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New Snow Queen Costume for Character Performances/Frozen Parties Los Angeles


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High-End Queen Elsa/Frozen Inspired Character for Event Performances in Los Angeles.

The ‘Frozen’ phenomena shows no sign of slowing, which means we are as busy as ever. Since February of this year (2014), our company has provided themed character entertainment at more than 100 ‘Frozen’ themed events.

Hand stenciled cape for a high-end authentic look.

Hand stenciled cape for a high-end authentic look. This is our newest of 3 costumes total; this costume is for indoor or meet & greet events only. Please inquire for details and see our other blog posts for pictures of our other 2 Snow Queen costume.

Despite our exclusive booking policy (we take on no more than two performances per day/per “princess” character in order to ensure that our clients receive a great looking, energized performer), you can imagine the wear-and-tear on costumes and wigs after that many performances.

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This is why, as a high-end Los Angeles-based princess party & children’s event planning company, we don’t hesitate to replace costume pieces when they become less-than performance ready.

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We’re very choosy about which cast members play which characters, making sure that we are only sending out performers who truly resemble the character they’re portraying, even down to the color of their eyes.

Every week, we redo our wigs before they go out to shows, clean and polish shoes, clean and steam dresses & skirts, and when we have to, we make new costume items altogether, such as the stunning new Snow Queen (Elsa inspired character) costume shown here.

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We really wanted to capture the details in this new costume, so our in-house costume seamstress lovingly hand-stenciled the cape and hand-sewed every bead on the undershirt. For now, so that we can keep the cape as beautiful as possible, this costume will limited to meet & greet or indoors-only events.

New Snow Queen Costume for Character Performances/Frozen Parties Los Angeles

Just take a look at the photos and you’ll see that, when worn by a performer from our small cast (of which just a few who are approved to play the Snow Queen character in order to give clients true look-alikes) you will surely impress even your most skeptical guests. Add that to our unique style of event character performances, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Call the office (323.463.4132) or send us a message using the form below if you’d like more information; we’d love to be of service and help bring your ‘Frozen’ themed party to life!

And feel free to peruse our other blog entries, performance videos, and official website to get a better idea if our company is right for your event.

Coronation princess Anna character for Frozen parties in Los Angeles


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Frozen Parties Now Even *Cooler* with Princess in her New Coronation Gown!

If you had told me at the beginning of this year that ‘Frozen’ parties would make-up 90% of our performances for 2014, I might have laughed. But here we are, more than half-way through 2014, and ‘Frozen’ is going strong. It’s the theme that can’t be stopped! Good thing we love it as much as our clients and birthday kids do… so much so, that we’ve added yet another costume to our wardrobe: the princess’ Coronation dress!

The Frozen-inspired princess is all smiles in her new coronation costume!

The Frozen-inspired princess is all smiles in her new coronation costume!

How sweet is that?! Now, when you book our ‘Frozen’ inspired princess, you could choose either her “winter wear” or “coronation dress” (if you have a preference). Of course, we book on a first-come, first served basis, so those who reserve us early are going to have the best chance at choosing the costume style they prefer.

Princess Anna in her coronation dress available for Frozen princess parties in Los Angeles.

This costume was custom made by our in-house designer; each appliqué was hand-embroidered and the back has a beautiful, working corset which means a tailored fit on each performer.

You should know that we’re very exclusive when it comes to our princess party bookings; we’re not like other companies who churn-and-burn, booking their performers on 4, maybe even 5 or 6 (could you believe it?!) parties per day! No, we limit our performers so that we can insure our clients an energized, beautiful looking performer (and wig & costume). But now that we have four costumes altogether (two for the ‘Snow Queen’ — the Elsa inspired character — and two for the ‘Norwegian Princess’ — the Anna inspired character), we can send out up to two teams at the same time. This is great news, as our performers have been in high-demand, since we are so picky about only casting seasoned actors/dancers/singers who are authentic look-alikes for our character performances; in fact, most of our female cast members have been princess and storybook face characters at the famous theme parks, too.

