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A Balloon Artist Business seems risky to venture into until you start bringing home the bacon, or tips, from corporate and private parties.
Hooray Balloons Kids Entertainment helps busy moms host incredible birthday parties in Solano, Napa and Contra Costa Counties.
If you're new to balloon twisting, welcome! If you've been at it for a while I hope you'll learn something from my blog posts.
I was recently asked what are popular balloon animals for parties?
Well, it depends.
What theme is your party?
If it's a Baby Shark theme (sorry if that got you singing LOL!) than you'll do some of those.
Honestly, kids like BIG designs.
BUT they also like cute, fun designs.
Popular Balloon Animals for Parties:
If you don't have a theme anyone of the balloons above will be popular. Boys love swords. Girls do, too. When they both love swords you'll make a ton of them. Kids love to chase each other around the yard battling with their swords until it pops. Then they come back to you!
Fairies will always be popular. I find moms love these just for themselves and not only for their daughters. It can be an involved design, but if you get the artwork done right, you'll knock it out of the park. And, of course, you'll make many of them!
I love the fish on a fishing pole design. Make this impressive with a 350q pole and an 11" round body. I use the polka dotted rounds and tell kids these are tropical fish!
It's always a hit.
Kids (boys and girls both) love this design.
Penguins are cute. That's the reason parents and kids always ask for them. It's one of my most popular design.
Of course, though, unicorns are super popular.
Create one and you'll MAKE MANY!!
They are fun to make at parties. You can add wings, too. There's lots of options and for sure you'll find yourself twisting a lot of them!
While these popular balloon animals for parties are not character designs, they're still many requests for them. And, if you can, make character designs but plan to make A LOT of them.
Face painting instructions with step-by-step illustrations to practice before your next party!
If you're like me than you enjoy looking over face painting designs. I love to see the work of other artists. They're sooo creative, their designs are fun and their line work is awesome!
Today's post is to help the aspiring face painter.
Do you enjoy working with children?
Then you'll find NO shortage of face painting gigs. Moms know their kids love being face painted. At almost every party I do, face painting is requested.
You can offer your standard face painting designs and then change them up.
The step-by-step face painting in today's blog is Rarity from My Little Pony. Girls LOVE My Little Pony. It's a fun show and the artwork is very cool.
The printable face painting design is one I found on Pinterest. Here's the link to the original post. At the bottom of this post is the printable version. This way you can print and study this design to better understand how to put the components of it together.
This Rarity face painting is a GREAT way to challenge yourself!
You may not think you can do this but with practice you can. It's a fairly easy step-by-step layout so you can recreate it on yourself.
At least, I would start this design on my arm or thigh. You need your own skin to work on sometimes since you may not have anything else.
Naturally, this Rarity design takes time to create. Line work is really important here which means you need a steady hand.
Keep at it and you'll get the lines down.
We're all learning.
Don't try to replicate the design exactly. You don't need the pressure!
It's important not to be too hard on yourself. Instead do the best YOU can do and adjust as needed.
Once you've practiced this a few times you'll be ready to offer it at parties.
While this is a super cute design painting it for a party could make you nervous. Rather than list something like this on your menu board, offer to do it for girls who aren't sure what they want.
This way you get the experience.
AND because the child won't see the pictures it'll be easy for you to paint YOUR way. Sometimes kids want exactly what they see on the board down to the last detail! You can avoid this by surprising them especially when they don't know what you'll paint.
It'll be so much fun for you and for the little one you paint!
To get started painting this design you'll want to get the below supplies or use what you have on hand.
Supplies to consider
Loew Cornell white nylon brush round #3 - for the white parts of the design.Loew Cornell white nylon brush round #1 - for line work around the design.
Superstar white face paint
TAG face paint regular light blue
Superstar silver face paint
Wolfe black face paint
Wolfe lilac face paint
Thanks for reading!
I'm happy to offer guidance on how to start a balloon twisting business. I've been twisting balloon animals at private parties for the last four years.
First off, you don't need any experience.
