests Walmart Balloons. Funny and interesting video!
Only balloon muggles make this mistake? Well…
When I was in Mexico a few years ago I wanted to have a chat with the clown in our resort. I wondered why he had twisting balloons pumped up and handed them out without even making a sausage dog out of it. He didn’t understand English and my Spanish is not that good so I showed him wat I ment. I took a balloon to make a simple dog out of it. Hmmm, these don’t feel like Qualatex balloons but okay… Then I tried to make some twists – you’ll probably already get it – the balloon popped when I hadn’t even finished the front legs.
I thought that only non balloon twisting people buy bad balloons but this story proofs that even professional people sometimes work with lousy balloons. I still don’t know or I had to feel sorry for him or that he just was not that professional as he looked like…
My advice, buy professional, good quality balloons if you want to be taken serious as a balloon artist.
I often get asked, “can you come up with an _____ design for our themed party?” The short answer is yes: because you get what you pay for!
I’ve been twisting balloons for five years, going to balloon twisting conventions (yes, they’re real!), and practicing all along the way. Whether it’s Skylander, Spongebob, Disney, or anything else, I can make it work!
My fascination with balloon twisting came with my first child’s kindergarden Parents Group. After volunteering to help with a fundraiser, I couldn’t find a free balloon twister anywhere. Well, I soon learned why! After a few hours work I could twist a dog, a sword, a flower, and that was about it!
But I had a blast!!!!!!!!!
Balloon twisting is a passion, a hobby, and a part-time job. I’d love to come up with some special designs for your next party!
(Just let me know in advanced. Because if I don’t know the show or character, I’m happy to learn it!)