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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.


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Looking For Frozen Party Ideas? How About 10 Birthday Parties to Throw Instead of A(nother) Frozen Party

If the idea of being in the midst of yet another “Frozen”-themed birthday party has got you feeling cold-hearted, I don’t blame you. Although we at Papillons Entertainment still absolutely love belting out ‘Let it Go’ with a horde of chocolate-mouth-filled 5-year-olds (we performed at nearly 150 “Frozen” inspired parties in 2014, more than 60% of our business for the entire year!), so we certainly understand first-hand our clients’ desire to diversify their children’s’ party theme portfolio.

With that in mind, may I present to you…

 10 fantastique kid-friendly party themes other than “Frozen”!

  1. Wonderland

    The seminal work of Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland” is, in my opinion, one of the most perfect party themes for children. This was one of my favorite books as a child, and it’s not hard to difficult to realize why: full of whimsy, nonsense, and talking animals, this book is a child’s (literal) dream come true. There are so many wonderful (pun intended) things you can do within this theme, too: go mad with silly signage pointing this way and that way, play a game of flamingo croquet, and set-up an easy craft project of paper flower making (because, of course, you can learn a lot of things from the flowers). And then there’s ‘Alice’ and the ‘Mad Hatter’ who would make delightful guests and lead your young attendees in whimsical activities of their own, thereby fully bringing your theme to life (and leaving you time to yourself for a much needed adult conversation and a breath of fresh air, too). tea party mad hatter alice in wonderland characters los angeles

  2. Fairytale Princess 

    Okay, so I’m sure you’ve attended (and thrown) your share of princess parties, but hear me out: the great thing about this theme is that there are sooo many fairytale princesses to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Plus, they often each come with their own sub-theme. For example, look at ‘The Little Mermaid’: this princess doubles as an ocean-themed party. And how about ‘Beauty and the Beast’? This timeless princess’ story works as a book-themed party or even as a French-themed party. Plus, you have so much freedom when it comes to decoration and activities, you can’t really go wrong. You could minimize your stress this year and just get a dozen or two pastel balloons from your local Party City to serve as decorations (they’re less than $1 each!), grab some cupcakes from the market, and then find a fabulous fairytale princess character performer to take on the duties of entertaining the children and voila! Or, go big if that’s your style, and hire an event stylist to create the fairytale land of your child’s dream (a’chem… or, just call us). Belle, Aurora the Sleeping Beauty_sea princess Ariel birthday party characters in Los Angeles

  3. Jolly Holiday Carnival 

    Maybe your kiddo isn’t into princesses so the whole fairytale thing isn’t for you. No worries! I can’t think of any other party theme as appropriate for kids of all ages than a carnival themed party. And there is so much you can do in the way of games and decor, you’ve really got your pick of ideas here. Perhaps you’d like to do a classic red/blue/yellow carnival, with tasty food carts (we recommend the folks at Let’s Have a Cart Party). Or, if you prefer a more feminine touch to your carnival, go with pastel colors like coral/violet/teal, string up some tissue pom-poms, and present a fantasy carousel cake. How delightful! Either way, if you’re looking for a character to fit this theme and entertain your young carnival-goers, consider the practically perfect Miss Poppins. She brings a spoonful of sugar (and then-some) to her party performances. Mary Poppins jolly holiday party character look and sound alike los angeles

  4. Escape to Fairyland 

    If it’s open-ended ideas you’re looking for, creating your own fairyland will give you so much freedom, it’s really incredible. You could set up a tent in the backyard and fill it with lots of fairy objects, enticing little ones to use their imagination and pretend they are living in their own wee pixie hollow… organize a fairy hunt and hide treasures all about for kids to find (and what a great way to give out the party favors at the same time)…  provide a fairy hair garland craft project… and of course set-up a fairy costuming area for children to become “real” fairies. Nothing brings this theme to life like a real, live fairy, of course. Make sure to hire a whimsical winged-character to enchant children with magic and more. And when you’re ready to send your thanks to guests for attending, check out these charming thank you notes from Red Cap Cards.fancy fairy party characters los angeles

  5. Pirates & Princesses 

    I know what you’re thinking… not more princesses! Yes, yes, but this is different. Really. Pirates and princesses have a long history of going well together. You could sort of say they’re like peanut butter & jelly, or if you’re not into food metaphors, then let’s say they’re like the Dread Pirate Roberts & Princess Buttercup (my favorite literary/on-screen duo. Speaking of which, you could definitely let The Princess Bride inspire your party decorations, and if you do, please please PLEASE send me an invite). Of course, your 5-year-old is more likely into Disney Jr. than movies by Rob Reiner, so how about combining a classic princess and pirate together? Or perhaps combine the themes of ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ and ‘Sofia the First’ together for a modern take on the princess/pirate duo? Just think of all your could do: royal jewels spilling out of wooden treasure chestspirate hats and princess tiara dress-up, and a DIY pirate ship sailing up to a DIY cardboard castle. You don’t have to do everything yourself, though, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to make it out of your party kingdom with your sanity in-tact. Ask us about our pirate and princess duos to take some of the stress out of entertaining your tiny swashbucklers and royal highnesses. pirate party pirate birthday character los angelesprincess sofia and neverland jake practice magic los angeles kids parties

  6. Celtic Adventure

    For magic and merriment galore, might I suggest a Celtic themed party? And no, you’re not limited to leprechauns and pots of gold here… the Celts have many-a-legend to pull from for this imaginative theme. From St. Patrick who supposedly drove all the snakes from Ireland, to the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland, you’ve got lots of myths you can incorporate into your Celtic-inspired party. You could make cookies shaped like Celtic knots, decorate with tartan style fabrics, play Highland themed games such as an archery challenge, foam sword mock battle, etc. Or, you could even invite our brave Scottish princess Merida to lead a variety of Celtic inspired group activities, including a wee archery lesson and a Highland style dance. Take a peek-a-boo at our Brave-themed Pinterest board for more inspiration. Scottish princess Merida character for Brave themed party in Los Angeles.

