Brine Leas Leavers Arch

Brine Leas Leavers

This was a special surprise balloon arch for the Brine Leas school sixth form leavers as it was dropped on them suddenly with the covid19 crisis and the schools closing. We had a last minute request for an arch and we offered it up free of charge, leaving school, proms, celebrations of last exam is something this year’s leavers are missing out on and we wanted to help the school out.

Silver clouds hug a rainbow with a personalised blue heart at the peak of the arch and “2020” in silver numbers.

Candy Cane and Gifts

Signature Financial Decor

We added to the Christmas decor at Signature Financial Services with some jumbo balloon snowflakes, personalised baubles, a candy cane and Christmas gifts.

These are all air filled items which should last longer than helium filled. The great thing about the Signature Financial Services office from a balloon decor point of view is they have a suspended ceiling so balloons can be attached to it with magnets causing no damage to paint and plasterwork.

NetworkIn backdrop

NetworkIn Festive Shindig

We worked with NetworkIn‘s corporate colours of teal, white and orange to decorate our backdrop with their logo and wrap it in a matching balloon garland for the festive party. We can customise this backdrop with logos or a message, have a look at our hire items section.

The table centrepieces were simple but elegant with large white balloons with luxury teal and orange ribbon trimmings.

The team at Amy Louise

Amy Louise Beauty salon’s 4th Anniversary

There was a sleepless night worrying about what to do for Amy Louise Beauty salon’s 4th anniversary celebrations. The salon area is light, bright, very tidy, organised and minimalist and we didn’t want the balloons to clutter that space up.

In the end we suggested to Amy to go with helium filled Anagram Balloons satin star bouquets on the end of each of the beauty stations which kept the light and airy feel but still hi-lighted the celebrations.

We added an organic demi arch from the shared reception area with Blonde all in the coordinating Sempertex violet and silver colour-scheme.

For the reception desk for the salon’s 4th anniversary we personalised a helium filled bubble balloon with silver vinyl and added the mini violet balloons inside.

Get in touch via the contact form and tell us more about your event and we can put a quote together for you.

Santa Arch

Balloon Arch Finish Lines

I’m delighted to be working with three local charities on the balloon arch finish lines for their festive fun runs. I specialise in making each arch different and the great thing about these events is you don’t have to run; dress up, run, jog or walk while being sponsored to help these great causes.

First up is the Alpha Omega Merry Mile for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity on 30th November in Queen’s Park Crewe.

Shortly followed just over a week later by Santa Dash 2019 for Alice Charity in Hanley Park on 8th December.

And finally we have Hope House & Tŷ Gobaith and the Nantwich Santa Dash on 15th December in the town centre.

The Little Paper Shop

The Little Paper Shop

The Little Paper Shop in Nantwich commissioned us to decorate the front of their new premises for their invited guests preview evening to be followed by their grand opening the next day.

We built an organic demi arch in pearl white and embellished it with flowers and smaller balloons to match their teal, fuchsia pink and grey colour scheme.

It made a real statement on Hospital Street in Nantwich with many people stopping to admire it.

Have a look at some of our other organic work here.

Balloon Arch

Ball Balloon Arch

A balloon arch works so well to draw people in to your event plus it makes a great spot for photographs too.

This star point arch was used at the entrance to a ball room leading people in down the red carpet to the drinks reception and dining hall. It’s elegant and tied in with the night’s colour scheme in dark and silvery colours.

Have a look at some of our other Balloon Arches here.

Dougie Mac Glitter Ball

Bubble Balloons for the Glitter Ball

It was the Glitter Ball for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, also known as Dougie Mac, on Friday at the King’s Hall in Stoke on Trent.

We delivered an arch and 10 light up bubble balloons wrapped in fairy lights to the drinks reception area. These looked stunning. Simple but beautiful.

If you were looking for some of these for a wedding or celebration we can always add a message, logo and dates to them.

Dougie Mac Bubbles
Ambiance Salon's balloon scissors

Ambiance Salon’s 4th Birthday

Ambiance wanted something special to celebrate their 4th birthday and I suggested some balloon scissors for their window in Hartshill, Stoke on Trent.

 

They were built in chrome silver and rose gold balloons for a stunning impact in the salon window immediately drawing interest.

 

The response on social media was huge!

 

Ambiance Salons

Matt's 40th

Party bomb!

We party bombed Matt’s desk at KFH Network to celebrate his 40th birthday!

A giant silver 40, lots of ribbons and balloons attached to the ceiling and a garland of balloons along the cubicle divider, it made a real impact!

I turn up with these fully prepared and they take about half an hour to install with banners, confetti and lots of balloons. Get in touch and let me know who and when you want to #partybomb and we will make them smile!

Balloon Kit

Balloon kit or professional?

