Enhancing Balloons with Lighting!

Balloon Decor becomes even more exciting when you add in lighting elements in dark rooms! Back to School is time for planning fall Homecoming dances! Most Homecomings are held in the school gym with dim lighting. You will want to check with the DJ on their lighting package, some of their lights may flood out the lights in your balloons. In the photo above I used Lite-A-Loons for the ceiling topiary’s in a Dark gym and the DJ used a special UV lighting system directed at the tall neon balloon centerpieces to create an awesome black light effect! The students and sponsor loved the glow from the balloons and when it came time to strike said they look forward to seeing what we create next year! (photos were taking with my phone so a little grainy…it looked amazing in person.)   Tips from Peggy Williams, Education Coordinator, burton and BURTON Peggy has worked in the balloon industry for over 30 years. Starting with her company, Balloons @ the flower Basket, and then Good Times Event specialist, Peggy quickly realized the need for professional education in the industry. Peggy has traveled all over the United States Educating on smart balloon practices and creative designs. I always leave her classes with a smile on my face and an excitement to create wonderful balloon decor for increased profit! Thank you Peggy for sharing your tips! What are the top Tips when working with Lite-a-loons? 1. Make sure your event is going to be held in a DARK ROOM. 2. Turn the lights on before you inflate. 3. Methods to turn on: Hold light in one hand, while pushing in on the button on top of balloon with the other hand. Or use the end of a hand pump or ballpoint pen cap to help push down on the button while the balloon light is sitting on the table. 4. To add extra fun lighting effects you can attach a sparkle ribbon to the Lite-A-Loon as you see in photo below.
Lite-A-Loons by Burton and Burton with Sparkle ribbon.
Lite-A-Loon and Sparkle Ribbon design by Peggy Williams, photo by Burton and Burton
How long does the light in the Lite-A-Loon last? 20 hours on Bright Can glow 2 to 3 days, however the light looses value over time. How to make an air filled centerpiece with Lite-A-Loon? Inflate a Lite-a-loon inside of a vase while using a hand pump and tie. You can put like-colored balloons into colored vases or an assortment of colors of balloons into a clear vase.
Lite-a-loons in vases from Burton and Burton
Lite-A-Loons in vases from burton and Burton, design by Peggy Williams Photo by burton and Burton
        Key to using the Lite-a-loon with Ultra Hi Float and Helium. 1. MUST use Ultra Hi Float. 2. Use the 9 inch clip on the pump, only use 3/4 of a pump, using the 9 inch clip. 3. Rub all of the Utra Hi Float around and out of the ridge by the light. 4. Fully inflate the balloon to 11 inches with 100% helium. FOR extra help Peggy has a video on burton and Burton website: Login to your account Click on Creative Solutions and you will see a video of how to Hi Float a Lite -A-Loon.  
Helium Lite-a-loons FLOAT 2015
Helium Lite-A-Loons FLOAT 2015
  One of Peggy’s Favorite things to create for air-filled decor with Lite-A-Loons is to put them inside a clear linking balloon to create ceiling swags. Photo from FLOAT 2015, Burton and Burton sponsored the Opening Night karaoke party decor with Lite-A-Loons.
Ceiling Lite-a-loons FLOAT 2015
Ceiling Lite-a-loons FLOAT 2015
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Christmas in July!

While the sun is shining bright, you might be planning a family getaway to the beach. It often seems out of place to receive your catalogs from suppliers full of Christmas balloons and designs. I love looking through the Christmas catalogs to see the new designs and which favorites from last season are still available! July and August are my best times to contact my past December clients and reach out to new customers.
corporate Candy Christmas entrance and room decor
corporate Candy Christmas entrance and room decor

(Arch design inspired by Sue Bowler)

In December 2013, two of my corporate events were in the same venue; one on Friday, the other Saturday. We installed Organza to the ceiling that stayed the same for both events, but changed out the balloon decor and centerpieces to make the events different. Both clients had booked us a year in advance, so I knew their dates were back to back as I met with them and offered several selections to both clients using the same colors.
Taper Chandelier
Taper Chandelier
To learn more about installing fabric decor, follow this link balloondvds.com for my step by step DVD’s Fundamentals of Fabric Here is how I stay so busy at the holidays: 1. In December, when I do the events, I have the clients book for the following year to ensure availability for their date. 2. Contact the client in July with suggestions for this year’s designs and have them pay their deposit so their specialty designs can be ordered before they are out of stock. I keep all the product for that event boxed up with the company name and date of the event. 3. Approach new Holiday clients via phone, networking meetings, email and online marketing. 4. Offer fabric draping, backdrops and custom centerpieces that accent the balloon decor. If you stay busy enough with balloons alone or have other vendors in your area that offer fabric decor services, team up with those vendors so you can work together on events. 5. Provide excellent customer service.   Want support in increasing your sales? Check out the coaching packages listed in last week’s blog BalloonCoach.com Open for Business. Then, email me at joette@ballooncoach.com to schedule your complimentary call and I will be glad to help you choose the level of coaching that is right for you! Together we can Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com