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The details on this up-do wig (custom made for us by pro stylists) are just so lovely…

When our princess characters perform at parties, we hear things from parents like “polished” and “never seen anything like it”. Notice how I didn’t say “best” or “amazing”? This isn’t because our audiences don’t say these things, it’s simply because anyone can say that they are the “best”, or they are “amazing”, and it doesn’t mean anything in the abstract. Let’s get real here: I’m sure you’ve been looking at other websites online for princess party characters or Frozen characters in Los Angeles and you’ve seen some claiming to have “the best” that, look to you in your opinion, anything but. Here at Papillons Entertainment, we don’t want to make outrageous claims; we just want to give you a truly high-end, theatrical experience at your special event. If that’s what you’re looking for, it won’t come cheap, but I’m certain we will provide your party with the “wow factor” you’re aiming for.

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Do you wanna build a snowman?

If you’re interested in discussing more about our Frozen themed character performances for parties, celebrations, and events in and around the greater Los Angeles area, do feel free to get in touch! We’d be happy to provide a detailed pitch and outline of our interactive performance options.

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She’s ready for your celebration! Send us an invite, won’t you please?

Fill out the form below, or write to us at info (dot) papillonsentertainment (dot) com. Thanks for your consideration and have a super-cool day!

Cinderella Princess Party at Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills


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A Perfect Little Princess Party With Cinderella

‘Cinderella’ is just the perfect princess. She can do no wrong, can she? The poor thing literally had to sweep the cinders from the fireplace, hence the nickname bestowed upon her by those not-so-nice step sisters. And after being treated like a servant by her own family for most of her young life, how could you not love her? And how could you not admire her for the poise and grace she maintains no matter what sadness comes her way?

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For these reasons, and many others (lest we forget that beautiful ball gown, and those shoes!), it’s no surprise that little children are drawn like mice to cheese to the lovely princess ‘Cinderella’.

This character makes the perfect addition to a party for your 3 to 5 year old girl. In my experience, when you’re dealing with preschoolers, a smaller group is best with a classic princess party like this. Try to keep your group to no more than 12 children for the most comfortable, immersive experience with the princess.

Cinderella princess 4th birthday party at Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills.

Our performances are unique experiences, truly. In fact, at the party pictured here, one of the mother’s came up to the photographer and told her “I’ve never seen anything like this”. One of the many things that set our performances apart is that they are like pint-sized, interactive, theatrical shows that happen in your backyard… or even at your local park, like this one in Beverly Hills’ Roxbury Park.

We’ve been in the children’s entertainment industry as a company for over 8 years (and our founder has been a children’s entertainer herself for over 13 years), which means we can help you with any questions you might have about your princess party, even when it comes to the logistics of your party. For example, what’s the best time of day to have a party for pre-schoolers? We find that the morning is best for this age group, especially in the summer before the sun gets too high in the sky and the temperature soars.

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If you can’t have your party in the morning, the next best time is late afternoon (as late as possible in the hot July, August and September months in Los Angeles). Make it a dinner time party and invite guests to come at about 4:00 or 5:00pm, and then have your entertainment arrive about 30 minutes after the official start of your party. With pre-schoolers, it’s a good idea not to wait too long after the official start time of your party for the princess to begin her performance, unless you know that you typically have significantly late guest arrivals.

One of the great things about our performances which works well with classic princess parties for little girls like this, is that no formal eating time is required. Children can simply munch on pizza or sandwiches picnic-style with our princess during her circle time activities, which is ideal with preschoolers who have little patience as it is for a sit-down meal.

Princess Cinderella party character dances with 4 year old girls in Los Angeles at Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills.

We include a great variety of engaging activities in every performance, which is just right for preschool princess parties. We know that small children often have a short attention spans, so we keep our performances flowing from one activity to the next and have a few other tricks up our sleeve to pique their interests.

Cinderella princess party in Los Angeles activities include a wide variety of engaging fun.

If you have any questions about your upcoming celebration, please feel free to get in touch! And if you’re wanting to throw a classic fairytale party for your child’s 3rd, 4th, or 5th birthday, do consider the divine miss ‘Cinderella’: the perfect princess for your little princess.

