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Meet Krista Nguyen of WePoppin in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Nguyen.

Krista, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been really crafty, and especially when it came to DIY decor for parties. It was my son’s first birthday and I knew I wanted a colorful balloon garland for his birthday photoshoot. I was surprised and amused that I actually did a good job and it ended up being a fun addition to the shoot, so I made one for the party as well, and people loved it. After that party, friends started asking me if I could make them for their kid’s parties and little photoshoots and natural it grew from there.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since this business started with requests from friends, learning how to price my work so that it could actually be a business has been a new challenge. Also, juggling my family schedule with two kids under the age of four, while growing this business has also been a learning experience. Trying to find a balance that keeps business in momentum but also not overbooking so that it’s all fair for my family can be tricky. And sometimes, the actual installments are challenging, where I have to be a quick problem solver, while sometimes working under unique venue guidelines. Aside from those things, it’s been pretty smooth and keeps growing naturally.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
WePoppin specializes in anything from a single custom balloon for something like a gender reveal, to garlands for entrances and tables, to full-blown 14 foot high walls of balloons. I’ve done elegant bridal party table setting decor, to fun bachelorette party backdrops, to first birthday celebrations and photo shoots. My balloons make any kind of event come to life. I help make events and shoots look fun and whimsical, and really tie in any theme that’s people are trying to pull off. Color is really important in getting themes right so I always make sure I have that right and approved by the customer first.

I usually take customer’s original ideas, mock something up for them so we know we are on the same page, and create from there. It’s a co-creative process. People tell me what they’d like and I think of how I can make it better while being mindful of what realistically can be done. WePoppin balloons add so much to a simple or even grand occasion, that it helps our customers not have to worry so much about over-decorating. I love turning a blank wall into a focal point of a party and most of all, I love how happy people get when they see how much joy my balloons bring.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success has been taking something that was just a hobby that brought me joy, and that joy organically becoming a business. In some ways, you could say that this was an accidental business, so for me, that in itself is a success.

Pricing:

  • Custom balloon garlands starting at $15 per foot

Contact Info:

  • Phone: (562) 455- 6840
  • Email: WePoppin2018@Gmail.com
  • Instagram: @Wepoppinballoons


Image Credit:

Boat party: Sarah Noel Photography

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