About the Above the Rest Crew

How Did You Start Working with Balloons, Dianna?

I love to smile, laugh and have fun! So it’s just natural that I started a balloon décor company. After all, there’s no other art medium I know of that says, “SMILE, LAUGH and HAVE FUN” like balloons.

The story of how I got into balloons goes back over 20 years, but I won’t go that far back. I had always used balloons to motivate students. Then in 2005, my Student Council planned a state convention. We hired a balloon artist to create a large balloon tunnel for us. After the convention, I told the artist how fun I thought his job was; at which time he offered to sell me his business. I thought, “Balloons? Come on, is there any need for that?” After some research, I discovered there was indeed, traveled to my first balloon workshop called, “Ballooniversity.” Yep, that’s correct, and the rest is history.

Balloon DecorAt Ballooniversity, I fell in love with the magic and power that quality balloon art creates and the wonderful artists in this magnificent industry. Since then, I’ve traveled to several states learning from industry masters and experts from numerous countries such as the U.S. Japan, Australia, China, Belgium, Italy, France, Netherlands, Canada, and Germany to become an expert myself, earning my CBA (Certified Balloon Artist) designation in 2010.

So now every day, I get to have a great deal of fun creating smiles, laughter, and fun for my clients. I love saving people time, stress, and energy when they are planning events; and I definitely love seeing my sketches come to life filling a room with life, excitement and color.

I consider myself blessed to work with terrific clients and an excellent crew. I am proud to be one of 2,000 Certified Balloon Artists in the world. I love spending time with my husband of 36 years, Kelly, and my family, especially my precious granddaughter. I also feel blessed that a little balloon has allowed me to stretch myself personally and introduced me to people from around the world. All that definitely makes me SMILE, LAUGH and HAVE FUN!

Many Blessings!
Dianna Glandon, CBA

Our Mission at Above the Rest

Our mission is to serve all clients in an efficient and friendly manner, spreading joy, laughter, and smiles to as many people as possible through the creative use of quality balloon and fabric décor.

Staying Current

As Knoxville’s most experienced and only team of Certified Balloon Artists, we diligently stay up to date with the latest product releases and educational trends in the balloon design industry and further hone our design skills by competing internationally. Additionally, we have attended numerous fabric draping workshops to enhance our draping skills.