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Barbican

Barbican

Here's my first drop at the Barbican Centre in London. This was 1000 balloons held back stage and you can see part of the drop in action in the tweets below:

NYE 2016

NYE 2016

This New Years events all went smoothly (a bit like last year). I had more work in London this year including the above photo from The Hippodrome in Leicester Square. You may be interested to know that at the turn of the 19th century live animals were thrown from this...

Schneider Electric

Here's another drop at Old Billingsgate. This one was more difficult to rig as there was no simple route for the pull line. The 4 banners under the net were held in place with 4 steel cables which were sharp to touch. I didn't want the pull line going anywhere near...

Wicked10

We were back at The Apollo for #wicked10. You can see some previous installations here &...

bibas

bibas

Following last years fun in Blackpool we were back again this year with a repeat order at The Bibas 2016. I took an extra crew member this time (there were 3 of us) because of the large table centres. I wanted more help at that difficult moment when the net rises and...

Roundhouse

Roundhouse

Roundhouse 10th Birthday Celebrations image © John Williams Before installing the Google drop last December I worked closely with The Roundhouse in Camden to match their strict safety standards. They must have been please as they called me back to help celebrate their...

Liberty

Liberty

Here's our second shopping mall drop for Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford. This one was to celebrate Valentines day and 200 of the 1000 balloons had vouchers stuffed inside. At this venue there was no balcony available so we filled the net at ground level and chain...

NYE 2015

For the last 3 years I’ve been decorating a large restaurant in Mayfair early AM before it opens. The venue is made up of several smaller restaurants each serving different styles of food. Previously they’ve ordered 5 large drops and it’s been a tight turnaround to...

Google Party

Google Party

This balloon drop at The Roundhouse in Camden was a little different because Google wanted big balloons. When we drop smaller 11" they get jumped on and burst but when BIGGER balloons fall everybody wants to bop them back up into the air and punch them around the...

EIS

EIS

I installed a couple of arches this morning for the British Athletics indoor meeting at EIS Sheffield. One of the arches was supposed to be outside but as it was forecast to snow for the 2 days we decided it was better to install both indoors. Snow tends to be heavy...

Pins & Plates

Pins & Plates

Here's another car arch but this time the arch was going on a grass area outside the showroom... in the rain for 3 days. I moved the pins from the centre of the base plates to the corners so they could drive a car over both plates. Here's the arch after 3 days in wind...

Disney

Disney

Following on from our first Disney installation at HMV we have just completed 4 retail store decorations at Merry Hill, The Bullring, Coventry & Nuneaton. This time the promotion was 2 DVDs for £12 which is a great deal for some of my favourite films. The promotion...

Müller

Müller

This year Müller sponsored the Anniversary Games at the Olympic stadium. We worked with UK Athletics last year to brand their events in Red, White & Blue but with Müller sponsoring the British Championships and Anniversary Games the colour scheme was changed to Red &...

Rainbow

Rainbow

We installed 4 of these Rainbow Balloon Arches on 19th July. 3 Were located in London and 1 in Staffordshire. The access was after 5pm and they needed to last 3 days. It's nice to have a generous space with a really high ceiling which we know is not always possible....

Eid

Eid

4.30am - 20 Arches Complete. This years EID celebration required 20 balloon arches to decorate Small Heath Park in Birmingham. I worked on this event in 2014 but this years task required more planning because of the quantity of balloons and last minute access. With...

Is there really a helium shortage?

Huge pocket of helium found in Tanzania: Increased prices usually mean lower supply, but that’s not true for this gas. “There is actually so much helium that’s flooding the market that it’s not in short supply at all,” Burton says. And as for the future, “I’ve seen a...

43 Arches

This sounds like a challenge, build 43 arches across the UK in 1 day. It seemed daunting when faced with a spreadsheet listing addresses and postcodes. Looking at a list it's difficult to digest how close each location is, so I posted them onto a Google map which made...

HMV

HMV

For a 6 week promotion in 2 HMV stores Disney required 2 arches to be placed over their "Buy One Get One Free" retail displays. As the duration of 6 weeks was a long time for latex balloons we replaced them at 2 week intervals. The 2 stores were based in Milton Keynes...

Protected: Julia

Mr D G Saker Sort: 20 07 82 Barclays Acc: 90330531     Mrs Jacqueline Penney Sort: 07 01 16 Nationwide Acc: 00234951    

Dentsu Aegis

Dentsu Aegis have a day of Halloween fun for staff and kids and we were invited to decorate the area and create something spooky. We arrived at 5am and had everything in place for 8.30am. Here's a previous installation  at the same building & here's the 2017 Monsters...

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola contacted me and asked for Round shaped balloons. My first thought was a 36" as anything smaller is usually pear shaped. They didn't want anything as big as a 36" and required Silver so I sent them an inflated sample of a 24" Orbz. They loved the sample and...

Red Bull

Red Bull

For this ceiling fill I was given the dimensions of the required space: 5 Metres x 15 meters = 16ft x 50ft = 800 Square Feet If a 12” balloon is 1 square foot we needed 800 to fill the space, so I suggested 1000 to allow for slight overlap. Once this was confirmed I...

Space

I thought it would be fun to send a 9 metre balloon to edge of space with a camera attached. I'm not really into space stuff but a couple of Dads (Mike & Jonathan) from my daughters School seem to know every star, so I asked them for some help with this mission. We...

VetPlus

VetPlus

This year VetPlus decided to go all out for their annual party as they're 20 years old. They booked the whole of Birmingham Town Hall and wanted the stage, reception and downstairs bar decorating. It's always interesting decorating the town hall where there's no...

87 Table Decs

87 Table Decs

This year (2016) we also had 87 tables to decorate. We opted for Holographic Foil Stars, firstly because they look that little bit special but also because they are a more reliable balloon. Recently we've been having quality problems with various foil manufactureres...

99p Stores

99p Stores

99p Stores wanted something special to attract a buzz when they opened they're 250th store in Northampton. We installing this Yellow & Sapphire air filled arch and built the 250 numbers using Aluminium Rod. The arch is made with air filled balloons on a flexible...

Letters & Numbers

Letters & Numbers

These 34" letters and numbers are fantastic as signage or birthday milestone. The numbers are available in our retail shop for £8 each in Silver, Gold, Fuchsia, Blue and Black. If you want them connected it's best to order in advance by emailing sales@balloon.co.uk...

Room Filled with Balloons

Room Filled with Balloons

When The Haywood Gallery wanted a space filled with balloons for a 4 month period we thought it sounded like fun. We were building a work of art in a gallery, for people to walk though. However, over the time period keeping the space filled and clean was not easy. The...

Heart Frame

Heart Frame

The key to making any 2D frame from aluminium rod is to avoid it from buckling. Like a wheel on a bike it needs to remain perfectly flat when viewed from the side, the simple way to do this is to keep it flat on the floor when you're doing all the bending. To make...

UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Outdoor balloon decorations for the UK Athletics Grand Prix at The Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Working outdoors with balloons can be difficult when it's rainy and windy but also the Sun can speed up the balloon oxidising. Darker colours fade faster in the sun but...

Wicked

Wicked

These 'Wicked' balloons are printed 2 sides on 12" Metallic Emerald balloons. We've supplied these every Halloween or as milestone events for the long running theatre production in Victoria, London. We also inflate and rig them up in the rafters for that spectacular...

Olympics

Olympics

At the London Olympics we created printed balloons and decorations for various events. The most spectacular was a 1000 balloon drop for Team USA. They booked a London venue for 3 months which included ripping everything out and then installing they're own theme for...