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Fintastic Little Mermaid Party Character for Hire

Going “under the sea” for your child’s next birthday party? You could make it an extra flippin’ fun time with a beautiful, authentic, singing “Little Mermaid” character from Papillons Entertainment + Events.

Truthfully, there are so many reasons why you should consider this half-human-half-fish princess to entertain your party guests, but since the character of King Triton had seven daughters, how about we give you…

7 reasons why you should invite this sea-riffic lookalike to make a splash at your upcoming event!


7. She’s Got Gadgets and Gizmos A’Plenty

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You want thing-a-mabobs? She’s got 20! Although they won’t all fit inside her travel treasure chest, she’ll be sure to bring an assortment of human stuff from her collection to share with the human children at your party.

6. She’s Got Whoose-its and Whats-its Galore

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What’s better than a party guest who brings their own dinglehopper? I mean, fork. You know, for partaking in delicious birthday cake!

5. Flippin’ Your Fins, You Don’t Get Too Far

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Sometimes, hosting a party can feel like you’re barely treading water, you have so much to do. With the ‘Little Mermaid’ attracting your guests’ attention, like a school of fishies, you’ll finally have some down time to relax and put up your fins.

4. She Wants to Be Where the People Are

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Big people or little people, it doesn’t matter: the ‘Little Mermaid’ loves meeting new humans. She can’t wait to ask ’em her questions and get some answers (and vice versa).

3. Her Best Friend is a Flounder

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Er… he’s a guppy… or, actually maybe a young clown fish? In any case, she truly likes hanging out with kids. After all, she’s only sixteen herself (so the story says) and she enjoys being a role model to little fishies.

2. She’s Got a Siren’s Voice

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And she’ll sing for you and your guests, too! Just so long as you and your party guests promise not to steal her voice and trap it inside of a shell necklace. Been there, done that.

1. She’s Got Everything

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She’s got the look, the sound, and a treasure chest full of magical human stuff that also somehow plays music?! What more could you want? Other than ALL of the princesses…


Use the contact form below to get in touch; our team of insured, expert character entertainers would love to be of service at your next live event, birthday party, or other celebration.

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Photographer for Your Child’s Birthday Party

So, you’re planning your child’s next birthday party. Yay! Fun!

Maybe you’re planning to hire princess characters to entertain, you’ve ordered a custom cake to match the theme, and you’ve booked the best taco cart in town, plus you’re renting tents, tables and chairs… basically, you’ve got it all covered.

Or, do you? You’ve also got family coming in from out of town, the entire preschool class is invited, and to top it off, your kid only turns 5 once… but you haven’t thought about photos. Why not?

Maybe you suppose you/your spouse/your guests will snap pictures on their iPhones, but what happens when you/your spouse/your guests get too busy wrapped up in conversation (because those princesses are miracle workers who have given you all some much needed grown-up time) to take the photos you were hoping for?

Maybe you asked that one mom from the daycare who said she has a “good camera” to snap shots during the party, but then you get them back afterward, the shots are blown-out, too dark, blurry, or you only got 10 pictures from the whole 3 hour party, etc.

Pro tip: A “good camera” is only as good as the photographer taking pictures with it.

Look, your kid’s birthday party is going to be amazing, no matter what, but at the end of the day, the only thing you get to keep are the photos. This exact moment in your child’s life, this specific grouping of people, and the interactions that happen in the mix, will only happen once. So hire a photographer.

Still need more convincing?

Here are 5 reasons why you should hire a photographer for your child’s birthday party:

1. YOU SHOULD BE IN THE PICTURES

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Photo by Jenna Bryson of Papillons Entertainment + Events.

How can you be in the photos when YOU are the one taking the photos? And if your spouse is holding the camera, then he/she isn’t in the photos. I promise you, your kid wants you in the photos, too. When your baby is all grown up, maybe with a family of her own, and one day she’s flipping back through pictures of her 5th birthday party, she will wish there were more pictures of folks. Plus, you will forever be trying to prove to her you were cool once. Show her. After all, parents are arguably the most important part of a child’s development, so get in front of that camera, mom & dad. It’s fun to be part of the fun.

2. YOU HAVE TOO MUCH GOING ON AS THE PARTY HOST

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Hanging the piñata, putting out more snacks, welcoming guests, shoving food in your face, answering calls from guests who forgot your address, helping the birthday girl with her 3rd wardrobe change in the last 30 minutes, shoving food in your child’s face, finding the dang matches… these are just a few things that will command your attention as the party host. If you make yourself responsible for taking photos, too, you will either miss moments or sacrifice your hosting duties. So relax, and don’t try to do it all. It’s a party!

3. YOU WANT FRAME-WORTHY MOMENTS

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Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

Could your guests take pictures on their iPhones? Sure. Will they look good on Instagram? Probably. Will they have an eye for interesting, intimate moments with the expertise to deliver a photograph that screams “blow me up and hang me on the wall”? Doubtful. A professional photographer is going to have a style, an artist’s point-of-view that is unique to him or her, which is part of what you are investing in when you book a photographer. They are going see things that you and your guests won’t see, because they have been training their eye to look for those awesome, frame-worthy moments.

