It’s All About Number Balloons!

We are doing more and more milestone birthdays and anniversaries at the moment which is absolutely fantastic.  We are getting requests for decor incorporating the foil number balloons on a daily basis.  We wanted to show you a snippet of what can be achieved using those numbers rather than just having them inflated and put on a weight.

One of our bestselling designs is the ‘Fab & Funky Number’ displays with both the supersize numbers and the mini numbers.  The supersize numbers currently are available in silver, pink, blue and black so there is something to suit everyone and each one of those colours can be combined with other colours to compliment your event.  The mini numbers are currently readily available in silver but other colours are available to pre-order.

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Supersize Fab & Funky Numbers

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Supersize Fab & Funky Numbers

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Supersize & Mini Fab & Funky Numbers

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Supersize Fab & Funky Numbers

We can also create characters from Number balloons – again both big and small and also themed pieces which can personalised to suit your theme.

 

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Supersize Number Character Personalised Display

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One of our most popular supersize number displays – Minecraft

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Pirate themed and personalised supersize number display

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Seasonal supersize number display

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Mini Number Character Display

Another variety of displays is using a pole and display – both large numbers and mini numbers can create stunning decor pieces.

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Supersize Number Balloon on a pole and base with Sparklelites added.

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Mini Number Display on a pole and base with Sparklelites added

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Mini Number display on a pole and base

Another popular decor piece with the numbers is freestanding columns.  Again these can be done in colours to suit your event and they stand approximately 5ft tall.  This is one of my favourite colour combinations that we did recently.

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Freestanding Balloon Number Columns

Moving onwards from there – we can provide you with framed number sculptures.  Yet again they are available in any colours with or without lights!  They are very, very pretty.

 

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A framed number 1 balloon sculpture

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A framed number 8 balloon sculpture

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A framed number 16 balloon sculpture with lights added

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Completely frames and free standing.

And finally for today, one more idea – a completely frameless, freestanding 5ft balloon number sculpture available in numerous colours!  Very simple and very pretty balloon decor.

The possibilities are endless and we have just given you a few ideas to set your imagination running!  If you have an idea or a theme – just pop in and have a chat and we will discuss your requirements in more detail and work towards an affordable but stunning solution.

Remember, we are not just about balloons on a string!

 

Queen’s 90th Birthday Balloon Decor

So, just in case you missed it (not sure how though!) our beloved Queen celebrated her 90th Birthday on April 21st 2016  and the celebrations continue throughout May and June.  We know that a lot of places across the UK are planning street parties or other celebrations to mark the occasion, so we thought we would give you some ideas on how to spruce up your very own Royal Celebration with your very own Queen’s 90th Birthday Balloon Decor.

 

Happy Birthday

Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty!

 

Your celebration decor doesn’t have to even mention the Queen’s actual birthday.  You can celebrate using the United Kingdom colours of red, white and blue.  Nothing is more eye-catching than these colours being used together.

If you’re a business you can celebrate too.  Nothing attracts attention to a shop or business premises like a balloon arch or display.  Balloons signify that something special is happening and people are naturally curious to find out what it is and so they will come and have a look.  An easy way to attract new custom.

For the Queen’s Jubilee a few years back, in conjunction with the White Rose Centre in Rhyl, we did a stunning display.  We inflated the balloons and constructed the pieces in full view of the public.  The attention it attracted was brilliant and people were coming back throughout the day to see how we were progressing.  Now Mike and I can both talk for Britain so it took us a lot longer than it should have done but nevertheless, it attracted attention which was the whole point.  Here’s what we built in the White Rose Centre.

Queens Birthday Celebrations

The Build Progress and Finished items

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Union Jack Flag for the Queen's Jubilee/Birthday

The Finished Union Jack Flag

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The Union Jack Flag hung in place for the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

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Sara working in the next piece

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The Finished Piece

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Both pieces finished, hung and on display

 

So far as those wanting street parties or such like, decor is also possible for those events too!  Here’s some outdoor decor we did for a street party for the Jubilee.  It looked fantastic!!

 

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Outdoor decor for a street party which looked amazing.

 

Want to attract people to you business but still in keeping with the celebrations – that’s easy – have a look at these very effective arches, showroom displays and outdoor displays.  Car Showrooms are a great example of how to brighten up a space – happy people mean they will spend money!!

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So you see, balloons are very, very versatile and can be turned into stunning displays or decor – not just a balloon on a string!!!

So, if you’re planning a party of any sort,  an event or even if you want to attract more people to your business, give us a call and we can help you out!!

