The Amazing James
is now
The AMAZING Daddy!
While I take a short break to be a dad, please take advantage of some free advice.

Top Ten things I've learned over twenty years as a balloon guy:

10. Stop planning...  
Stop Googling and looking for kids party themes on Pinterest.  
Focus on enjoying the time together instead. 

9. Keep it simple...  
I once worked a party where the dad set up a lawn sprinkler on a tarp in a small yard.  
I made balloons for myself the entire time.

8. Make your own food...  
At a catered brunch party at a very lovely home in the hills, I watched as a spread that must have cost thousands- grilled cracked crab claws, three kinds of smoked salmon, two kinds of caviar, rack of lamb, jumbo prawns...  was left untouched.  The only thing anyone ate was Aunt Gina's baked ziti.

7. and definitely make your own cake...  
Of all the cakes I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy (and believe me there have been a LOT of them) I swear the best one I ever had in my entire life was served in an aluminum foil pan with canned frosting, made by my mom with a mix.  I wish she was still alive to make one with me and her grandkids.  Refer back to number 10.  

6. Skip the pinata...  
If I had a dollar for every time I saw a kid or a dad get whacked with a stick...  

5. Don't hire a balloon guy 
And don't hire a face painter, bouncy house, magician, mermaid princess, or any other overpriced waste of money.  There are TONS of kids out there who can go to three weeks of summer camp for what you're about to pay for an hour of entertainment.  I was a Big Brother to one of them for seven years.  Give the money to charity instead.  Really.

4. Make bubbles instead...  
They're simple, and they're super fun.  Here's where I got the recipe for my $250/hour bubble show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXsPqUFsArM  ...but you can also just get bubble stuff at the dollar store and have just as much fun with some cotton clothesline tied in loops.

3. Or make art...  
Cardboard + Tape + Markers = ANYTHING!

2. Or even make your own balloons...  
Watch some tutorials on Youtube and you, too, can be a pro: 

1. Enjoy your kids...  
The best parties are the simple ones.  It's the time we spend with our families that's worth more than anything else we can ever give them.  


It's been an honor and a privilege doing this work.  I'm sure I'll come back to it soon enough.  After all, they grow up so fast.  I hope you won't let it pass you by, either. 

Best wishes, 
-James



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