4. A PHOTOGRAPHER HAS AN EYE FOR DETAILS

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Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

Ask a guest to snap a photo with their phone of that $300 Frozen-themed cake you special ordered and I am willing to bet they stand about 4 feet in front of the cake table and take one basic straight on photo. Now ask a photographer to take a photo of that same cake and you not only get a wide shot of the entire dessert table, but also a close up of the fondant figurines on top, an epic shot of the enormity of the cake with balloons floating in the background, an adorable shot of the birthday girl straining to blow out the candles, and the aftermath of the cake once it’s been devoured. An event photographer leaves no detail undocumented.

5. EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY… EXCEPT THE PHOTOS

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Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

You might recall a photographer or event planner mentioning this idea to you in regards to your wedding. But the same is true of your child’s birthday party (or any special occasion for that matter). When the last guest leaves, the party favors are gone, the flowers wilted, and the Disney princess tablecloths are trashed, all that’s left are the memories. But our memories won’t always be as good as they are now, that’s just part of being human. Photographs, however, are the memories we always get to keep.

So be present, live in the moment, be part of the memories… and hire a photographer.


If you’re looking to hire party characters, an event planner and/or event photographer, we can help. Fill out the form below to get in touch:


 

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10 Terrific Indoor Kid-Friendly Birthday Party Venues in Los Angeles

Choosing a party venue for your child’s birthday can be challenging at times, especially in the extremely hot summer months of July and August when temperatures can get up into the 100’s in the San Fernando Valley. And while rain is, sadly, not much of an issue in SoCal, it’s certainly a risk to plan for an outdoor party in the months of November through February.

Some moms and dads have no qualms about a house party, but for a lot of folks, holding a party in your own house is less than ideal. When you’re talking about inviting the entire preschool class of 25 rambunctious 5-year-olds, that could be a disaster waiting to happen (especially if you’d like your clean, white linen sofa to stay that way).

So what do you do if you’d prefer not to risk your grandmother’s antiques, but you also don’t want to subject your party princess and her royal guests to the blistering sun at your local park?

Chill-out, seekers of stress-free fun and air conditioning, because we’ve curated an unique list to help you with your summer (or winter) party planning. Read on for…

10 Terrific (Indoor) Kid-Friendly Birthday

Party Venues in (and around) Los Angeles:

1. Giggles n’ Hugs 

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Most parents in Los Angeles have heard of this popular family restaurant/indoor playground, and there’s a good chance you’ve probably been there with your own kid, but did you know that they have three locations? For the Westsiders, there’s the Century City Westfield mall, and Canoga Park for you West San Fernando Valley families, plus the Glendale Galleria location for those closer to East L.A.

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The Space: Each location is unique in appearance, but they’re all beautifully designed with “castle” towers, “rickety” bridges, climbing apparatuses, and slides galore! The Glendale location features a ball pit, too. The dining areas are separate, but completely visible from the play area, and vice versa. Plus, there’s a small stage for performances, and a DJ & activities leader for certain party packages.

Investment: Parties start at $350 for up to 15 guests ($23/person) with their “Count &Countess” option, which includes 3 jumbo pizzas, fountain drinks, paper goods and latex balloons, and go up to $25/person with their “King & Queen” package which includes a wide selection of deluxe entrees, sides, and a cupcake or ice cream dessert for each child.

Parking: Free at Canoga Park and Glendale locations; $1 for the first 3 hours at Century City.


2. The Coop

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This “hot tot spot” along Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, as dubbed by US Weekly magazine for their notable celebrity clientele such as Modern Family’s Julie Bowen, is one of our personal favorites because it truly has something for everyone.

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Should you get lucky with the weather, there’s an enchanting garden area with benches, tables, and a day bed! A perfect spot for grown-ups to enjoy a bit of conversation, a bite to eat, or a quick Instagram post (they have free wi-fi).

The Space: A light up dance floor, a climbing tunnel leading to a twisty slide that descends into a pit of bright yellow & orange balls, a cake/dessert room, and an outdoor patio for parents to relax on a lovely day, this venue is a delightful place to hold a birthday party in the SFV.

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Investment: Party packages start at $595 for “The Coop Basic” which gets you 2 hours of completely private playtime for 15 kids and up to 35 adults, and a free “return pass” for your celebrant and his/her siblings. Want “The Whole Coop and Caboodle”? That’ll run you $2495, but you won’t have to lift a finger, and you’ll get everything you need for a deluxe kid party, including the 2 hours playtime, pizza, a taco cart, coffee, fresh fruit, cupcakes, balloons, paper goods, gift bags, fresh flowers, and more.

Parking: All of their party packages give you access to their large, free parking lot in the back of the building. Otherwise, remind guests that the meters lining Ventura Blvd. are their best bet (and free on Sundays).


3. The French Confection Co.

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If you’re looking for a lovely, quaint spot to throw a darling little fête, The French Confection Co. might be a good fit for you. This Burbank, CA patisserie is not a traditional party venue, but the vintage-inspired farm table and provincial blue & gold floral wall paper make this a divine space for a simple, yet adorable, princess tea party. They also happen to bake the most beautiful and flavorful custom birthday cakes.

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Papillons Entertainment’s Frozen-inspired Snow Queen and Princess hold court with tea party guests at The French Confection Co. in Burbank.

The Space: When you step inside the store front at 3118 W. Burbank Blvd., you’ll find a white farm table that seats 8 guests, a pastry counter, a table for desserts and delectables, plus a little room for a little dancing should the mood strike. It’s perfect for a small group of girls big or small who want to be treated like royalty for a day.

