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Anagram Balloon Day at BURTON and burton #anagramballoons

Balloon Class with Chris Horne and Eddie Heyland

What a great day we all had teaching at Anagram Balloon Day. My first time to co-teach with Chris Horne. I hope it wont be the last. We had a full house at burton +BURTON. There were many first time students as well as some seasoned pros!

Anagram balloon day

Chris Horne and I took turns teaching different techniques on how to attach and assemble foil balloons. Together we showed over 15 designs.

Chris Horne diamondz circle

If you use 14 Diamondz it makes a perfect circle.

Foil curves topiary orbs

Using foil curves to make giant air filled topiaries for the ceiling.

magic arch

This is one of the few designs we made using helium. We used packing tape to attach magic arch balloons together on the sides and then attached the letter balloons through the center hole.

foil balloon chandelier

Chris Horne made this stunning chandelier out of one Orbz, some 6 point stars, crescents and heats. A very clever design that can also be turned upside down to float over a table.

Eddie Heyland anagramballoons

Now…. I know what you are thinking…. “Dang I wish I had been at the class”. Fear Not!!!! has teamed up with Tommy Delorenzo and his partner Scott Hemphill of Balloons by Tommy to do Parade Promotions and PROFIT!!! A 3 day hands on workshop and as an optional bonus you will have the opportunity to be a Part of the Pride Parade! Walk the streets of Chicago in front of a Million cheering People waiting to see one of their Favorite entries.  This will be Balloons by Tommy’s 6th year in the Pride Parade, and they are a crowd favorite!  (you are not required to walk the parade to participate in the workshop)

But wait there’s more!!! Qualatex is sponsoring Dennis Scott!!!! The leader of Team USA at World Balloon Convention 2014!

But wait there is even more!!!! Anagram is sponsoring ME!!!! Yepper… How exciting is this gonna be???!!!! I’m teaming up with #Anagramballoons and Tommy to make foil backpacks!!! Yes you can use foils outside!!! and you are going to learn how!!!!

I have heard for years and years. “I just want to come hang out with you for a week and learn from you” Well at long last you have the opportunity. Plus 4 other world class balloon artists. This Parade Promotions and Profit is NOT to be missed. If you were wanting to go to WBC but didn’t have the money, don’t be sad you can be a part of this workshop for a fraction of the cost. Check it out… Sign up…. and I’ll see you there!

eddie heyland

Betallic and Joker Party Supply

Betallic and Joker Party Supply

Betallic and Joker Party Supply


Team together to present 2015 Education Seminar.

Spring Themes: Mother’s Day and Graduation.

How to WOW MOM with balloon arrangements made just for her; super sellable decor for tables and buffet centerpieces; inspired balloon arches; brilliant applications with Zooloon and Megaloon balloons and new techniques for creating delightfully simple LINK-O-LOON hearts! Join King Eddie for the hands on creation of a big photo friendly frame sculpture, perfect for 2015 Graduation pictures. Eddie Heyland’s all new, just for you designs are not available online,but have been specially fro Joker’s customers.

Joker class

Photo clips of some of the designs for the class.

jokers warehouse

Believe it or not. This is the class room / warehouse!

After day to prepare for the class and clearing out the space.

We have a totally transformed room.

hands on classroom

All the hard work paid off.

The class was all day but still everyone had a great time. The students learn many new things and had hands on practice in the class.


FLOAT 2015

Float balloon convention 2015

4 classes in two days! One class was even in Spanish! Hola Amagitooooooos

It was standing room only at FLOAT balloon convention 2015, but we all had a great time!

FLOAT Design Team

The Power of the Arch

For indoor or out, small or large scale single day parties or long-lasting displays, ans with air or helium filled rounds, LINK-O-LOON or specialty balloons… Eddie will share his kingdom of personal success and experienced construction of the “ Monarch of Balloons Art” décor genres in a wide range of creative designs for the most popular and profitable décor elements you can offer… Artful Arches!


Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall… The King of Latex Will Reveal ALL!

Seasonal themed super sellers with unique techniques and unexpected treatments will keep your cash register ringing all year long, join Eddie in his upscale class of creations demonstrating inspiring concepts for a year of holidays and event using Betallic foils LINK-O-LOONS and brilliant Betalatex latex. Ring in the new year, spring into spring, Heat up the summer holidays, Scare up sales for Halloween and your personal Christmas gift from Eddie is learning spectacular design treatments and packed with profit and pizazz!


