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.


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


MelRhea Balloon Creations

Melissa Vinson MelRhea Balloon Creations wins big at Twist & Shout

Melissa Vinson MelRhea Balloon Creations brings home the Gold and Silver from this year’s Twist & Shout Balloon Convention.

Wins big at Twist & Shout

My “Sweet Melissa” that is what I love to call her. There is one other thing that I love about Melissa. I Love to IKEA her!!!! Now get your minds out of the gutters when I say “ I love to IKEA Melissa” It is nothing naughty or nasty, for me it is the highest complement I can give to any designer.

So I need to explain while I have your attention. I love the store IKEA. The way they use color and space, their clean designs and my favorite thing is the way they take ideas that are already exist in the market and make them their own. Some may call it copying or knocking-off but I think IKEA is brilliant for not trying to reinvent the wheel. They just find one they like and make it their own.

Melissa Vinson is my favorite balloon artist to IKEA. The reason why is always the same. Her designs are clean, cool and oh so clever. Something I can look at and immediately connect to and understand. The most important thing for me is I can reproduce it (IKEA).

I should say, almost always able to reproduce. When Melissa goes into competition mode it’s a whole new game. I have watched her work under pressure with crazy conditions and never give up until she is happy with the piece she is creating. She is always learning new techniques searching out new skills.

That is why this year at Twist & Shout. She won 3 times!


First place: Small Artist Balloon Sculpture

“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”

Melissa Vinson

Makes you stronger

Second place: Un-inflated Artist Balloon Sculpture

“Whooo Loves Balloons”


Melissa Vinson
Who Loves Balloons

Second place: Medium Artist Balloon Sculpture

“Mothers Day Off”


Melissa Vinson
Mother’s day off

See what I mean? When it comes to her competition pieces she is “in it to win it!”

I think my next post I will show you a few videos we made together with Jan Iiams. So subscribe to my email list by clicking the subscribe link at the top of the page and you wont miss any of my posts.

Wishes take flight

Make A Wish wishes take flight

Make-A-Wish      Wish night 2014                  Wishes take Flight

This past weekend Make-A-Wish held their annual Wish Night fundraiser at the Lowes Anatole hotel in Dallas Texas. The theme was Wishes take flight. We were asked if we could make a giant balloon bouquet that would look similar to the one used in the movie UP.

That sounded like a fun project to me, so I proceeded to work on a few ideas for their event to make sure everything went smoothly. It was only a simple balloon bouquet just on a grand scale but after I had a site inspection with my clients we decided there were several possible problems that needed to be addressed.

The first potential problem was they wanted the balloon bouquet installed on top of and ancient marble wedding temple. I know it is structurally sound, but the idea of climbing around on top of anything with the word ancient in it makes me nervous. I decided to use a freestanding ladder so I would not have to lean against the temple. I could also use a pole to push my balloon anchor to the center of the temple.

wedding temple

The second was the balloons were filled with helium. We were using 3’ balloons to make the scale of the bouquet huge. This also meant if any of the balloons were to get lose it would be next to impossible to retrieve them from the atrium ceiling. We had to make sure there was no way this could accidentally happen.

inflating 3' balloon

By placing the bouquet on the temple ceiling I was sure none of the guest would be able to reach them. Guests are the number one reason why balloons get lose. There is something about alcohol and balloons that turn adults into a 9-year-old kid. With that problem out of the way the only other worry was my own balloon crew. We have been known to lose grip on a balloon or two every now and then. I made sure all balloons were inflated under a low ceiling and secured to the anchor before put them into place.

3' balloons

All of the prepping paid off and everything went as planned. The clients were happy. The party was a success, and we accomplished our mission.

wishes take flight