Little 4 year old girl is in love with her princess Cinderella at her birthday party in Beverly Hills, CA.

Princess Sofia First party character Los Angeles


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Have a Royal Ball Inspired By Princess Sofia the First!

Ready for some royal fun? Our ‘Princess Sofia’ character is ready to celebrate with you and your little ones. Invite her to your party and she will enchant guests with songs, silliness, and a few surprises, too!

This sweet, special princess is sure to delight at your little darling's party.

This sweet, special princess is sure to delight at your little darling’s party.

Of course, as we do with all of our costumed performances, character integrity is of the utmost importance, which means any young lady in our cast who we’ve approved to play the character of ‘Sofia’ will truly look like the character. After all, ‘Sofia’ is meant to be a girl of about 7-10 years old!

Learn more about what sets us apart from the rest: How to Find the Perfect Party Princess

'Sofia' loves to teach your little ones what she's learned about becoming royalty and the true meaning of being a princess.

‘Sofia’ loves to teach your little ones what she’s learned about becoming royalty and the true meaning of being a princess.

 

At this time, we have just 3 cast members who share the role (always in the same costume, guaranteed), and each one of our ladies has played the very young storybook characters at the famous theme parks, such as ‘Wendy’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Tinker Bell’, and ‘Merida’ at Disney and ‘Cindy Lou Who’ at Universal. When we say authenticity is our specialty, you can trust it.

Only our youngest looking performers share the role of 'Sofia', the child princess.

Only our youngest looking performers share the role of ‘Sofia’, the child princess. This photo was only edited for lighting and color; no photoshopping has been done to alter the appearance of the actress pictured.

And certainly, the costume is a one-of-a-kind, custom made just for us by our favorite seamstress/designer. If you look closely at ‘Sofia’s ball gown, you will see that every little bead was hand sewn! And the purple fabric has this magical, iridescent shine when lit by the sun. We’re just in awe of the beauty of this costume and we know you will be, too.

Perhaps the most important questions is: What will ‘Sofia’ do at the party? We have some wonderful options for your ‘Sofia the First’ themed party, perfect for ages 3-5 years old, and would love to tell you more about them. Just give the castle (office) a call or send us a message by pigeon (email), and it will be our pleasure to discuss the details with you.

Thanks for reading, and have an enchanting day!

 

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Chill-Out with “Frozen” Inspired Princess Party Characters

UPDATE: October 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – We have been performing at so many ‘Frozen’ themed parties, we’ve not only added a THIRD ‘Snow Queen’ costume (Elsa inspired character), and a second ‘Norwegian Princess’ costume (Anna inspired character), but we’ve also approved yet another cast member to share the ‘Elsa’ inspired role.  Take a peek at this playlist of videos featuring our ‘Frozen’ inspired characters leading the fun at recent events, plus more photos of our team on the job below…

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Let me guess: your daughter is completely obsessed with Disney’s “Frozen”. She puts on her own little one-girl show in the living room, belting out “Let It Go” and walking that Queen Elsa turned-snow-queen-diva walk, as she pretends to magically shoot snowflakes from the palms of her hands. Sound about right? Or is she more of a Princess Anna, stuffing chocolate in her face every chance she gets, skipping around the house singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”, before finally falling asleep embraced in a warm hug with her talking Olaf doll? No matter which “Frozen” princess she adores the most, she’s not alone. Here at Papillons Entertainment, we’ve fallen in love with the new queen and princess, too. Which is why we are excited to let you know that our small cast of performers, who boast impressive resume credits as Disney park face-character alumni, as well as various commercial, film, stage, TV and music projects, are ready to bring our exceptional brand of children’s entertainment to your child’s next birthday party as the stunning “Snow Queen” and her charming sister the “Norwegian Princess”.

Be cool this birthday party season and let our Elsa and Anna inspired princess characters take care of the entertainment.

Be cool this birthday party season and let our Elsa and Anna inspired princess characters take care of the entertainment.