Investment: You’ll have to check in with shop owner Mallory for exact & up-to-date prices for private events, but last time our team threw a party at The French Confection Co., the deal was $25 per guest, for a 2 hour party on a Sunday, which included an assortment of their made-from-scratch mini cupcakes, cookies, scones, and more, plus tea and coffee for all.

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Moms and daughters enjoying a private holiday tea party, produced by Papillons Events, and led by the Snow Queen & Princess, at The French Confection Co. in Burbank, CA.

Parking: Plenty of free parking along Burbank Blvd. right outside the shop as well as side streets (just make sure to read the street signage).


4. PLAY Los Angeles

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Kids paint jewelry boxes at a 4th birthday party at Play Los Angeles. Photo by Julie Pepin.

For arts & crafts loving kiddos, Play is an amazing spot for a party. Located on 3rd Street, just West of La Brea, there’s a variety of traditional toys for tots to play with, such as a musical instruments and matchbox cars, and three different rooms for your guests’ enjoyment.

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A princess-led “Jamtastic” guitar sing along begins at a birthday party at Play Los Angeles.

The Space: When you enter Play, you immediately enter their main playroom, which is filled with non-gender specific toys (gotta love that), musical instruments, ottomans for sitting, and a wee stage, perhaps for a guitar singalong (they also hold music classes during the week at Play). Towards the back and to the right, you’ll find a big art room, with a chalkboard wishing your child a ‘Happy Birthday’, an art teacher, and plenty of room for kids to paint. Choose the giant playhouse option, and your celebrant gets to take it home! Also in the back, you’ll find a large room with plenty of seating for lunch and cake.

Investment: Party packages at Play start at $575 for their “Messy Art Party”, recommended for ages 2-4 years. This selection provides you with a staff member to guide the 90 minutes of artistic fun, as well as smocks, paints, and brushes for all (plus that giant cardboard house for your birthday kid take home once it’s dried). Other packages are available, as well as add-ons like gift bags (starting around $8 each), and hosts are welcome to bring in their own food or catering.

Parking: The venue allows their host to park their car in the back of the building, but guests will have to fend for themselves at the meters on 3rd street (free on Sundays), and ltough-to-find side street (2-hours only) parking.


5. Au Fudge

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The hottest new family-friendly restaurant in L.A. (more specifically West Hollywood), is Au Fudge. But don’t mistake family-friendly for loud and brightly colored; stylistically and philosophically, it is the antithesis of Giggles n’ Hugs. An undeniably gorgeous venue, Au Fudge is partially owned by Jessica Biel, so it’s no surprise the place is like heaven to the interior-design aficionado. If you want to feel like you’ve been swept away to Europe, transported to a land where moms can dine on Cobb salads, cocktails, and gluten-free baked goods, while wee ones make art with an ‘Au Pair’ or jam to French music (yes, they have French music lessons for kids on their calendar), then this is the spot for you.

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The Space: Add one part French bistro, one part turn-of-the-century country mart, and one part ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’-esque secret playroom, and you get Au Fudge. There is an outdoor patio with umbrellas and chandeliers, a large, full bar, and of course the coveted play area (they call it the “Creative Space”) upstairs stocked with gender-neutral books, toys, and plenty of seating. Speaking of the play area, this is where you would hold your little tyke’s celebration. The bookshelf is magical (it lights up around the archways), and the minimalist decor is prime for those who just want a cute, but carefree spot in which to throw their tot’s birthday party.

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Investment: The Creative Space at Au Fudge is available for private events, however, no price range is listed on their official website. You will want to call the venue directly (424-204-9228) or email jamie@aufudge.com to inquire.

Parking: The reviews on Yelp make it clear that parking is definitely a challenge around Au Fudge, however, valet is available (although a bit pricey — $10).


6. Peekaboo Playland

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Photo by Serena Grace.

This adorable indoor playground has not one, but two locations to serve Angelenos: one in Eagle Rock, and the other in Bel Air. Both locations have multiple day play pass options, and also included in admission is coffee for grown-ups and free wi-fi. Plus, they have a number of pre-packaged party theme options, such as ‘Very Fairy Picnic’, and ‘Frozen’ (of course), so that all you have to do is show-up and enjoy.

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The Space: Twisty slides, a jungle gym, and a quirky “treehouse” shaped like a goose, as well as plenty of push toys and table toys, and an inflatable bounce house, too. The party area provides tables and benches and there’s a cute little counter reminiscent of a lemonade stand which makes for the perfect beverage area. The Bel Air location has an outdoor patio you can enjoy if the weather is nice. As children’s entertainers, we have been invited to perform for several parties at Peekaboo Playland, but honestly, you don’t need outside entertainment here; if your kiddo must have a visit from her favorite character, we recommend booking a short n’ sweet appearance (no more than an hour), for mixing, mingling, playing together, and of course photos to commemorate the day.

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Investment: Party packages start at $595 for their “Hootenanny” option at the Bel Air location  (or, $495 at the Eagle Rock location). At this level, you get the standard 2 hours of playtime for 15 kids and 35 adults, part coordinators, plus the return play pass for the birthday child. The “Ultimate Theme Party” is $995 at the Bel Air location ($795 at Eagle Rock) which is your one-stop-shop for everything you need: pizzas, helium balloons, themed paper goods & table decor, juice & coffee, gift bags and more.

