FLOAT 2020's Master Classes


You cannot sign up for FLOAT's Master Classes unless you are registered for the convention! 

Please note that Master Classes are $65 in advance unless you purchased one of our limited "FLOATation Passes."

Click here to download the current FLOAT 2020 Academic and Class Schedule

Session #1 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM



Jumbo Balloons Means Jumbo Bucks!

with Patty Sorell, CBA

Presented by FLOAT

Conquer your fear of the big balloon and learn just what you can do with them! 36" rounds are impressive on their own, but with some lightweight and inexpensive elements, you can turn a single balloon into an amazing decor piece for use as room decor, accent decorations, centerpieces and more. You'll learn Pinterest favorites: tulle covered balloons, confetti balloons, tips and tricks for greater profit and much more! Be as bold or as elegant as you want to be and watch your profits soar!

Advance Your Success with a Purpose Driven Business

with Johnathon Gerber

Presented in part by Betallic

Get ready for a powerful experience in this first-time Master Class presented by Johnathon Gerber, owner of Party People, a $600K-per-year decor business. Johnathon’s impressive business success is based on his personally developed business practices and techniques. Johnathon will guide you as your explore your business and help you develop goals and strategies to create your own growth and success. You’ll discover the real purpose of your business and use that knowledge to create a plan of action in class that will inform and re-direct your personal business decisions to help you achieve real success, too. Johnathon will share his practices and tips, leaving you motivated to grow your own business with direction and purpose.


Session #2 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM



The Perfect Photo Frame

with Matthew Lewis, CBA

Presented by FLOAT

In a world where pictures now play a very important role with social media, your work is viewed by thousands online. A photo frame is the perfect way to embrace your guests and help create memories that last forever. In this class we will discuss, design, explore and build various photo frames, but the fun does not stop there. Each photo frame with be placed around the hotel after construction so you can judge for yourself the impact these designs have on delegate and guests at the hotel. These ALL AIR-filled designs are simple to create and add the WOW Factor to any event. Sizes, construction methods, themes, color choices, textures, pricing....all will be discussed and explored in this four-hour class.

How-To-Balloon Mosaics

with Lilly Jimenez

Presented by FLOAT

In this class, you’ll learn how to create Balloon Mosaics™️. From cutting and curving foamboard, to filling balloon mosaics. All the tips and tricks you’ll need to create any Balloon Mosaic™️! This class is a must for anyone looking to learn the hottest trend right now in our industry.



Session #3 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Large Scale LINK-O-LOON Master Class

with Guido Verhoef, CBA

Presented in part by Betallic

​When balloon artists think of large-scale linking balloon sculptures and major installations, they naturally think of Guido Verhoef. For FLOAT 2020, Guido will lead a four-hour Master Class on his personal concepts behind building larger sculptures and decor pieces using the Original LINK-O-LOON®. You'll learn essential LINK-O-LOON techniques as well as how to calculate curve, shape and distortion to create your own 3D objects. Guido will also teach you innovative weaving styles that enable you to create larger pieces to WOW your clients with your creative skills. If you already enjoy sculpture work (or want to start selling sculptures), this Master Class should not be missed!

Dressing the Table When You've Run Out of Gas

with Patty Sorell, CBA

Presented by FLOAT

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM


More and more people find themselves on the short end of the stick these days when it comes to helium. With regard to centerpieces, if your designs rely on that noble gas, you may very well find yourself out of a job soon. So join Patty Sorell, CBA, as she shows you ways to create incredible centerpieces that use absolutely zero helium. This four-hour master class will include practical designs that she uses frequently in her business as well as all new designs never shown before. And always remember....Patty loves to teach what MAKES HER MONEY!

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