For Balloon Fairy Wings, Captain Hook Hats, and Baby Yodas
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Plenty of children’s entertainers will paint faces and make balloon animals, but none has the patience, speed, and originality of Tommi May. Her intricately formed balloon creations go well beyond “the same old balloon garland everyone’s done,” says Marissa Silva, editor-in-chief of The Toy Insider. “Tommi doesn’t do anything by the book. She presents these original ideas she hand-sketches so we know we’re getting an installation that’s totally different from anything else out there.” Parents also praise May for her speed, dependability, and bubbly personality. “When you’re working with little kids, balloons can’t take 20 minutes each,” says Tamsyn Johnston, founder of Friendly Faces 4 Kids, who has hired May for two of her son’s birthday parties. The level of detail in her Star Wars–themed balloons was “phenomenal,” Johnston says, and May’s tolerance for ever-changing requests from 4-year-old guests with popped-balloon-induced tears made Johnston an immediate fan. “We had multiple parents at the party ask us for her contact information,” she says.
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