Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – Pliosaur Dinosaur Inflatable

When Dr. Jorn Hurum with the University of Oslo Natural History Museum unearthed the largest Pliosaur fossil of its kind roughly 800 miles from the North Pole, he contacted Big Events to create an inflatable replica to show everyone just how these would have looked on a lifelike scale.

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Stacked with decades of his copious research and his newly found fossil, we worked closely with him on every aspect of this special inflatable. It had to be exact! Well, as exact as what we think these creatures looked like 150 million years ago.  Through countless correspondence the final product was received so well it has been used in National Geographic documentaries as well as displayed in many different places around the world, even with a blessing from the King of Norway.

Check out a quick edited video with graphics of the inflatable in a National Geographic Documentary.

This is probably the closest any inflatable has ever been to the North Pole.  It was flown straight to the dig site to help the team get a full understanding how large these Jurassic marine reptiles really were.

More information on this dig can be seen here:

The full documentary can be seen at here. It’s a great watch if you have the time. .

Big Events has been known for their attention to detail on all our products.  Inflatable dinosaurs can be some of the most time consuming inflatables to produce because of their shape, skin and colors.  Airbrushing by hand every single scale on a giant inflatable takes quite a bit of time. Advertising inflatables can be cheap and ugly, or they can be exquisite, clean and professionally done. Our dinos are just the tip of the iceberg with what we have created in our San Diego County warehouse. Check out some recent projects on our facebook page.

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Giant Helium Parade Balloons – Largest Balloon Parade in the United States

Dubbed as the largest balloon parade in the United States, the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade which is associated with the Holiday Bowl has more parade balloons in it than any other parade.  Yes, even more than the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. Big Events has been the sole supplier of helium parade balloons to this parade for a number of years. With its seasoned, well experienced and well-traveled staff, we can typically pull off inflating 25 to 30+ gigantic parade balloons in just a couple hours.

Big Events’ helium parade balloon system has been refined for over 20 years, giving us the know-how to successfully pull off a great feat such as the largest balloon parade in the U.S. year after year. In addition to this, our systems allow us to deflate these balloons much faster than and other system in the world. This is extremely important in the case of inclement weather.  Operating a 60’long dinosaur or 60’ tall Cat in the Hat requires careful and extreme focus. Dodging street lights, trees and the occasional electrical wire takes years of experience.  I liken it to operating a sail boat with no keel.  Even the softest breeze can push these all over the place.

Our reputation circles the world over and over as we are the only supplier of parade balloons in the Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels, Belgium.  We travel to many many more countries to operate these products.  Check out some of the awesome pictures. Like our facebook page to see random pictures of current balloons and advertising inflatables we are working on. Call us if you have any other questions. 760.477.2655

Gallery of some great Parade Balloon Pictures:

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Advertising Inflatables and Advertising Balloons – Inflatable Tents

Inflatable tents simply put, are awesome.  When shopping for a tent for an event, the first focal point is financial cost.  The difference in cost between a large pop up tent and an inflatable tent is a ‘no brainer’.  Especially when accounting for multiple uses.  Inflatable tents are MUCH CHEAPER.

Then take in to consideration how simple these are to set up, operate, tear down, and transport.  If that doesn’t sweeten the inflatable option for you enough, let’s talk about how easy it is to add customized branding.

At a recent event I witnessed a group setting up a pop up tent and it took a huge number of workers. In addition to installing the tent, it took a crew of 2 or more with the use of a scissor lift or bucket truck just to add banners.  With an inflatable tent all you have to do is tie them on when the inflatable is deflated.  Don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself.  This tent is HUGE.

Showing the financial benefits of inflatable tents vs. pop up tents is just one of the many sales pitch options. The numbers speak for themselves.  Rather, I want to take another approach that is just so much more fun… showing you pictures of how good looking these tents are. Check out the slideshow below. You be the judge.

