Balloon Basics Workshop


Materials included


This is an introductory course that will provide an overview of the balloon industry and how balloons can add another dimension to any event. If you’re a do it yourself type of person or just intrigued, please join us for this course which will also include hands on instruction on how to build balloon centerpieces and other decorative pieces.


Meet the Instructor, Melba Remice

With over 16 years of experience working with balloons, Melba has seen the industry continue to evolve in ways that add to the dynamics of events. Whether it’s an elegant, whimsical, or themed affair balloons can be styled to match and enhance any occasion. As the owner, artist and curator of Melba’s Balloons, her approach is to create balloon installations that satisfy the client’s vision while incorporating her own creativity. The color palates, sizes, tones and textures of an installation are what makes balloons one of the focal points of any occasion.

Check out her Instagram page at @melbasballoons


I reached out to Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions because I was looking for an apprentice position in the Event Design field immediately following my college graduation.

Once hired, Marissa wasted no time broadened my horizons by letting me work different events as an assistant coordinator.

The result was gaining on-site experience under both titles and becoming even more confident in myself.

One thing I love about working with Marissa is that when she has a design job, she allows me to be as creative as I would like to be. There are no wrong answers.

So far, I've found my experience with Lavish Occasions to be extremely helpful in grasping and fully understanding the most intricate parts of the business.

I would recommend Marissa and her Lavish Occasions team to people who would want a caring, professional, detail oriented, organized group to make their event one to always remember.

- Amanda

Starting as an intern for Donna and her company was the most amazing experience, full of learning and growth. I am still learning things from her everyday now as a lead coordinator. She is a strong and confident business woman and teacher, I am so thankful for my time working for her and growing my career.

- Chelsea

I have been fortunate enough to have been a student of Marissa's and work with her on her team at Lavish Occasions. Marissa's expertise in the field, professionalism and vibrant personality make clients and employees alike want to work with her. She goes above and beyond to share her knowledge and provide support to anyone who shares her passion for event planning. I cannot thank her enough for all of her encouragement and guidance throughout the years of her being my mentor.

- Allison

Frequently Asked Questions

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The first steps in beginning any new career are the hardest! Here at EPI, we pride ourselves on the idea of community and collaborating over competition. The Institute was built by two successful special event professionals who have mentored, taught and assisted hundreds of other planners. With great experience in this area, we confidently state that educating yourself, networking with other professionals and offering your services to others in the field, are your best first steps. This course is a perfect beginning for a career in Wedding Planning.

Schedule at Wagner College:


November 12
10am to 3:30pm
Location: Wagner Staten Island
(1 Campus Rd, Staten Island)


Materials included


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