Chocolate & Flower Free Valentines Day!

Right, now we have got your attention!!!

As we all know Valentines Day is fast approaching (at the time of writing it is just 17 days away).  This year why don’t you surprise your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner etc., with a stunning balloon display.  Roses and flowers are predictable, boring and very expensive and as we all know the prices usually increase as Valentines Day approaches. Balloons on the other hand make a much bolder statement and require a lot more thought that just popping into a shop and buying a bunch of flowers and, even better, the prices remain the same as every other time of year – no seasonal increases whatsoever!!

A Small Selection of the Valentines Balloons Available in Store

A Small Selection of the Valentines Balloons Available in Store

 

We have a vast amount of ideas for Valentines Day and, even better, we are open on Sunday the 14th February for all the last minute orders and we can deliver as well (there is an additional fee for delivery and delivery slots are limited).

2016 is also a Leap Year which means this year ladies, you can take the initiative and propose to your other half.  We can help you out with that by delivering a personalised bouquet of balloons which actually do the asking for you!!!

From the simplest of balloons to the most elaborate displays, to singing balloons and personalised balloons, we can cater for absolutely any budget at all. We are open 6 days a week so there is plenty of time for you to place your order.  Call in and see us at For Every Occasion, 11 Russell Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3BS or call us on 01745 334299.

Below are just a few ideas of what’s available but trust us when we say there are lots more ideas in store!

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One of our SPECIAL OFFERS is a dozen red foil heart balloons for just £19.99 (see our prices have actually gone down not up).

Winter Wonderland on Water

We were approached by a client, one of our local holiday parks, to decorate their end of season party.  The theme was winter wonderland.  Not a problem…. but then they dropped the bombshell, it’s around a swimming pool.

Mike went to do a site visit and meet the client and made a few suggestions.  It was a limited budget but the table decor was candles so we only had to decorate the pool.

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Swimming Pool before the decor

We put together a proposal and the client loved our ideas.  Here are a few pictures of our Winter Wonderland on water.

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

 

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

Pool Decor with Super Size Balloon Lites

The client was absolutely delighted with the final outcome and, even though we say so ourselves, it looked absolutely stunning!  We’ve always wanted to do pool decor but living in North Wales, there really isn’t much call for it like there is in Florida!!!

T-Rex MK2 – The Fastest Way To Stuff Balloons!

So from the beginning of July 2015, our new sister company ‘Stuff It’ is excited to become a supplier of the fabulous T-Rex MK2 Balloon Stuffing Tool to the UK and Europe.

Stuff It!

Stuff It!

Celebrating 10 years in the industry this year we cannot believe it has taken us this long to find a tool that makes stuffing a balloon so easy and quick both out on site or in the shop.

Going back to when we started in the industry, we inherited an original T-Rex machine although we had absolutely no idea what it was at the time and we threw it away!!  How stupid were we?

The designers of this brilliant product are Mark & Kajira Bailey from Australia.  They came to stay with us towards the end of last year and when we told them this, they were horrified.  At the time of their visit to us, a new MK2 T-Rex was in the manufacturing process – thank goodness!!  Since then there have been two new versions of the machine, one in shiny chrome and the latest which is in black.

The T-Rex MK2 that we are going to be supplying has been improved yet again to provide you with a more flexible air hose (a little bit like a hoover hose).

Now you can create all kinds of designs with the T-Rex Balloon Stuffing Tool.  Here’s a couple of ideas but they really are endless – if you have the right imagination!

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Exploding Balloon created with T-Rex MK2

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Funky stuffed balloon

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Make someone smile with a smiley face stuffed balloon

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Balloon Flowers inside a balloon created with the T-Rex MK2

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Exploding Column Toppers created with the T-Rex

So what do you get when you purchase the T-Rex from us?

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This is what you get when you buy the T-Rex MK2

Please note that the clear air hose shown in the picture will be replaced with the new improved air hose when you purchase your T-REX MK2 from us!

Not only that, but you can trust that the product you are investing in works – we use it virtually every single day and there are other balloon professionals worldwide who are still the using the original T-Rex and swear by it.  Buying a product from a company that uses it just makes sense to us.

Instructional videos are available to watch to show you in great detail exactly how to use your T-Rex MK2.  It is essential that you watch the videos to start with – they will really make your life a whole lot easier than not watching them!!  There are no instructions in the box, they are all on line and when you purchase the T-REX MK2 we will provide you with the link.

 

Look How easy it is to use in this short video.

