Balloon twisting has been just as exciting a journey for me as face painting. Slightly more than a year back, I didn’t even know the technical name of balloon twisting was called balloon sculpting, hence the name of this blog.
I won’t deny it’s tough to twist balloons. Balloon sculpting definitely helps you work out a sweat compared to face painting. So far, a year of being a wannabe balloon sculptor who is really a face painter in disguise has been pretty fun too. I must say that the other experienced balloon sculptors in the team are way better.
The balloon sculptures below are my baby steps towards injecting a bit more creativity. Mom says I’m insane because I dare to try something I’ve never done before. I secretly know she is excited to tag along or have a hand in the balloons too. Guess we both love novelties. When we get home from a balloon decoration gig, Mom always has twice the energy to narrate to Dad on her adventure in full animation. If you read far down enough, you’ll find out I launched Happier Singapore on 3 April 2013, to celebrate my mom’s birthday and parents’ anniversary.
On Valentine’s, we received a special order for a despicably cute surprise. We found a way to sculpt the balloons in a way you can easily tell who each balloon sculpture was. And the client’s friend ended up adding a Kitty Inspired Princess balloon sculpture as well. We ninja-ed our way into their girl friends’ offices and planted the Valentine balloons on their desks over lunch hour.
Then we had another fun request for animal balloon decorations to tie in with our client’s River Safari promotion. So we decked the tables with a lion, zebra, pink bird and elephant balloon sculpture…
Twisted some slithery balloon snakes on the chairs…
And left the cheeky balloon giraffe and monkey to lure the kids in from the doorway.
Donovan’s mommy asked us for ideas on for his baby 1st month party. She booked a couple of other services with us, so to thank her for that, we put in extra effort for her balloon decorations. Here’s our balloon twisting ideation process. From paper to reality. There wasn’t much space indoors so we settled for a miniature sesame street inspired balloon arch with the cute characters sitting in carriages.
And here’s a customized balloon arch we setup for Cold Storage Kids Run 2014 fun pack collection. Did you know Cold Storage has a mascot? Here’s how we turned Appleton into a giant balloon arch. Photo credits of the original Appleton mascot to mommy blogger, Delphine.
Then Easter arrived in April and we twisted some Easter bunny balloon decorations. Have you ever wondered why bunnies came out of Easter eggs and not chicks? We decked the place with chubby balloon bunnies and polka dot balloon easter egg baskets in happy rainbow colors.
And the next Mother’s Day balloon sculptures, we dedicate to all the mommies reading our little blog. Balloon sculptures of a mother carrying her baby, MOM in 3D balloon alphabets, balloon roses and a super huge puffy balloon heart.
Not forgetting to all the daddies reading this too, you’re a rarity of sorts to be planning your child’s party! Hope you had an awesome Father’s Day this June. We dedicate this Father’s Day balloon sculpture to you. A vintage Volkswagen combi car balloon sculpture with a twist. We weaved in our client’s corporate colors and their balloon decorations doubled up as a pretty interesting photobooth prop for their retro-themed roadshow.
I think you would have already guessed by now which is the one design we’ve got the most requests for.
And I just wanna share a happy piece of personal news to end off our first blog post on balloon twisting, JS and I are getting married this 18 October 2014. Nonetheless, you’ll be glad to know the rest of the happier team will still be around to celebrate your parties and special occasions while I’m caught up with the preparations.
Hope our balloon decorations put a smile on your face today. We’re looking forward to paint and twist something fun at your next party.
Original post on Alicia’s blog.
I was super excited when Mommy Sheree invited Happier Singapore back to face paint at her party again in February. Firstly, I must say a big thank you to Sheree for letting me blog about Declan’s 4th Madagascar Carnival theme party! I am continually amazed by the parents who hire me as their face painter and balloon twister for their kids parties.
Sheree is one of the many mommies and daddies who put their kids first despite having a busy career. You will see all the effort and creative juices plowed into this birthday party. This is the very essence that we want to celebrate with you, here at Happier Singapore. When I started the company last April, it was with the vision of celebrating the family through art and creativity.
Yes and that’s Sheree and her lovely family!
Declan the birthday Tiger having a romantic train ride with his pretty Bunny girl friend. You can tell they are getting slightly impatient while waiting for the train to get moving.
Alright! Here we go! Choo Choooooooo! You can see the kids beaming with joy (and the cool train dude as well).
Our pretty bunny, Olive, taking her lucky shot at the carnival game stalls. We are gonna be looking forward to doing more fluffy bunny face paintings for the Easter garden parties in April!
