Party Artisans

Philadelphia, PA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Two reasons: I am very creative and make up a lot of my own shapes, which you may not often see in your run of the mill balloon artists; and I carry a rainbow of markers with which I draw on my balloons to add character and color.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I play with balloons, draw, and make people smile all day; what's not to like?

Location

Philadelphia, PA 19152

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Rafi R. Apr 19, 2015
    We hired Dan somewhat last minute for my son's Bar Mitzvah. There were 50 kids--4 young ones around 4 or 5 years old and about 46 12- and 13-year-olds. There was some question going in as to whether or not the young teens would be interested in balloons. They were. They lined up. . .over and over. Dan was great. He was friendly and was creative with balloon creations. The kids were delighted. He showed up right on schedule and was very professional. I recommend him highly.
  • Nick V. May 19, 2014
    Had a surprise party for my wife's Masters program graduation. Hired Dan to entertain all the children, and that he did with great success. Dan was really great with the kids and they were thrilled with his awesome balloon creations. Prompt, courteous and a hit, I would hire Dan again and recommend him in a heartbeat.
  • Diane J. Mar 9, 2014
    1st thing I liked when booking Dan the Balloon Man was the price...2nd was that he returned my call that day..3rd he arrived on time and was the hit of the party. Thanks again for making my Grandson's 1st birthday a hit!
  • Liz E. Oct 1, 2013
    I reached out to Party Artisans about having a balloon artist at our community event. With families in attendance, I wanted something fun for the kids. Dan was really easy to work with, showed up on time and did an excellent job providing the kids with balloon figures to take home with them. He's very talented and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a balloon artist for their event!
  • Hank P. Dec 2, 2012
    Balloon Artistry
    Verified Review
    Was very satisfied. He did a great job... The kids were happy with thier balloons and were definitely kept entertained. Would use him again in the future. Hank
  • Cyndy M. Sep 18, 2012
    He was amazing. We had him for 2 hours at my daughter's sweet 16. Anything the kids challenged him with, he managed...he even made me a carousel horse! Dan is a great guy, very considerate and the teens LOVED him. I will be booking him again.
  • Amy Z. Aug 7, 2011
    Dan did a fantastic job at our son's birthday party. He elevated the party to an event. There were even 15 year olds waiting in line for balloons. I would strongly recommend him to anyone who asked. Thanks balloon man!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a thing about trying to mostly do my own work, when possible. That being said I am making up new shapes all the time. I do sometimes meet up with other balloon artists and we share our recent balloon discoveries. More often though, if I am stumped on how to make something, it is contemplation that leads me to a good design.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've made balloons since middle school. I was in a magic shop and was like, this must be the most magical thing in the store, buy it for me, mom! Recently I stumbled upon an ad for balloon artists working in restaurants. It was as if all my fears of having a boring life were just washed away as I rekindled the dreams from my childhood.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I go to several restaurants a week and entertain the kids while they would otherwise be wanting to run around while waiting for their food. Balloon art is a billion times better than having their parents say "sit still" every 10 seconds. Aside from that I do plenty of private parties, and occasionally I make decorations.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I worked a party for the University of Pennsylvania Hillel Society themed "Ben Franklin's Bar Mitzvah" The group throwing the party assisted me in creating bunches of printed round balloons (with Stars of David on them and some red white and blue patriotic ones as well). We then tied these balloons to some balconies and I made a large kite and a gold key out of my twisting balloons and attached it to the kite with balloon ribbon. After that I entertained at the party for about an hour until a comedy troupe came on, making several interesting things such as lightning bolt hats, a peacock, and a Loch Ness Monster. All in all it worked out wonderfully.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire me! Well, I guess I would recommend asking for some pictures of samples of their work. A few times I've heard stories of people who paid (much more than I charge) and ended up with a clown who only knew how to make one shape well, and tried making a few more but you couldn't really tell what they were, etc. It's a common story; anyone good should have a few pictures to share.