A lot of twisters got into balloon twisting without any experience. Instead, you'll need to sit down and focus your attention to learn some designs.
ANYONE can choose to learn balloon twisting. It's not difficult but it requires patience and practice.
When you're ready to give it a go...
If you have a DVD player, check Amazon for the Ultimate Balloon Animals and More by Magic Makers . This DVD shows you over 50 different balloon animals to make. It's a good foundation to learn one balloon designs.
Learning 10 one balloon designs in a day is enough for you to twist at a party the following weekend.
Seriously. Practice, get comfortable tying balloons and in no time you'll be doing parties.
As you develop your skills you'll want to add new designs. With the basics down you can learn more challenging designs on YouTube. There's a lot of neat balloon twisting videos on YouTube. The best part is you'll learn it for FREE.
While ordering your DVD you'll want a bag of 260q balloons. These are twisting balloons. No, you can't buy them at your local party store unless they carry the Qualatex brand.
Most party stores don't carry professional twisting balloons. The easiest way to get these balloons is to order them from Amazon.
As you get further into twisting you'll want more balloons.
You can't help it!
It's fun to make cool stuff.
And, when you use more balloons you'll want to order from a distributor.
A balloon distributor is cheaper.
They provide more bang for your balloon buck. A bag of balloons on Amazon is almost twice as much as what a distributor charges. You'll have to check shipping costs, delivery times, etc., but distributor is a good choice.
Last, you'll want to add a balloon hand pump. The Qualatex double action pump is inexpensive and does the job. It inflates when you expand and collapse the pump saving you time and energy.
Once you've twisted 10 of the designs on the video there's nothing stopping you from getting gigs. You can now book parties for busy moms wanting children's entertainment.
It's not hard to do, but you do need to build up your confidence. It can feel scary at first, but once you start twisting and people comment on your skills you'll feel AWESOME. It's very cool to go from learning to applying skills in the marketplace.
Go to your local school and offer to volunteer at a holiday event. Schools love free stuff! Your twisting skills are fun and kids will enjoy it. Parents are curious and will ask if you do parties.
You'll get bookings.
Birthday parties for kids are awesome! Face painting, balloon animals and slime. Lots of cool party experiences to choose.
Are you new to face painting?
Don't worry if you are! We all start somewhere so don't let that hold you back. Face painting is a popular children's entertainment for kids parties. You can learn it, too.
Once you're at a party and set up, invite children to come choose a design. You may have a picture menu board or a word board. Once the child knows what they want they'll sit down ready to get painted.
Smile and be friendly. It's difficult for some children to have their faces painted because they're afraid. A smile and soft tone helps them get settled.
Next, load your sponge with paint. Begin sponging the child's face. Be careful over the lids and around the eyes. Some sponges are more coarse than others. Dabbing in a gentle way you'll cover the area so no skin shows through.
Whenever you're sponging paint on you want an opaque coverage. It'll look better and it's easy to enhance with line work.
Use a wet wipe to clear any extraneous paint. Sometime it'll get on the nose or lower cheeks which you may not want. Now you're ready for a stencil if you're using one.
Choose a stencil and use a finger dauber. This allows you to control the paint better as it's applied to a stencil. Some stencils have delicate details so daubers are great to use. Otherwise use a sponge dabbing enough so the design comes through on the child's face.
Grab a round brush. Load it with the paint you'll use and apply it. Add those lovely details including tear drops, flower petals and swirls.
Last but not least add gems, glitter and lip gloss. This last part before the reveal takes your design work from okay to "wow". Both kids and parents love this part. The jewels are fun, the glitter is awesome and the lip gloss makes a terrific finishing touch.
Once the finishing touches are on you can surprise the child with a reveal. This is the best part of face painting. Watching a child react to how beautiful or cute or daring they look never gets boring.
The reveal will make you come back for more face painting opportunities!
New to balloon twisting?
Or doing balloon decorations for parties?
You may wonder how to tie a balloon. This is a common question. As a balloon twister, I've learned a way to tie balloons.
