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Good morning and Happy Monday!

You know that moment when you get to be a part of something incredibly fun and you just have to share it with your friends?  We had that happen recently.  It was a typical Tuesday morning when I received a phone call from one of my favorite balloon colleagues: Nick the Balloonatic. He was asked to be on the Meredith Vieira show and he wanted Trist N Shout to be a part of the segment!  It was the September 11th Memorial show and he was a First Responder on 9/11 thirteen years ago.

Fast forward to the day of the filming.  We had been working diligently since the day before to create an AMAZING balloon set.  We made everything, and I mean EVERYTHING: the backdrop, things for the audience, even balloon chairs from Meredith and Nick to sit on!


To finish off the day, we made a look-a-like for the one and only Everett Bradley!


To see the full segment, click on the link here.

One last photo of balloon art goofiness, check it out!  I think I look pretty good in the Director’s chair.  What do you think?

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Surprise, surprise. I’m drinking more coffee!  I’m also looking through some fun photos from a photoshoot with our gorgeous model, Sarah.

I don’t know if you know this, but one of my favorite things is to create balloon dresses for different events.  They are so radically different from anything that people have seen.  It makes people stop, stare and take pictures.  Plus, the different techniques and designs that we get to create are usually a once-in-a-lifetime design. Just everything about the process is so much fun and artistic!

For each shoot, I look for an inspiration piece…a defining theme that runs throughout the whole dress. For this dress, I drew inspiration from the black and white striped scarf that you see around her neck.  I wanted to make a dress that felt very vintage and retro, so we turned it into a halter top. Of course, you have to make sure to take time for the hair, makeup, shoes, and jewelry accessories. Everything has to mesh.

Sarah has gorgeous hair that allowed us to do victory curls in the front.  We added a “pop” of red(pun intended) with the shoes and earrings…and then completed the look with the makeup…winged eyeliner.  One thing that I’ve learned, if a girl shows up late to a party and she has winged eyeliner, don’t ask her why she is late.  It’s the eyeliner, it’s always the eyeliner. 🙂

Enough about the process, are you ready to see the finished product?

eyes popped, edited


Looking away, edited

leaned forward on knees, edited



Your Turn: What style of balloon dress would you like to see?  I’m always looking for ideas!


Good morning! Remember that moment when you meet a person and you know that they’re the kind of person that you want to spend time with?  That’s what happened with this lovely lady and her family. Ruby is vivacious and outgoing with a smile for everyone. To give you an idea, she insisted on giving me a hug when we first met. I had the pleasure of performing at her son’s birthday party about a month ago at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. It was Superhero themed(Hence the title)! There were so many people in capes and masks…to keep their identity a secret, of course. 20140731Ari's5thBirhday-4213   20140731Ari's5thBirhday-4255 The kids had such a fun time singing, dancing, climbing around the play area at the museum, and eating cake!..I broke my no-sugar rule and had a cupcake…and it was worth it! Since the theme was superheroes, I made a lot of different characters!  Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, and my personal favorite: the Hulk!  The little superhero that I created it for rocked the costume accessory all evening. 20140731Ari's5thBirhday-4598   20140731Ari's5thBirhday-4220Of course, there was one of two heroes that weren’t shy about their identity being revealed. They brought along special guests like Mom, Dad, and their trusty sidekick(Super Nanny!). Being a superhero is definitely not just for boys.  There was more than one Super Girl at the party(with color coordinated mask). Last bit of cuteness: this little superhero was so cute with his Mama! 20140731Ari's5thBirhday-4500   Your Turn: Who is YOUR favorite superhero?   Special thanks to Sylvester of INNY photography.  He is incredibly talented and creates stunning art with his camera. Check out his site for a more of his work.   Until next time.  Stay twisted, friends! ~Tristen