Parking: Street parking only at the Eagle Rock location, which can sometimes be challenging (metered on the main drag, or free along residential side streets if you don’t mind a little walk). The Bel Air location, on the other hand, has a parking lot.


7. Lombardi House

Located in the heart of hollywood, close to Franklin Village and The Hollywood Studios, Lombardi House is a fully restored Victorian style home built originally in 1904. Because clients who rent the space can also stay in the house on an extended stay, it’s often booked for weddings, but don’t let that steer you away from considering it for your kiddo’s next party: it has the perfect mix of stylish indoor and outdoor space that is ripe for decorating.

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Exterior front and side yard at Lombardi House perfect for games and lunch al fresco.

The Space: The outdoor garden is perfect for styling your event exactly as you wish. It’s a posh-party lover’s dream, and excellent for large groups (suitable for up to 25o guests)! Maybe you’d like to plan a vintage carnival themed party and set-up game booths, old fashioned cotton candy, popcorn, and hotdog carts, and set-up a stage for good ol’ fashioned magic show. There’s also an indoor area: an original barn/stable which was refurbished with 35′ vaulted ceilings! You could create a craft area inside, maybe a dress-up “room” for a princess party, or simply make it a “big kids” retreat with comfy lounge areas. Because Lombardi House is essentially a blank space, this does mean you’ll need to rent all of your furnishing needs, such as tables, chairs, and umbrellas; should you decide to throw your party at Lombari, be sure to hire an event planner to help you with all of your rental & styling needs.

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Barn space at Lombardi House as styled by the Popples Netflix Season 2 premiere party.

Investment: You’ll have to inquire directly with Lombardi House on the price to rent the space for your party, but rumor has it the investment will run you at least $10,000. And you will need insurance, yet another reason to utilize an event planner (but make sure they are insured). Catering isn’t included either and must be chosen from their list of pre-approved caterers (such as Wolfgang Puck and 24Carrots).

Parking: It’s Hollywood, of course, so valet is a must if you’d like to give your guests a hassle-free parking experience. Once again, a party planner is ideal; someone who knows the venue and will help you check off all of the necessary boxes for a successful event.


8. Duff’s Cakemix, West Hollywood

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With a party at Duff’s Cakemix, you don’t just eat the cake: you make it! Well, you decorate it. This bakery studio, located on the corner of Melrose & Sweetzer, gives your birthday kid and guests everything they need to decorate and take home their own batch of cupcakes or full sized cake.

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The Space: Colorful, yet industrial, there isn’t too much room to set-up your own decor here, but there are plenty of long tables and chairs perfect for lots of kids and lots of mess making (I mean, cake decorating). But for the mom or dad who just wants something easy and simple, this place takes the cake (pun obviously intended). You will have to bring in your own food if you’d like to feed your guests lunch (but outside cakes are not allowed).

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Investment: If affordability is key, choose the cupcakes “tier 1” package, which will allow you to invite up to 6 guests for just $385. There are many more packages (or “tiers” as they call them) at Duff’s Cakemix, all the way up to $2195 which will accommodate up to 30 guests, each with their own 6′ fondant cake to decorate and take home. Keep in mind, however, for kids 6 years & younger, they recommend cupcake parties, and 1 adult helping for every 3 kids is required so make sure you ask enough moms or dads to stay and assist.

Parking: There is limited parking in the back of the building, and otherwise metered street parking; be sure to encourage your guests to allow time for parking as your event is 2 hours total.


9. iPic Theaters

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There’s nothing that beats the heat of a Los Angeles summer like sitting in an air conditioned movie theater, and at the iPic Theater, you can chill-out in true comfort with cozy blankets, reclining chairs, and in-theater food and beverage service for your guests. Some iPic theaters, like the one in Westwood, are even hosting video game parties.

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The Space: There are two Los Angeles area iPic theaters — one in Pasadena, and another in Westwood — and both feature in-theater full dining service. While the Westwood theaters offer only some fully reclining chairs, the Pasadena location is filled with ’em. And with one push of a button, your personal food + beverage server will appear. Dine on burgers, specialty beverages, snack on complimentary popcorn, desserts, and more, then get cozy for your feature presentation. Our team was fortunate enough to join in the festivities at an 11th birthday at the iPic in Pasadena, where we provided glitter tattoos and caricature art in the lobby area as guests arrived and mingled with appetizers before the film. It was the perfect fit for a posh, yet relaxed summer birthday party.

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The lobby area can be set-up for pre-movie activities, appetizers and drinks.

Investment: A single ticket at iPic Pasadena will cost you $24; for a group of 10 kids (including your birthday child), that’s less than $300. Popcorn is included with each ticket, but course, if you want to add lunch for each guest, menu items cost between $10-$20 each. The theater also has private event packages for more inclusive options; contact the theater directly for details.

Parking: The Pasadena location validates parking at the garage across the street for 3 hours. We hear parking at the Westwood location can be tricky, but they do offer valet and, supposedly if you’re an iPic member, you can get $3 self parking in the garage (of course, if you’re buying tickets for your guests, they may not quality for the discounted parking).


