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Don’t Rent the Same-Old Folding Chairs for Your Party: With Teak & Lace, You Can Book Unique Kids Tables, Chairs, Backdrops and More!

As an event planner mostly working in the field of children’s and family events, I have never found a furniture rental company that provides higher-end tables and chairs for kids. 

Until I discovered Teak & Lace.

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Teak & Lace provides unique event furniture rentals for children in Los Angeles 

I was exploring Instagram one day, gathering inspiration from my fellow Los Angeles party planners, and I saw this photo of their wood cross back chairs for kids. I had rented chairs like these for adults, but I had never seen them kid-sized. This was a game changer for me as an event planner whose primary focus is on kids parties.

I mean, just look at their designer-inspired inventory! Their party rental items are clean, stylish, cohesive… every one of their tables and chairs for rent look like something you would see in the Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn catalog, except it’s sized for kids and won’t break the bank. The rental prices at Teak & Lace are quite affordable even for those planning a party on a somewhat modest budget.

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In all honesty, most people don’t think about kids’ party rentals. Most people will just rent basic folding chairs and tables from a typical party rental company. They’ll throw a table cloth over it, tie sashes around the chairs and call it good. Heck, we’ve done that, too, I’ll admit it, because frankly most event planning clients don’t have the budget to level-up their party rentals. Look, I get that, and those kind of simpler parties can be lovely, too.

But I think, if you do have room in your budget, whether you’re planning a wedding, baby shower, Christmas or holiday party, that if you’re going to have kids at your party, and you want to pull-together the entire look and design of your event, you should rent stylish furniture pieces not just for the adults, but for the children, too.

Speaking of holidays, check out this styled shoot from Teak & Lace featuring a rustic Christmas party:

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Metal & wood with touches of lumberjack plaid make this a holiday party both kids and adults will adore.

I just love this look; it’s both fancy and cosy at the same time. White spindle table with wood bench and silver metal chairs create a mix & match design that’s good-old-fashioned-fun with a modern touch.

The ultimate form-meets-function, Teak & Lace’s classy event furniture rentals for kids are eye candy for the adults at your party, as well as practical for children.

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These black spindle tables and “ghost” chairs for kids from Teak & Lace enhanced the “haunted house” look at our client’s Halloween party.

Here’s another look: Our team recently rented 20  “ghost chairs” (how cool are those?!), two black spindle children’s sized tables, one black spindle dessert table along with an 8’ hedge wall, and a set of marble & wood dessert stands for a client’s Halloween party and the team at Teak & Lace provided a package that included delivery, set-up and pick-up (all of which was 100% on-time, by the way) for less than $1,000.

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Hedgewall and black spindle dessert table courtesy of Teak & Lace.

I don’t know of any other party rental company in Los Angeles that offers unique tables and chairs for kids like Teak & Lace. But I do know they are very busy (probably because they are the only company offering stylish furniture like this in the area), so book them early and book them soon: go to http://www.teakandlace.com to see more of their wonderful party rental inventory.

Check out more party style inspiration photos from Teak & Lace on Instagram.

You can also find Teak & Lace on Facebook and Yelp.

And if you need help planning your upcoming event, please get in touch with our team here at Papillons Entertainment + Events. We would love to be of service and help you design, plan, and throw a stylish celebration (hopefully in collaboration with Teak & Lace).

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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.