USC to Final Four!!

Having a party this weekend? We have officially licensed USC Gamecocks Balloons!

Having a party this weekend?
We have officially licensed USC Gamecocks Balloons!

It's an exciting time to be a Gamecock Fan!

As both the University of South Carolina's Woman's and Men's basketball teams are playing in the Final Four!

The Women's Team will be playing Stanford on Friday, March 31st. While the Men's Team will face Gonzaga on Saturday, April 1st. 

Good Luck Gamecocks!

 
Wish your Gamecock Fan a Happy Birthday!

Wish your Gamecock Fan a Happy Birthday!

Let us get you ready for Tailgating!

Let us get you ready for Tailgating!

Give us a call or send us an email to reserve your USC Balloons!
843.856.9121 or info@charlestonballooncompany.com
www.CharlestonBalloonCompany.com

 

PS - we carry other colleges too - all you Tiger Fans!

Los Angeles and Beyond ...

Hard to believe that the month of January is almost over already, feels like it was just Christmas. Could be because I have been doing a lot of traveling and will only be home about 13 days out of the month.  Part of my job is traveling to teach and speak to other balloon and event professionals across the country. 

So where have I been just in January?

First Stop - Kansas

First Stop - Kansas

Look at all these smiling faces at Balloon World in Andover

Look at all these smiling faces at Balloon World in Andover


Then it was off to . . . LA to teach a class at Joker Party Supply - First time I got to see the Hollywood sign, the Pacific Ocean and then had the most AMAZING tacos for lunch!

So such a cool place - can’t wait to go back in the fall to teach on the Qualatex QTour.
Welcome to LAX

Welcome to LAX

Teaching some students at Joker Party Supply in LA how to make this beautiful Balloon Arch 

Teaching some students at Joker Party Supply in LA how to make this beautiful Balloon Arch 

Bye, Bye LA - First time I have seen the Pacific Ocean

Bye, Bye LA - First time I have seen the Pacific Ocean

Working from our Balcony at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

Working from our Balcony at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

Was home long enough to do laundry and work on a few events - then off again.
This time hubby and the kids came with me!
Where to...DISNEY!! Let’s call this one Work-cation ;)
 Yes, my kids love balloons too - Disney's Magic Kingdom

 Yes, my kids love balloons too - Disney's Magic Kingdom

Where to next . . . ?

St. Louis next week to attend a Convention, Network and finalize some upcoming classes, where I will be working with some amazing instructors from around the world.

See you in St. Louie!
— Jill
Interested in having me teach or speak at  your next event?  Complete this form and I will get back with you as soon as I return from next adventure.

Interested in having me teach or speak at  your next event? 

Complete this form and I will get back with you as soon as I return from next adventure.

What Goes Up ... Must Come Down

New Year's Eve is one of our busiest times of year. This year was the year of the Balloon Drop. We did every type of event imaginable, from weddings with midnight balloon drops and private house parties to concert halls and restaurants. Here are some highlight of a handful of our events..

Our  Large 16"  Streamer Balloons Fill the Ceiling of this ballroom.

Our  Large 16"  Streamer Balloons Fill the Ceiling of this ballroom.

Crew Installing rig lines for a massive Balloon Drop at 5Church in downtown Charleston

Crew Installing rig lines for a massive Balloon Drop at 5Church in downtown Charleston

We even did do outdoor events for NYE

We even did do outdoor events for NYE

Gold Balloon Drops ready to go! 

Gold Balloon Drops ready to go! 

We LOVE Confetti Balloons!

We LOVE Confetti Balloons!

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Using Jumbo Size Balloons

Our balloons are available in various sizes and styles, from five inch latex to forty plus inch foils. Today, I am going to show how we use some of our jumbo size balloons for various party + events.

Jumbo 3 foot latex balloons are one of most popular.

Jumbo 3 foot latex balloons are one of most popular.

Jumbo three foot latex balloons are one of the most popular choices - although this balloon size has been around for a long time - it has gained popularity with Pinterest +  Instagram  (Hint. . . be sure to  follow us  so you never miss out on exclusive behind the scenes sneak peaks!)