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So then it begs the question:-

Are you Interested?

Are you Interested?

If so please drop us an email to and we will provide you with pricing details (you will be very impressed with the price!) :-

To E-mail us – CLICK HERE

More Information Available at The T-Rex Website CLICK HERE

We currently have a Priority List for the T-Rex MK2 so if you wish to be put on the list and guarantee yourself a T-Rex as soon as the new batch arrives, please let us know too.

 

Strictly Come Dancing for BBC

Back in October 2014, while painting our daughter’s bedroom, we had a phonecall from the BBC!  It turns out that they wanted some balloons for Saturday’s show and we had been recommended to them from one of the technicians who worked on ITV’s Keep It In The Family which had recently filmed.  The brief was explained to us, they had very specific requirements and knew exactly what it was they wanted for the show.  Now, Sara is a HUGE Strictly fan so there was no doubt who was going to travel to do this job!!  The only downside was she would be travelling on the Thursday, doing the build and returning on the same day so sadly, no dancers would be there.

Thursday arrived, Sara was up at the crack of dawn with no problem!  She caught the train to London Kings Cross, travelled across London to Elstree Studios.

At this point, Sara takes over the story.  At the security gate, I gave my details and was directed towards the studio.

Elstree Studios

Elstree Studios

Now, the George Lucas sound stage is a fair walk away from the security gate but I thought I had missed it.  I hadn’t.  I asked for directions and was taken to the studio.  It was a massive building which I can only describe as a  ‘big tin shed’ like building!!  I was greeted by security and shown into the building.  It was immediately sparkly and as I walked through another door, I was straight onto the Strictly Dance Floor.  It was very surreal.  Inside I was screaming with excitement, but had to remain professional at all times.  I was to inflate and build the clouds on the stage where the band are located!!  I just had to get on with the job.  The crew were playing around with lighting ideas for Saturday’s show while I was inflating and I found myself talking to myself about how pretty the lighting was and telling the crew what I thought too!.  The crew were fab!!  After an hour I had finished building.  I showed the crew how to replace a balloon if one should pop and also put rigging points in ready for them to rig the balloons later that day.  The creative director came to chat with me about the possibility of providing balloons for the Strictly Special in Blackpool and whether it would be possible to do something like the picture she showed me.  Of course we can (again screaming with excitement inside!).  That it was, I was done.  However I couldn’t help myself from asking if I could take some pictures sat at the Judges desk.  Now I said before that the crew were fab and they really were!!  I said at Darcey’s place.

Strictly Come Dancing

Sara in Darcey’s space

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The finished clouds for Kevin and Frankie’s dance

I left with a very big smile on my face after a fab but very tiring day – headed home to celebrate my parents Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

On the Saturday night we watched nervously but the balloons looked fab!

A couple of weeks went by and that we got a phone call from them to say that they wanted us to do the special in Blackpool.  Again they had very specific ideas of what they wanted and it involved very big balloons!  This time we would both be going and it would be on the Friday of rehearsals!!

Set off early on the Friday to arrive at Blackpool Tower for just after 9.00a.m.  Parked on the front of the Tower (with the help of some very friendly Traffic Wardens!)  We set up and set about inflating.  The first job was balloons for Anton and Judy’s dance.  Very simple for very effective balloons.   This time we actually got to go on set and help rig the balloons.  It was quite nice because we knew some of the crew as they had worked on Keep It In The Family, so hugs all round!!

That job done so it was time for lunch.  We were told we could help ourselves from the catering facilities.  So we sat down for lunch in amongst all the stars.  Now Sara’s favourite dancer is Brendan Cole who we hadn’t seen all day.  Lunch finished, we were clearing away our plates, Sara put down her plate, turned around, and ran straight into him!  She couldn’t say anything, just made a stupid noise and walked off!!   Anton and Judy were doing interviews and they were doing them next to where we were working.  They were both so lovely and friendly, as was everyone else.

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Sara with Anton

So on to the next job, inflating the big bouquets of balloons.  This took a while to do.  They were massive bouquets.

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Mike against some of the bouquets

They wanted to place a single bouquet on set to get an idea of how they would look and whether or not they would actually need more bouquets than they had anticipated.  Now to carry a bouquet down to the studio, we had two flights of stairs to go do and in through a narrow doorway (just about made it through the door)!  We showed the crew how to move them when it was time for the show.  Job done we left very happy.

So Anton and Judy’s dance looked fab and the picture of them with our balloons was used in most of the national newspapers!  This was the picture!

