Balloon Basics 101


Materials included
In-person and remote option
via Zoom


As we celebrate milestones and special occasions, one element that will always be on-trend and bring smiles, is incorporating balloons into your celebrations.  This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn the art of balloons for personal enjoyment, family celebrations or if you feel a calling to start your own business.

In this course, you will learn the basics of creating your own balloon installations from simple centerpieces to easy to put together arches and columns. You will also be equipped with industry knowledge of how to select quality balloons, which inflators to use, including tips and tricks to enhance your balloon work.

Additionally, you will:

  • Gain knowledge on the elements needed to build balloon pieces
  • Gain basic balloon creation skills
  • Learn how to incorporate elements that are on trend such as adding confetti or florals
  • Have an internship opportunity to assist with an on-site balloon installation
  • Receive a kit that includes all supplies


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

If you don't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to email us at or call us at 718-698-9049

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:


April 21 to May 19
7pm to 9pm
Total Hours: 10 (5 classes)
Location: Wagner Staten Island
(1 Campus Rd, Staten Island)

Materials included
In-person and remote option
via Zoom


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