 10. High Tea Cottage

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If a proper tea party is on your child’s wish-list for their next birthday party, check out High Tea Cottage in Woodland Hills. Guests will partake in fancy finger sandwiches, English scones, sweet morsels, and tea (of course).

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The Space: Be advised, this is a small restaurant and it is packed with tables, so there’s no room for romping about; children must be at least 4 years old to enjoy this formal sit-down tea service. The decor, however, is quaint, with tea cups and tea pots on display throughout.

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Investment: Children’s tea parties at High Tea Cottage require reservation for at least 12 guests with a maximum of up to 24 children. The cottage does allow drop-offs, but you could also invite adults, too, for a festive mommy/daddy-and-me party experience. A ticket price of $35 per child will get you tea sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, non-caffeinated tea, chocolate milk or lemonade and birthday cake. The party service runs 90 minutes, but you can have the space for up to 2 hours for hosting guests (and an extra half-hour at the beginning for guest-of-honor arrival/set-up).

Parking: Just street parking, and some residential street parking nearby, so you’ll want to let your guests know to give themselves a little extra time to find a spot for their “carriage”.


***BONUS PARTY VENUE IDEA***

Still haven’t found a venue that you love? Or a venue that’s available for your event date? Check out Peerspace.com, where you’ll find dozens of unique party-friendly locations, all of which you can reserve and rent at the click of a button.

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^ Here’s an actual space you can rent via Peerspace.com, located in the heart of Hollywood off Melrose Ave., and it’s just ripe for a colorful, super creative party. You could set-up craft stations galore, and maybe book a magician, puppet show, or even a superhero character experience to enhance the celebration.

If you would like any help planning your upcoming party, please complete the form below and we’ll be happy to send you more information about our live entertainment and event production capabilities.

 

A Dream Princess Party in Beverly Hills

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When our client in Beverly Hills asked us to plan an upscale princess party for her daughter’s 5th birthday, we were thrilled to be of service. Princesses are our specialty, after all.

But then she gave us almost all creative control! Save for the color scheme (magenta, aqua blue, and purple) and request for a classical pianist (more on that to below), the party was ours to imagine. Wow! What a dream for both the lucky birthday girl as well as our event production team.

We started right away by designing and constructing custom invitations fashioned into scrolls for our birthday queen to deliver to her “royal subjects” at school.

Next, we designed a cake table worthy of our glamorous, charming celebrant: Queen Kierra. And when you’re a queen, you wear a crown, so we were careful to sprinkle a light crown motif throughout the party design.

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A cake table fit for royalty. Cakes and cookies by The French Confection Co. Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

 

And of course the cake itself was unbelievable (and just as irresistible in flavor as it was in looks). Just look at the details of this epic princess cake up-close.

The three-tiered-cake was made in layers of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. Mmmm…

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A three-tiered princess cake with edible Rapunzel, Jasmine, and Queen Elsa adornments, featuring a golden sugar tiara on-top, by The French Confection Co

We know that waiting for the cake to be cut can try a child’s patience, so tower-shaped cupcake cones and personalized sugar cookies for guests to snack on throughout the party framed each side of the cake table.

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Cupcake cones inspired by princess Rapunzel (by The French Confection Co.)

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Custom sugar cookies featuring our celebrant’s name and tiny gold tiaras in royal icing.

In fact, this party had so many sweet treats, we had to create a full-on second dessert table to display all the goodies.

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Gold, pink, and aqua blue cake stands display custom baked macarons, chocolate chip cookies, and cherry almond bars by The French Confection Co.

Outside, in back of the house, we set-up an enchanting tent to house the children’s dining and princess character activities.

Designed to take advantage of our client’s glorious view of Los Angeles, the tent was decked-out in lilac colored drapes, lush fresh florals featuring pops of magenta and gold, a craft table prepped with crowns and pirate mustaches to be decorated, and a royal throne, of course!

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Whimsical dining area for little guests; rug and table from Circa Vintage Rentals.

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A royal throne, if you will, in eggplant featuring custom throw pillow showcasing the crown motif for our birthday Queen, courtesy of Circa Vintage Rentals.

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Princess crown crafts ready for bejeweling. And that view of L.A. ready to behold.

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A sampling of sweets displayed on a vintage dresser from Circa Vintage Rentals.

With guests starting to trickle in, our classical pianist began to fill the air with the sound of music: Disney music! And my-oh-my, was it ever beautiful…

I couldn’t resist, I sang along with just about every song. And so did our princess characters! More on that later…

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Classical pianist Chris Ring sets the tone of the party by playing popular Disney melodies on a grand piano in our client’s Beverly Hills home. Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

Speaking of princesses, when they made their grand entrances, that’s when the party really started.

Accompanied by a young pirate, straight from Neverland, the children were delighted to play with this charming bunch of characters which included Rapunzel, The Snow Queen, and her younger princess sister (inspired by Hans Christian Anderson and made popular by the movie Frozen).

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The Snow Queen and princess characters, inspired by Frozen, arrive at the party in Beverly Hills. Performers courtesy of Papillons. Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

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Princess Rapunzel let’s down her hair to greet young guests at a 5th birthday party in Beverly Hills, CA. Character courtesy of Papillons. Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

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A young pirate character, inspired by Jake and the Neverland Pirates, makes a new friend.

Together, they danced, played imaginative games, and sang songs… around the piano! What a beautiful site it was to behold, simply magical.

