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Pioneer acquires Northstar in balloon industry merger

Pioneer Balloon Co. has acquired Northstar Balloons LLC the two companies announced on Oct. 27. The companies will be working with customers for a smooth transfer of business and timelines, Pioneer said in a press release. “We’re excited to be adding Northstar’s products and capabilities to the Pioneer family,” said Ted. A. Vlamis, Pioneer’s longtime president. “They have developed a unique product personality and sharp sense for trends, and their line further strengthens our complete…  » Read more

Becoming a Certified Balloon Artist

Breaking down Qualatex's CBA program and what it could mean for you By Peter Mussatto | Special to Party & Paper Retailer There’s an old proverb from Chinese philosopher Laozi that says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) and Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) programs are a great way to begin your journey. Some of the major benefits of becoming a CBA include: Value. Add value…  » Read more
Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely to Succeed

Find out what tops the ranks for the upcoming graduation season   Remember those high school yearbooks filled with awkward pictures with superfluous captions? They’re making a comeback — graduation season style — to move you to the head of the class for 2015.   Most Popular PPR: What colors and patterns were most popular in 2014? Dawn Kirschner Unique Industries While traditional graduation parties highlight school colors, party planning graduates are also including some…  » Read more
Shooting Cupid’s Arrow

Shooting Cupid’s Arrow

Fall in love with the new and the old this Valentine’s Day According to a Prosper Insights and Analytics survey done by the National Retail Federation, adults were expected to spend more than $17 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2014 — that’s “billion” with a “b” — creating a huge retail opportunity for party stores. While 91 percent planned to spend on their significant other ($85.76), 59 percent of shoppers planned to show their appreciation…  » Read more
Your Floating Forecast

Your Floating Forecast

What to expect in balloons for 2015   What is your forecast for 2015? Heather Moseley Anagram Due to helium availability opening up in many areas, balloon sales are recovering and, for many, showing increases. Due to the new and more sophisticated balloon formats that have been introduced in the past 12 months, there has been a new perception of balloons that is creating new demand. We feel that balloons are going to begin being sold…  » Read more

WBC 2014 Elevates Balloon Art and Education

Qualatex event continues to drive passion and profitability in the balloon industry   Hosted by Pioneer Balloon Co., the World Balloon Convention 2014 took place in Denver March 26-30 and attracted more than 800 balloon professionals from 54 countries around the world.   With top-notch education as the primary focus, the WBC offered more than 55 classes for decorators, twisters/entertainers, party retailers and newcomers to the balloon industry. The lineup of 31 talented instructors also…  » Read more
Significant Sweetheart Sales

Significant Sweetheart Sales

Valentine’s Day is a day to cash in on love of every kind   Whether dealing with a classroom or a couple, “it’s the thought that counts” is a phrase that’s truly applicable for Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate love and appreciation in all shapes and forms, and often that form involves spending. According to the National Retail Federations’s 2013 Valentine’s Day spending survey, the average person planned to spend $130.97 on candy,…  » Read more
Pioneer Balloon Co.

Pioneer Balloon Co.

Spreading smiles for more than 95 years   There aren’t many industry icons that can be identified by only their first names, but when someone in the balloon industry refers to “Ted and Betty,” you know right away they’re talking about Ted A. and Betty Vlamis of Pioneer Balloon Co. Refusing to take all the credit for the sustaining success of a company that has been around for more than 95 years, Ted and Betty…  » Read more
A Bright Future

A Bright Future

Success is up in the air   When it comes to the outlook for balloons in 2014, the future is up in the air and looking quite bright — literally. The helium situation that has plagued the industry for the past couple of years seems to be leveling out, but more importantly, it spurred a flurry of creative and innovate air-filled options from manufacturers and retailers alike. With those creative air-filled options comes bright and…  » Read more
Bright and Bold

Bright and Bold

Make everyday parties solid sales in your store   The fact that solid color products are popular in most party stores is nothing new. Not only do they offer a wide variety of options that appeal to most consumers year round, but they are they perfect complement to any theme. This means retailers won’t be stuck with “leftovers,” as solid color products can always be used for future occasions. What is new this year is…  » Read more

Registration Costs Announced for World Balloon Convention 2014

Registration will open Sept. 2 for the World Balloon Convention 2014, taking place March 26-30 in Denver, for all balloon decorators, twisters/entertainers and party store retailers. In order to receive the biggest savings, delegates are encouraged to register early at WorldBalloonConvention.com. Extra early bird pricing, offered Sept. 2 – Nov. 29, will be $595 per person. Early bird pricing, offered Nov. 30 – Jan. 31, will be $695 per person. Regular pricing, offered Feb. 1…  » Read more
Tricks, Treats and Trends

Tricks, Treats and Trends

Halloween tips for 2013 As the National Retail Federation’s (NRF’s) 2012 Halloween consumer spending survey told us, a record 170 million people planned to celebrate Halloween in 2012 and were expected to spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, with total Halloween spending estimated to reach $8 billion. There’s money to be made, and Party & Paper talked to industry experts on the trends, tricks and treats that retailers can use to cash in on…  » Read more
Lucky 2013

Lucky 2013

Fill the air with balloons (filled with air) The helium situation might have brought some spirits down, but rest assured, balloons are still looking up. Customers want their fun and décor, and retailers have simply found new and creative ways to deliver. In fact, Lisa Bennett of Pioneer said that one of the emerging themes for 2013 is celebrating fun. And what better way to do that than with balloons! “Create a sense of fun…  » Read more

I Want That One!

Tap into higher profits by displaying inflated balloon designs. Have you ever walked into a bakery and had your taste buds tempted by the sight of freshly-baked, deliciously-decorated cookies in the display case? Have you ever been overwhelmed by shopping for a new outfit until you see a perfectly coordinated ensemble on one of the mannequins? These merchandising ideas both demonstrate the expression we hear all the time in the retail world: “Show it to…  » Read more
Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

How to prepare for the next student rush Most teenagers want to be unique, which usually involves following the popular trends and doing something similar to whatever everyone else is doing. So while many graduation parties include personalized touches to make the occasion distinct to the graduate, many graduation parties also include a lot of the same themes, colors and products. Party & Paper did a little bit of research and found a few themes,…  » Read more

New Qualatex Flier Designed to Boost Business with Air

In response to growing demand from balloon professionals for air-fill products and designs, Pioneer Balloon Co. has produced The Qualatex Air-fill Advantage. This 16-page flier features innovative ideas designed to help retailers retain customers, build their balloon portfolio and increase profits — without relying on helium. The pages are filled with a range of easy-to-create offerings that include cup and stick designs, 350Q designs, 646Q stand-ups, “No-Helium Here” bouquets and cash-and-carry gifts. The flier also…  » Read more

WBC 2014 Announces Décor Design Competition

Balloon artists will have the chance to rise to balloon stardom by entering the World Balloon Convention (WBC) 2014 Décor Design Competition at the WBC, hosted by Pioneer Balloon Co., March 26-30, 2014, in Denver, Colo. One winning guest designer will be selected for the lobby décor and each of the two WBC 2014 Parties (Thursday night Costume Party and Grand Gala).  Each guest designer will have the opportunity to design his or her dream…  » Read more
The “Big 1”

The “Big 1”

First birthday celebrations can bring big sales   Whether or not you’re a parent, you know the importance of a baby’s 1st birthday (mostly because parents will tell you). Many will spare no expense and go to great lengths to ensure that they celebrate the “Big 1” with a variety of themed 1st birthday party supplies and decorations.   Even though themes and trends aren’t important to the actual mini guest of honor, they often…  » Read more