New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Hello 2015!!!
I am so excited to see you!
Balloon City ended the year in a Bang! We worked 4 days straight setting up New Years Eve jobs! Most of them were balloon drops! Everyone wants Balloon drops for the midnight countdown! Can you imagine the big count down 10-9-8~~~~~ ONE!!!!! And no balloons?!
We did a total of 35 balloon drops this year! Yes you read that correctly 35! We have had more in the past years, so 35 were a breeze!!! hahahaha
I wish everybody a very Happy New Year filled with much adventure and laughter and most of all BALLOONS!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

For several years we have been doing this giant pink balloon ribbon. It is on display for the whole month of October in the lobby of the OXY building here in Dallas.

Making a balloon sculpture last the entire month is a bit of a challenge but we have had very good luck.

I hope you enjoy out ribbon. Please click on the link if you would like more info about Breast Cancer Awareness month.

pink balloon ribbon

trade show

Aerial Bouquet trade show booth

It’s it Valentine’s day already? It sure feels like it after doing this booth for Aerial Bouquet.

The HEB grocery store chains were having their annual trade show the George Brown convention center in Houston.
After many weeks of phones calls and planning, I designed a booth shapes that was 30 x30. That was supposed to look like this.

Well I had my suspicion about a trade show booth that was 30 x 30. I asked over and over to everyone that was in change “are you sure this is not an island booth?”

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!!! When we got there guess what we found? That’s right a 30 x 30 Island not only was it an island it was first booth you saw when you entered! It was a great location and everyone would see it first think when they entered the show, BUT….. hello….. There was no way I could put a 30 x 10 solid balloon wall up. It would totally block the sight-line of all the other booths.

foil Balloon wall

So after weeks of planning and 2 day of prepping we were back at square one!

I had spent 2 days assembling all the balloons. Taping balloon panels together to make the wall and cable tying and the curve balloons for the overlay. So now I had to think fast and make it work with the products we had.

After a few conversions with the show manager on what I could and could not do, I had Plan B. That idea soon morphed into plan C. We decided on making giant 3d columns to put in the back of each corner. This would give us the visual impact we were looking for without blocking all the other venders. We could also new use the new I “heart” U foil balloon on the top.

Anagram panel

We also made short and tall pedestals out of silver panels.

Aerial bouquet trade show

Check out the new Valentines Day foil designs.

valentines day bouquets


Sempertex Balloon Convention Bogota Colombia

I have just returned from Bogota, Colombia from the second international balloon Congress. Sempertex Balloons sponsored the Convention, where Jan Iiams and I were the guess instructors. There were over 120 students eager to learn new and exciting balloon techniques and designs.

Bogota Colombia
The students were divided into 2 groups. We taught the same class to each group in two different days. This was good because we were able to keep the size of the classes smaller.
My Español is no bueno. I did try and use as many Spanish words and phrases as I know. Thank goodness we had interpreters in the back of the class in a booth, and the students all were wearing headsets. Wearing headsets made things go much smoother.

Balloon convention class room
When I was in teaching, I wondered if some of the words I used to describe techniques like “duplets” and “quads” would translate. In order to make sure the students understood everything, I would often look back at the translator and give her a thumbs up sign to confirm what I was saying was being translated.
The World Cup had just finished with an incredible performance of James Rodriguez that made him the Colombian’s Futból hero. The soccer’s fever gave me the idea to show them how to make a giant soccer ball. In the end, the class had a lot of fun playing with it while listening to Shakira’s song La La La.
I’m sure the hotel thought we all were a bit Loco, but at the same time we were enjoying all of the fun balloon decorations that spread out of the classroom into the hotel. The hotel staff was even muy feliz when it came time to popping all the balloons. All my hard work over the past 3 days,S inflation and creation was gone in what seemed like only a few seconds.
The whole trip was quit and adventure. I was truly honored to be included as the instructor to be with Jan Iiams. She is a leading educator in the balloon industry with a huge fan base, and I am grateful to be apart of the team.

Jan Iiams  Eddie heyland

Enjoy the video.

Balloon Soccer ball

George Strait finale balloon drop

George Strait finale balloon drop

June 7th “the cowboy road away” at the AT&T Stadium the home of the Dallas cowboys. DFW was the final show of George Strait’s tour.the cowboy rides away

One week before the event, we were contacted to do the balloon drop for his ending song. This drop had to be big, epic, and unforgettable. Go big or go home, in true Texas style.