I love this photo! Jack never fails to amaze me how he can capture the many fleeting expressions of the kids with his trusty lens. He is really a true artist don’t you think? If I was a parent, I would really see a good photographer as an investment. Imagine how precious all these memories will be when you look back years later. I still have my toddler birthday party pics btw! Thanks to my own mom who lovingly kept all these memories for me since 20 over years ago.
Jack’s photography services are available for hire with your birthday party package from Happier Singapore.
The highlight of the party. Piñata time!!! Who doesn’t love candy? Here are some tips to consider if you are planning to get a piñata for your child:
1) Age of the children
Generally for ages 4 and below, or if there are space constraints, it would be better to get a pull string piñata. No whacking or violence until the children are old enough to understand and listen to instructions.
For 5 and up, the kids really do get very thrilled anticipating when the piñata is going to burst open with sweet treats. Everyone cannot wait to get a go with the stick. But always safety first! You might like to segment your party area by drawing an imaginary magic line and getting another parent to play as crocodile. Anyone who crosses the line when it is not their turn gets eaten up and goes behind the queue.
If you need professional help with party games, we can organize them for you. No logistical headaches and we will save you from the insanity
Fondant cakes are all the rage for birthday parties nowadays. I’d like to call them edible art. While such cakes can run up to the hundreds depending on complexity of your designs, they do add a lot of color and hype to your party. If you are looking for cute custom character fondant birthday cakes or cupcakes, just let us know.
Happy 4th Birthday Declan!! <3
After the cake cutting, everyone wanted a piece of Alex the Lion! So we did a cartoony lion face painting for this cute little boy. I must admit it is a challenge to get our face painting artwork turn out well on the younger tots. They like move a lot. But well, we have our ways to get the job done. That’s when maybe some background in psychology helps? Hahaha!
Or you could get your lion face painting done on your child’s arm instead. We do make it a point to develop feminine and masculine variations of our designs so no gender bias. We do aim to paint and twist anything your child asks for (within reasonable limits due to time constraint). Girls can be dragons or Spiderman if they want to and boys can be butterflies or Hello Kitty if they want to as well!
Our glitter Hello Kitty Inspired face painting is a pretty popular design among the girls. You can find our arm painting variants as well here.
Sometimes simple is elegance. Everyone wants to be Snow Queen ever since Christmas last year. I want be Snow Queen too. You can find the looks I sometimes paint on myself here.
Spidey wins the most popular Superhero face painting design award!
This is my favorite family photo from the party. You can really tell the difference between professional photography versus my own smartphone photography from some previous posts. I really enjoy admiring the artwork from the photographers we work with.
It’s sundown and that concludes Declan’s amazing birthday party.
It’s New Year’s Eve and we are taking the time to count our blessings for the year of 2013. A big thank you to all our customers, partners and suppliers for supporting us since we started up in April. Special thanks to all the mummies and daddies who have invited our face painters, balloon sculptors & decorators, caricaturists, calligraphers, magicians, photographers, craft & game hosts, popcorn & candy floss chefs to your child’s parties and family events! Without you, our artists would not have the opportunity to spread our joy and love for children and art!
It’s really great to know that our hard work and passion has not gone unrecognized. Just 6 months into our launch, Happier Singapore has been recognized by The Asian Parent as first on the list of Top 5 Face Painters in Singapore! We will continue to strive to improve as artists and entertainers, bringing you creative designs beyond your wildest imagination!
Our most popular girl face painting designs, needless to say, are our rainbow butterflies! Even within this small category of designs, our face painters like to paint each butterfly to bring our the personality of our little customers. From the moment she sits down in our chair, we can tell if Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Shy, Little Miss Thoughtful etc. That’s part of our enjoyment too as face painters I guess.
My personal favorite is the Frozen Fairy Princess mask. This minimalist face painting design is inspired by the BEST Disney movie of the year, Frozen. It is one of those Disney animation movies you definitely must watch! It made me cry so much but I still left the theatre with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. Really love the emotions that came through the voices and storyline. Sure, you have heard about true love in other fairy tales, but Frozen really gives a new dimension to what true love is. This Frozen Fairy Princess mask, I dedicate to my darling younger sister, Amanda. May we continue face painting together happily ever after and do you wanna build a snowman?
Isn’t it every boy’s dream to save the world and defend their fairies and princesses? Our face painters will bestow superpowers upon your sons and let them experience being a superhero (until their next bath). Of course, with great power comes great responsibility. Not only for Spiderman; that’s what we tell our happier Captain America, Batman, Ironman, Green Lantern, Wolverine & Superman as well.
