Archive for August, 2011

Monkey Jokes

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Monkey balloon

Q: What do you do with a blue monkey?
A: Cheer it up!

Q: What did the banana say to the monkey?
A: Nothing. Bananas don’t talk!

Q. What is smarter than a talking monkey?
A. A spelling bee!

Q. What side of a monkey has more hair?
A. The outside.

Q. What do you call a Monkey in a tree?
A. A Branch Manager!!!

Tis the Season

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Kids and parents are getting ready for the start of the new school year, but I am already a month ahead and thinking about fall festivals, Halloween, and yes, even Christmas.

Pumpkin Balloon

Orange pumpkin balloon made from two orange 260s and one green 160

I was telling a friend that with my last order of balloons from La Rock’s I picked up the 5 inch Round Dracula Head Lime Green and 5 inch Round Pirate Skull balloons for Halloween. I also mentioned that I need to go back and review my Halloween Balloons.

Believe it or not, it is not too early. Kids are already thinking about Halloween and mention it when they ask to get their faces painted. The other week, I actually had a kid ask me to paint his face to look like a Jack-o-lantern.

My suggestion is to start stocking up on Orange balloons for pumpkins, white balloons for skeletons, black balloons for spiders, brown/orange/goldenrod balloons for Turkeys, and yes, even the red/white balloons for the Santa and candycanes. It might be a good time to go back and review your holiday balloons before kids start asking for things you once remembered how to make.

Kingpin Chairs

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The other week, I was shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club and saw the Giant Kingpin Folding Chair. I had seen another oversized chair at a clown convention, and thought it would make a great addition to my Farmer’s Market setup. I happened to be driving my smart car at the time, so it was interesting getting it home, but it fit.

Kingpin Folding Chair

Balloons By Mike with several balloons at the South Riding Farmer's Market in his Kingpin Folding Chair.

One of the local farmer’s markets sets up in an open field and all of the vendors have plenty of room. The first time I brought it to the farmer’s market, I put it in my tent and sat in the chair. At the end of the day, I realized that keeping the chair under my tent didn’t quite have the effect I was hoping for. The next week. I set it up in front of my tent and let other people sit for a while. I think it definitely caught the attention of people and helped draw people over to my tent where I had a chance to offer them a balloon.

The chair stands over five feet tall, has six drink holders, and is supposed to be able to hold two adults. It all folds up and fits in a bag about the same size as the bag for a 10×10 vendor’s tent.

It is a large item to carry around, but if it helps attract customers and increases my sales, I think it was worth it. I am not sure that I will pull it out every week (some weeks I have to leave quickly to get to another event) but think that when I do bring it that it will continue to be a big hit.

August Face Painting and Balloon Jam at Cici’s Pizza in Chantilly, VA

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Each month, I host a face painting and balloon jam at the Cici’s Pizza in Chantilly. It is normally on the 2nd Monday of the month, and in August, the official jam will be on Monday, August 8th.

Come early and enjoy the buffet and conversation with your friends from 6:00-7:00pm. Bring your ideas and an open mind for casual discussion about topics related to face painting, balloon twisting, and events. The regular Jam will be from 7:00-9:00 pm when the restaurant closes. You can come as early or late as you like. The jam is open to face painters and balloon twisters of all skill levels. Bring your balloons and face painting supplies.

August Face Painting and Balloon Jam in Chantilly
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Buffet from 6:00 – 7:00
Jam from 7:00 – Close

CiCi’s Pizza Buffet
14392 Chantilly Crossing Lane
Chantilly, VA 20151

International Clown Week

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Each year, International Clown Week is celebrated during the first week of August. Clown Week became official in the United States when President Nixon signed Public Law 91-433 and proclaimed August 1-7 as Clown Week.

Sir Toony Van Dukes

Thanks to the charitable nature of clowns and clown alleys, many clowns in the United States use the week to give back to their community. Some do it by wearing their clown shoes to their regular day jobs, others donate their time for one or more charity events. To further encourage clown alleys to paricipate in activities during International Clown Week, Clowns of America International (COAI) gives out the Charlie Award. The Charlie Award is a trophy that is given to the COAI Clown Alley which best documents and celebrates International Clown Week (August 1-7).

Public law 91-443

October 8,1970
91st Congress H. J. Res. 236

Authorizing and requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclamation designating the week of August 1 through August 7, 1971, as “National Clown Week”.

Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled^ That the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation (1) designating the week of August 1 through August 7,1971, as “National Clown Week”, (2) inviting the Governors of the States and territories of the United States to issue proclamations for like purposes, and (3) urging the people of the United States to give heed to the contributions made oy clowns in their entertainment at children’s hospitals, charitable institutions, institutions for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people, at a time when it is especially desirable and necessary.
_ Approved October 8, 1970.

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