July 27-28, 2019 – Indo-American Fair

This TriFold took me about 1.5 hours to fully make, but I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

The Indo-American Fair – such an energizing and tiring topic at the same time!

The fair this year yet again allowed us to raise a lot of money for the temple. On the first day, the balloon team had to share a stall with the face painting team and no, we did not have much space. However, this allowed us to make more sales in fact because I called upon one other ballooner and we went out of the stall into the scorching heat with our trifold to advertise. Most of our sales that day were of hand-delivered balloons; people did not come to our stall – we went to them.

Using a creative angle, I wore some crazy hats that truly looked alien – I’m serious. This helped us get some business because the kids would smile at me and ask their parents for the hat before I even approached the family. By the time I could talk to them about sales, the parent had already given in to the child and would buy the hat or another balloon.

The trifold we used to advertise was extremely colorful and attractive and I am happy with how it turned out. I think that the one thing I could have done better when making the trifold however is that I could have included more pictures of balloons. However, my partner and I were holding balloons anyways so the public could see examples of the creations.

The order of popularity was: Flower Bracelet, Sword, Punching Balloon, Tiger, then more

I was surprised to receive so many requests for tiger, but I am happy about that because it is challenging to make and I enjoyed the challenge. Overall, the fair was a success for the balloon team.

July 26, 2019 – Balloon Decorations (Arches)

As shown, on July 26th, a team of balloon enthusiasts and I worked together to create this extremely large and beautiful balloon “arch.”

It took around 3 hours – from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to finish making 2 of these arches. However, the experience was rewarding. I taught a few others how to make such an arch and some others had already known how to make it so we could get to work as quickly as possible.

The issue we were having at first was that balloons would pop the moment they hit the grass. We had to build the arch and tie the balloons on very carefully on the tarps so that the grass would not pop the balloons. I am happy with the way it turned out and it was a beautiful addition to the Indo-American Fair to come during the next two days.

I am excited that our team was able to complete this because it opens up new potential to be a decorator for events not only at HATCC but also at bigger events where a balloon arch may look very unique. The arches have varying sizes, so they can be made for any event you name!

July 8-19, 2019 – Summer Camp at HATCC

This summer camp was yet again an enlightening experience. For the purposes of this blog, I will focus in on the 3 hours each day I spent teaching kids how to make various balloon creations. Through the story, I myself have found a renewed creativity for making crazy balloon animals. These campers have inspired me to make more ornate balloon creations.

After the first hour and a half, the kids would have learned two or three new balloon animals for the day including dogs, flower bracelets, tiaras, and battle-axes among other items. In the remaining time, the kids were allowed to make anything they wanted. Of course, if they needed help the counselors would help them.

The way this worked is that the kids would want to make some crazy balloon figure, and they somehow knew exactly how to since their creativity at that age was crazy high. The thing they had trouble at was the thing I was good at. Actually twisting and handling the balloon. So with their creativity and my experience, the kids could make incredibly cool looking items which didn’t even have names.

The reason I am so excited about this is that in future parties, I look forward to using this new creative mindset to give the kids exactly what they want which may be huge, beautiful, or CRAZY!

May 25, 2019 – Cambridge Club Memorial Day Celebration

This was an extremely enjoyable celebration. Kids kept running up to the stand asking for various balloons. I was strategically placed near the children’s activities center and had many “customers” due to this. Many girls received flower bracelets to show their families while some asked for “the biggest sword I could make!”

A group of boys were extremely excited to receive their blasters and bow and arrows. They played a game on the playground 2 vs. 2 and kept running back for more balloons. It was fun to even “upgrade” the balloons they already had and add a shot of fire to a blaster, or convert a sword to a “master” sword by twisting the top into a stronger, cooler-looking sword.

I am excited for my next event at the Cambridge Club!

May 11, 2019 – Communion Party 2

Another great event!

