Balloon Twisting & Face Painting, CT

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ABOUT DAVE: His Balloon Twisting Journey

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.

Snow Day Policy

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!
  • We won’t cancel for any other reason!

Hope this helps!!!!!!

Balloon… Music?

Okay, who here has watched me squeak balloons as I work? The squeaking of the sharpie when I’m drawing the eyes on your dog? I like the sound! But, okay I can understand it’s annoying…

But the balloon sounds in this video are everything but annoying, it’s music!

Open your speakers, press play and enjoy!

FESTIVALS WANTED: Let Us Entertain At Your Event!

Free entertainment!!!!! (Sort of.)

Our balloon twisters would love to entertain at your festival, for barter!

Dave is looking for four festivals in 2015 to do strolling balloons at, for free, as long as you can supply his assistant a table to set up and meet potential clients at!

All you have to do is:

  • Have an expected attendance of over 4,000
  • Be located in Southern CT
  • Your demographic has to be families
  • No overhead costs for PopArt

That’s it! Get in touch with us today!

Balloon Twisting Tips: Walmart Balloons!?

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.

“Can you volunteer your time?” Memoirs of a Balloon Twister

Looking for a free balloon twister? To volunteer their time? It’s a good cause and it doesn’t cost the balloon twister anything. Plus, their job is fun!

TRUE: our job is fun. And your cause is probably great.

FALSE:  it doesn’t cost us anything.

Here’s a quick breakdown of balloon twisting. As you’ll see on our site, we charge around $150-175 an hour for balloon twisting. And here’s why:

There are 52 weekends a year, and Dave works an average of 8 hours a weekend. So one year is 416 hours of balloon twisting. And here’s our cost:

  • Classes every year: $800
  • BalloonClick.com subscription: $200
  • Cell phone and internet usage: $30/month x 12 months =$360
  • Cost of balloons per year: $400
  • Cost of apron, pump per year: $125
  • Cost of specialty insurance per year: $250
  • Extra hours put into balloon twisting a year: well over a thousand!
  • TOTAL OVERHEAD PER YEAR: $2,135

PLUS money we can’t be making because Dave is volunteering at your event? $150-175/hr!

We would love to give your 501C3 a discounted rate, but you get what you pay for! Hire an expert today!

“Can you do ____ design for balloon twisting?”

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!)

Fourth of July Special: CT Balloon Twisting Deliveries!

Throwing a big party? Let Dave deliver! Bins or “trees” of pre-sculpted balloons are great give-aways for any crowd. Plus, unlike most take-aways, the kids can even play with them!

Here are our order options:

  • 100 balloon wands for $150
  • 50 balloon super heroes for $150
  • 50 balloon headbands for $175
  • 25 balloon animals (your choice) for $200

Place your order today with your time and address, and we’ll see you on the Fourth of July!

Balloon Lovers Rejoice: Koons Messanger Bag!

We probably all know Jeff Koons $58.4 million yellow balloon dog sculpture and now it’s your chance to get one for 1/1,168,000th the price. Okay… it’s not a sculpture but a handbag. Koons is following the footsteps of Isabel Marant and Karl Lagerfeld by designing for the Swedish fashion giant H&M.

Jeff Koons balloon dog bag H&M

The bag will be for sale at H&M from the end of this week. Who else is going to be in line? 😀

Read the complete article on fastcodesign.com

Jeff Koons balloon dog yellow

You can find more about Jeff Koons and other balloon art at this Pinterest page.

CUSTOMER REVIEW: Balloon Twisting for Sheri from Fairfield

Here’s our awesome review from Sheri! We entertained with face painting and balloon twisting at her son’s CARS-themed 5th Birthday in Fairfield!

Hi Dave! Just wanted to thank you and your face painter for coming to Bryan’s birthday! It’s been a few days and Lighting McQueen is still sitting on his dresser! He loves it, and I can’t believe how much detail you could put in a car balloon!

We’ll be calling you soon for Sophie’s birthday this fall!!!!!!