It’s difficult to describe in words, and even pictures don’t fully do this unique experience justice (you kind of had to be there to feel the energy and excitement in the room), but peek at the photos and below and you’ll just scratch the surface of how incredible this entire party experience really was.

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The Snow Queen and princess belt out a rousing rendition of “Let It Go” while accompanied by a classical pianist.

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Acting out the moves to the song, as if they’re all on-stage, naturally. Check out a video of this Disney princess sing-along on our Facebook page.

Below, I’ve included the highlight reel of the entire party, for those curious to see more.

As event producers, we can document the day and deliver the story of your celebration through, not only photography, but cinematography as well.

At the end of it all, after the cake was cut, and the crowns were bejeweled, it was time to say farewell.

As guests headed back to their own kingdoms, they were invited to take with them their own personalized coloring books.

The sun was setting on this perfect princess party, but not before lots of “warm hugs” were shared between friends new and old.

T’was a dream come true.

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The Snow Princess holds hands with young friend at a party in Beverly Hills. Photo by Jeff Drongowski.

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Rapunzel hugs a new friend as they say “farewell” to each other and the party.

We can’t wait for our next princess party planning adventure!

If you would like our team to help you imagine and create a dream birthday party (and yes, we also do grown-up parties) in the greater Los Angeles area, we would love to be of service.

Use the form below to get in touch! And I hope you have a magical celebration of your own.

 

 

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Throwing a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Party and Looking for Rey? She’s here.

Watch out, boys: it may be the season of the force, but this time, the force is strong with the girls.

If you’re planning a Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed birthday party for your aspiring Jedi, this is the children’s entertainment team you’ve been looking for… *waves hand across computer screen*

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Jedi mind-tricks aside, we would love to help bring your party to life with our screen-accurate ‘Rey’ lookalike character, as long as you live in a galaxy not so far away (i.e. your event will take place within the greater Los Angeles area).

‘Rey’ brings her life-size staff (an incredible replica of the exact staff from the film), lightsabers and more to show children how she survived life as an orphan on the planet Jakku.

Of course, this being her first visit to Earth, as well as her first time ever leaving her own galaxy, both she and the children will have a lot of questions for each other.

And ‘Rey’ need not attend your celebration solo… invite ‘Han’, if you like a good scoundrel. Or would you like to recreate the end of the movie, and invite a fuzzball Wookie to accompany her? ‘Chewy’, as well as other characters inspired by the films, can also be arranged.

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All you have to do is resist the power of “the dark side” and fill out the form below to let us know what type of character entertainment you’re looking for…

Now go, and may the force be with you!


 

P.S. If you’re looking for an amazing Star Wars cake featuring BB8, consider The French Confection Co.

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Princess Belle Visits New French-Inspired Bakery in Burbank, CA. Chic Party Cakes, Desserts & High Tea

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Princess Belle character reads a fairytale to a little girl at The French Confection Co. in Burbank, CA. Photo by Candace Boysen.

Rejoice, o’ residents of the San Fernando Valley: there’s a new French-inspired pastry shop in town and it’s fantastique!

Live like a Parisian, if only for part of an afternoon, with a coffee, colorful macarons, and a maple cupcake to-go (trust me on this one: I’ve self-proclaimed these sweet treats “Pancake Cupcakes” which should tell you everything you need to know, as in, they are amazing) from this adorable Burbank bakery.

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A little girl with tiger face painting in Burbank, CA takes in the eclairs and creme puffs at The French Confection Co. Photo by Candace Boysen.

Both the exterior and interior of the shop are decorated authentically in provincial blue with touches of metallic gold. And the rustic white farmhouse table surrounded by elegant arm chairs make this a sweet spot pour un café avec les amis.

Our team at Papillons Entertainment was thrilled to be part of their grand opening celebration, providing festive party face painting by expert face painter (and company owner, Jenna) dressed in a beautiful French fairytale style ballgown, and princess character entertainment by an authentic French speaking ‘Belle’ from the tale of Beauty and the Beast.

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Jenna Bryson, expert face painter and small business owner of children’s event planning company Papillons Entertainment, sets up shop at The French Confection Co. in Burbank. Photo by Candace Boysen.

A little girl receives a tiara face painting by Papillons Entertainment's princess face painter during the grand opening at The French Confection Co. in Burbank, CA.

A little girl receives a tiara face painting by Papillons Entertainment’s princess face painter during the grand opening at The French Confection Co. Photo by Candace Boysen.

The patisserie’s owner, Mallory Rajan, tells us that making chic, trendy cakes for birthday parties and special events is how The French Confection Co. got it’s start. After building up quite the loyal customer base, she opened the storefront to spread cheer to even more people through her rich, made-from-scratch European style sweets.

And if you’re looking for an adorable venue for a small party, Mallory says that she is looking forward to making the shop available on Sundays once or twice a month for high tea and other special events; it could be the perfect spot for an intimate bridal or baby shower.

Perhaps we’ll see you there? Send us a note via our royal messenger and let us know if Papillons can help you plan & execute the perfect French-themed party with a princess character experience, sweets & treats from TFCC, and more.

The French Confection Co. is located at 3118 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. Contact the shop directly for cake and other chic dessert orders.

Photos courtesy of Candace Boysen of Silence of the Lens and used with permission.

