Award Winner | Bio | Above the Rest Balloons | Above the Rest Event Designs


dianna-colorDianna Glandon, CBA, is President and founder of Above the Rest Balloon and Event Designs. She is a former teacher and Student Council advisor who planned numerous small and large-scale events for over 15 years, often using balloons to create excitement and motivation at those events. Through a happy coincidence, she discovered the exciting, magical power that quality balloon décor can bring to any event and Above the Rest Event Designs was born in 2006. She absolutely loves creating unique décor for people planning special events and celebrations and considers it a blessing to serve those people saving them time, energy, stress and money, while making their event look Above the Rest. One of her goals is to make clients exclaim, “WOW!”

Glandon has studied with the best instructors in the balloon event decorating industry from around the world, including instructors from Japan, Italy, Australia, England, Belgium, Netherlands, France and the United States. Since 2006, she has traveled throughout the US, learning and forming relationships with design masters. She is now an expert in the balloon industry, staying abreast of the most recent trends, designs, and products. She became a CBA (Certified Balloon Artist) in 2010, designating her as a high-quality balloon professional and one of 3,000 CBA’s in the world.

A life-long learner, Dianna holds a Bachelor’s of Education degree from the University of Tennessee and an Associate’s Degree from St. Petersburg Jr. College. She loves to travel, hike in the beauty of the Smoky and Rocky Mountains, exercise, snow ski out west, play with her grandchildren, spend time with her family, and watch UT basketball. Dianna definitely LOVES “playing” with balloons and making friends with other balloon artists from around the world!

Dianna is extremely happy to be a 47-year resident of Knoxville, Tennessee! Her most precious blessings are being Kelly’s wife (47 years), mother of two kind, caring children, Brian and Nikki, mother-in-law to her precious Rachel, and being the grandmother of her beautiful granddaughter who is Dianna’s “most favorite person in the world to play with and her sweet-spirited, fun grandson who is her newest hiking buddy.


  • 2019 Author of “The Big Book of Balloon Lingo”
  • Service/Supplier Provider of the Year 2016 PAULY Awards
  • Served on Steve Jones’ first place large sculpture team at West Coast Balloon Arts Convention, 2011
  • First place portfolio competition 2009 FLOAT Convention
  • Best Dressed Table Award at Annual Farragut Chamber Auction
  • Second place National Betallic Designer’s Competition 2009 (Rubber Ducky)
  • Second place National Betallic Designer’s Competition 2008 (Spider)
  • Third place Centerpiece Competition 2009 FLOAT Convention
  • Third place Delivery Competition 2010 World Balloon Convention (Rachel)
  • Work published several times in Party & Paper Magazine
  • Published in Images Magazine

Industry Teaching:

  • Instructor at FLOAT convention (international balloon convention teaching master foil design workshop and business classes
  • 2X Instructor Ballooniversity (business, marketing, design classes)
  • Instructor Balloon Coach, teaching how to build a team and systems

Partial list of Above the Rest Balloon and Event Design’s Clients:


  • Blackberry Farm
  • Blount Partnership
  • Buddy’s Race Against Cancer
  • Bush Brother’s
  • Clayton’s
  • Covenant Health System
  • City of Knoxville, Special Events Office & Mayor’s Office
  • Denso
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Store
  • Dogwood Arts Festival
  • Friedman’s
  • Jewelry Television
  • Knox County Mayor
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Phillips & Jordan
  • Tennova Health System
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • University of Tennessee (President’s Office, Men & Women’s Athletics, Public Relations, Veterinarian College, Alumni Association)
  • U. S. Cellular
  • West Town & Knoxville Center Malls


  • Bearden High
  • Carter High
  • Central High
  • Christian Academy of Knoxville
  • Eagleton Middle
  • Farragut Middle
  • Farragut High
  • Gibbs High
  • Grace Christian Academy
  • Karns High School
  • Hardin Valley Academy
  • Jefferson County High
  • Northwest Middle
  • Powell High
  • Webb School
  • West High
  • West Valley Middle
  • William Blount High

Speaker Topics

  • Motivating Staff or Student Morale Through the Magic of Balloons
  • Planning Tips for a Memorable Event
  • Why do People Send Balloon Bouquets?
  • Showing Appreciation to Employees and Clients
  • Developing Caring Student Leaders
  • Organizing an Effective Student Council

Organization Memberships

  • Qualatex Balloon Network
  • International Balloon Association
  • Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association
  • Knoxville & Blount Chambers of Commerce
  • East Tennessee Meeting Professionals
  • PEBA (Pro Environmental Balloon Alliance


  • Buddy’s Race Against Cancer Silver Sponsor
  • Honor Air
  • Mission of Hope
  • Mercy Health Pink Ribbon Event

Tip Sheets

  • Ten Tips on Planning a Fantastic Event
  • Five Economical Ways to Show Appreciation to Staff
  • Five Fun & Exciting Ways to Show Teachers & Students They Are Appreciated

Story Ideas

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“Above the Rest is AMAZING! They have decorated our prom for three years and are already booked for the next one. They go above and beyond your wildest dreams! I’d recommend them for any special occasion in your life, company or school”
Shonda Hensley, William Blount High School

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