Have You Met Face Painter Phyllis? (Tony the Balloon Guy, a Tampa Bay area – Clearwater-St. Petersburg-Tarpon Springs-Lakeland-Tampa-Wesley Chapel – balloon artist/balloon twister for special event and birthday party entertainment, introduces his partner, loved by children for her manner and professional-quality face painting and glitter tattoos – and sometimes for her pony/ponies)

Please allow me (Tony the Balloon Guy) to introduce my partner, Face Painter Phyllis.

I  have been working professionally with Phyllis since 2004, though we have been personally together even longer! Yes, she’s a very patient person.

We started out in this celebration industry by doing pony rides at parties and events, either one or two hand-led, or a carousel of four or six.

Then we added the balloons, then the face painting and magic shows… (By the way, we offer discount pricing for party packages.)

It’s been an organic process, and though it hasn’t always been easy, especially in the beginning, it’s a great life!

Face Painter Phyllis teases me that she would not be in this business if not for me, but I have to point out that I would not be in this business if not for her. It is the combination of my entertaining silliness and her good business sense (she has previously owned a travel company and a cleaning company, and been corporate management as well), plus some skills, and genuine interest in people and what makes them happy, on both our parts, that has led to our success.

Face Painter Phyllis was born in Germany to US military parents, so I say she’s one of those foreigners come to take jobs away from American face painters and pony wranglers. She points to the US Constitution to refute this, but I dunno…

Phyllis studied psychology at the University of South Florida (USF), where I earned my mass communications (magazine journalism) degree, but it hasn’t helped her with me yet.

Phyllis loves to sail and SCUBA dive. And her real passion has always been horses, especially Arabians, which she used to race over long distances (endurance racing).

She is also very good with children, and introducing horses and children to each other, so a pony party with “Cowgirl Phyllis” is always a big hit.

If Phyllis is painting faces at a party, and the pony is there, too, our friend Amanda and one of the junior partners of our family business handle the pony walking. Amanda is also excellent with children, and calls the pony her buddy!

For pool parties, beach parties and spray park parties, where water will wash away face paint, Phyllis offers glitter tattoos.

These are brilliant, sparkly pictures of fairies, super hero symbols, spiders, ponies, pirate emblems, etc., put on hands, arms, ankles – not faces! – with stencils and a surgical-quality adhesive, so they don’t come off when the water hits!

Phyllis has painted faces for The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Yankees, as well as other “big name” clients like Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Kelloggs Cereals, RaceTrac and Target, plus hundreds of events at homes, schools, churches, company picnics, etc.

She is also the brains behind the balloon decor arm of our business, in which we make huge arches, tunnels, canopies, columns, etc., out of balloons, and also smaller pieces, like centerpieces, for weddings, showers, grand openings, and so on. This page has information and pictures about our decor work.

So now you know Face Painter Phyllis a little better. And we invite you to meet her in person at one of the three weekly appearances she performs at – TonyTheBalloonGuy.com has days and times. And, of course, feel free to book her for a party or other event, either on her own, or with balloon entertainment, a pony, a magic show, etc.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of my true love’s work:

Face Painter Phyllis builds a balloon tunnel

Butterfly Face

bucs and leopard

butterfly and heart

crown and spider-man

crown and squiggles



pony and eye makeup

rainbow spider-man



Have a fun day!

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Consistently named “The Best Balloon Person I’ve Ever Seen,” balloon artist/balloon twister Tony the Balloon Guy (”Tony Balloonguy” on Facebook) and family provide special-occasion balloon delivery/balloon deliveries and also entertainment (party packages that can include balloon twisters/balloon man/balloon animals, face painters/face painting – chiefly Face Painter Phyllis, glitter tattoos, pony parties, princess parties, piano music, an upbeat and entertaining fortune teller, a magic show magician, etc.) for birthday parties; family reunions; family picnics; trade shows; school parties, fairs, carnivals, festivals, assemblies and other events; church parties, picnics, festivals, outreach events and holiday events; grand openings, corporate/company picnics, parties, employee appreciation days and such; holiday parties; kids’ parties/children’s parties; civic association picnics, parties and other events; and more, throughout the Tampa Bay area (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Seffner, Tarpon Springs, Polk City, Holmes Beach, Feather Sound, Northdale, Bushnell, Lakeland, Brooksville, Leto, Redington Shores, Lake Wales, Westchase, Brandon, Davis Islands, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center, Palmetto, Ybor City, Pinellas Point, Sarasota, Winter Haven, Old Hyde Park Village, Egypt Lake, Bradenton, New Port Richey, Pinellas Park, Plant City, Town N Country, Bloomingdale, Mango, Madiera Beach, Treasure Island, Lutz, Oldsmar, Odessa, Shore Acres, Tavares, Trinity, Thonotosassa,  Bayboro, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace, Belleair Beach, Weeki Wachee, Ridge Manor, Harbor Island, St. Joe, Largo, Seminole, Bartow, Channelside, Riverview, Cheval, Haines City, Gibsonton, San Antonio, Dade City, Zephyrhills, Floral City, Spring Hill, Clearwater Beach, Coquina Key, Homosassa Springs, Carrollwood, St. Petersburg Beach, Dunnellon, Inverness, Citrus Park, Crystal River, Kenneth City, St. Leo, Gulfport) and the state of Florida, including the Central Florida/Orlando/Kissimmee area (Poinciana, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Longwood, Wildwood, Leesburg, Groveland, Oviedo, Clermont, Casselberry, The Villages, Maitland, Masaryktown, Darby, Deland, Deltona, EdgeWater, Daytona Beach). Balloon decor/decorations, too (arches, columns, canopies, centerpieces, etc., for weddings, baby showers, grand openings, dances, golden anniversaries and more).

Tony the Balloon Guy’s work has been covered by and photographed for the
St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, and smaller newspaers like the Gulfport Gabber and The Laker of Pasco County. He has also appeared on Emmy-award-winning Charely Belcher’s “Charely’s World,” a “Good Day Tampa Bay” feature on WTVT-TV Fox 13.

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