I built this balloon kit today for a mermaid tail that I saw online. I was curious how it would go together because for less than £15 I can understand why you would be tempted.

I don’t love the finished result, I’d give it a 5.5 out of 10, it’s ok but not to my usual standard. The thing I want to tell you about these kits is there’s no instructions, the first picture shows what’s in the bag. I’ve no idea what the funny plastic tabs or balloon glue are for, not something I’ve ever used before.

The balloons are thin, two of them had holes in, one of them had a damaged neck. I wanted another 18 to 24 balloons to be able to taper the top in better to the tail fins.

This took me a little over an hour to build using an electric balloon inflater which sizes the balloons for me so I get a uniform look. If you’re blowing them up using your mouth or a hand pump it’s going to take a lot longer and then you’ve got to figure out how to size and then fasten them together.

You’re not paying a balloon stylist for the balloons but the time and investment that has gone in to learning these skills.

Since I started, less than a year ago, I’ve been on a dozen different training courses and activities and I’ll continue to keep learning so I’m delivering balloons that you’re delighted with having avoided the worry of trying to figure out how some instructionless kit goes together spending hours on the job!

I have rebuilt this, see below so you can get a better idea of what it should look like .

Take down

Take down

You might be wondering why I’ve included a photo of a not so great balloon arch. If you go back a bit to here you’ll discover this arch was installed on 22nd May for the new office headquarters of Signature Finance and this was me back to cut it down today – it’s lasted incredibly well!

The photograph below is what it looked like fresh, on the day for the opening party.

Organic Balloon Arch

NetworkIn Summer Ball

Backdrop and Balloon Garland
Photo Backdrop

All dressed up for the NetworkIn Summer Ball. A creative, unconstrained arch behind the podium in the logo colours of teal, white and a touch of orange.

A customised backdrop for photos wrapped in a garland of balloons in the same colours.

The room has a low ceiling so centrepieces have been kept simple with bubble balloons wrapped in a string of lights.

Pretty and effective.

2020 photo frame

2020 Celebrations

In a previous chapter in my life I ran a pub and in July one year I was asked if we were doing Christmas Day lunch so now we are in July I’m posting this.

People do plan really far ahead so if you’ve got the end of the year in mind why not consider a stunning photo frame like this for your guests and visitors?  Great for a party at home or in a venue.

Get in touch for more information.

Organics Training Day

Balloon decor is generally classified as ‘classic’ or ‘organic’. Classic finds all the balloons a uniform size where as organic has varying sizes and today I’ve been on a course in Leeds working on some organic designs.

All of these things can be replicated to suit your colours or themes for your occasion. Such a fun course and so inspiring!

arch

Signature Financial Services

It’s been a good day’s work!#msballoons #balloonstylist #demiarch #balloonarch #Cheshire #Crewe #Nantwich #newcastleunderlyme #organicballoons

Posted by Michelle Shipman #msballoons on Wednesday, 22 May 2019

I am so proud of this design and so are the clients, Signature Financial Services in Newcastle Under Lyme.

They’re celebrating their new headquarters and commissioned a free flowing organic balloon demi arch to go up and over the reception desk in their teal, black and silvery white colours. Their logo is a zebra so there are some striped balloons tucked in to the design too.

The Signature Financial Services team
Heart frame

Berries Beans & Beer #bbbCrewe

I had a great time doing the balloons for Berries Beans & Beer #bbbCrewe #Crewe.
Along with the photo frame I made a flat pack arch, letters for the stage and decor for each bar. It really brightened the place!

bbbCrewe letters

#bbbCrewe

Being well prepared for #bbbCrewe I ordered the balloons in early and checked them today. Good job I did too as it seems I missed the ‘w’ off the order! Two weeks to go and I’ll be adding stunning balloon decor to Berries Beans & Beer to the Crewe Heritage Centre.

Santa arch

Nantwich Santa Dash

The Santa Dash in Nantwich has happened for a few years now raising funds for the Merry Mile. I’ve been delighted to be asked to do an arch for the finish line.

With a Snowman on one side and Santa on the other and then a classic arch in green and white joining the two sections it was very festive.

(Edit: I’ve returned to this on 12/08/2019 and I can see so much room for improvement and the 2019 one will be awesome!).

The finish line for the Santa Dash is done, one snowman and one Santa (although the snowman’s nose gives him an uncanny resemblance to a penguin!).#balloonarch #christmasballoon #nantwich #hopehouse #santadash #5km #msballoons

Posted by Michelle Shipman #msballoons on Sunday, 16 December 2018

Where it all began…

I’m adding this post retrospectively on 8th August 2019 when these Mickey and Minnie characters were created on photographed on 14th October 2018. I didn’t really know what I was doing but I wanted to do something to add to the decor of the Florida for First Timers event I was helping help with so I made these and from there there was no turning back! I fell in love with making things out of balloons and learned how to do it properly.