Design, size of tent and the level of customized branding all influence the final price of the inflatable. Please give us a shout if you have any questions. Check out our facebook page for daily updates and photos of current projects. Give us a call 760.477.2655.

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – Commercials and Movies

The film industry is unlike any other organization on the planet.  Direction, concept and logistics all need to be planned out months in advance for clients to sign off on hundreds of thousands of dollars in production costs, yet every time we work on a project for film, there are never any logical realistic time frames given.  It is an odd Catch-22 that has never made sense to me but works for this group.

Below are only a few examples of jobs Big Events have been part of over the years, it is amazing the amount of work that go into these projects for only a second or two or air time.

This HUGE inflatable helmet for a Capital One Commercial was designed and skinned gold in just under a week (we had a pre-existing helmet that we tore apart and rebuilt with their custom specifications).  That is a ton of work in a very short time frame.Helmet_20_C1

This Gieco Gecko balloon had just a bit more production time allotted, but custom building a giant balloon usually takes 4 weeks.  This project only had allowed us 2 to 3 weeks… and we built two. Different sizes for different potential shots.


Here are more pictures of the commercial shoot.

Sometimes, when our luck is running high, we can rent an existing item, which was the case for this 2013 Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.


Only certain people have the nerve set to work with this industry and Big Events is no stranger to this.  What was not mentioned above, is the fact that these companies will call 5 to 10 times a day with potential changes.  Compounded with their short time frames, these jobs can be intensely stressful, but extremely rewarding.

Check out our facebook page for more pictures of our balloons.  Our youtube page is another great way to see how our balloons have been used in commercials and movies.

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – Adobe Creative Suite 6

The marketing brass at Adobe Creative really utilized our helium advertising balloons to their fullest extent and put on one of the most exciting product unveiling events I have been a part of in a while.  Not only did they use our balloons, but they went BIG, which maximizes the potential impact of what these large balloons are designed to accomplish.

Along with a huge show of balloons at the DeYoung in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, they placed giant 10’ helium cubes all throughout San Francisco, part of a city-wide scavenger hunt open to anyone who wanted to jump in.

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Like any outdoor venue, the elements can play a role in the final outcome of the intended show, and Mother Nature definitely showed up.  It was windy.

Big Events built of one the largest balloons (by volume) we have ever produced and positioned it above a fountain at the DeYoung.  This 30’ giant helium balloon was 100% digitally printed.  A feat in itself yes, but the fact that this balloon was swirling in the wind and dive bombing the 125 year old sculpture in the middle of the fountain gave a new meaning to a stress.

All in all the entire event was a success and was captured with this video. I’ve edited out some parts to shorten the video.  Take a look.

This was such a fun event, I hope someone follows suit soon.  We update photos all the time to our Facebook page. Take a peek and like if you want to see more.

Check out more of some of the events we have worked on…

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – PinkSpringBreak

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Understanding and embracing the concept of advertising inflatables and advertising balloons to their fullest ability is a fad that tends to ebb and flow with advertisers.  The 2013 spring break party hosted by Pink was full throttle for advertising balloons.  The creators behind this event incorporated all of these options and used them well.  The helium advertising balloons, advertising inflatables and their very own custom bounce house were a hug hit and clocked some serious internet traffic mileage with posts and tweets.  All were extremely popular with the clients and most importantly their guests.

The helium balloons suffered a couple draw backs with the strong winds bouncing off the building, but they still achieved their intended effect.  With a couple tweaks on placement, they would have looked even better.  Images from the party are below and additional product and event pictures are updated weekly to our Facebook page. 

This great video sums up the party…

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Giant Parade Balloons and Helium Parade Balloons in Singapore

Yeah sure there are parades on land, but what about parades on water?  How about the crazy thought of flying a helium balloon over an actively traversed bridge in the middle of a hustling downtown for a week straight?

