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Rising Stars: Meet Lyndsey Holmes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyndsey Holmes.

Lyndsey, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Our balloon art business originally began as The Gathered Mama in the Spring of 2021. I was a mom with a champagne taste and a natty light budget for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. My Pinterest board was full of gorgeous balloon arches and I was determined I’d be able to recreate them without any issues.

The night before my daughter’s party I had my entire family inflating over 500 balloons with 1 machine and the rest by mouth! On the day of the party, I spent over 6 hours trying to put together a gigantic front door balloon arch. I was so proud of it, but now I go back and look at pictures and laugh.

I then started offering my services to everyone I knew because I knew I needed to practice and being a part of any event left me feeling like I was on a creative high! Joining the balloon business was kind of a happy accident, but has turned into one of the biggest blessings!

People actually started paying me to do balloon art for their events – lol! As August came around, one of my best friends and fellow mama, Hannah, began helping me (Lyndsey) on larger-scale balloon installs. I noticed she was enjoying it just as much as I was, so I decided to ask her to officially join me as a business partner.

This was when we re-branded to “The Gathered Mamas” in November 2021. We worked crazy hours to grow our business and spent a lot of time going backward and actually getting trained correctly in how to do balloon art! Yes, can you believe there are conferences for balloon people?!

Neither did we! Our families have literally become one as our husbands have sacrificed many nights and weekends either hanging out with our kiddos, building backdrops, or assisting us on installs! In May of 2022, we had our biggest balloon install to date and I remember looking at Hannah in the car and saying, “This was everything I prayed for when I started this business.”

We’ve had so many “pinch me” moments where we can’t believe we get to do what we do! We pour our hearts and all that we’ve got into each and every balloon order. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not! At first, we struggled with getting our name out in our area. We are still learning how we like to do balloon installs and how to work with different types of people.

The event industry is not always gorgeous pictures! The behind-the-scenes can sometimes be the complete opposite of what you see as the end product or the Instagram post!

We want to leave our clients feeling like they made the best decision by booking with us! Finding a good balance of balloons and time with our families hasn’t come easy either!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We specialize in balloon art/balloon garland installs for all occasions! We’re proud of the fact that we were originally self-taught and that we’ve found a creative outlet outside of our 9-5 jobs and motherhood.

Helping others to gather and celebrate is just so special to us and we’re grateful for every celebration we get to be a part of. I like to think that our personalities and organic style of balloon art set us aside from others in our industry.

We love getting to know our clients and keeping up with them even after their events! We have many repeat clients who begin to feel like family. We’re able to take balloons and make a bland wall a show-stopping backdrop!

What’s next?
We’d love to be able to get to a place where we are able to hire and train others to work with us on installs.

We’ve grown really fast and are just now catching our breath and figuring out a lot of logistics we never thought we’d need to think about!

We are also looking into being able to reach more clients by offering luxury DIY kits where clients work with us to pick their color palette and we provide them with detailed instructions to build a garland that looks similar to The Gathered Mamas custom installs!

We would love to be affordable for all and DIY kits would make this possible!

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Kayla Susie Photography

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