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
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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

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.

Event Spotlight - MUSC Match Day 2016

How exciting is this event? I can not help but get emotional when we get to do events like this and to watch all the excitement unfold. 


On Friday March 18th, we decorated The Charleston Music Hall for The Medical University of South Carolina's 2016 Match Day. An annual rite of passage for medical students, where they find out where they will complete their residency training, this is such a proud moment marking the end of fours years of medical school.

90's Kids Theme

I love the 90's Theme Arch
Streamers were launched high into the air!

Streamers were launched high into the air!

So how do you decorate for a decade theme? With a Decades arch! This one included neon balloon accents and neon helium bunches along the side of the stage. But MUSC likes to add excitement... 

So when the count down began we got ready..10.9.8.7.6.5.4.3.2.1. (BOOM) Open Your Envelopes! 
 

This was a HIT! Thank you so much, Jill. Looking forward to working together next year. Have a great day.

Event Spotlight - The Citadel


This Event Spotlight is on The Citadel Brigadier Foundation's 28th Annual Auction and Dinner.

This annual fundraising event was held at the Bulldog's own McAlister Field House on The Citadel's Campus in Charleston, South Carolina. We were tasked with the challenge to decorate their gym to look festive and intimate, while staying on a budget. 

McAlister Field House - The Citadel Military College

Our Jumbo Centerpieces were the perfect choice! Thirty (30) Jumbo 3 foot balloons in Pale Blue were floated almost 15 feet in the air. We added white accent balloons and silk ribbons. We thought job well done! Now off to our next event...

Jumbo Balloon Centerpieces

But wait there were 21 tables that had nothing on them, yikes. We were asked if there was anything we could do at the last minute ... We ran out to the truck, grabbed our equipment and began making topiary ball centerpieces in pale blue to match. They were a hit! 

 

"What a pleasure meeting you and working with you this past weekend.  Thanks so much for your quick thinking regarding the topiary balloons!  We look forward to working with you in the near future"

This is why we are
"Your Number 1 Choice!"

#bidforelcid

Event Spotlight - Charleston Apartment Association

This weeks Event Spotlight is on The Charleston Apartment Association's Diamond Awards.

This annual event was held at the gorgeous Francis Marion Hotel in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The Gold and White color scheme is always stunning and elegant. Balloon Pedestals with the initials CAA were placed at the rear of the stage. The two smaller pedestals with gold diamond tops flanked the podium. 

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CAA-Letter-Balloons

 

"5 STARS! Great job once again with our Charleston Apartment Association Diamond Awards! You all are so easy to work with and do a fantastic job! Thanks!!"

Jumbo gold balloon centerpieces with tulle were placed on every other table to create a festive look.

At the end of the evening we returned to retrieve the centerpieces, which CAA generously donated to the JICHS JRROTC Military Ball the next night. 

Congrats to all the award recipients!

 

Our Name Says Charleston (But) ...

Yes, our names is Charleston Balloon Company, but don’t be fooled into thinking that we only work here in Charleston, South Carolina.

Lung Boitechnology located in Maryland, contact us to decorate for their East Coast Conference at the Renaissance Marriott in Downtown Charleston. They chose classic decor pieces and upper management was so impressed, that they called immediately to see if we could decorate another one of their events.

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No Problem! We have worked up and downt he east coast many of time, but this event was for their West Coast Conference in California.

So it was off to decorate the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel. In the next few weeks we will be in Myrtle Beach, Boston and New York.

So next you have an event big, small, east or west…give us a call!

843-856-9121 or submit an event inquiry on our website.