Balloon Cupcake

Happy Birthday Cupcake

 Happy Birthday if it’s yours today, just been or coming up soon! 

Approximately 170 balloons were used to make this cupcake balloon sculpture and some time. 

 This has been my big practice project this week working with a method to make the round layers, a technique I’ve only used once before when making the handles for balloon scissors for Ambiance Salons

 There’s no frame in this cupcake, it’s all held together with ribbon. 

 My next project is going to be something much smaller but equally creative! 

Have a look at some of our other birthday balloons and balloon characters.

Balloon Dog

One Million Bubbles

We loved taking part in One Million Bubbles today, read the press release below for more information:

Nothing brings smiles to people’s faces like balloons do, and the professional balloon decorating and entertainment industry wants to help people find their smiles and joy during this challenging and frightening time we have entered.

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, over 200 balloon artists from around the world are going to participate in “One Million Bubbles of Joy”. The intent is for the professional balloon industry to share their talents and skills that day to help bring happiness to as many lives as they can and remind the world that there is hope and kindness still out there as they face the new realities of COVID-19.

“With all the fear and uncertainty going on in the world right now, I felt like we had to do something,” said Steven Jones, project leader of Balloon Designers in Seattle, Washington. “Balloons make people happy in ways nothing else does, so if working balloon professionals cannot make people smile right now, who really can?”

Artists will be participating in a variety of ways:

Balloon professionals are encouraged to create something artsy and fun either in their yards at home or in a public place, but convey the message of “Be Safe Be Kind”.

Other artists working from home will be broadcasting live on social media conducting live Q&A sessions as they create fun pieces; this will be an excellent opportunity for children stuck at home to learn from these talented and experienced professionals in a unique way like never before.

Because of the #StayHome campaign currently going on, our artists are encouraged not to further complicate the possible spread of COVID-19 by making deliveries to locations other than their homes, places of business or permitted public spaces.

It is our hope that when this is all over, over one million balloons will be used to create ten times as smiles during this scary time for so many around the world.

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.

Balloon Hoop

Charlotte Talbot Photography

In one of the Nantwich Facebook groups we offered up the balloon hoop for free from Sunday’s Diva Wedding Fayres showcase.

It always seems a shame to cut things down and we quite often donate balloons from photo shoots so it’s found a great home with Charlotte Talbot Photography.

Pink & Blush Wedding Hoop

Diva Wedding Fayres, Crew Hall

We built this gorgeous balloon hoop for the Diva Wedding Fayres event at Crewe Hall. A mix of pinks, grey and silver and wound through with roses, it’s a really beautiful hoop that looked stunning to be used as a backdrop or to use as a photo frame.

I donated this to Charlotte Talbot Photography after the wedding fayre, she’s got some gorgeous images with it, have a look here.

Wedding Through Hoop
13th Birthday Column

13th Birthday Party

Greige, rose gold and metallic gold for the bouquets for this joint 13th birthday party – an ultra pretty colour scheme with an added 13 column too.

🍰 Greige, rose gold and metallic gold for the bouquets for this joint 13th birthday party – an ultra pretty colour scheme with an added 13 column too.💃🏻 Have a fantastic party!🎈 #msballons #VenueDecor #BalloonBouquets

Posted by Michelle Shipman #msballoons on Saturday, 14 December 2019
Birthday Cake

Beth’s Birthday Cake

This acrylic cake base is a new addition to our items available to hire – it can be filled with mini balloons like we did for Beth’s birthday, sweets, cupcakes, dried flowers – the sky is the limit!

For Beth’s birthday tea with her family we supplied the balloon filled cake stand and the little balloon numbers on the top of the cake. These are available in silver, gold, pink and blue numbers, no letters available yet but fingers crossed.

40th and 50th Elegant Swirls Bouquets

Joint 40th & 50th Birthday Party

We were at the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke On Trent bright and early to setup for this joint 40th and 50th birthday party for an aunt and niece duo.

We decorated the tables with balloon bouquets using the Qualatex Elegant Swirls range in black and silver – each bouquet had a numbered foil balloon and two coordinating latex.

We also delivered matching pairs of silver numbers – a 40 and 50.

Little Rascal

Bring your Elf in with a pop!

The Naughty Elf balloons are all personalised with your child’s name and decorated in festive reds, golds and greens with three different options to choose from; the Little Rascal, the Troublesome Tyke or the Mischief Maker. We can fit up to 3 Elves in one balloon.

You can collect from me in Wybunbury at CW5 7NA on 29th or 30th November so you’re all ready to go on 1st December.

Order and pay online through our online shop here. If you’ve already got an Elf to be included drop me a message and we will arrange collection.

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.

Churches Mansion

Baby Shower at Churche’s Mansion

The stunningly beautiful Churches Mansion in Nantwich was the setting for Alex’s prosecco and afternoon tea Baby Shower.

