Dave has done over 200 birthday parties in the years he’s been balloon twisting! Take a few cues from our professional balloon bender and check out what the most-organized parties in CT do at their birthdays:
Add balloons to your mail box.
If no one can find your party, they’re going to be blowing up your phone. Don’t get pulled out of your party: you don’t even need helium! Just some left over balloons and string 🙂
Consider your theme.
If you haven’t already told us your theme, make sure to let Dave know! We can do MineCraft, My Little Pony, Frozen, or anything else your kids love! (And if we don’t know it, we’ll learn it!)
For face painting, consider buying mirrors.
Hit the dollar store: a handful of hand-held mirrors will have the kids bursting with joy!
Offer your artist a drink!
You’ll notice Dave and the face painter do a lot of talking to little guests. We generally have water bottles, but just in case, it’s really helpful to keep us up and entertaining!
For balloon twisting, consider getting some boxes.
We love twisting balloon designs the kids can wear, but inevitably every balloon sculpture will be left somewhere. And lawns are the #1 killer of balloons! A few boxes outside for kids to drop their balloons while they’re eating cake or jumping in the pool will go along way. Nothing fancy! Cardboard or laundry bins work great.
For both face painters and balloon twisters, a small set up area.
Our artists can all bring folding tables and chairs if requested, but we usually ask our clients provide them to help keep our costs (and prices) down. Just a small folding table or even part of a picnic table is fine, and two chairs: one for the artist, and one for the child!
Dave has been balloon twisting in CT for five years, and after a few years of asking, he’s teamed up with Kaleidoscope Art + Entertainment to offer face painting packages as well! Book them together and save!
Having both face painting and balloon twisting is perfect for:
- Mixed aged parties where you’re not sure what the kids want. Balloons are awesome for younger children to play with who might be nervous about a face painter, and face painting is awesome for older kids who love getting pampered!
- Large events where you’re looking for multiple stations
- Events were you just can’t decide!
Besides of the fact that I’m still not able to inflate a balloon by mouth :-(, and it’s gross (double-sad-face), today I found a new reason why not to do it. I know, it looks great and your audience goes “wow!” but don’t do it all the time. It’s bad for you health!
Usually when someone says, “You’re cheating,” for using a pump, I tell them about a story I heard from another twister. He was going to meet a guy in a restaurant to go over some balloon stuff. When he showed up he had a HUGE lump under his chin. He explained to him in a very raspy voice that he had done a birthday party the night before for 100 kids and had blown out his throat!!!
Today I read about a twister from Oregon, Chad Rutan. Blowing up balloons by mouth for 20 years almost made him never work as a balloon artist again. He got a hernia and it was caused by mouth inflating balloons for 2 decades. Luckily he’s back in business but now together with his new best friend; the electric pump!
I’ll never say don’t blow up balloons by mouth, but try to keep it for just a few moments per show. It looks great and I still wanna learn it!
Howdy party planners! After 5 years of balloon twisting and a few hundred parties, I figured some of you would hear some of my party planning tips! You can consider these at any stage of your planning, and for any event!
1. Consider having it outside of your house
Most parents work full time. And any time you spend on the weekend dealing with your party is time lost! Having your party at a restaurant, VFW, or banquet hall is a great way to save on set-up time, clean-up time, and stress!
3. Keep the kids busy
Connecticut winters make party planning hard. You can’t leave the kids outside, so balloon twisting is a great activity. Just let them run around with balloon swords, play pretend with princess crowns, or anything else!
4. Think about timing
No one wants a mid-day melt down. If your party is expecting kids under 5, consider having a brunch party or a mid-afternoon party. Don’t forget nap time!
6. Let them go crazy! (Outside!)
If all else fails, release the kids. You’ll notice they rarely mind the cold! Make sure in the invitations all parents know to send kids bundled up, even if you’re not planning to let the kids out. That way, if they really just want to run around and play with each other, you can set them free. As long as you’ve planned for this possibility, it can go over fine!
7. Book early and save.
If you’re looking to start planning your party, feel free to get a quote from us on entertainment. Face painting, and ballon twisters are great year-round activities! The more notice we have, the better of a price we can give you on entertainment in CT!