Balloons may pop when exposed to sun, heat, weather, temperature changes and people…they can even just pop when they are sitting around and nothing seems to change! There is something magical about balloons at the same time can be very frustrating as a balloon professional is not being able to fully predict when that burst may happen!
The Balloon industry is full of artist expressing their creativity by putting, glitter, confetti and even Paint inside of balloons…beautiful effects but the Corporate Event Planner in me can’t help but think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS?
I have been blessed over the years to work in some beautiful venues and huge Estates. One of my first thoughts is always about making sure I cause no damage to the venue or clients home with the decor I’m creating.
I’ll never forget being on location at a brand new bank where we were asked last minute to inflate more Latex balloons with HIFLOAT, and one burst! HIFLOAT all over me, my hair, and part of a balloon stuck to the wall of the conference room.
Good thing is from experience I knew that HIFLOAT will wash out of my clothes and the wall with water…so I rushed to the bathroom to get paper towels and water.
Due to this experience, that is vivid in my mind…When I see paint, glitter and confetti in balloons, all I can think of is what damage flying paint could do to walls, carpet, furniture etc. When you work with these items think about the potential damage, or the clean up time needed if something pops. Wet paint in a balloon – think of the bill to replace a linen, furniture, carpet etc or just be responsible for the cleaning bill for a Wedding dress, Prom dress or Tux that is covered in paint from my burst balloon!
Confetti – large pieces of confetti are easier to clean up than glitter. Do you have back up confetti with you, do you have a vacuum, broom or dust pan in your delivery vehicle to clean up messes that might be created.
What if a confetti or glitter balloon pops all over the preset dessert, salad and water glasses of a table of 10 for your clients event?
As Professional Balloon Artist I think it’s really important for us to always consider the what if’s. IE anything that you place inside the balloons…when the balloon pops it’s going to go Everywhere…DO you have a vacuum in your delivery vehicle? Broom and dust pan? Rags, water to clean a mess etc.
When transporting balloons for indoor and outdoor events your balloons can pop! Remember to pack the back up balloons to repair Names, Letters, custom vinyl prints, and any latex or foil that may deflate during transport or installation to help provide your client with the product they ordered. What about special distorted designs. If part of a lovely flower petal pops, do you have time and supplies to make the fix? Classic decor is the bread and butter for the balloon industry as you don’t have to worry about as many details as when you get into all the artistic flair. As a professional balloon decorator, remember to always build in extra time to your deliveries..and create designs for your customers based on the time you have available to provide them with the designs you sell.
One key in our profession as we continue to branch out and create new techniques, designs and lovely pieces of art and want to be respected as professionals in the events industry as a whole, it’s very important we think about all the possible outcomes…As you create…always think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS and plan and prepare accordingly.
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