The colour scheme was rose gold and confetti. We delivered two bubble balloons to go either side of the fire place with rose gold, confetti and pearl white latex floor standing bouquets to dress the space.

We also delivered table bouquets in the same arrangements.

Have a look at some of our other Baby Balloon work here.

Erica's Bubble Balloon

Erica’s Birthday Bubble

This was a lovely request to put together using black and gold mini balloons, ribbon and gold vinyl for a great looking bubble balloon for Erica’s birthday.

The bubble balloons are incredibly popular – we can add lights, feathers, mini balloons, ribbons, a vinyl message and make it really unique for the recipient. Have a look here at some of our previous bubble balloons and at our pricing page 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
Frozen stacked numbered extravaganza

Ice Princesses, Frozen etc!

With trademarks and the like we have to be a little bit careful.

This birthday party had a stacked number extravaganza 3 decorated with Frozen orbs showing Elsa and Anna and then a mini Olaf snowman on the opposite shoulder. I only had about 20 minutes to unload and put everything in place so a struggle to snap some good photos so apologies for the quality of these!


Pirate ahoy

It was family fun day at Cronkinson’s Farm in Stapeley near Nantwich today so I decorated my stall in a pirate theme. with a large character, a column, a bubble and a ship at sea.

Wedding setup

Beautiful Nantwich Wedding day

Wedding setup

It was an early start to get setup for this wedding reception at Nantwich Civic Hall.

The bridesmaid’s dresses are lavender and the reception has a bohemian, rustic feel to it so I used a single pearl lavender 16″ balloon on all the tables held down by a vine style ribbon. It coordinated beautifully with the wildflower table decor.

There was also a giant lilac balloon personalised for the bride and groom.

I hope you have a fabulous day and thank you for having me be a part of your celebrations.

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!

Love Letters

Balloon Filled Love Letters

Today has been filled with so much information learning how to make these LOVE letters on a training course in Manchester. I’m about to start assembling my own so look out for some more pictures and information coming soon.

The great thing with these is they’re light weight so you could have members of your party holding them, move them around for different photo setups and have a lot of fun with them.

They will be available on a hire basis with added balloon garlands to match your colour scheme. Get in touch to discuss your plans or to commission your name in balloons!


Llama Drama

I had a great chat with the birthday girl while delivering her fully laden llama balloon bouquet. Apparently having your birthday on a Monday in the school holidays is a good thing as you don’t have to wait until the weekend for your party but unfortunately one of her friends was away on holiday and going to miss it. Made me smile! 

Hope Lauren has a lovely afternoon with her friends and family.

A cluster of 4 latex balloons with a llama 18” foil above and topped off with the llama bubble balloon#llamacrazy!

Elephant delivered

The Elephant of Surprise!

The Elephant of Surprise was the cutest, unique gender reveal delivered on Saturday afternoon. The belly of the elephant had coloured confetti in for the mum-to-be to pop to show the result.

This is the Elephant of Surprise for today’s gender reveal! A custom build and all the cuteness with a belly with coloured confetti inside. Seems a shame to pop it!🐘🎈#msballoons #genderreveal #genderrevealballoon #newbaby #babygirl #babyboy #surprise #elephantballoon #Cheshire #Nantwich #Crewe #bapiaparty #nabas #balloonstylist #balloon #manx #elephant #personalisedballoon #customisedballoon

Posted by Michelle Shipman #msballoons on Saturday, 3 August 2019

There was a bit of a nail biting moment when we weren’t sure it was going to fit through the front door but with a bit of careful manoeuvring it was moved in to place!

It was delivered with 6 helium balloon bouquets in alternate pinks and blues which also had elephants printed on, taking the worry of decor away from the hostess.

Get in touch if you would like something unique with a real wow factor for your next party!

Hot air balloon

Beautiful Baby Shower

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to steam the creases out of my new sky photo backdrop before these balloons went out so apologies for the creases!

These balloons were ordered for a baby shower and I was sent some photos of the sort of things they were looking for. Rose Pink was used in the 4 different designs to tie the colour scheme together visually.

The bubble balloon and the hot air balloon were both personalised with the mum-to-bes name. The hot air balloon was a real focal piece that worked well as a table centrepiece.

Baby shower balloon decor
Birthday girl

Under the Sea

The brief for this birthday girl’s balloons was that she loved her new fish so the centrepiece was a helium filled supershape fish balloon which was attached to a seaweed island with an octopus climbing over it and air bubbles.

This was accompanied by an air filled mermaid supershape on her own seaweed island. Helium is one of the biggest material costs and I’m happy to suggest different air filled designs to work with your budgets.

I also donated the mermaid tail to this party, seemed pointless to cut it down when there was an Under the Sea event happening!

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 .

Welcome Baby Hot Air Balloon

New baby

I made this helium filled design with my step-daughter for a new family member. She chose the very pretty hot air balloon and we decided to add the balloon cloud underneath. It could have been air filled to sit on a table but she wanted it to float.

Really pretty work with my apprentice!

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.