We are an award-winning sculptured balloon design studio specializing in custom installations that add eye-catching flair and stylish fun to any event or occasion.

At Whimsy we listen close and partner with our clients for multiple outcomes: to bring fanciful and fantastic ideas & imagination to life, to increase attendance, and to satisfy beyond expectations.

Here, the Lake Forest High School Foundation Board wanted something stylish and interactive for their annual luncheon & fund raiser. A gumball wall backdrop with a balloon POP tower was perfect. No throwing darts, simply use a poker to pop the polka dotted balloon of your choice to reveal the prize inside!

From Fortune 500 companies and non-profits to banquets and backyard bbq’s, we add distinctive vibrance to everything we do.

Whimsy Tabletoppers & Deliverables

We can deliver one or one hundred!

Whimsy’s Tabletoppers & Deliverables represent new heights in event art.

Space-efficient, high-impact, and fun, Tabletoppers are perfect for events from corporate seminars and conferences to bar/bat mitzvahs and birthday blowouts.

With endless CUSTOMIZATION options and configurable sizes and shapes to fill any room, big or small, Tabletoppers are flexible decor solutions that can meet any event requirements.

Need to be able to view the stage? Tabletoppers can be designed taller or shorter to fit each table’s viewing angles. How about A RAFFLE PRIZE? Tabletoppers work just as well in the HOME or OFFICE. Does your event have assigned seating? Tabletoppers can label spaces or hold name tags.

Tabletoppers are sure to be more than just a crowd pleaser – they’ll be a draw themselves at your next event.

The Field Museum

CHALLENGE:  The Field Museum of Chicago needed an interactive decor set piece for the birthday of the world’s most famous T-Rex, Sue.

“Guests absolutely loved interacting with the balloons as soon as they entered the Museum. It was a fantastic showpiece for such a special party.”
~ A.A., The Field Museum

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“Your intricate, large scale creations were the highlight of our fairytale themed event. You went above and beyond our wildest expectations.”
~ R.O., Lake Forest Country Day School

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Lake Forest Country Day School

CHALLENGE: The North Shore school required a long-lasting, highly-vertical installation for their two-story atrium. The piece would need to last for two weeks and be the centerpiece of a major fundraising gala.


CHALLENGE: A children’s literacy charity needed highly-compact, lighthearted decor for a yearly fundraising dinner held at a large country club.

“Using Holly’s designs for two events this year was the best thing Words on Wheels could have done. She created an assortment that was incredible and working with Holly exceeded our expectations.” ~ B.R., Words on Wheels Inc.

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“You absolutely captured the beauty and joy that I wanted in the room!” 
~ L.R., Libertyville

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CHALLENGE: Creating centerpieces for a bat mitzvah that were classy yet fun, unique and matched the invitations.


Whimsy is Holly Nagel’s balloon design studio. Back in 1997 her business was called Twist n Shout and it grew with the singular thought that giving balloons and receiving them is a delight. Just watch anyone around balloons – there are smiles, laughter and engagement. Balloons and #funballoonart, whether it’s the classic one-balloon weenie dog or a complex T-Rex, is joy!  Balloons can set a mood like elegance, or whimsy (yes! a word that Holly loves :), providing ambiance for all kinds of celebrations. Plus, balloons are a great way to energize a crowd for any party, festival or sales event. So, remember to bring balloons and #bringkindnessandjoy !

All materials used are biodegradable or recyclable, which means helium is not used as it is not a renewable resource. There are so many other ways to fill space with decor!

Over the years her business grew and has evolved to include various entertainment & educational programs for Early Elementary through Adult and you can find more info on this at her other site, www.hollynagel.com.  

Her resume is on her Linkedin profile and includes her professional, educational and volunteer background.

We work with all ideas, whether they’re coming from an organized committee or napkin doodles.

Let us know how we can partner with you to make your next event amazing.

Invite WHIMSY, people will talk!

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