 

Get your message out with our mega letters

Get your message out with our mega letters

Our corporate clients love our mega letters. They stand an impressive 40" and definitely make a statement.

Our letters are available in gold or silver and are available in smaller versions for matching table designs.
A mix latex balloons + mega number make a perfect 1st birthday entrance

A mix latex balloons + mega number make a perfect 1st birthday entrance

We also stock a large variety of numbers to celebrate special birthdays or anniversary events.
Silver, Gold, Red, Pink + Blue are some of the colors we have available.
We can even custom paint these to perfectly match your event.
Gorgeous hand cut shabby chic tassels for a photo shoot at The Middleton Place.

Gorgeous hand cut shabby chic tassels for a photo shoot at The Middleton Place.

We used large latex balloons as table centerpieces. 

We used large latex balloons as table centerpieces. 

Jumbo exploding balloons for corporate launch

Jumbo exploding balloons for corporate launch

How to Decorate your Car Showroom with Balloons

Every Car Commercial on TV has them . . . Balloons! So why doesn't your showroom?
Have you been thinking about adding balloons to your showroom?
Not really sure who to call or if it can be done?
Well, you've come to the right place!  This blog will give you some examples and what to consider  when choosing to add balloons decor your showroom floor.

Showroom Before Balloons

Showroom Before Balloons

Professionally Installed Balloons

Professionally Installed Balloons

Balloons are Highly Visible from Outside Summerville Ford

Balloons are Highly Visible from Outside Summerville Ford

Things to consider when hiring an outside company to decorate your showroom:

  • Is the staff dressed in professional corporate attire?
  • Do they arrive on time and act in a professional manner? 
  • Are they insured and able to produce a COI? W-9? Business License?
  • Do they have a professional website and portfolio of their work? Are they able to provide references?
  • Is the company a member of any professional organization? Chamber of Commerce, Business Association, etc.
  • Do they come fully prepared with their own ladders, equipment, scissors, etc? 
  • Do they install during non-peak hours, so as not to disrupt your sales floor?
Car Sales and Balloons are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, they naturally go together!

 

  • How high is the ceiling in your showroom? As a courtesy we will measure this for you and suggest options that will look best, based on your ceiling height.
  • What is the temperature where the balloons will be installed? Will the balloons be exposed to full sun? We bring a thermal temperature gauge to insure where your balloons will be installed will last the longest possible time.  
  • Foil or Latex? They both have pros and cons. Foil balloons can be costly,  are limited in colors and are affected by temperature changes; however, they offer many seasonal design choices. Latex balloons will oxidize (turn velvety looking), are the most economical and have many colors to choose from. Both choices can be personalized with your logo or text.
  • What is your ceiling made of? If you ceiling is a typical drop ceiling or has exposed steal beams, then we can use our Magnetic Installation System, which requires no ladders or lifts (up to 29ft)
There are endless options and prices when choosing to decorate your showroom with professional balloon decor.
Latex Ceiling Topiaries Installed on Exposed Beams

Latex Ceiling Topiaries Installed on Exposed Beams

Foil Taper Topiaries hung in Mount Pleasant Chevy

Foil Taper Topiaries hung in Mount Pleasant Chevy

Seasonal Spring Installation

Seasonal Spring Installation

Combination Foil and Latex Ceiling Columns

Combination Foil and Latex Ceiling Columns

Don't pay your sales staff to inflate helium balloons - we will do it for you!
We offer three (3) Auto Dealership Programs for you to choose from and service Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Beyond.

  • Monthly - Keep your showroom looking new + fresh as we rotate your designs on a predetermined schedule.
  • Quarterly - Perfect for the dealership on a budget that does not want to commit to a monthly program.
  • Seasonal - Have a sales event or seasonal promotion, then this is the perfect plan for you.

Our programs start as low as $250 plus deliver/installation/tax.  Call today for a free quote or digital mock. 843-856-9121 - As a bonus all our dealerships get social media mentions via twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Blog posts,  we will also promote your current offers and promotions. 

