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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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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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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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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