Yep, we’ve done it.  Thanks to a creative group in Singapore, Big Events played an integral part in pulling off something that I have never seen accomplished.  The weather had to be just right and the bay had to be calm.  If just one tether line wasn’t anchored properly, or balloon chamber not sealed accordingly, disaster would have ensued.  Helium sources are a bit scarce on a junk boat in the middle of Singapore Bay.

Like us on Facebook to see pictures updated every week. We are a part of some real fun projects.

So that sounds hard but manageable right? What about doing it in 100% humidity with a temperature of about 95 degrees only a day after getting off of an 18 hour direct flight from LAX.  Those conditions certainly made achieving our goals just a little harder, but we pulled it off. What a backdrop and an amazing experience.

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – Building Your Inflatable

Every time we give a ballpark price on how much a custom Giant Advertising Balloon costs to produce, the reaction varies from “OMG you are crazy!” to “That’s reasonable.” For the most part there is no barometer with the average consumer to understand how much work it takes to create one of these custom items, and that is understandable.

Below is a simplified step by step procedure to help get a better idea of the amount of work that goes into your average 20-Foot custom advertising inflatable.


It all starts with a general concept or idea from the client. With their initial direction clearly understood, Big Events’ creates conceptual renderings that include typical idiosyncrasies from an inflatable standpoint (pressure/ease of setting up, etc.). Once these renderings have been approved we proceed to create a replica model.  This entire process allows continued and constructive feedback from both groups ensuring the best potential end product.  The model phase, which we create to make our patterns, also acts as the clients’ second opportunity to make any changes to their design.

After everyone is on board and the model has its final approval, we begin the patterning process. Only highly skilled pattern-makers can correctly generate these and it takes years of experience to know how to create patterns that will react the way an inflatable does.  For instance, garment pattern making is completely different than patterning a giant advertising inflatable.

The patterns are drawn and organized using a very expensive program which marks, nests and spits out copious images ready for a cutting table. Every piece gets a precise cut and is marked and stacked.  Check out the video of the last Mr. Potato Head we made.  These piles are then given to the sewing team who bring the inflatable to life. After days and days of sewing, sometimes much longer, our inflatable takes shape. But we are not done yet.

Big Events is one of the few companies driven to take the additional step and add additional excitement and energy to our products with airbrush art.   Our artist can add highlighting, low-lighting and everything in between to give our inflatable life-like qualities.  Even balloons that are completely digitally printed have the ability to be touched up (if needed) with airbrush art in our main 6,000 sq.ft facility.

Every single step in this process is equally important and requires the finest skilled workers. The art portion of this is no exception, and our experience, time and attention to detail separates Big Events from the heard.  Our product speaks for itself.  Take a look. Always like our facebook page to see constant updated photos!

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – FOX Inflatables

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When one of the largest media outlets in world invests in an advertising inflatable or advertising balloon to increase its brand awareness, it may prove that method of advertising has a positive impact.  When that global media outlet orders more of the same product for additional promotions, it must work!

Over the years we have built advertising inflatables and advertising balloons for this client and they continue to place orders.  Over the years this method of increasing brand awareness has a proven track record. In addition to this, the investment is relatively small.

All of our digital printing is laminated for the longest possible use.  If you want an advertising inflatable and advertising balloon built correctly, Big Events is your manufacture. Check out our website.

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Advertising Balloons and Advertising Inflatables – Deflating a Bounce House

Big Events has been building every type of inflatable imagined for over 20 years.  After constructing this 18′ tall show stopping inflatable Bounce House for the marketing team at Victoria Secret, it came back to us for a deep cleaning.  We noticed the advertising inflatable had shoe marks all over it and it was not wrapped up properly.  Anyone who has been involved in shipping large custom products knows that costs can increase drastically based on the dimensional weight of a shipment.

To help our client save money on shipping, we created this video to educate their event team on how to properly wrap up their advertising inflatable bounce house. Watching this 46 second video and educating their staff can save thousands of dollars on shipping costs.  Hope it Helps!  Your friends at Big Events.

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