As we do with every princess and storybook character, we strive to bring you a truly authentic performance. We put a lot of attention-to-detail into our costumes because your little girl and her friends will notice. We have professionally styled, properly fitting wigs (yes, “Anna” has the white streak in her braid!), custom crafted silver-glittered heels with giant snowflakes on them for “Elsa”, and even hand painted boots for “Anna”.

From head-to-toe, we've added lots of snowy details to our "Frozen" queen costume character.

From head-to-toe, we’ve added lots of snowy details to our “Frozen” queen Elsa costume character.

Our "Princess Anna" inspired character is detailed from her white hair streak to her hand-painted boots.

Our “Princess Anna” inspired character is detailed from her white hair streak to her hand-painted boots.

Authentic, believable character impersonations also depend on specific casting within our team of performers: we have just two cast members who share the character of the ‘Snow Queen’, and two cast members who share the character of the ‘Norwegian Princess’, plus two cast members who serve as swings for both characters. And we only have one costume for each character, so what you see here is guaranteed what you will get when you book a “Frozen” princess party with us.

How'd you like "Princess Anna" to lead a "Frozen" sing-along at your daughter's birthday party?!

How’d you like “Princess Anna” to lead a “Frozen” sing-along at your daughter’s birthday party?!

And wait ’till you hear about all of the fun surprises we have in our performance repertoire for your “Frozen” themed party. Our clients return to us time and again because they know they get the whole package with us: for the excellent customer service they receive… the time and attention that goes into each event… the elite, professional, believable performance they and their guests experience… and most of all, the magic and wonder in their daughter’s eyes as they dance, sing and play along with their favorite fairytale character.

Truly authentic, our small cast of performers have worked as face-characters at popular theme parks.

Truly authentic, our small cast of performers have worked as face-characters at popular theme parks.

We’re passionate about what we do, and our calendar fills-up quickly, so if you’re looking for a cheap princess character, I’m afraid we can’t help you there. But if you’re looking for an exceptional princess character performance, you’ve come to the right place. If you’d like to see more photos of our “Frozen” themed characters, click here. And if you’d like to get in touch, please use the form below to tell us about your upcoming party or special event. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to bringing some coolice-spiration to your “Frozen” celebration!

Our "Tinker Bell" is the real deal.


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Have a Very Fairy Party with “Tinker Bell”!

The quality and authenticity of our party character costumes is a top priority here at Papillons Entertainment, so when one of our costumes isn’t living up to the standards I’ve set, I’m quick to replace it.

I’m also picky about who I cast to play each character (in fact, we have just three performers in our cast who play the green fairy character, “Tinker Bell”, and two of them have the played the character for Disney) and I’m picky about how they look in the costume. In order to insure our clients an exceptional performance, I know that if a performer feels fabulous in the costume (they know that they look amazing, which in turn helps them to become the character), then they’re prepared to provide the very best entertainment possible.

So, a few months ago, when I decided that I didn’t love our “Tinker Bell” costume, I didn’t hesitate to have a new one made. It was tailored specifically to the measurements of our cast members who play the part for a proper fit.

I also completely re-styled the wig and made a new pair of sparkling pixie shoes to go with it. Voila! Combined with the incredibly detailed, shimmering, white flowing wings we already had (because they aren’t made of plastic, they move with the wind, which gives our wings a realistic look), it’s truly a top-notch “Tinker Bell” costume. But when you put one of our look-alike performers in the costume, it’s the complete package: you’ve found the perfect “Tinker Bell” character for your kid’s fairy party!

Take a peek here at a few photos featuring our performer, Casey (who’s played the character at Disneyland, The El Capitan, and for various special Disney events across the U.S.) and remember to get in touch with us if you’re planning a birthday fairy party in the Los Angeles area; we’d love to be of service!

~ Jenna B.

(“queen butterfly” and lead expert performer at Papillons Entertainment)

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Los Angeles “Tinker Bell” character for kids fairy parties.

"Tinker Bell" loves to play.

“Tinker Bell” loves to play.

Let our "Tinker Bell" take charge of your kid's party!

Let our “Tinker Bell” take charge of your kid’s party!

I performed as a princess for my Broadway idol, Susan Egan (a real Disney princess)!