 

 

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8 Great Princess Characters For Parties Los Angeles

We are all about our princess parties at Papillons Entertainment, which means our princess characters have got to be polished and practically perfect before we will send them out into the world to make the children of Southern California lose their little sugar-infused minds.

And that is our goal, first and foremost: We aim to make children’s dreams come true by captivating their imaginations with authentic, immersive, theatrical princess performances. And I must stress the word performances, because that’s what our princess characters provide; not a random set of generic activities (like twisting balloons, which is fine as an activity in and of itself, but much better suited to a character like a clown, or silly superhero).

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Our princesses don’t do balloons. We do much more than that. #sorrynotsorry

Now, you might be wondering why? Why don’t our princesses do balloon twisting, or do things like parachute games? I’m really glad you asked; this is an important question! And the answer is very simple. Just think about this: When was the last time you read a fairytale in which the princess was twisting balloons?

In Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, the author never wrote, “When she had finished her work she used to sit amongst the cinders in the corner of the chimney and make balloon animals.” The Fairy Godmother never asked Cinderella to, “Go into the garden and bring me a parachute.” Although, I’ll admit, that would all be pretty funny to read.

But that’s the thing. It’s funny! Because it’s weird. Why is it weird? Because it’s inauthentic, which is a fancy word to say that it’s not true to character. Children think it’s strange to see a beautiful, royal character, like Cinderella, trying to make a balloon animal. They watch her struggling with the thing… wincing at the possibility of the balloon popping in her pretty face as it squeaks in her gloved hands. And then as a result, the children start to question her very being. “How do you know how to make balloons?” they ask. “The real Cinderella doesn’t have balloons,” which is always followed by the dreaded, “You’re just a person in a costume!” GASP!

And with that, the fantasy is over. Because when children disbelieve, they lose attention, and when they lose attention, they get bored, and when children get bored at a birthday party, you’ve now all of the sudden got 20 rambunctious children running through your house, which is exactly what you were trying to avoid by hiring a princess character in the first place. Right?

Which brings me to our second goal: We believe a character, whether it’s a princess character or a storybook character or a superhero character, should provide such engaging activity that you and your adult guests get to enjoy the party, too.

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We want you to have an uninterrupted grown-up conversation. We want you to be free to watch the fun, and savor the taste of the catering you spent your hard-earned money on. We believe your enjoyment, as mother or father of the birthday kid, and the enjoyment of your other adult guests, is just as important as the enjoyment of the children. But one facilitates the other: If your little guests are truly engaged by the entertainment, your big guests will have a fun time, too. And that’s what we want. We want a win-win for you!

Okay, so now you know a little more about how we do things at Papillons Entertainment. I’m passionate about what we do here, so yes, this was/is a long post. And I know you might be thinking, “Sheesh! They take their princess parties WAY too seriously.” And you are correct. We absolutely take our princess party-ting extraordinarily seriously. Because our passion gives our clients an invaluable service: PEACE OF MIND. Our clients get peace of mind when they book with us, thanks to our obsession, thanks to our attention-to-detail. Our clients don’t worry about what the performer will look like, or what they princess will do at the party, or if the princess will capture the children’s attention. Our clients relax, move on, and concentrate on other things… like enjoying a bite to eat and catching up with a friend.

We understand that this might be too much for you. We might not be the right fit for you. You might be looking for something basic, and that’s totally cool! But if this resonates with you, please read on to explore our…

 8 Great Princess Characters for Parties, Los Angeles!

1. The Sleeping Beauty

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She is the woodland princess of our dreams… literally, right? Because she fell asleep? Get it?!

Silly jokes aside, this is the divine, dancing, darling princess in the luxurious pink dress whom children adore. She uses her imagination to play, loves to twirl about on adventures through the woods, and thanks to her three fairy friends, she’s even got a touch of magic. Click here to watch a video of our Sleeping Beauty casting her spell on happy children.

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2. The First Princess Sofia

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She’s meant to be a child princess, so the performer should look as young as possible. We believe we have the youngest, most adorable looking performers who play Sofia that you will find in the greater Los Angeles area. They are all extremely petite (5’2″ or shorter, with extra small body types), all have beautiful blue eyes, perfect smiles, and sweet voices. And yes, they all sing her songs, too!

Sofia will teach children everything she has learned so far about being a young princess, through dancing, a royal game with her sweet squirrel friend, and magic, too, as children help her prepare for her big upcoming enchantments test!

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3. Cinderella

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I don’t know about you, but Cinderella was my favorite growing up. In fact, my mom likes to tell the story of the time she asked me to clean something up on the floor, and my response was, “No mommy! Not like Cinderella!” Kids are so funny… but Cinderella still holds a special place in my heart.

To keep the magic of Cinderella alive, just like we do with our other princess and storybook characters, we are very picky about which cast members play this beloved classic. One of our cast members has even portrayed Cinderella on a famous stage for a very famous company whose name we cannot mention here… I’m sure you can guess.

As Cinderella for our company, our ladies lead an easy-to-follow ballroom dance, sing songs, perhaps play a group game of “pass the pumpkin,” and even bring a little bit of Fairy Godmother’s magic to the party for a very special surprise, just for your birthday girl (or boy! no gender bias here).

