Wally’s Notepad Interview: Tyler

Wally's Notepad Interview

Wally sits down with Michelle, Tyler’s Store Manager and corporate balloon expert, to gain her insights on the re-branding of one of the last three Card & Party Factory stores in the Wally’s chain of 27 stores.


You’ve been with Wally’s Party Factory for almost 15 years! You’ve got to be doing something right – what song would you say best describes your work ethic?

Eye of the Tiger – I decline the offer to sing it for you. : )

It’s a well-known fact throughout the Tyler market and the Wally’s Party Factory chain that you are the balloon expert and artist extraordinaire! What do you do to continue to expand on your knowledge and keep the creative juices flowing?

Such a statement to live up to! I attend the World Balloon Convention and participate in continued balloon education seminars. These programs keep me refreshed with new ways to create unique balloon art for our clients. My passion for balloons inspires me to motivate and to teach others.

Can you gBalloon Dressive an example of a fun and challenging event that you have designed and created balloon art for?

Sure! It excites me when I am hired to design something different – something that a customer has never seen before. Take designing balloon art for a few episodes of the television series Toddlers & Tiaras for example. For one episode I decorated the stage with life size cupcakes, lollipops, gum drops, and candy table centerpieces. I was honored when they asked me back once again to dazzle them with my designs! They definitely pushed my expertise to the next level – creating a treasure chest overflowing with jewels, gold, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and more!

Tell us something that we may not know about Wally’s Party Factory:

That’s easy! The Tyler community has asked so we are responding – we are opening a second location of Wally’s Party Factory at 4023 S. Broadway Avenue.  The Grand Opening date has not been announced just yet, but it will be soon! We are so excited to be able to assist customers from both sides of town with balloons and all of their celebrations!Basketball Balloon Art

Working in retail and specifically party supply stores has to be fun! I know you are asked many off-the-cuff questions as there are so many different types of parties to be celebrated. We’ve come up with a few to keep you on your toes… Here goes!

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Where is the “Frozen” section?”

If rabbits don’t lay eggs, then why does the Easter Bunny carry eggs?

The Easter Bunny is stealing them for himself to feed his ever growing herd.

As it’s the year of the superhero, we couldn’t leave them out of the fun. Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman and why?

Baby Shower Balloon ArtSpiderman of course! He has “Spidey-sense” so he can preemptively escape Batman’s wrath!

Finally, when it comes to celebrations, Wally’s Party Factory is a savvy resource. What do we need to know about Wally’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration this Saturday, February 6th ?

Are you ready for some fun?! From 10 am – 2 pm we will have Tyler’s own Boogie Butt Productions along with Korn Pop the Klown entertaining the house!  Sunny 106.5 will host a road show with prizes, and Small Cakes Cupcakery will help us celebrate by serving their scrumptious cupcakes! In addition, there will be freebies for the kids, free photos with Wally, and door prizes including an Apple Sport Watch! And, you don’t want to miss out on the four days of sales for the Grand Re-Opening celebration!

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Fun Mardi Gras Party Ideas!

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is celebrated around the world with bold colors and even bolder food. The holiday contains colorful beads, masks, extravagant parades, and parties. You will also smell the aroma of spicy Cajun food and King Cakes that hide the lucky baby, and a plethora of mixed drinks. Celebrate this year’s Fat Tuesday with fun, funky ideas using Mardi Gras party supplies and imagination!


Mardi Gras Table SettingEasy Decorating with Beads and Masks

Use clear party containers to create colorful centerpieces. Start with oversized martini glasses, plastic vases, and pedestal bowls. Fill them with tons of Mardi Gras beads to the point of overflowing. Then add a funky mask for the perfect finishing touch!

You can, also, hang beads from chandeliers or light fixtures for festive fun.


Invite Your Krewe to the ParadeMardi Gras Parade Table

Bring the parade into your home by decorating your buffet with Mardi Gras purple, green, and gold metallic curtains. First add colorful table covers. Then use double sided tape to attach a metallic curtain along the edge. Finally, scatter confetti and beads around a cascade centerpiece.  Your Krewe is sure to be pleased with this fun décor.


Set the Scene

Who says you have to go to New Orleans to visit Bourbon Street? Create the atmosphere of the French Quarter in your space with a Mardi Gras scene setter and photo booth with all the fun accessories. Have masks, beads, boas, and photo props available for memorable pictures of your Krewe’s “visit”.



313131_3633244992560_1111444047_nHave a Glowing Experience

Dim the lights and light up the night with balloons that glow. Activate green, purple, and yellow glow sticks to stick inside the balloon before inflation. Another easy idea is to tie water balloons together in a bunch and place on the tip of a flashlight to either carry around or to even place as an illuminated centerpiece!