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My Top 11 Kids’ Parties Of 2013

Ah, the new  year… so fresh and clean, like a blank canvas upon which we can paint whatever we like… full of hope, and ripe for the fulfillment of our most daring dreams and desires.

As I think about 2014 and all of its endless possibilities, I can’t help but look back lovingly at 2013 and remember how wonderful it was.  I was fortunate enough to be part of so many memorable events from the past year, but I wanted to share some of my top moments. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is a list of 11 of my favorite kids’ parties and special events from 2013.

Our "Little Mermaid" makes fishy faces with the birthday girl and her friends.

Our “Little Mermaid” makes fishy faces with the birthday girl and her friends.

1. Little Mermaid at Seascape in Anaheim Hills, CA: Over the summer, one of our regular clients invited the “Little Mermaid” to entertain at her daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I’m proud to say that we have a handful of performers in our cast who have played the character at the various theme parks and, luckily, it worked out that I could take photos and video of our cast member in-action during her performance at the party. The kids were so great and our “princess” did a mertastic job; I was so happy to have captured this footage (click the picture below to watch the video).

The "Little Mermaid" in action at a princess party in Orange County, CA.

The “Little Mermaid” in action at a princess party in Orange County, CA.

2. Toddler Guitar Sing-Along for Lisa Loeb: In addition to being a children’s entertainer, I’m also a songwriter; I’ve had my music featured in shows like “Hellcats” on the CW, various reality TV programs, a couple indie films, and lots of wedding videos. But as cool as it is to hear a song you wrote playing in a movie theater, I have to say, when one of your songwriting idols calls you up to ask if you can perform at her child’s birthday party, it’s a pretty surreal experience! If you want to see what my live music performance for toddler and preschoolers is like, click here. Lisa Loeb can be found on TwitterInstagram, and her official website.

What a cool day: I got to perform a toddler/preschool guitar sing-along for one of my songwriting idols, Lisa Loeb!

What a cool day: I got to perform a toddler/preschool guitar sing-along for one of my songwriting idols, Lisa Loeb!

3. Caroline’s 9th Birthday Party at Nine Zero One Salon, West Hollywood, CA: A lot of people wonder if we only do princess parties. While I would say that princess parties account for many of our performances, we have an incredibly versatile roster of talent at our fingertips and have provided everything from dessert catering to carnival rides. Personally, I thrive when I get to be creative and try new things, so when one of our regular clients whose daughter, having had plenty of princess parties from us in the past, was ready for a fancy “grown-up” soiree, I was excited to plan and execute her chic celebration. The party was complete with custom made “mock-tails” & drink menus which I designed, a bartender, a make-up artist, glitter tattoos, and a caricature artist all supplied by my company Papillons Entertainment. I’ll toast to that!

Mocktails are served! Complete with tasty fruit garnishes, these kid-friendly drinks were a huge hit at Caroline's 901 Salon party.

Mocktails are served! Complete with tasty fruit garnishes, these kid-friendly drinks were a huge hit at Caroline’s 9th birthday at Nine Zero One Salon.

4. The Sea Princess for Susan Egan at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom: This performance was such a full-circle moment for me, I’m not sure the utter amazingness of it will translate in writing, but I’ll do my best. You see, when I was a girl, I became obsessed with the Broadway soundtrack of “Beauty and the Beast”. I would listen to it every night as I fell asleep, singing along, trying to match my voice to the young actress on the recording. I got so good at impersonating her sound, my friends at school would ask me to “sing like Belle!” and I would.

I performed as a princess for my Broadway idol, Susan Egan (a real Disney princess)!

I performed as a princess for my Broadway idol, Susan Egan (a real Disney princess)!

Flash forward to Burbank, California, a little karaoke bar called Sardo’s. It was 2006, I think, and I was sitting at the bar with my friends when I heard a familiar voice singing. I said to my friends, kind of half-heartedly, “Sounds like Susan Egan.” Just then, I turned to look at the karaoke stage, and there she was: Susan Egan! It was her! I completely freaked because I just couldn’t believe that the “Belle of Broadway”, the woman who I would often credit as having “taught me how to sing,” was there, at my little karaoke bar! I began crying, like a total fangirl. The bar’s owner came up to me and asked what was wrong. I told him as much as I could muster until he just stopped me and said, “C’mon, let’s go meet her”. Seriously?!

