Back to DC….A Warm Welcome

It is always wonderful to return home. Of course, it would have been a bit sweeter if I was not leaving the Athens fire only to arrive at the Washington frying pan! That’s right folks, its going over 100 degrees Tuesday; so, don’t forget the sunblock. I can, of course, take the heat in stride; but, whoa to my poor balloons. High heat and humidity are the greatest enemy to balloons (Please see www.BallroomBalloons.com/faq.html) So, what’s to do:

Tomorrow, I have a party to decorate at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce across from the White House. The best thing I can do to protect the balloons (which must be inflated and delivered before going from MD to DC) is to start by inflating the balloons a few hours before leaving, so they get a chance to “settle”. Next, all balloon arrangements will be bagged in specialized balloon bags to protect them from humidity and dirty air. Finally, and most importantly, I must “pre-cool” my delivery van by shuttering the blinds and running the front and rear air conditioning for twenty minutes before loading the balloons. And, just to be safe, I drive right up to my door to load; and, I park right near my destination door so the balloons arrive with all their luster intact.

Despite the heat, its a great feeling to come back from a week of being away to a full slate of parties and deliveries. My most loyal Clients seemed comfortable to wait for me to return from Ballooniversity to take care of their balloon and Helium needs (Please see www.BallroomBalloons.com/rentals.html).

Stay tuned for another Ballooniversity Report about Parade Floats (Please see www.BallroomBalloons.com/gallery.html) including how I learned to make “The World’s Smallest Parade Float”. Until then…..

Enjoy,

Stan

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Report From Ballooniversity

Its been an exhausting yet thrilling week in Athens, GA, where I returned for a third time to Ballooniversity for extensive balloon decorating training, seminars, and workshops. This had been my first trip back since 2000; and, although, I am of course excited about learning new techniques and products, I am also relieved to see that Ballroom Balloons (www.BallroomBalloons.com) remains in the forefront of the balloon decorating industry in terms of enthusiasm, skills and creativity. To be sure, there will always be tons more to learn; but, there is a very definate satisfaction to know that I could be teaching many of the classes as well as attending them.

This year, I participated in the large sculpture competition by helping Carmen Ballering and her daughter, Stephanie from Balloons Milwaukee. To give you some perspective about what this means, the top prize for this competetion was a few thousand dollars in cash, tuition, and merchandise………and we came in second place! This still paid $500.00 and Carmen received a plaque as well. Although this project was not my design, I made some very important contributions, including over twleve hours of labor inflating and securing thousands of tiny air-filled balloons.

The design was a computer with a keyboard, mouse, and arms holding the world above it. I encouraged Carmen to replace the computer mouse with an animal mouse and also to create an apple to identify the computer as a Mac. The competition included some unbelievably great designs; and, it is a true source of pride to know that my contributions were so important. Within a few weeks I will have picures in www.BallroomBalloons.com/gallery.html. A photo of the sculpture has already appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald on July 27, 2006.(www.onlineathens.com).

To get more ideas about what large balloon sculptures are like, please visit that section in our gallery of balloon decor as referenced above. You may also find some helpful info in our pricing section at www.BallroomBalloons.com/pricing/html.

If you want to learn more about the classes, seminars, and decorator’s workshop which I just completed, please visit www.ballooniversity.com.

Enjoy,

Stan
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Postcard From Ballooniversity

Dear Friends and (Balloon) Lovers,

    I have just completed the two day Decorator’s Workshop at Ballooniversity in Athens, Ga. It has been an awesome experience so far! With this year’s theme: “A World of Possibilities”, I have participated in building mammoth scale balloon sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Pyramids, a Chinese Temple, The Taj Mahal, an African Village, and a 75-foot long Dragon. Each of these projects had the help from dozens of balloon artists from around the world; and, we used thousands of balloons. These sculptures are kept secret from the regular Ballooniversity participants who arrive Friday, as they will be the decorations for our Saturday night party. Check back soon to www.ballroomballoons.com/gallery.html  for new photos from Ballooniversity.