This communion party was full of enthusiastic and outgoing kids who loved balloons. The mother who contacted me specially asked if I could make video game-themed balloons at their event so naturally, I said yes. I had learned right before the event how to make a battle ax from Fortnite and wanted to give it out.

I am happy that I was told to make some video game themed balloons because it was a great conversation starter with the kids when I arrived at the event. I asked if any of the kids had won “victory royales.” And immediately I received a positive response.

This was a fun event in which I made a new balloon creation: the battle ax and also made a decent looking backpack, or “battle-pack.”

I am completely excited for the next event.

May 4, 2019 – Communion Party

I was hired by a mother who saw me at a different event and took my business card. There were around 10 kids there and many enthusiastic adults. The mother herself asked for a balloon hat and so did a few other adults. I had fun with making various kinds of hats which I had never done before.

The kids, who received many, many balloons would draw all over them and have fun. The boy of the day who’s communion was being celebrated was extremely nice and talkative. (He was much more patient than the average “customer”) This was a different, but fun experience in which there was no pressure to twist the balloons extra quick. No line, just a few kids asking for random balloons at someone’s home.

I really enjoyed this because two kids there would come and ask to pump the balloons up themselves. In fact, one tried to “attack” me with a balloon snake which he so beautifully decorated with some provided sharpies.

10/10 would be hired for home events again. I am glad this first one was great!

April 28, 2019 – Earth Day Festival

This is the second year I was here at this festival and it proved to be – yet again – an enriching experience.

Here, I made balloons for various kids for the first time outdoors this year. It was a fun experience, but I learned to never use table cloths in windy weather. For one, the tape barely sticks so demo balloons were flying, and secondly, the “menu” of balloon animal choices had flown away.

The kids enjoyed it a lot however and it was extremely rewarding to hand balloons to kids who would run around and show their balloons off, draw all over them, and even have sword fights.

Earth Day 2019 was worth it!

March 30, 2019 – Team Vienna for SUDC

March 30th of 2019 was an extremely special day celebrated in honor of Vienna Savino who passed away on 11/12/17 due to unexplained causes leading to the diagnosis of SUDC. Since then, her family has taken resources to their advantage in order to successfully increase awareness of SUDC.

Vienna’s mother, Denise Wunderler, contacted me on November 28th, 2018 and I felt extremely thankful to be asked to take up an opportunity to make balloons at a memorial event on March 30th. In Bell Works, over 100 people gathered for a walkathon in memory of Vienna, so I felt honored to contribute to the success of this event.

As usual, there was almost always somebody asking for a balloon to be made. Many kids even grabbed the pumps I had brought and they took the balloons I had brought, then ran away. This was quite funny to watch as they tried to pump the balloons up themselves. One thing that made this event a little harder was that 4 days ago, I had cut my finger quite badly and it had not nearly recovered by the time the event arrived. The cut was on my left index finger which I generally use to pinch the balloon when tying. It felt awkward at first, but I got the hang of pinching with my thumb and middle finger instead.

I am happy every kid who wanted balloons was able to receive as many as they wanted.

“Team Vienna 4 SUDC!”

Set-Up + Handing a balloon over to a kid.

September 21, 2018 – Village Elementary School Fall Festival

I came to this event as a volunteer and volunteered for 3 hours.

Within the first 3 minutes of setting up the table, kids realized what I was doing and immediately hopped in line. As soon as I saw this, I knew it would be exactly like Earth Day in April: no breaks (check blog post).

I learned from the kids how to be persistent. One kid continuously asked me for an ankylosaurus. I need to learn how to make that!

At 7:00, I was supposed to leave, but the line continued. So I decided that it would be worth my time to stay and make balloons for all the kids remaining in line. And of course, because of that, even more kids joined the line. This was one of the most bustling experiences for me, but I really enjoyed making various balloons. It crushed me every time I had to say no to a very specific and unique balloon request. However, I got an idea for what kids of specific ages want.

This was the first school I went to from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. It was extremely rewarding to give back to my own community again.