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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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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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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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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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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William Blount’s “Lucky 7” Casino Themed Prom

The Prom Committee for William Blount High School chose the theme “Lucky 7” for this year’s prom.  However, they didn’t was the stereotypical casino look with dice, playing cards, and poker chips.  Instead, they wanted their prom to have a more elaborate theme of one of the ornate hotel lobbies.  After listening to what they […]

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