Only recently did I discover the difference between a Unicorn, Pegasus, Alicorn and your regular earth Pony and Horse. If you are above the age of 12, chances are you’d need to learn this from someone younger than you. Well, at least I did. You might be surprised how much attention to detail your child is capable of when you sprinkle some imagination, colors and magic into your teaching. Maybe I’ll blog about teachable moments from the psychologist – face painter perspective next time!
Face painting is no child’s play. While we aim for speed at events and parties, you can also book a private session to get a high definition face painting makeover for your fancy dress functions. You can get the same cinematic quality makeup done in the comfort of your home or office with family, friends and colleagues. We’re always looking forward to get creative for your next Masquerade ball, Halloween party and more!
Are you looking for innovative marketing tools? Leverage this a unique marketing opportunity with our face and body art, where your guests become walking and smiling ambassadors of your brand. You can count on our face and body painters to make your event moments Instagram and Facebook worthy. Because our face and body painters can paint free hand, the possibilities are virtually limitless!
Apart from entertaining the kids, we certainly love dressing up your party venues too! We turned a living room into an Igloo by building a mini arch in the doorway this Christmas. Or you can share with us other whacky theme ideas and we’ll build you a giant arch for your stage or grand entrance.
Can you spot the toddler in the photo above?
We came up with some colorful balloon column decorations to match our clients’ themed entertainment too!
Our balloon sculptors are almost like your modern day fairy godmothers and fairy godfathers. Whatever the birthday boy or girl wishes for, we can twist it out of balloons. No party is complete without each child going home with a cute balloon sculpture toy!
If you are a brand manager, we can come up with a creative balloon marketing plan to boost the ROI on your roadshow promotional efforts too!
Caricature is a must-have for adult parties I would say – it doubles up as entertainment and a personalized door gift for your guests! Our caricaturists are highly sought after for weddings, cocktail receptions and roadshows. A happier caricaturist will lighten up your parties as they entertain you live with a cartoon caricature of yourself drawn on the spot.
If you love our face painting designs and you want the 2-in-1 entertainment and door gift concept, name art calligraphy is the perfect option for you! We are proud to say that Happier Singapore is the first in Singapore to offer this unique service.
It is so true when they say art is influenced by culture. I am getting a feel like I am the last few young Singaporeans who love their country and their own culture. I was inspired by the traditional Chinese calligraphers at our local Chinatown. Our happier artists put own our spin on the traditional calligraphy art with vibrant colors and trendy designs that appeal to all ages. If you are planning for a cultural or community event, our name art calligraphers will be most happy to weave in a cultural element for you too!
Here’s wishing you a happier new year with family and friends!
We look forward to bringing you more happiness and creative party art in year 2014!
Original post on Alicia’s blog.
Two months have just flown by and it’s National Day tomorrow!
Some quick personal annoucements, I decided to leave my first job officially on 28th of June 2013. After graduating from NUS Psychology in 2012, my Adjunct Associate Professor, Douglas Abrams, offered me a fun time job at Expara (full time job I mean). So I spent my first year after graduation doing business development for Expara, a local venture capital firm providing funding, advisory and training for entrepreneurs with innovative technology-driven businesses. It was a tough decision to leave because I have been blessed with a great boss and colleagues. Then and again, we are only young once. So while I am still young, energetic and not tied down with too many commitments, why not just do something I really love?
So yes! I am running Happier Singapore full time! Whoopee!
I love the challenge of running this business. It is very fast paced so it doesn’t give me any chance of getting bored. Apart from being an entertainer, I need to oversee the marketing, finances, public relations and human resource aspects as well. I could probably hire someone, but it is very important to me that I am able to have a personal touch with all of our clients. We are always on our toes to ensure that every party or event we go to, we are able to deliver exceptional service!
I’m also always making a note to self to make time for my own family, boy friend and friends amidst the happier hustle. It’s not getting any easier, but I am getting a hang of it.
Since April, I see all my happier artists making really good progress on both their technical skills in face painting and balloon twisting, as well as developing their personal style and confidence in interacting with the kids and their families. I can safely say each and every one of my artists are capable of flying solo now. Feeling proud like a mummy now.
We have regular updates on Facebook in case you are looking for more pictures on our balloon sculptures!
Also, if you are looking for NDP face painting, a team of students from Temasek Junior College will be situated along Orchard Road to paint you some orchids and Singapore flags! Please feel free to approach them for your face or hand painting! All proceeds will be going to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Such a meaningful way of spending their NDP holidays!
We had the NDP charity face painting 1-h crash course just this Monday on the TJC campus! It was really a joy to share the art with Kevin and gang! It was a pleasant surprise to have my good friend, Mr Ashraf and his brother, Mr Aaron, pop by at the end of the session too!
Have a Happier National Day everyone!