“My parents sent me to clown school because I didn’t clean my room.”
“I was raised by a wild band of clowns roaming the woods of Transylvania, twisting our shelter and food from balloons.”
“Well I tried to be a Vegas show girl but when that failed I needed a fall back career.”
I try to keep it light at parties, so those are normally the answers I give to everyone’s favorite question: “How did you become a balloon twister?”
But the real story is much more bizarre and tragic. I don’t like to tell it often at parties because it tends to bring down the mood of any birthday party I do.
I started as a CIA analyst out of college back in 1986. I was stationed with a group of US Naval officers to take possession of a cutting-edge nuclear submarine. It was touch-and-go, but the CIA had me there to help the Navy sub we were riding on avoid any violent confrontation.
But, as we closed in on the sub, we realized that was no longer an option. A Soviet Ambassador had learned of our plans via the Soviet Sub’s reconnosence and the US government declared us renegades, although we were fully functioning on their orders. We had been abandoned by our own government.
Thinking quickly, we staged a nuclear reactor emergency and ordered our crew to abandon ship. This would send the Soviets flying in the other direction. But miles under water, how would we rise to the surfaced fast enough?
Luck for us, there had been a clown stowaway on board. With his help, I thought quickly once again and began to twist balloon life-rafts with enough air to float our crew safety up to the surface.
“Twist faster Pockets!” I shouted at the nervous clown. “The entire fate of the free world is in your over-sized hands!”
“Get a grip,” growled Pockets, slapping me with a rubber chicken. “We need to do this right if we’re ever going to survive this.”
But after the longest 45 minutes of my life, we had created a balloon large enough for our entire crew to climb into, rose to the surface, and sailed straight to Maine.
Thats (mostly) the plot to The Hunt for Red October.
I tried balloon twisting once for my son’s PTA fundraiser and just really liked it.
Now it’s my part-time job.
Matt brought us to his last-minute Westport birthday party after meeting us the weekend before. Was he just as happy with his party?
Happy Monday! Thanks again for helping us so last-minute. I was soooo disappointed when our original clown canceled, but everything worked out great! I’m actually glad we didn’t end up with the clown! I’ve never seen balloons like this before!
You should know that Krissy still has her dolphin from Amber’s birthday [the weekend before] and her octopus has joined the dolphin in her pile of stuffed animals. WE WILL see you at our Christmas party this year!
Here at Balloon Twisting CT, our goal is to make your next party or event as fun and entertaining possible. While balloon twisting by Dave and our team is great way to keep guests occupied, there also are plenty of things you can do with balloons that don’t require any skills or balloon twisting experience. Check out these simple balloon hacks that will have your party popping (no pun intended) in no time!
Finding your house: sometimes when headed to a party it is difficult to find the venue or entrance — not anymore! A pathway clearly marked by balloons will get rid of your guest’s worries about which house is the right one, or which door to enter, and is very simple to make.
Are you on the hunt for a perfect table centerpiece? Don’t waste your money on fancy flower arrangements or vases — just use balloons instead! It will add a much more festive feel to your decor, and kids will love it.
Keeping a large number of drinks cold for a long period of time requires a bit of planning (and also a towel when ice starts to melt!) Instead, fill several small balloons up with water and stick them in the freezer for balloon ice cubes! No more digging through a pool of half melted ice for a drink, not to mention it looks more fun than plain old ice.
Kids love lollipops right? So why not make GIANT ones out of balloons? Just throw some plastic wrap around a balloon and attach it to a white stick or pole, and your giant sucker is done. (How long would it take to get the center of these lollipops?)
And why stop at just lollipops? You can also make giant ice cream cones by simply attaching some extra party hats to your balloons.
Or, if you’re not so into candy and ice cream, try making a balloon fruit bowl instead! Just blow up some balloons of various sizes and colors and attach green construction paper to them — a much healthier balloon-food alternative.
If you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve party (or are just really attracted to shiny objects) try getting clear balloons and filling them with glitter and confetti. It gives you all the fun of glitter poppers with none of the clean up!
But say you don’t mind getting your hands a little (or really) dirty: fill some balloons with paint and let your kids have a paint fight! Just make sure to tell your guests to wear old clothes that they won’t mind getting messy. And take lots of pictures!
Last but certainly not least, if you’re throwing a Halloween party, you’re gonna wanna check this out. Put a glow stick in your balloons and fill them with water. Then stick them inside stockings and hang them from the ceiling. Turn off all the lights for super cool and spooky vibe.
We did Marybeth’s grand opening. What did she think of our balloon twisters?
Hi David! I just wanted to give you a big thank-you for your amazing work! I’m sorry we didn’t get to chat at the opening, but my staff said all of our customers were raving about your balloons!
I’m so glad we went with two balloon twisters. We packed the house, and I think a lot of it was because of you! Take care and we’ll let you know about our next event 🙂
From Easton to Weston to everywhere in between, parents love our balloon twisting and face painting!
Good morning! Thanks for your follow-up email! Yes, we ADORED the face painting and balloon twisting! I was so relieved to find someone who would match the Frozen theme of our party! I know I’m a little controlling, and it was so great to meet someone so flexible 🙂
The kids were all happy and I know you passed out a ton of cards, so I’ll hopefully be seeing you at some birthday’s in our neighborhood very soon!
We don’t normally offer glitter tattoos, but brought on a guest-artist for Taylor’s daughter’s birthday party. Were we able to please?
Hi DAve!!!!!! Thanks so much for the email. Your artist was great! I’m so surprised you guys don’t get more requests for glitter tattoos, but you obviously know some really talented people! It was a great mix for Sydney’s party and we’re really happy we upgraded our package for how many kids we had.
She looooveeedd her birthday crown and was still playing princess until she fell asleep!
You’ll be hearing back from us soon!
Cool name Dave! What did my name-doppleganger think about my balloon twisting at his son’s birthday in CosCob?
Hi Dave! Thanks so much for all of the fun. It ended up working out that not too many kids showed up, because the sculptures you made were amazing!!!! Elly [my daughter] loved her Elsa princess and Ashford took his octopus to bed with him. I can’t believe the stuff you were able to make out of balloons!
You card is up on our fridge now! Expect a phone call very soon for our next party!!!!
Looking to keep the kids entertained? Dave and our face painters can keep all entertainment occasion-appropriate! Just let us know a few basic things:
- What’s the dress code? We’re happy to dress modestly for any religious event, dress up for any formal occasion, or throw on some flip flops for your backyard BBQ!
- How many guests do you think want to be entertained? Just kids? Kids and adults? Just teens? We can come up with designs fun for any group! (Yes, we’ve even done bachelor parties!)
- When are you taking photos? Do you want face paint and balloons in your photos? Can we work with your photographer in advanced to make sure you get exactly the photos you want or don’t want? Just let us know!
- Is there anything else we should know? We want your every event to be perfect, so give us TOO MUCH information!
If your kids like to tinker and play (who doesn’t?) book a BALLOON TWISTING CLASS! with Dave! Here’s how it works:
- 2hrs for up to 10 kids
- We will all learn dogs, swords, and flowers (my first three balloons!)
- The class takes about an hour
- The second hour, kids can get some crazy sculptures as I explain some more about balloons and generally entertain them
- Each kid goes home with their three made sculptures, one big one from Dave, and a mini-balloon-twisting kit as a take-away!
- 2hrs of balloon class is $400 and comes with everything included
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! 😉