So, the owner fetched Susan and I met her, tears and all, and I told her how listening to her recordings taught me how to sing, and she said the funniest thing: “Well, I hope you didn’t learn all of my bad habits.” And as if that wasn’t enough, to meet and hug and hysterically cry in front of your musical idol, she asked if I’d like to sing a song with her. And I did. And it was “The Rainbow Connection” because that was my favorite song from childhood and it was one of the most special moments of my life so far. I’ll always remember it.

I was able to keep in touch with Susan, because that’s the kind of person she is, and years later she even left a review on my iTunes music page (open it in iTunes to see Susan’s review). I told her I played princesses for kids and that if she ever needed a princess for one of her darling daughter’s parties, she should hit me up. And she said she would. And one day, she did. And it was wonderful. And we all lived happily ever after.

P.S. Ms. Egan maintains a humorous blog called Glamour & Goop and can also be found on Twitter. You might also check out the music video for her song “Nina Doesn’t Care”, in which she sings, ironically, “As she puts me through the paces, I try not to yell, but it’s hard when she prefers the Mermaid over Belle“.

"The Sea Princess" with the birthday girl and her big sister.

The Sea Princess” with the birthday girl and her big sister.

"The Sea Princess" with the birthday queen and her royal court.

“The Sea Princess” with the birthday queen and her royal court at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom.

5. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Sea Princess at Giggles n’ Hugs in Century City: One of the most fun things for us as children’s entertainers is when we get to work with each other. A new client contacted us in Autumn hoping to get three princesses together for her daughter’s dream 4th birthday party and happily we were able to make that wish come true. The party venue, Giggles n’ Hugs, was located at the Century City mall, and as we strolled through the shopping center, a friendly passerby snapped this sweet photo of us. Follow us on Instagram and search #papillonsentertainment for more fun pictures on the job.

A triple princess party with "Cinderella", "The Sea Princess", and "Sleeping Beauty".

A triple princess party with “Cinderella”, “The Sea Princess”, and “Sleeping Beauty”.

6. “Rapunzel” for Kelly Oxford: “Rapunzel” is one of my favorite characters to cosplay, especially when a client books my upgraded acoustic guitar and singing performance. To be honest, although I knew of Kelly Oxford from Twitter (with over 500K followers, Kelly is best known for her refreshingly funny and snarky look at life and motherhood; she is also a New York Times best selling author), when she called me looking to book my musical “Rapunzel” performance, I thought nothing of it. It was only when I arrived at the party and was met outside by Kelly herself that it dawned on me who I was working for. For those of you who follow Ms. Oxford on Twitter or Instagram, you might recognize little Bea (pictured with “Rapunzel” below) who is often the subject of her photo posts, and upon whom my friend “Rapunzel” painted one of her favorite flower princess face-paintings of the year.

"Rapunzel" and sweet Bea.

“Rapunzel” and sweet Bea.

Pumpkin painting, deluxe balloon twisting, and fancy face-painting at The Taste of Southlake in Pasadena.

Pumpkin painting, deluxe balloon twisting, and fancy face-painting at The Taste of Southlake.

7. The Taste of Southlake, Fall 2013, in Pasadena, CA: I love crafts, I love balloon sculptures, and I love when I get to create all different kinds of face-painting designs. Which is to say why the Kid Zone at this event, of which I was in charge of coordinating, prepping, and organizing, and during which we met at least one hundred kids throughout the three hours of entertainment, made my list of favorites for the year. Here are a couple more shots of our work from the event that I found on Flickr.

A rubber duckie balloon sculpted by our balloon twister.

A rubber duckie balloon sculpted by our balloon twister.

A little girl with a catterfly face-painting doing some painting of her own.

A little girl with a catterfly face-painting doing some painting of her own.