 

Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool

Anton du Beke and Judy Murray

The big balloon bouquets were used for the group dance on the Sunday.  Sadly some of the balloons did not make it in one piece to the studio but they still looked fab!

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Group Dance Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing

Group Dance Blackpool

We loved doing these balloons, especially Sara, it was like a dream come true for her!

Brand New Personalised Photo Balloons!

We are delighted to introduce this fantastic NEW service – create your very own personalised photo balloons!

It’s extremely easy to do and you are in total control of the design from start to finish.  To create your own photo balloon just click HERE and follow the instructions – it’s as easy as can be!

There are hundreds of designs to choose from or you can literally create your own by uploading your own photograph, writing your own text and adding overlays from those available.  Here’s just a couple of examples but there are literally hundreds of designs to choose from and there is something For Every Occasion!

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Prices start from just £9.99 (this is for one sided print).  The price includes, the balloon, the postage and us inflating the balloon for you.  The option is then available in store to add additional balloons to create some beautiful custom made bouquets at an additional cost.

You can choose from a star, heart or round shaped balloon and you have the option for two sided print for an additional cost.  Here’s one we did for our nephew’s 18th Birthday – he was suitably embarrassed!

18th Birthday

18th Birthday

Need that balloon tomorrow? No problem as long as you order before 5.00p.m. and pay additional postage, you can have your balloon tomorrow!

Don’t worry about your order going astray – you get text/email messages all throughout the process advising when your balloon has been dispatched and when it has arrived with us and then we contact you to discuss collection dates and times.

These are the most beautiful quality and there are some on display in store should you wish to see the quality of the product for yourself.  It has taken us 10 years of searching to find the right product to share with our customers.
We can’t recommend these balloons enough – they are just stunning and we are thrilled  that we are the only suppliers currently in Denbighshire for this product.

We think you’ll love them as much as we do!

Sara & Mike Harris CBA

Keep It In The Family

Ok so the back end of 2014 went a bit mental for us here at For Every Occasion.  We apologise for not blogging for a while but we hope you will find the next few posts interesting.

Back in September we were asked by ITV Studios to appear in a brand new Sunday night Prime Time Game Show hosted by Bradley Walsh.  The show would see 2 families going head to head in a series of games to win prizes.  This would also include dropping celebrities through trap doors.  When we found out one of the celebrities was none other than Joe Pasquale – how could we refuse?

Keep It In The Family

Keep It In The Family

The first game in each program was called Family Business and it would involve a task set by a family who work together in business for the teams to complete.  Anyone who knows us knows that For Every Occasion is truly a family business and the kids are often to be found helping out in the shop (or hindering!).

ITV wanted spectacular balloon decor that could be set and struck quickly for the program as it is filmed in order with a live audience.  We had the brief, all we needed to do was create the wow factor.

We travelled down to BBC Elstree Studios on the Thursday night to prepare for filming on Sunday.  Also filming in the same building as us was Holby City and of course, Eastenders. Being a huge Holby City fan, Sara was beside herself when she saw some of the cast but  not as exited as she was when she met Danny Dyer in the Bar though!

We had a room to work in at the back of the studio and we started to inflate.

Keep it in the Family Ballons

Keep it in the Family Balloons

Ellie working on Keep it in the Family

Ellie working on Keep it in the Family

Hidden away in the Studio, behind the blacks, is the actual balcony used for Statler and Waldorf in the original Muppet Show Series.

Muppets Balcony

Muppets Balcony

Although a grainy picture we loved the personalised pillars on the stage.

The Set

The Set

We re-created one of our award winning Red Arrow sculptures for the show.

Red Arrow

Red Arrow

Our 15ft High Hot Air Balloon was one of the highlights.

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

This is the balloon drop for the end of the game.

Balloon Drop

Balloon Drop

The biggest audience reaction though was when they saw Ellie and Amelia in their Balloon Dresses. The gasps literally took our breath away and is one of those moments that you will never forget.

Balloon Dresses

Balloon Dresses

The game consisted of Mike teaching 2 family members (the grandparents) how to make a Balloon Flower Head dress  The finished results were very interesting to say the least!

We also got to meet the celebrities on the show  here are a couple of pictures of us with Joe Pasquale and Helen Flanagan.

Joe Pasquale with www.foreveryoccasion.co.uk

Joe Pasquale with www.foreveryoccasion.co.uk

Helen Flanagan with www.foreveryoccasion.co.uk

Helen Flanagan with www.foreveryoccasion.co.uk

It took us all day Friday and most of Saturday to create all of the decor, the balloon dresses and car.  By the end of filming on Sunday we were exhausted.

