4 Warning Signs To Look For – TheTip Will Be Small

Imagine you are entertaining at a restaurant. You see five kids waiting for you. A mom pulls out a handful of singles, and each child is given one dollar.  Does this affect or change your entertainment style? Ten one dollar parent happened to me the other day, and I noticed my entertainment style changed. I normally upsell … Read more

I’m being replaced

Place your hand in a bucket of water and quickly remove it. The water ripples as you extract your hand, but notice how quickly the water settles down, restoring calm. That’s what it is like when you’re replaced. I was working with a colleague and reminiscing about the Chicago White Sox. We both worked with … Read more

The Shadowing Table Leech

The table erupts with laughter as I interrogate the teenager about her friends, phone, school, and social life. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of a shadowing table leech. Somewhere along my path through the restaurant, the leech attached itself to my hip. Standing off spotlight, watching, commenting, and being … Read more

Do you deserve a tip?

Balloon hat made by restaurant balloon entetainer, Dale Obrochta

In the underbelly of the balloon entertainer’s world, community stories are told about the unappreciative customer who does not reward an entertainer at a restaurant for bringing joy and delight to the children at their table. The patron accepts the balloon offering and either neglects or does not care to further the Arts by rewarding the … Read more

Why All The Noise

Barber Pole

I scamper from table-to-table weekly, entertaining people, and periodically I come across a group of people that, well for lack of works, aren’t interested.  It does not matter what I say, do, or create; I get the feeling of “just leaves us alone.”  I do not take it personally; there could be a hundred reasons … Read more

Do You Have A Question About Restaurant Entertainment?

What is Your Restaurant Entertainment Question? If you have any questions about restaurant entertainment or want to challenge me on the points or strategies within, please let me know, using social media.  Ask me questions through http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dale-Obrochta/62467853995 or tiwwter.com/BalloonAnimals.   If not in a hurry, post a detailed message here. If you think your question only … Read more

Restaurant Work: Learning from the Hard Knox

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

Working in a restaurant will present you with numerous challenges as a performer. By writing down what happened at your event, you can improve yourself as an entertainer. Though this is true at any event, my experience has shown restaurants to be the most enlightening. Recently I had a restaurant gig where I had a … Read more

Secret Sales Tactic for Restaurants

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

When I go out to pitch restaurants, I expect to walk away with at least one tryout at the very minimum. So, a lot of times I’ll make it my goal to get a tryout before I allow myself to have lunch. Thursday I woke up hungry, skipped breakfast, met up with my associate, and … Read more

10 Tips to Keep a Restaurant Client Happy

Balloon Animals Featured Blog Post, by Balloon Artist Dale Obrochta

The following are the basic guidelines I use and teach to those interested in restaurant entertainment. This is just the short list of basic guidelines that act as a preamble before the full chunk of the manual is reviewed. I provide them here as a list of suggestions for others interested in working restaurants as … Read more