You can learn it, too.
BUT you need to test and create your own style.
So how do you tie a balloon?
Create balloon slack. What the heck is that?! Balloon slack is when you have enough latex to pull around your fingers. When you don't have enough two things happen.
I don't want you to hurt your fingers.
I also WANT you to enjoy tying balloons.
It's not a super fun thing to do. But making it easy means you can create balloon animals for parties. Or you can put together a balloon column or arch for your child's party.
It makes sense to check out balloon twisting on YouTube. Watch how creators tie their balloons. Everyone does it a little different. You need to see how it's done and then try it for yourself. Adjust as necessary but once you get it, you're good!
Here are simple steps for how to tie a balloon...
You did it!
You tied a balloon.
If tying balloons with your fingers isn't comfortable that's okay. You can use a balloon tying knot device. Wow! Sounds strange, but THESE actually exist. I didn't know about this tool when I began tying balloons.
It could help you and train you to tie balloons without trouble. Check the balloon tying knot tool to see if it's something to help you.
I've also written a full article on the topic. It includes a six step photo layout to follow. Hope this reference makes it easier for you. Read the full How to Tie a Balloon article for pics and tips.
A balloon business plan is your blueprint to success. Don't make it complicated or super long. Keep it simple, update it and stay on track!
Fun parties for kids include Slime Making for its creativity and freedom to experiment with no clean up for mom!
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Illustrations sho how to tie a balloon easily. Learn these easy steps so you can tie balloons without difficulty.
Do you need finger food ideas for birthday parties? Great, because in this blog posts that's what we'll be covering.
As it should be, birthday parties are inherently high energy. After all, it's a huge celebration oftentimes with a one year old party. And, even if the party is for a five-year-old they're are too excited to settle down to eat.
What to do?
Provide simple finger foods they can grab and go. Well, they do need to stay still long enough to eat to avoid choking, of course.
5 Finger Food Ideas for Birthday Parties include:
Ham and Cheese Sliders These are delicious and easy. Ham and cheese is popular with kids and making them as sliders using Hawaiian rolls, popping them in a toaster over and then brushing butter on top, is easy, quick and they'll go one right after the other!
Fruit skewers are a great choice to have coming out of a watermelon or some other kind of melon. These are delicious and since kids love fruit they'll definitely be popular. It can take time to cut all the fruit and add them on to wooden skewers so alternatively they could be put into small plastic or paper cups. This makes them easy for kids to take and eliminates filling up skewers!
Devilled eggs are quick and easy kids finger foods. Get the recipe but these tasty classic bites have Greek yogurt and Asian chili sauce giving them just the right amount of zip!
Nachos! You can load these up with seasoned ground beef or chicken and melted cheese on top. Then put shredded lettuce on top. You could keep chopped tomatoes and sour cream off to the side in case kids don't want that included. These are a hit because they're simple and oh so yummy!
These 5 finger food ideas for parties should help save you time while providing, quick, nutritious and tasty finger foods for kids.
Hope your day is going well!
I recently received a question and wanted to answer it. The question is:
Do you have to do party favors?
I posted an article on this site about doing party favors and my point of view. As a party planner, I say, yes, you do need to do party favors. However, they don't need to be expensive and you don't have to do all candy if sugar is a concern.
As an entertainer and party planner, I believe you should provide favors mainly as your way of thanking children who come to your child's party. One of the ways you show your appreciation is providing a small parting gift in the form of a party favor. Of course, this is in addition to the food and entertainment you’ll offer.
Your party favor could be a bag filled with candy. Or it could be a bag filled with small activities, stickers, tattoos, crayons, etc. you can purchase cheaply at a Dollar Store or Walmart. The party favors do not need to be expensive.
Worried about offering candy?
Don't provide it.
You can offer non-candy items or low sugar candy items. It depends on you, your budget and what you want to give. The point is, kids will be excited to get something on their way out. And, too, children 5-years-old and up expect to receive something. This is largely due to the fact they may have been to a few parties already and enjoyed party favors they received.