8. “Cinderella” at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA: This party was one of my favorites for a couple of reasons, the first being that I got to work with my amazing photographer/budding video-content-marketer partner, Jeff Drongowski of Drongo Photo. Another reason I loved this party has everything to do with the lovely Carolina Cavaliere, a reporter for TWC Deportes, and her husband, Andrea Cavaliere, the talented chef at Cecconi’s restaurant. Both the dining and decor at Cecconi’s is delightful; pay them a visit if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

A royal ball with "Cinderella" at Ciccone's in West Hollywood, CA. (photography by Drongo Photo)

A royal ball with “Cinderella” at Cicconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. (photography by Drongo Photo)

Carolina & Andrea Cavaliere and the birthday girl. (Photography by Drongo Photo)

Carolina & Andrea Cavaliere and the birthday girl. (Photography by Drongo Photo)

9. The Local 600 IATSE Holiday Open House at The Cinematographer’s Guild in Hollywood, CA: Seems like December hit us faster than a reindeer in flight. Good thing the folks at the International Cinematographer’s Guild booked with us very early, way back in August of 2013 for their December 7th event! I had a blast putting this event together: all in all, we provided three pro face-painters, four skilled caricature artists, and one of our classically trained actors to play the part of “Ebenezer Scrooge” (to keep the Santa line moving and all the folks waiting in high spirits). It was a great way to kick off the holidays.

Santa and Mrs Claus hanging out with Ebenezer Scrooge at the Local 600 IATSE holiday open house in Los Angeles.

Santa and Mrs Claus hanging out with Ebenezer Scrooge at the Local 600 IATSE holiday open house in Los Angeles.

Festive face-painting all around at the IATSE Local 600 Holiday Open House in Los Angeles.

Festive face-painting all around at the IATSE Local 600 Holiday Open House in Los Angeles.

10. Jolly Holiday “Mary Poppins” at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Brea, CA: I absolutely adore everything old timey, so when my client in Orange County told me that she had to change the location of her party from her home to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, I was giddy with excitement. Farrell’s has an authentic turn-of-the-century charm that recalls the days of barbershop quartets and the Model T, but there was one problem: what I had originally planned to do for the birthday girl and her friends was a pop star dance and glamour party. A “pop star” would stick out like a sore thumb in a place like Farrell’s, there wouldn’t be any room to lead any dancing with the girls, and we certainly couldn’t blast One Direction throughout the restaurant. The solution? Let’s have a “jolly holiday with Mary!” With all of its delicate details, this costume is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s not hard to see how perfectly the character fit with the theme at Farrell’s. “Poppins” turned out to be, not only a huge hit with the birthday party and our client (you can read her review here), but with the other restaurant guests and the Farrell’s employees, too!

"Poppins" pops in to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet celebration.

“Poppins” pops in to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet celebration.

11. Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA: The 2013 holiday season found my immediate family all the way on the other side of the country, back on the East Coast, so spending Christmas with them, unfortunately, wasn’t an option for me. While I do miss my family around special times like these, I feel very lucky to have been able to spend this Christmas Eve with two great families in Manhattan Beach: a regular client of mine (between their parties and their friend’s kids’ parties, I think they’ve seen me as almost every princess in the fairy-tale collection!) wanted help passing out gifts and dinner time entertainment for their group of ten kiddos, and coincidentally enough, their friends just a few blocks away wanted to make the evening extra enchanting for their two young daughters before bedtime. I had been working on a new Santa’s Helper/50′s style “Elf” costume, which I finished just in time to debut at their celebrations. With all the crafts, dancing, singing, face-painting, and storytelling I did at both parties, I’m not sure who had more fun that night, me or the kids. Although I’ve been working as a children’s entertainer for more than twelve years, I still get great joy from creating magical moments for kids and families, and this night was filled with them.

Santa's Helper Elf on Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Santa’s Helper Elf on Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA.

In fact, the entire year was filled with magic, and I have all of our wonderful, trusting, generous, awesomely amazing clients to thank.

Here’s to 2014: may it be just as enchanting, ever as exciting, and may all your dreams come true!

~ Jenna B.

(“queen butterfly” and lead expert performer at Papillons Entertainment)

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