  7. All Tangled-Up

    Here’s a loose idea to play with: what about a hair themed party? Or, call it a salon party, whatever tickles your tresses! Have kids wear their hair in a crazy style, or hire a stylist to come and create personalized ‘dos for each girl. Or, if you have a bigger budget and don’t want to do this at home, just relax and book a small salon to help you pull off the theme. Our client invited us to her daughter’s birthday where girls would be having beautiful braids styled into their hair; she wanted to take the theme even further with make-overs and tween friendly mocktails. Check out our previous blog entry all about it for inspiration on throwing your own fabulous fête. Girls received beautifully braided hair dos at a tween birthday party at Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, CA.

  8. You Can’t Spell Party without Arty

    Why not just use colors as your child’s party theme? There is, literally, a rainbow of colors and ideas you can work with to make this party theme the brightest birthday bash you’ve thrown to date. This theme will allow you AND your little guests to get really creative. Invite kids to make a snack plate of foods the color of the rainbow (challenge them to pick something of each color for “extra points”), make inexpensive paint palate party favor bags, or have the kids paint their masterpiece right there at the party (pro tip: what a great way to keep them occupied, too). If you need even more help, you could have invite our team to lead your arts & crafts extravaganza, or book one of our expert face painters to create works-of-art on faces! Face painters for parties and events in Los Angeles

  9. Afternoon Tea 

    “Oh, Jeeves? We’ll be taking our tea & biscuits on the veranda this afternoon,” would be really fun to say, even if you don’t have a butler named Jeeves, or a butler at all, or even a veranda. So why not go for the tried-and-true, un-apologetically feminine English garden style tea party! It’s a lovely theme, of which you can go big (like this client of ours, who also booked two of our fairytale princess characters, in addition to catering, and more) or stay small, with a more intimate affair. Invite just a few children over and borrow tea cups from friends, or find shabby-chic styles to mix and match on eBay (pro tip: put an herbal tea bag, packaged in a little organza sack, into each cup and voila! you’ve got a classy, heirloom quality party favor). For extra points, make sugar cookies shaped like tea pots, and serve authentic tea-time finger sandwiches and tea cakes. Or, just hire us and you won’t have to lift a finger… except your pinky. Princess English garden tea party in Los Angeles

  10. Divas-In-Training

    And finally, if your little girl loves to dance and dress-up, there’s nothing wrong with throwing a pop-star type party. You can ask children to come over in costume, or collect pieces from your little ones costume collection and create a dress-up area for little guests to borrow from while they’re dancing the day away. Speaking of dancing, music will be super important to pull-off this theme. Make sure you have a playlist of kid-friendly pop music, or hire a DJ (or a KJ — karaoke jockey — if your daughter likes to sing, too) to keep the party poppin’. As far as the color scheme goes, bright, jewel colors will be your go-to here: just mix and match lemon yellow, orange, neon pink, magenta, lime green, etc. (go crazy!) for desert tables, decorations, plates, cups, and more. And don’t forget the disco lighting, especially if you’re going to have an indoor and/or evening event (check out this tutorial for DIY light-up balloons). Most importantly, there must be lots of dancing, but you’ve got a lot on your dessert plate already (and I know you’d like to actually finish your dessert without yet another interruption), so consider hiring a colorful Dance Motivator to keep kids movin’ and groovin’!

Rainbow glamor girl party character los angelesThere ya go! Ten birthday party themes you can use for your child’s next birthday party that ARE NOT about “Frozen”in any way, shape or form.

I hope this helped to inspire you and that the ideas are flowing for your kiddo’s next celebration. If you have questions about anything mentioned here, or if you’d like the team at Papillons Entertainment to take some of the weight off your shoulders and help you plan your next party, please leave a comment below, or for formal inquiries, email us at info@papillonsentertainment.com.

Cheers! And we hope your event is chic, unique, and fantastique!

~ Jenna (founder & lead performer Papillons Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA)


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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.

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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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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!

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Chill-Out with “Frozen” Inspired Princess Party Characters

UPDATE: April 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – Your Frozen parties haven’t “chilled out” just yet; they’re as “cool” and popular as ever! We have been performing at so many ‘Frozen’ themed parties, we’ve not only added a THIRD ‘Snow Queen’ costume (Elsa inspired character), and a second ‘Norwegian Princess’ costume (Anna inspired character), but we’ve also approved yet another cast member to share the ‘Elsa’ inspired role.  Take a peek at this playlist of videos featuring our ‘Frozen’ inspired characters leading the fun at recent events, plus more photos of our team on the job below…

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

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

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

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

From head-to-toe, we've added lots of snowy details to our

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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