Other Services Available:

  • Helium Tank Rentals
  • Forever Balloon Displays Buy/Lease/Installation
  • Showroom Decor
  • Jumbo Pennant Balloons
  • Logo Imprinted Balloons
  • Trade + Expo Show Decor
  • Grand Openings + New Ownership Launches

Event Spotlight - American Cancer Society Breakfast

Once again we had the honor of decorating the kickoff breakfast for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in the lovely Montague Terrace at the North Charleston Coliseum. Audio + Visual was provided by Fox Audio and Visual, always a pleasure to work alongside these guys. 

This years Making Strides Walk is planned for October 22nd at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Looking forward to see you there . . . just look for the pink balloons!

Working with HBO on VICE PRINCIPALS

So it's no secret that the HBO series Vice Principals was filmed here in Charleston. But what we couldn't tell you was that last year we were part of it. Our balloons made their 1st appearance on Sunday night. This scene was set up in West Ashley High School. 
There will be another episode in the future that also features our balloons, but that will be another blog in the future.

This is not the first time our work has been featured on TV - We have done work with MTV, Disney and countless concerts and album releases including Bruce Springsteen. 

A glimpse of our balloons on HBO's Vice Principals

A glimpse of our balloons on HBO's Vice Principals

Getting Ready to load in..

Getting Ready to load in..

Set and ready for the crew to do their thing!

Set and ready for the crew to do their thing!

We are proud members of the South Carolina Film Council, along with Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Event Spotlight - MUSC Ground Breaking

Opening in 2019 we were excited to be part of MUSC's Ground Breaking Event for The Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. We were doubly thrilled to not only decorate for MUSC but also for Benefitfocus, so the staff could be involved by watching Shawn on the monitors at all four (4) of their Charleston locations. 
Congratulations to all who are making this dream come true!

Large Tent Topiaries Welcomed Guest

Large Tent Topiaries Welcomed Guest

Tent cards were placed on centerpieces

Tent cards were placed on centerpieces

Topiary Centerpieces were created to match the entrance.

Topiary Centerpieces were created to match the entrance.

Sertoma Football Classic 2016

Once again we were invited to take part in designing + decorating for James Island Charter High School, this year's theme?
INTO THE WILD!

Keeping with The Trojan's school colors of Orange and Blue - We designed an arch that added some patterned Safari Print Balloons in Orange and White. This kept their school colors and allowed us to incorporate the theme balloons. We topped the arch with a football foil balloon and accented with assorted animal head balloons.

Sertoma is held at Johnson Hagood Stadium home of the Citadel Bulldogs.  It is an exciting two nights of high school football - all for a good cause!
Want to find out more? http://charlestonsertoma.com

We were thrilled to learn that The Trojans received the SPIRIT AWARD!

WAY TO GO!

 

 

Decorating Kid's Parties

Celebrating your child's first birthday is a big deal but it doesn't stop there. Many parents celebrate with elaborate parties for their first 10 birthdays.  There are many elements to planning a child's birthday party. Starting with picking a theme: licensed characters, animals, sports, dress up or maybe just a simple color. 

 

Will you have a house party or will you host your party at a location? 

Invitations? Who will you invite? The whole class plus family friends or only a handful of his closest buddies?

Will you need to serve a meal? Not necessarily, try to throw a party between meal hours and you can get away with serving light snacks, cake and beverages.

How will you entertain the kids? Some locations will have built in entertainment value, such as bowling or arcade games. If you choose to host the party at your house get some ideas off pinterest based on your theme or contact a local company to come entertain the kids with balloon animals or a magic show. 

TuTu Sweet Centerpiece

TuTu Sweet Centerpiece

Have your party favors and some of decor do double duty. Use a filled piñata with balloons attached as a centerpiece. Order pre-twisted balloon flowers and arrange in a container and every little girl can take one home. 

Let balloons great your guests upon arrival!

Let balloons great your guests upon arrival!