What type of balloon artist do I need for my event?

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So, you're planning a special event, maybe a birthday party or wedding reception, and you want to incorporate balloons in some way. In our this and our next two blogs, we'll cover the different types, including balloon modeller, balloon decorator and the emerging art of deco-twisting!

Along the way, we'll try to help you understand the different skills involved and give you some pointers to help you decide what type of balloon artist would best suit your special event or celebration.

How to choose?

If you didn't realize there are different types of balloon artist, then you are not alone, as most people don't.

The type of artist you need will very much depend upon what you want them to do and, broadly, this will fall into two categories: balloon modelling or balloon decor.

In this blog, we're going to look in more detail at the balloon modeller.

Hiring a balloon modeller

It really doesn't help that there are so many terms to describe this form of balloon art, from balloon modeller, to balloon twister, balloon sculptor, and even, balloon bender.

Broadly speaking, a balloon modeller creates balloon models, often known as 'balloon animals', from the long, specialist modelling balloons or 'entertainer' balloons. A balloon modeller tends to perform live, interacting with guests at an event or with an audience whilst creating balloon models. The balloon modeller is a popular addition to the entertainment for parties, wedding receptions, corporate events, fetes and festivals.

Skill level

Some balloon artists specialize in balloon modelling and have taken this art form to a high standard. These artists are likely to be members of professional associations, such as The Balloon Artistes' Guild, a UK-based membership organization of balloon modellers from across the globe whose aim is to promote professional standards and encourage members to take their art to ever higher levels.

It is not uncommon for other entertainers, including clowns, magicians, stilt walkers and children's entertainers, to include balloon modelling in the list of entertainment they are able to offer.

All balloon modellers tend to begin by learning how to make a simple one-balloon dog. Some are happy to stay at this level, whilst others are eager to push the boundaries and achieve ever more impressive designs.

How to select a balloon modeller

When considering hiring a balloon modeller, it's important to think about the audience for your event and what they are likely to find most fascinating.

In our experience, the more detailed the balloon models are, the more fascinated people are to watch them being made - and this holds true for both children and adults.

To help you select the ideal balloon modeller for your event, we've come up with a handy checklist of things to look out for and questions to ask to make sure you get someone with the right level of skill, experience and professionalism.

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About the author

Melanie Allen is a balloon artist and the owner of Balloon Artworks, the Derbyshire-based balloon business specializing in high-quality balloon modelling and balloon decoration for parties, weddings and corporate events.

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As a balloon artist in Ripley, Derbyshire in the East Midlands I  create unique balloon decor and balloon decorations, as well as  organic balloons and organic balloon decor and party balloons for wedding balloons and wedding balloon decor for wedding receptions. As well as balloons for corporate events and corporate event balloon decor. I also specialise in birthday party balloons and birthday party balloon decorations for special birthdays including 1st birthday party balloon decorations, 1st birthday balloons, 5th birthday party balloon decorations, 5th birthday balloons, 10th birthday party balloons, 18th birthday party balloons and 18th birthday balloon decorations, 21st birthday party balloons and 21st birthday balloon decorations, 30th birthday balloons, 40th birthday balloons, 50th birthday balloons, 60th birthday balloons, 70th birthday balloons, 80th birthday balloons, 90th birthday balloons, 100th birthday balloons.  I also create unique balloon decor for wedding anniversary balloon decorations including 25th wedding anniversary balloons, 50th wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding balloons, golden wedding balloons, golden wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding anniversary balloons and ballon decor and ballon decorations. My expertise as a balloon decorator is particularly important when create balloon decor for corporate events and event planners, for corporate balloon decor and corporate balloon decorations, balloons for corporate events, corporate balloons and balloons for corporate functions and corporate awards ceremony balloons and corporate awards balloon decorations. As a balloon modeller and balloon twister I am an expert in balloon modelling and balloon twisting and I create amazing balloon animals and balloon animal models and I publish how to videos and balloon tutorials showing how to make balloon animals and learn balloon modelling and learn balloon twisitng. My balloon videos and balloon tutorials and balloon video tutorials are sold across the world. 


I am based in Ripley in Amber Valley in Derbyshire.  I also cover Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. I attend parties and events for balloon modelling and balloon twisting in Alfreton, Heanor, Swanwick.  I also provide balloon modelling for children's parties at Belper, Selston, Hucknall, Papplewick and Linby and Nutall. I decorate parties and visit Heanor, Eastwood, Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Brinsley, Underwood, Kimberley, Sutton in Ashfield, Selston and Kirkby in Ashfield, and also Somercotes and Leabrooks and Swanwick. I work as a balloon artist in Pinxton, South Normanton, Mansfield, Forest Town, Waingroves, Marehay, Denby, Blackbrook, Shottle Hall, Holbrook and Derby. In addition to Loscoe, as well as Codnor, Ambergate, Riddings, Bagthorpe, Ravenshead, Pinxton, Jacksdale, Brinsley, Clay Cross. Other areas I cover South Wingfield, Crich, West Hallam and Giltbrook, in addition to Wingerworth, Mansfield Woodhouse and Shirebrook, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford, as well as Little Eaton and Breadsall. 

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