Despicable Me 3 & Wearable Costumes

One joy of being a grandma is getting to occasionally take my granddaughter to the movies.  This time, we went to see “Despicable Me3.” There were enough humorous moments to keep it somewhat entertaining for me.  My granddaughter rated it as a 3 out of 5 (she’s 8 years old) While it wasn’t at the […]

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Balloon Releases and Important Information You Need to Know

You’ve seen balloon releases I’m sure.  They fly the sky with beautiful masses of color as they gracefully float up in the atmosphere. People of all ages have loved watching balloon releases, of course.  They have  help us celebrate moments of much joy and excitement like the beginning of football or baseball season, grand openings, weddings and many […]

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Back to School Excitement

Going back in my memory from my teaching days in Knoxville, I know that Monday, August 8, was a day filled with excitement and stress for parents, children, bus drivers, principals, and yes, teachers!  I remember the excitement of that first “Back to School” day–getting to meet the smiling new faces and introducing myself to the children […]

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What? Organic Balloons?

Organic style balloon bracelets to adorn columns at a birthday party Psst…Here’s a Secret! Latex balloons are Organic! Now the secret is out! Well, to me it’s not really a secret. I’ve known for 10 years that the balloons I use in my company are a 100% naturally organic substance created from rubber trees. I […]

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How Do You Get 40,000 balloons inflated?

How Do You Get 40,000 balloons inflated? You get 40 balloon professionals from around the U.S. to gather together to work!  This week, I’m in Chicago working as part of a 40-person team to create Chicago’s largest, joyful, and most fun-filled balloon entry for this week’s Chicago Pride Parade, which happens to be their largest […]

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Tis the Season to Celebrate

One area tradition that kicks off the Christmas season, is held at Pinnacle Shopping Center in Turkey Creek. This special event kicks off the Mission of Hope’s (MOH) “blue barrel” drive in which citizens drop off toys that volunteers deliver to children who live in the poverty stricken areas of Appalachia. They furnish toys, clothing, […]

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Celebrating 75 Years with March of Dimes

Recently, Above the Rest had the pleasure of decorating for the March of Dimes Signature fundraising event, the Chef’s Auction, which was held at the Knoxville Convention Center and helped them celebrate 75 years of improving the lives of babies and mommies.  To greet guests, we combined deep purple and fuchsia fabric draping with sparkling […]

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Knoxville Balloon Artist Wins International Award

Attending the World Balloon Convention (WBC) is exciting, but competing and then winning is exhilarating!   I am very proud of Rachel on her recent Medium Sculpture 2nd place award!   Not only was this her first sculpture competition, but by winning, she was the ONLY American balloon artist to win an award out of […]

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Celebrating a Life of Dedication with Balloon Decor

To celebrate a life of dedication to ORNL Federal Credit Union, a retirement dinner and reception was held at The Foundry.  It was our honor to provide the decor.  Our client wanted fun but elegance with a masculine flair. The Foundry itself is a beautiful venue so not much was needed for this event to […]

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Where in Knoxville is Above the Rest?

Oh what fun it is to ride in a brand new fully wrapped van and giving balloon designs away! Okay, so I’m not a song writer, but that is a very true statement!  At the end of our first week of “Where’s Above the Rest,” four businesses have spotted and contacted us to let me […]

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