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Have a Jolly Holiday with Mary Poppins at Your Party

Okay, parents: You’ve been to a thousand ‘Frozen’ parties and you’ve done the princess party thing for what seems like ages. So what do you do now? Has your list of possible party theme options for your kid been exhausted? If so, let’s have you take a short quiz to find out if we can help you check the party entertainment off your list for this year’s birthday:

  • Do you love children’s literature of the early 20th century, like “Peter Pan”, and long to expose your own kids to the classics?
  • Do you dream of living in the era of “Downton Abbey” and wish there was a way to experience it first-hand?
  • Do you fantasize about flying away on the wind using a magical umbrella?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above, then our ‘Mary Poppins’ look (and sound) alike is the lady for you!

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Our singing ‘Mary Poppins’ character performers are classically trained singers (such as the cast member featured here). We have 3 cast members who can portray this character, each one with a legit soprano voice, capable of the proper British dialect required to authentically bring miss ‘Poppins’ to life. In fact, one of our cast members even played the English nanny at a famous Orlando theme park!

Watch and hear this cast member perform as ‘Mary Poppins’ in the video below.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “What ages is Mary Poppins right for? I love classics like Poppins, but will my 5 year old?” The answer is yes: Jolly Holiday Poppins, in her lacy white and red park dress, is excellent for ages 5-8 years old (on average; some younger, and some older children will also enjoy her company).

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You might also be thinking to yourself, “But what kind of party theme goes with Mary Poppins?” That’s an easy one: remember the carousel in the motion picture version of the story? You could have your party at the Santa Monica Carousel. Or if the Westside of Los Angeles is too far for those of you in Burbank or Glendale, there’s also the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. And if you do opt for the Griffith Park location, remember to take picture of your birthday girl and Miss Poppins together in front of the ride to commemorate the moment when Walt Disney sat on a park bench and watched his own daughters on the merry-go-round while envisioning his dream of Disneyland for the very first time!

But no worries if carousels aren’t your thing. A sweet, intimate party at the park or a backyard carnival, or boardwalk themed party will work, too. Just think bright, classic colors like red, yellow, and blue. And as far as activities go, ‘Mary Poppins’ will lead an assortment of interactive group games, festive dancing, and sing-along fun, including a few of her patented magic nanny tricks that will leave your kids believing she could very well slide up the staircase bannister if she wanted to.

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And the very proper, yet silly nature of this character is a charming combination: she is at once able to direct and lead children, whilst also lending a sense of humor to any situation. Plus, nobody teaches good manners like an English nanny. In fact, by the end of her performance, you may very well be begging her to move in with your own brood!

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So, how say you? Are you convinced that our practically perfect ‘Poppins’ could help you create the practically perfect party experience? If so, then please get in touch with us! Send us an email using the form below to learn more about the performance repertoires available with this character.


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7 Reasons Why Snow White is the Party Princess You’re Wishing For

If it seems like everyone in your child’s circle of friends is still on the ‘Frozen’ party bandwagon, why not opt for the original snow princess instead and have a classic fairytale party with miss ‘Snow White’?!

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There is much to love about this young princess who can seemingly talk to animals, but here are seven things about ‘Snow White’ that make her the perfect party princess for little ones 2-4 years old.

  1. ‘Snow White’ isn’t afraid to be silly. I mean, you would have to have a good sense of humor to live amicably with a group of seven men, right? And in turn, it’s that silliness in ‘Snow White’ which makes her a great fit for girls and boys.                                                                                                                  Snow White princess character play date in Studio City, CA Snow White princess play date in Studio City, CA
  2. If there were an award for Most Patient Princess, ‘Snow White’ would win. See #1, of course, but also think about how long she slept there in that glass box just waiting to be awoken with true loves kiss. It’s this patience, especially with the smallest of critters (tiny humans), which makes ‘Snow White’ the envy of every pre-school teacher in the land.                                                                                                       Snow White princess character play date in Sherman Oaks, CA
  3. She’s got the voice of a blue bird. There’s nothing that soothes a wild beast (such as a tiny human) like a sweet song, and this soprano has one of the best legit singing voices of all the fairytale princesses.
  4. Skipping is her favorite. This princess isn’t stuck inside a stuffy castle. She loves being outside, enjoys a good jaunt through the woods, and is happy to dance the day away with her little friends. Snow White princess playdate in Los Angeles, CA
  5. ‘Snow White’ is definitely a foodie. Legend has it, this princess makes a mighty delicious gooseberry pie, whatever that is. If there’s anyone who can help get your kiddo to eat their lunch, it’s this girl for sure.
  6. She actually enjoys cleaning. Leave it to ‘Snow White’, the most positive princess of all, to spin a chore like scrubbing the floor into an activity that’s actually fun. Want to get your kids to put their toys away? Let ‘Snow White’ teach them to whistle while they work!                                                                           Singing Snow White princess party character in Los Angeles.
  7. She has the biggest heart. Whether it’s a baby deer, a bunny rabbit, or a diamond-mining dwarf, this empathetic princess would adopt all of the creatures if she could. In fact, she is so kind that she even lets her furry friends inside the cottage. Here’s a fun idea: pair her performance at your party with a petting zoo! Either way, your kiddos will surely enjoy the company of the most gentle of princesses, ‘Snow White’.                  Singing Snow White princess party character in Los Angeles.

I guess you could say that mirror was right: ‘Snow White’ really is the fairest of them all!

Hear this ‘Snow White’ sing and get a peek at a princess playdate by clicking on the video below.

And if you would like to schedule a princess performance at your upcoming event, or arrange for a Fairytale Photography princess playdate like the one shown here, please get in touch with us. We would love to be of service!

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A Dream-Come-True Fairytale Princess Tea Party

Princess tea party set-up beneath a whimsically decorated tent.

We had the best time envisioning this pretty n’ proper princess tea party for 5-year-old Ella’s birthday party last October, and now you can see lots of photos and read all about it over on Catch My PartyElla’s Fairytale Princess Tea Party

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The birthday girl, delighted to meet her princesses.

And there’s more: To experience the enchantment of this darling celebration, watch the video below.

Want us to help you plan and throw a tea party (or other celebration) like this one? Get in touch! And if you like this style, but your event is for grown-ups, no worries: this theme is great for baby and bridal showers, too.

 

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.

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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.

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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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