National MS Society

I’m down to the wire on fundraising for the National MS Society walk. Right now, I’m just over 60% of the way to my goal thanks to some very generous donations. If you can, please consider contributing soon. The National MS Society works on research and treatment to help those suffering from MS. There’s a link below to my fundraising page and thanks again.




Drew’s Balloons has moved to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill



Thank you Boston and New England for your business the past several years.  I’ve moved to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle recently and will be doing balloons here primarily (though for the right offer, I could be coaxed back on occasion … actually for the right offer I could be coaxed anywhere …).

Boston was great to me and was a wonderful place to live.  Please continue to follow me on twitter, flickr or here and check out the fun balloons I’m continuing to make.

Party (or parties) of the Summer (and a few observations on what made them awesome)!!

It’s a bit late and I’m just doing this informally, but our party of the summer goes to the New Hampshire family that hired us for a pirate / Peter Pan themed party.  Not only did I get to make some great balloons  – crocodile masks, pirate swords, pixies and a great box weave Captain Hook hook – the face painter had a great time adding some spectacular time making masks, eye patches, puppies among a host of things.  Also, the adults were completely on board with the dad sporting a pirate balloon hat, a golden earring and jolly roger print bandanna.  Actually, a lot of parents had bandannas and seemed to be getting into the party, which I think is key.  If the kids see you having fun, they have fun.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the entertainer or the host or guests.  Fun is infectious (in a good way).

My runner up party would have to go to the Castle Island (in Southie) party with the construction theme.  We collaborated and made some pretty sweet trucks for the kids to play with and take home.  Also the kids had a couple of great craft projects so there was plenty for them to do.  Also, I love an outdoor event with a breeze and some sunshine.  Finally, they ended it with cake and ice cream and singing happy birthday, which gave me a perfect time to quietly exit.

Both parties had lots of outdoor space on beautiful summer days (despite being very different locations – densely populated South Boston at a park and a North of Keene, NH back yard).  Both had great themes that weren’t overdone or worn out – yes one was Pirates, but it was Pirates and Peter Pan – and finally both had plenty of planning and some decorating to add little details to tie it all together.

Epilepsy Foundation Walk!

This morning and early afternoon I took off to twist balloons at the Epilepsy Foundation walk at Artesani Park in Boston. I rode my bike, which when you have a 3-foot tall yellow and red Filbert Balloon Pump, gets you noticed. I definitely got some quizzical stares.
The weather was perfect for twisting, mid-70s, a light breeze and the kids were great. They set me up next to a table of face painters. I ended up twisting some classics – butterflies, octopi, giraffes, monkeys, dolphins – and some surprises – a swordfish, a purple and pink monkey and making one kid into a firefighter complete with a hose and 646 oxygen tank. The people from the Epilepsy Foundation were friendly and helpful. If you know someone that suffers from epilepsy, please feel free to check out their information and if you like to walk maybe head out there next year. It’s a fun event! They had music jammin the whole time, BBQ and Starbucks coffee … yum.

Balloon Dragon Hat! With Fire!

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This weekend I made a surprising number of balloon dragons. What could be better than a balloon dragon? Becoming a balloon dragon. Sadly, no one asked to become one … The design is similar to one in an old issue Balloon Magic. Have fun with it and be sure to try out some scary fun faces!

Cinco de Mayo! Whoa!

Wow, what a fun weekend.  Friday I twisted balloons for the Harvard Crimson Kids for a private party. They were a great fun group with a face painter and cotton candy machine and of course balloons.  Saturday (Cinco de Mayo) I just finished helping the Whole Foods in Providence, R.I. celebrate their 10th anniversary.  They had hula hoopers, crafts, a wacky drum corps / marching band, me making some balloons and all kinds of fun.  It was a great celebratory atmosphere and everyone was so warm and friendly.

Sunday will wrap the weekend up with some balloon twisting at Everwood Day Camp in Sharon.  Everwood’s a great place and has hired me a bunch of times in the past two years for their open houses.  If you’re on the South Shore and in the market for a summer camp definitely give Everwood a visit.  It’s located on picturesque Lake Massapoag.

Balloon Twisting in Cambridge for Shakespeare’s Birthday!

Saturday I was invited to head to Harvard Square and help the Actor’s Shakespeare Project celebrate the Bard’s Birthday.  It was a great party with a drum corps, dancers, face painters, costumes, Shakespearean insults, poetry, readings and of course, balloons.  I twisted some fun swords and a couple of Yorick skulls along with horses, pixies and all kinds of other creations.  Check out the links below to the Actor Shakespeare’s project and to Cambridge CCTV to learn more about the event.