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Strictly Come Dancing for BBC

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
Strictly Come Dancing
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!


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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

Click & Collect is Here

It’s what you have all been asking for and we have delivered.

Our customers have asked to be able to order balloons out of hours and be able to collect in store.  Our NEW Click & Collect service is simple to use.   Select the bouquets you want, select the date you want to collect them pay conveniently with PAYPAL and your order will be waiting for you to collect when you are ready.

Give it a try now Click Here or select Click & Collect from the Menu Above.

It couldn’t be easier.

Birthday Classic
Birthday Classic


It’s Snowing at Venue Cymru

Well yesterday was a fun day at Venue Cymru.

We installed 12 Giant snow flakes 8 mini snow flakes and 2 balloon sculptures.  All will be available to view through December during Panto.

We did the sculpture build at our balloon shop in Rhyl then moved them in pieces to Llandudno.  The Snowflakes where built on site due to size.

Here is a sneak preview.

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To see more of our sculpture work visit either www.foreveryoccasion.co.uk or www.facebook.com/foreveryoccasion


Welcome to our new Blog

Ok we have taken the plunge into blogging.

On here we will keep you updated with what we are up to any projects and news of our companies.

For Every Occasion Balloon Artists Ltd are a North Wales company providing:

  • Balloon Deliveries
  • Balloon Decor
  • Wedding Decor
  • Christening Decor
  • Birthdays Parties
  • Corporate Functions
  • Product Launches
  • Balloon Twisting

Our balloon twisting has been a big hit this year with our corporate clients.  We can keep children occupied whilst their parents spend time looking at your products and purchasing.

The Famous Balloon Twisting Suit
The Famous Balloon Twisting Suit

Don’t forget we also have a huge range of personalised gifts available on our sister website www.personalisethem.com