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

4. The Sea Princess (a character inspired by Ariel, and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid)

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This photo above (and below) was from an honest-to-goodness highlight of my life: this was the day I played The Little Mermaid (turned human Sea Princess) for the daughter of my personal hero. If you’ve ever listened to any Disney princess songs, such as the princess tea party soundtrack, then you will know the voice of Susan Egan. Now, if you’re a big Disnerd like me, you will know Susan Egan as the original “Belle of Broadway.” Yes, she originated the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, The Musical. And she is the woman who taught me how to sing, as I listened to the soundtrack over, and over, every night as a girl.

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But I digress! So, Susan’s girls know that she “is Belle,” and like most kids, they are fascinated by mermaids, thus Ariel was invited to the party. But it’s much better to perform in the ball gown — there’s so much more a performer can do as the human version of this character. As The Sea Princess, our performer leads dancing, under-the-sea-inspired group games, an enchanting show & tell segment with her “Gadgets & Gismos Galore,” and singing (but of course)!

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5. Rapunzel

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As a performers who play princesses at parties for a living, we love miss Rapunzel, because she is so multi-talented, and so are we; our performers get to show-off so many of their abilities as Rapunzel.

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A common reaction to our princess “Rapunzel”.

Because this character was locked in a tower almost her whole life, she had to learn to entertain herself. She taught herself to dance ballet, read lots of books, learned how to paint, and sometimes she even gets to showcase her guitar playing skills! When you invite Rapunzel to your kid’s birthday party, she loves to share her many talents with the children.

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6. The Brave, Celtic Princess

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We don’t believe there are “things for boys” and “things for girls” — just things for KIDS. The brave (yet, reluctant princess) from the Scottish highlands is a great example of a character who brings kids of all kinds together for her brand of feisty fun.

Our cast members can only be approved to play this character if they can speak in a Scottish accent, as well as look and act like the character. One of the highlights of our Brave performance is the mini archery lesson our character leads. She also loves to engage kids with activities inspired by medieval Scotland, such as Highland dancing, and learning how to escape a sword fight… naturally.

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7. The Belle of Beauty and the Beast

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Of course with all that talk of how I idolized Susan Egan as “Belle” growing up, we’ve got to include our Beauty and the Beast inspired princess in this list. Not to mention, she is meant to be a French princess, and in case you didn’t know, our company name (Papillons Entertainment) is taken from the French language: “papillons” means butterflies!

When you invite this princess character to your party, children get a dash of European culture, as the princess teaches them a few words of French, leads them in a simple, but traditional waltz, and even introduces them to a very miniature version of her sweet pony, Philippe.

Watch our video to see this provincial princess in action.

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8. The Frozen Princess of Norway

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Did I save the best for last? Or are you tired of being asked if you’d like to build a snowman? You decide.

As for us, we love, love, love this chocolate loving Scandinavian royal. In 2014, we performed at more than 140 “Frozen” themed parties. We’ve performed these characters for the family of one of the film’s animators, for several celebrities, and we’ve even been flown out to Tucson, AZ for performances!

Our most spirited performers who play this character get to really strut their stuff when they don the costume of the Norwegian princess. Most of our “Frozen” princess cast members can sing their faces off, too, so this character, with her 2 full solos and 2 duets, allows our performers to impress your guests in a very exciting way.

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Knock-knock, knock-knock-knock! “Do you wanna…”

She’s also a bit dramatic (in a good way!), so you will find her re-enacting the story with the help of the kids at your party, and giving out lots of warm hugs. Plus, she’s a great dancer and will teach the children a traditional Norwegian folk dance. If you’re lucky enough, she might even drag her sister, the Queen, away from her queenly duties for the day to help make it “snow” right in your backyard.

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BTW, the three photos above come to us courtesy of incredible illustrator/entrepreneur/magical mom, Carrie Gifford. Do stop by her amazing shop, Red Cap Cards, for darling, enchanting greeting cards. Perhaps you’ll find some lovely “thank you” notes, or a sweet birthday card for your next party!

~ BONUS PRINCESS ~

9. Snow White

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Yes, this article is called “8 Great Princess Characters for Parties,” but only because the number 9 and the word great do not rhyme. Plus, I would be remiss if we didn’t mention the original Grimm’s Fairytales princess, the ultimate sweetheart, the one and only Snow White!

We’ve already devoted an entire blog post to this darling gal, so I’ll keep this short, but if you’re throwing a party for wee ones (3 years-old and younger), Snow White is a fantastic choice. She takes things a bit slower than other princesses (she’s used to working with little people), she’s very gentle, and she’s a little silly, too. She’ll lead a whimsical German skipping dance, introduce children to one of her woodland friends, and with a smile and a song, retell her infamous tale with an interactive story-time, complete with magical spells, too.

Check out an adorable video of a one-on-one playdate between Snow White and her tiny new friend, 2 year old Pepper.

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And there you have it! More than eight great princess characters for parties in Los Angeles!

I hope this list has helped you get some princess party ideas, and that you learned a bit more about who we are as a company.

Remember, the descriptions here include just a small sample of what we do, and why we do it.

So if you’d like more information, please explore our YouTube channel for lots of videos of our cast, and hop on over to our Facebook page for even more photos and videos.

You can also fill out our contact form on our website (or below), or send an email to info at papillonsentertainment dot com — we would love to help make your child’s birthday party, or whatever kind of special event you may be organizing, chic, unique and fantastique!

~ Jenna

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