Festive Glitter and Feather Masks

Masks are a must-have tradition during Mardi Gras. Wear extravagant Mardi Gras half mask or full mask to stand out in the crowd. If you are not a big fan of masks, wear Mardi Gras sunglasses!



Mardi Gras Face Paint FIXLA little Face Paint Never Hurt Anyone!

Face painting is a fun way to dress up for Fat Tuesday! It’s a simple way to make a bold statement with fun facial designs.







Dive into a King Cakecake

Where’s the baby? Make a King Cake from scratch or “Bayou” one from your local bakery to participate in the famous New Orleans tradition. Hide a baby inside the cake, and whomever finds the baby in their piece will have good luck for the year!

Image from: http://www.mcentyresbakery.com/kingcakes/kingcakes.htm


cajunfoodSpice it Up with Cajun Food

Before you dig into your scrumptious cake, create a meal that will set your mouth on fire! Cook one of New Orleans’ hottest dishes – Jambalaya! It’s a great dish everyone will enjoy!




Drink in the Festivitiesdrinkbelt

Shoot back something sweet like a King Cake Jelly Shot or get a little dirty with a Bloody Mary or Hurricane! Carry your shots in-style with the Mardi Gras drinks on me belt or a flashing novelty cup. Both are a great way to pass them around for a night of fun!


Can’t Forget to Party!

Finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy the party! It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss! Will this be your lucky year to find the baby?

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Super Bowl 50 Football Watch Party!

Super Bowl 50 Plates

Hustle, Hit, Never Quit! Plan your Super Bowl 50 party with Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers football party gear! Prepare your guests for the intense football game with amazing snacks, drinks, and official licensed Super Bowl 50 party supplies!

Be on the winning team this year with your football party decorations! As your guests arrive have a football banner saying, “Prepare for Combat” or your table-decorations-classic-super-bowlfavorite football battle call that will catch their eye! Mix up your Super Bowl 50 party hanging décor supplies by adding generic football décor! Hang football lanterns to make it look fuller and to have that extra pop!

Place football napkins, plates, and cups on your snack table for guests to use to grab that mouthwatering sourdough pull apart bread and drinks! After the necessities are added; use a football table decorating kit to top off your table(s)!

Finally, create a grand entrance, box in your television, or create a centerpiece with balloon bouquets. For fun, have your guest’s vote for who they think will win and put in separate hats. For example, have a hat for the Broncos and one for the Panthers. At the end of the game do a drawing for each hat to win the balloon bouquets! The winner is….


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Happy Birthday, Robert Burns!

Robert BurnsCelebrate Burns Night this January 25th. Every year, the Scottish celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday, which has come to be known as Burns Night. Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite poet, is a popular lyricist as well. The special occasion, calls for the Address to the Haggis to be recited as the traditional haggis meal is served. Start your own tradition with this Haggis recipe.



Interesting Facts About Robert Burns

  1. American music legend Bob Dylan selected Burns’ 1794 song ‘A Red, Red Rose’ when asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration.
  2. John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line contained in Burns’ poem ‘To a Mouse’: ‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang agley’.
  3. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. The other two are “Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’.
  4. Robert Burns was the first ever person to appear on a commemorative bottle of Coca-Cola, in 2009.
  5. The work of Burns has appeared in hundreds of films and television programs, including ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946), ‘When Harry met Sally’ (1989) and the 2008 film version of ‘Sex in the City’.
  6. Burns fathered at least 12 children with four different women during his short 37 year lifetime. His youngest child, Maxwell, was born on the day of his funeral.

Source: http://www.scotland.org/features/think-you-know-about-robert-burns/

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Wally’s 2016 Holiday Calendar

Sweet {20}16!  Look no further for 534 totally fun, wacky, unusual and traditional holidays on Wally’s FREE printable holiday calendar.   Rise to the occasion, don your party hat and load up on holiday party supplies as there are so many reasons to celebrate!  Click here to download the whole 2016 calendar or save the individual months pictured below to your desktop for easy planning and daily party ideas. Get ready to have fun – 2016 is bound to be a year full of unique celebrations!


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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Cherry Icebox Cookies

Perfect for your sweetheart, favorite teacher, or hostess at your next Valentine’s Day party, make a heart-felt gift with scrumptious Cherry Icebox Cookies that are sure to sweeten the day. These Valentine’s treats are fun and simple to make and are a great Valentine’s Day activity for you and the kids! What a great way to say “I love you!” Follow the simple three-step, no bake cookies recipe below.

Valentines Day TablewareAfter your cookies are done “baking,” add them to a festive Valentine’s Day Stripe plate, and serve them  with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast, or create a sweet Valentine’s gift by dressing them up in a fun “peek a boo” pink or red window treat box or in a Valentine’s Day cookie box.

Fun Hint: Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and letter cookie cutters to spell out Happy Valentine’s Day!


Recipe from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-icebox-cookies

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