 The event planner was concerned about the time it would take the balloons to hit the ground from a 300 feet tall ceiling. My balloon crew together with the event planner came up with an idea to do a mini drop four days before the show using one 50’ long bag. This was the best way to time how long it would take for the first balloon to hit the ground, and also to estimate the total balloons needed for the balloon drop.test balloon drop

 It took 1:30 minutes for the normal sizes balloons and 1:00 minute for the 3’ giant balloons to fall. For this stadium, we decided to use 16,000 balloons.

I only had three days to make this happen. Production was now in high gear. My Balloon City crew started making the bags and stocking the balloons while I worked on logistics. I needed to put together a crew of balloon professionals to help inflate the balloons. I assembled 10 people using 4 other balloon companies from as far away as Houston. Having a great crew is key to a successful event. The crew was awesome and inflated all 16,000 balloons in less time than I have calculated. With that major part finished the only thing left was to rig them in the catwalk.

 The next day, I only needed to move the bags into place on the ground and make sure the riggers installed them correctly. After a lot of standing around and waiting everything was rigged and ready for the sound check.

Now for me there was nothing left to do but wait until the next night to enjoy the show. I had a guest pass that allowed me full access! I felt so special parking with the tour buses, with my own entrance and being able to go wherever I wanted. There was over 100,000 people that attended the George Strait concert. That is more people than the population of my hometown!Georgr Strait guest pass

The concert was great and the timing of the finale was perfect. The promoter found me on the stage floor to tell me the balloon drop was epic! Epic is good!

Check it out for yourself: VIDEOGeroge Straight finale

World Cup Fever

World cup fever is in full swing. Just in time for my first visit to Colombia. I’m so lucky to have been invited to be an instructor with Jan Iiams at Sempertex Balloon Company.

The timing is perfect for me to catch the South American Futbol fever! There is no continent in the world that celebrates more the World Cup.
In honor of Futbol, I am going to teach in my classes how to build a giant Futbol balloon or as we say here in America soccer ball.
I am going to use a design that my Amigo Dante Longhi created last year at FLOAT. He was playing in the jam room and made a small version using 260 balloons. Then, Tommy Delorenzo and Robin Veach decided they wanted to make a bigger version using LINK O LOONS. They made a monster soccer ball big enough to bowl over Dante while he was explaining how he made it. I am attaching the video, so you can experience it for yourself.

In my class, I will make two versions of the monster giant soccer ball. The first one is the one that Tommy and Robin made, and the other is a smaller version that is easier to maneuver and use for décor. I will make the smaller version out of 6” LINK O LOONS. Using 6” will result in a soccer ball about 4’ tall. This is a good size for room décor that you can hang from the ceiling or placed on the stage. Depending on your party, there can be many uses for this ball. They can be placed on top of columns to use in key areas inside the event space. Also, they can be placed outside the entrance to make a dramatic impact.
I made a very short video for my class in Bogota. I wanted to share it with you as well.

balloon soccor ball

BIG things happen here

Let’s think Big. Thinking small never got anybody anywhere.

The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dallas CVB) launched a new branding campaign, designed to show the world that “Big Things Happen Here.” In support of the campaign, the Dallas CVB hosted a social media contest for locals to explore Dallas by capturing photos at prominent locations throughout the DFW Metroplex and share over social media for opportunities to win one-of-a-kind experiences.
Locals simply take a photo of themselves or with friends between a life-size display of the letters “B” and “G” and then share the photo on social media channels using the hashtag #DallasBIG. Nearly two dozen “B & G” displays are placed at locations throughout the city giving fans a chance to be the “I” in BIG. Taking photos sounds like lots of fun, but I’m more of a “why take a pic when we can make a video kinda guy”. So I started working on a plan for the “BIG” video.

First, I picked three of my favorite locations. Pioneer Park, Fair Park and Deep Ellum. Pioneer Park is located in front of the Dallas Convention center, and it is one of my favorite places to take my friends when they come to visit. It is so much fun to take pictures with all of the bronze steers acting like you are being chased by a wild cattle drive. Fair Park is the home of the world’s largest collection of art deco building and is a truly wonderful place to explore even when the state fair is not happening. Deep Ellum is Dallas’ old warehouse district, turned into entertainment venues. Back in the days all the great African-American blues artists played there. Today this area offers great clubs, bars and restaurants. Deep Ellum is also the home of Balloon City USA world headquarters.

Now, all that was left was to create the video. I decided to feature the Balloon City crew along with…. Balloons of course. After choosing the location and the cast, I needed the perfect song. It had to be snappy and fun. I chose PSY’s gentleman. After all my entire balloon crew are all gentlemen.
I hope you enjoy this quick 1:16 minute video. Come and dance with us.
VIDEO:Balloon City goes BIG
BIG things happen here