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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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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Cargo Van becomes a Balloon Art Van

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you may have seen this photo last week and a note about a special announcement: We all know that a photo is worth a thousand words, so instead of a thousand words, here’s a photo below (then read on for the announcement) Here it’s a plain white cargo van.  […]

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Cargo Van Becomes a Balloon Art Van

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you may have seen this last week… Last week, you sawphoto of a plain white van with a clue that a special announcement was coming. We all know that a photo is worth a thousand words, so instead of a thousand words, here’s a photo below (then read on […]

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Santa Greeted with Balloon Workshop, Knoxville

Above the Rest Welcome for Santa! Santa made his annual arrival at West Town Mall to the delight of about 300 youngsters. His grand entrance was brightened with Santa’s Workshop arch and spire and a busy elf wrapping up new toys.  We LOVE creating the decor for this annual event because we get to design […]

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Honor Air Veterans Receive an Above the Rest Welcome Home

At the end of WWII, thousands of servicemen and women came home almost silently.  They received very little recognition and appreciation for the very difficult jobs they had just done for our country. They simply returned home and went back to work and providing for their families.  Fast forward to 2011–These men are in their […]

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Double Decker Balloon Cheeseburger Sculpture Wins Top Award

It all happened in sunny California at the 2011 West Coast Balloon Convention Large Sculpture Competition.  A giant 7′ tall double decker cheeseburger was created by a top-notch All American team of professional balloon artists!  The burger designer, Steven Jones, of Balloon Designers in Seattle, Washington, gathered Rachel and I along with 7 other amazing […]

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