    Additionally, for the past two days I have been lucky enough to contribute to a three person team entered in the large sculpture competition. Somehow, I managed to squeeze in over a dozen hours these past two days helping to build a seven-foot tall computer, mouse, and keyboard out of thousands of balloons. I will soon have more to say about this experience on www.ballroomballoons.com/blog/.

    I also completed my own entry in the delivery bouquet contest. My theme was A World of Paradise, in keeping with the World of Possibilities theme. Cash awards, trophies, and prizes will be awarded at our final Saturday night party. An easy way to view samples of our work can be found at www.ballroomballoons.com/slideshow.html.

    Friday and Saturday I will be attending classes and hands-on balloon decorating seminars all day. I look forward to posting a report about those when I return to Maryland. Of course, there will be new pictures coming within a few weeks.

  Just a word about the city of Athens and the people at Ballooniversity. They have all been fantastic! I have met people from throughout the South, the rest of the U. S. as well people from China to the U.K. We have been treated as honored guests every where in Athens. Even the 100 degree heat can’t cool off the high of this experience! Best bets if you visit Athens 1) The University of Georgia campus 2) The Mayflower Restaurant on Broad Street for the best breakfast ever-especially the biscuits. 3) Little Italy Restaurant for the best NYC style pizza I’ve ever had.

Enjoy,

Stan
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BallroomBalloons.com Launches New Web-Site

We’ve been in the balloon business for 20 years; but, today, July 21, 2006, Ballroom Balloons entered the 21st century. The new site was developed by a custom web design business named eNicola.com with help from me, Stan, your friendly neighborhood stan@ballroomballoons.com?subject=Inquiry from BallroomBalloons.com/blog”>balloon man. Special thanks go out to Michael Scheinman, designer of Ballroom Balloon’s first site and inspiration for the next generation.

The Gallery section of the site (www.ballroomballoons.com/gallery.html) will go live some time next week. For now, please enjoy the slide show.

The launching of this new site marks the beginning stages of Ballroom Balloons expanding its reach both regionally and globally. For the last several years, we have been steadily decreasing our print advertising in preparation for this day and days to come. With the marketing plan soon to start firing on all cylendars, we hope to dramatically increase Ballroom Balloons reach into cyberspace. If you are new to considering balloon art to decorate your next event, we encourage you to read www.ballroomballoons.com/about.html when you have a moment. The FAQ page at www.ballroomballoons.com/faq.html may also help answer some of your qustions about balloons.

Its not just about more business. Of course, the primary reason for this new interactive web-site is to bring more Clients into our fold. But, with balloon decorating and all the more serious arts, its also about reaching out and spreading joy to more people. So, while we welcome what we hope is a more profitable future, we also relish the idea of making more people happy with and through our work.

Next week I am returning to Athens, GA, home of Ballooniversity (see ballooniversity.com) to participate in the hands-on decorator’s workshop and attend and participate in educational classes and seminars. There I will assist in construction of large scale balloon sculpture, this year’s theme being, “A World of Possibilities”. Who knows, we may re-create the Eifel Tower or Big Ben. In any case, please be sure to look for photos from Ballooniversity in the Gallery under “What’s New in Balloons”.

I will also be entering my first competition at Ballooniversity. Generally, I loathe that sort of thing; but, I am only entering the “Delivery Bouquet” contest, rather than the more exhasting sculpture competitions. Making what I call my “Big Bouquets” for individual recipients (like when I do singing telegrams-see www.ballroomballoons.com/singingtelegrams.html) is something I enjoy quite a bit. Unlike decoration, where a certain uniformity must be adhered to, making one unique arrangement is just pure fun!

Stay tuned for “Report From Balloonvisity” appearing in the first few days of August.

Enjoy,

Stan

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