Celebration Creations opens a new balloon shop

Uplifting: Balloon Boutique store owner Stephanie Cofield is ready to meet the needs of any celebration the New Year brings. All festive guests invited to dream big! (Photos by Ryan Morrill)

There’s a new store in Manahawkin that has customers exclaiming that they “feel like they’ve walked into a party.” Celebration Creations has opened a retail balloon store, The Balloon Boutique, at Young Plaza, 420 North Main St., at the intersection of Cedar Bridge Road and Route 9.

The grand opening was celebrated on December 10, with support from many members of the South Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Gregory Myhre and township officials, as well as a host of family members and friends.

For over 20 years, owner Stephanie Cofield has operated a home-based business delivering smiles with over-the-top balloon decorations, themed event decor and bouquet deliveries for all occasions. Now the showcase showcases the amazing range of balloons and accessories to commemorate every holiday and more. Balloons marked “Thinking of You” and “You’re Basically Awesome” make anyone’s day.

“Our motto is that every day is a day to celebrate, even if it’s not a special occasion,” Cofield said. Conversely, she had just finished helping a client whose event was indeed special, the birthday of a 5-year-old child.

Certified Balloon Artist offers a wide range of services for everyone, from hosting a private party to a large corporate event. In addition to classic balloon arches, free-form garlands, and themed sculptures, The Balloon Boutique offers special party effects, like its Pop Drops and Balloon Drops.

“The Balloon Boutique division of our company will be a place for residents to come and see how we create fabulous arches, columns, centerpieces and room decor,” Cofield detailed. “Our Balloon Boutique wall will offer a wide selection of latex and foil balloon designs for all occasions. We have design guides in-store and online to help customers choose on-trend décor to suit their theme or occasion. Personalized packages can be designed by appointment.

To celebrate the grand opening, special promotions will be running until January 15th. Everyone is invited to enter the monthly backdrop image contest for a chance to win a $50 bouquet. Visitors simply take a photo in front of one of the shop’s cheerful decors and tag it on Facebook or Instagram. A recent Cookies & Cocoa Day with Santa in front of the holiday decor was a big hit. The store is also decked out for a festive Happy New Year, with 22% off Balloon Drops Balloons, Pop Drop Balloons and Ceiling Balloons.

Cofield’s periodic outreach to area nursing homes, “Adopt a Grandparent,” has brightened the faces of many seniors.

The balloons are made of 100% biodegradable latex, a consideration for the environment. The company advises against the use of helium balloons outdoors, to avoid accidental release.

Holiday hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery is available seven days a week by calling 732-378-9922 or using the online balloon shop at celebrationcreations.biz.

— Maria Scandal