Us on set with Joeys Car

Us on set with Joeys Car after filming

It was a fantastic experience and one that we had as a family.  I don’t think we will ever forget it.  We were treated like royalty and the kids thought it was Christmas with free ice cream, crisps and pop on tap!

Us with Bradley Walsh

Us with Bradley Walsh

 

 

BACI 2014

Once again this year Mike went out to Italy to provide decor and pass on his knowledge to delegates from many nationalities at the Balloon Arts Convention Italy, BACI 2014.  This year he again worked with Matt Lewis CBA of Matthew Lewis Displays, Coventry and Dominic Casidy CBA of All Things Fun, Horden.

This year the event was moved from its normal venue of Florence to the Town of Patti on the beautiful Island of Sicily.

The venue for the week was the Simenzaru Wild Village Holiday complex.  The venue was directly on the beach, very open to the Mediterranean strong winds and of course extreme heat.

Our brief was to create fun Jungle and Tropical decor.

Day one saw us working in a Marquee in Patti Marina creating the entrance decor for the Large Sculpture competition.  We used a mixture of Palm Trees printed balloons and Monkeys to create a fun entrance.

Marquee Entrance BACI 2014

Marquee Entrance BACI 2014

Marquee Entrance BACI 2014

Marquee Entrance BACI 2014

We now had 2 days to fight the wind and create decor that would move in the wind but still look good.  We used lots of Aeropoles for arches.

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Opening Decor BACI 2014

Cactus’s made from Quick Link Balloons are great fun.

Cactus

Cactus

Next we needed to include the jungle animal element but it mud withstand the wind.  I think our solution proved it worked great.  Our moving Animal Pillars known as windy’s worked a treat.  These are available to order from For Every Occasion now.

Tiger Windy

Tiger Windy

Giraffe Windy

Giraffe Windy

Windy's on the Beach

Windy’s on the Beach

Our next task was to decorate the street in Patti Marina for an evening festival.  We wanted to create colour that would move and have impact.  Our Balloon Fireworks were perfect for the job, how ever putting a ladder in the middle of a road with cars travelling down either side was a challenge.

Balloon Fireworks

Balloon Fireworks

Balloon Fireworks

Balloon Fireworks

We now turned our attention to the final night party.  Once again our biggest challenge was the wind.  Table centres had to be pinned to the tables decor had to move and it needed to be fun.  We once again used the Aeropole arch system this time with balloon fireworks.  2 balloon walls using Zebra print and personalised balloons where created for the stage and a sunny Jungle entrance was created.

Giraffe Centre Piece BACI 2014

Giraffe Centre Piece BACI 2014

Monkey Centre Piece BACI 2014

Monkey Centre Piece BACI 2014

Tiger Centre Piece BACI 2014

Tiger Centre Piece BACI 2014

Aeropole Fireworks

Aeropole Fireworks

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Stage Balloon Walls BACI 2014

Sunny Entrance

Sunny Entrance

Another fantastic event in Italy.  Outdoor decor can be provided in high winds and extreme heat.  It’s a challenge but we can do it.

 

Silverstone 2014 Lewis Hamilton

Once again this year we were asked by Matt Lewis of Matthew Lewis Displays in Coventry to assist with the decor for the Silverstone Racing Club Marquee at the British Grand Prix.

Now being huge F1 fans Sara and I made ourselves available for the event.  After seeing the pictures of our large sculpture of the red arrows at the World Balloon Convention, the client asked if we could do something special to celebrate 50 years of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  They asked if we could create Lewis Hamilton’s AMG Petronas Mercedes W05 car.

We created a 2/3 scale replica completely from balloons.

 

Brooklands and Luffield from the Silverstone Racing Club

Brooklands and Luffield from the Silverstone Racing Club

 

W05 on the ground

W05 on the ground

AMG Mercedes WO5

Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5

Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5

Lewis Hamiltons Car 2014 AMG Mercedes WO5

#keepfightingmichael

#keepfightingmichael

GP3 Driver Nelson Mason

GP3 Driver Nelson Mason

TV pundit and racing driver Karun Chandhok

TV pundit and racing driver Karun Chandhok

Son of James Hunt, Freddie Hunt

Son of James Hunt, Freddie Hunt

F1 Racing Legend Derek Warwick

F1 Racing Legend Derek Warwick

A fantastic weekend and even better with Lewis winning.