Making my mark at the Mercy Home St. Patrick’s Day Party.

This was the first year doing balloon entertainment for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The crowd size for this even reached 1,500-2,000 people. Lucky for me I wasn’t the only balloon twister performing that day. There were four balloon artists and four face painters. The start was slow because of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade and most families were busy looking at the green Chicago River (dyed that way), watching or participating in the parade. Not sure who made a balloon umbrella, this takes 5-7 balloon depending on how you make it. But I hate doing umbrellas. To me it’s just a bunch of balloon tided together and that is it. Where’s the fun in that? So I decided to do the balloon ball.

Imagine this; on either side of the main door are two balloon entertainers standing side by side, each having a line that is 15-20 people deep. I start to make a balloon ball for one child, then another. The balloon artist next to me is slowly studying and asking questions on how to make it. He knows it’s only a matter of time before he’ll have to make it. Next thing you know, there are two balloon lines making balloon balls. I looked over to the other two balloon lines just to see the other balloon artist is sending people to our side for balloon balls. By the end of the event they too were making balls.

You may ask why the balloon ball? I have learn from years of these types of events, if you make something a child can play with, it will distract them from coming back into the balloon line. It worked; I had many people thank me for the balloon ball because the kids were playing with each other and the parents, having impromptu volleyball games. This keeps the kids close to the family and kept mom and dad out of the long balloon lines. Whomever entertains there next year better know how to do the balloon ball, because somebody is going to ask for it and look out, your going to make a lot of them.

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