So, do you have to do party favors? Yes, I would. However, you can also be creative and hire a balloon artist like myself (shameless plug) solving the party favor issue. Kids go home with a balloon animal - something tangible in their hands - whether it's a diamond sword, princess wand, penguin, baby shark, unicorn or something else. They get something fun to remember your child’s party and they’ll definitely want to come back again.
What are your thoughts? Contact me and let me know.
Wondering do you need party favors? This article provides three reasons you should offer them at you child's party.
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I was recently asked, "What is used for children's face painting?" The simple answer is quality face paints.
Now you may wonder, what are quality face paints. Quality face paints are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as face paints. These are water soluble products that easily wash off with soap and water. They are non-irritating except some children do have very sensitive skin and may possibly have redness. This is very remote, however.
In the near four years I've been face painting using FDA approved face paints, I have not had any issues with children experiencing skin irritation.
Your paint quality is very important and quite critical to good coverage. Most of us start out using Snazaroo paints because they're readily available at your local Michael's. Unfortunately, coverage is really poor and it will frustrate you to work with these paints.
Paints such as Diamond FX, TAG, Paradise and Mehron are some of the best on the market. There are several other great paints to work with, too. You can get started with a simple search of basic face painting products to begin building your kit.
No need to spend hundreds of dollars right off. It's best to get a small kit of paints with a few round brushes to get going.
And, once you begin working with quality paints, you'll enjoy them. You can also confidently present your face painting skills to friends and family wanting to book you for their parties without worrying about skin reactions.
Naturally, you'll want to practice your sponge and line work since even with fabulous face paints you need to hone your skills. :)
Best wishes and do let me know how your face painting journey is coming along.
I get asked how to do face painting on children when I'm face painting. It's a natural question that comes to mind because you see me painting and then wonder how I do it.
For starters, working with children takes patience. You do not want to get into face painting or really any other kind of entertainment for children if you are uncomfortable working with kids.
Children tend to squirm in their seats. If the sugar isn't getting to them then it's simply that they have lots of energy which means they get the "wiggles".
Not an issue, really, unless the child is under three years old. Kids under three should sit in their parents lap to be painted. Some kids do well this way and others do not.
Clearly you do not want to face paint a very young child who is unhappy to be painted. No, that's not fun for you, the child or the parent although parents are often hopeful their child will enjoy the face painting experience.
Best quality paints only.
Starting to face paint can cost you a few hundred dollars after tallying up the paints, brushes, sponges, daubers, stencils, bling, glitter and so on. It does cost money to run a face painting business even though you will hear people tell you, "but it's only paint".
Yes, it is paint, but when you add in the cost of insurance (which you will want to get as you get more parties), travel, supplies, education and your time, it's not just paint.
I digress. Getting back to painting children, you do need good quality paints to work with and never acrylic. People still paint acrylic on children's faces and that's a mystery to me! Why?
Using the best quality you can afford means a good experience for the child. And, parents will want to work with you again because you're using safe products.
Practice as often as you can.
Practicing on your arm, leg or face will help you become better at face painting. It'll help you train your hand to be more steady.
You will paint most kids with them sitting in a chair and their face will be upright. Unless you ask them to lean their head back on the backrest of your chair and then you have an almost flat painting surface.
Be friendly so children feel at ease sitting in your chair.
Be sure you have fresh breath and that you smell good. Body odor is not acceptable so you'll want to shower and use deodorant.
Lastly, do not be too hard on yourself. We're not all fine artists, but that is not the point of face painting. You want to give the child a great experience and do a decent job. As you practice you will become faster and better with your line work. Until then, just get out there and get as many bookings as you can handle.
Good luck to you!
When you need balloon decorating ideas for your party or event you can check out these designs and purchase a balloon kit. Everything comes in a package to you for easy assembly with simple instructions. Yes, you CAN be your own balloon decorator!
Cinnabons versus balloon animals for parties? Hm-mm, tough choice but not for kids! Kids will go for balloon animals every time.