An Inflated Tale: The Story of BALLOON DECOR
. Balloon Décor commenced trading in 1983 at a time when the Australian balloon decorating industry was just beginning to inflate. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Sean
and Edelgard O'Kelly
who saw the creative challenges this exciting new industry presented and instantly acknowledged a need to learn, develop and implement new techniques into this expanding art form.
As their creative reputation grew they began to receive challenging requests from both private and corporate clients.I wasn't long before they gained vast experience in many areas of the industry and were quickly acknowledged as leading innovators in the field.
Providing much than the standard helium-filled party balloon presented in random bunches, they grew to become designers, teachers and contributors to the industry at numerous conventions in Australia and overseas.
By 1994, with the majority of their work being on-site decorating, the decision was made to close their then 18 year old retail party supply business OK Party Supplies and relocate as a home-based business where they focused on the expanding the craft of innovative balloon decorations.
Without the constant demand of a retail shop Balloon Décor, were able to expand their artistic credibility further by having photos of their creations published in balloon catalogues, websites and trade magazines around the world. After attending and/or teaching at numerous balloon conventions in both Australia and overseas, Balloon Décoris now amongst the most respected exponents of the art of balloon decorating in the world.
Sadly, Edelgard T. O'Kelly, CBA (certified balloon artist), Diploma of Floristry and inspirational designer, artist and teacher passed away on the 11th March 2009.
She left behind a creative legacy that continues to inspire the artist in us all.
Formerly a journalist and having skills in computer graphics, Sean has written numerous articles for industry trade magazines as well as over 60 instructional sheets that have been published by several companies around the world.
Although their products and services are slightly different these days Balloon Décorcontinues to be recognised as leaders in the arena of creative decorations through their expansion into several different areas in the celebration industry.
Throughout this website you will see photographic examples of the artistry of Balloon Décor.
These stunning decorations and breathtaking sculptures installed in venues such as Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Crown Casino, Melbourne Arts Centre, Flinders St Station, Federation Square, The Melbourne Yacht Club, Rialto and the Ritz Hotel to mention only a few have become the hallmark of the quality work their clients have come to expect.
The many corporate customers they’ve decorated for include Westfield Shopping Centres, Safeway Supermarkets, and Huntingdale Golf Club. Adelaide, St Kilda, Geelong West Coast Eagles Football Club and Coles Supermarkets have all learn that they can continually rely on Balloon Decor's consistently in providing breathtakingly original decorations and displays that regularly exceeded all expectations.
From the petite to the outrageous Balloon Décor, truly does take its business seriously so you can have all the fun.
The new look 2016 version of Balloon Décor with a new logo, corporate colours and product range reflects the needs of today's customer while still embracing the quality business of its colourful past.
The bulk of their work still centres around designing and installing original display decor and special effects for major events at shopping centres and trade promotions, product launches as well as private functions. Although their ability to be able to brand and personalise the balloons, signs and décor in numerous different ways gives Balloon Décor a cutting edge advantage over it competitors. Retail promotions, trade shows and Corporate/private functions are all transformed into EVENTS with their original designs.
In August 2016 Balloon Décor started a new chapter in their long story by joining forces with the Audio/Lighting/Special Effects and Fireworks company AVFX/Crack-A-Jack Firework which brings together over 70 years experience in the celebration industry. This union creates a one-stop shop like no other in the industry.
The future look as colourful as the balloons they supply and as exciting as the special effects they can now create.