Monthly Archives: November 2014

Idea of the Month: Loopity Loops

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Loopity Loops Centerpieces

There are venues that constantly challenge balloon companies such as Balloons by Absolute Value. For the most part they are places that don’t allow Helium balloons for one reason or another.

Wings Over the Rockies and Temple Emanuel are two that come to mind. Wings has extremely high ceilings and if a Helium balloon gets loose, it could stay in the rafters for months.

Temple Emanuel when they remodeled their social hall a bunch of years ago. They placed sensors near the ceiling, that when broken by smoke or an errant balloon the fire department is automatically called. Fire trucks and firemen are not a good thing for an event, not to mention the irritating sound of a fire alarm.

I understand their reasoning plus most of the other venues that don’t allow helium balloons. So my task is to design new centerpieces and other decor that uses only air-filled balloons.

The task is to design and make something that is affordable, attractive and unique. One of the things about using air-filled balloons, is each centerpiece is unique, no two are exactly alike.

My tendencies are to make asymmetrical designs and then combine something symmetrical to incorporated with my design elements. The reason, is most people like symmetrical things; square, round or same height. That kind of thing.

Today’s new design is called Loopity Loops. The name came from an old carney ride, Loop de Loop. It uses 260Q balloons to create the loops. Which are then twisted together to make the Loopity Loops.

Color choice is yours, you can have lots of colors with this design or a minimum of two colors. In this case my client wanted blue, red and yellow.

We then added different size 11 inch balloons at the top and bottom as well as ribbon to give the symmetry look that most people love.

All of this is a attached to a stanchion. Overall height is a little over six feet tall. So the next time you are at a venue that does not allow Helium balloons, think of the Loopity Loop Centerpiece. They can also be used to decorated a stage or entrance to your event.

 

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The Lighter Side:

It’s not surprising, that the lighter side and it’s answers are the most popular blogs I write each month. My regular readers range in age from 11 to 84. Which is so awesome.

I am glad that I can spread a little laugher each month to so many. Once again, you will see how silly and easy most of the answers are. Good luck guessing.

Remember to read the next article before skipping to the answers.

01. Why did Billy go out with a prune?

02. Why do dragons sleep during the day?

03. What animal has more lives then a cat?

04. Where are otters from?

05. What bagel can fly?

06. What kind of shoes do ninjas wear?

07. Where do all the cool mice live?

08. What’s the definition of a will?

 

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Spotlight on Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

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Balloon arch for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon / North Denver

I love music especially old school Rock ‘n’ Roll, but others might like hard rock, contemporary or soft rock, new wave, punk, rockabilly, funk or god knows what other form of rock ‘n’ roll music there is. 

Rock ‘n’ Roll music was a huge part of the special event that Balloons by Absolute Value was a part of on October 19th. If you haven’t guessed already it was the 5th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Janus Funds was the title sponsor for this years Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon which celebrated its fifth anniversary in Denver.  Janus sponsorship means a lot to the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Way to go Janus.

This year over 12,000 runners ran on five different race distances: Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 10k and 5k races.  There were live bands and thousands of spectators lining the course cheering them on. High Fives to all the racers.

Janus Funds was heavily involved in all phases of this years event.  Balloons by Absolute Value was involved in the Janus Motivational Mile in North Denver. 

A one mile stretch from 29th and Lowell to approximately Zuni and Speer Blvd.  Balloons by Absolute Value placed three 60 foot arches over the street, one at the beginning, the end and one in the middle.

What made the motivational mile so special was signs along the route with words of encouragement and funny sayings………Reminded me of the Burma Shave signs of old, only lots of them. Do you remember the Burma Shave signs?

At the end of The Janus Motivational Mile was the Janus Aid Station hosted and staffed by Janus employees and family members. Racers were greeted and cheered as well as handed hydration and nutritional items to keep them going.

True dedications by all of them…….. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Janus Funds and one of their special employees, Erica Luker…… it was great working with you. Let’s do it again next year.

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The Lighter Side Answers:

I would ask how you did, but I know already. Didn’t get more then one of the answers right. Laughing now, the questions sounds so simple, but you don’t have a clue on the right answer.

Don’t feel bad, you are not alone. I am glad that you got a chuckle, a giggle or maybe a belly laugh out of this month’s Lighter Side.

I do hope you read the article above, if not, now go back and learn something about balloons…….

01. Why did Billy go out with a prune?

          Answer: Because he couldn’t find a date

02. Why do dragons sleep during the day?

          Answer: So they can fight knights

03. What animal has more lives then a cat?

          Answer: A frog, it croaks every night

04. Where are otters from?

          Answer: Otter space

05. What bagel can fly?

          Answer: A plain one.

06. What kind of shoes do ninjas wear?

          Answer: Sneakers!!

07. Where do all the cool mice live?

          Answer: In their mousepads!

08. What’s the definition of a will?

          Answer: It’s a dead giveaway.

 

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