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Los Angeles princess characters for parties, plus event planning, event styling, magicians, musicians, puppet shows, balloon twisting, face-painting and more.

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A very ‘Brave’ princess.

Ready your arrow, take aim…

Bang the drums, sound the bagpipes, and fire the arrows! A brand new character to match your ‘Brave’ themed parties is here!

To say we’re excited about this new character is putting it very mildly. Just to give you an idea, we’ve been practicing our Scottish accents for weeks and, frankly, we can’t stop; we’re having such a great time with it!

Making the costume and props for our ‘Merida’ look-alike character was just as fun. It started with 6 yards of dark teal shantung, a heavier weight silk fabric with a subtle luster. We found a historically accurate “medieval” pattern for the shape of the dress. I think cutting the pattern and laying it out on the fabric took the most time; you only have one chance to get the cut right.

Twelve plus hours later, and we had the dress! Whew! The belt is hand-made, too, including its hand decorated Celtic symbols in gold paint.

Next, we wanted to give this character an activity unique to her performance. Our specialty is truly engaging entertainment, much of it through interactive game play, so why not create a way for our Celtic princess to not only teach bravery through her activities, but also lead a fun, educational bit on a historical sport? How about a mock archery lesson?!

Putting the target together.

We came up with the idea to upholster a giant, circular foam piece with felt, making it look like a target. We attached Velcro to the play arrows, so that the arrows would stick to the felt, and voila! A fantastic, portable target for the character to bring to every appearance. Plus, it makes a great set piece for photos. Bulls-eye!

We also wanted our character to have a HUGE head of curly, red hair. How could she not?! We left this to our professional wig mistress and we’re so glad we did: check it out. It is UNREAL. We love it!

Hair. Everywhere.

So, “change your fate” this fall and give us a call. This character will make a grrreat addition to any party full of active, curious kids who love adventure, magic, and feisty lassies.

P.S. Take a peek at our promo video here:

UPDATE: 09/02/12

Jenna just did a great shoot in ‘Merida’ costume with Drongo Photo. Take a peeky-boo!

“I. Am. MERIDA!”

“If you could change your fate…”


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‘Brave’ Celtic princess coming soon.

We have some mighty activities in store for the newest addition to our kingdom, a look-and-sound-alike for the princess ‘Merida’. Her costume & props are still under construction at this time, but I couldn’t resist letting you have a sneak peek.

At her hair!

Like her friend ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Merida’s’ hair is very important; it must be styled with intention and utmost detail.

This wig is huge! And full! And wild! And we can’t wait to send her your way.

Stay tuned for our next post on this ‘Brave’ princess, where we’ll reveal her finished costume and repertoire of activities.

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“Rapunzel” themed parties as popular as ever.

She sings and plays acoustic guitar!

Every princess party we attend, we see at least 3 or 4 miniature ‘Rapunzels’ running around. Yes, the “Tangled” heroine is as popular as ever.

Good thing we have not one, but two ‘Rapunzel’ costumes here at Papillons Entertainment. And not only do we have multiple costumes, but we also have 3 cast members who play the part beautifully, and 2 different performance package options:

  • The first package is what we call our ‘Prestige Performance‘. This is our top-tier, best-of-the-best option: performed by Jenna, our head princess, who also happens to be a professional singer-songwriter, the ‘Prestige’ package includes…
  1.  An acoustic guitar & singing performance of two songs from the soundtrack.

    ‘Prestige Rapunzel’ and her purple guitar. Click the image to watch a video of this sweet show.

  2. Dress-up accessories (for girls and boys).
  3. A folk dance lesson & themed game play.
  4. Enchanted magic spells and small prizes for the children.
  5. Fancy face-painting.
  6. A personalized gift for the birthday girl, and a few extras, too (we can’t give away all our secrets here!).

For those who want a seriously impressive, interactive, truly unique princess party, the ‘Prestige’ package is the way to go. Since we often get calls from around the country, I’ll reiterate here that our company, and Jenna, are based in Southern California, but if you want to fly her out to your city for this amazing performance (or, arrange an online video chat performance), we could find a way to make that happen.

Of course, she’s the only one we know of, who’s not only an extremely experienced children’s performer, but also a working singer and songwriter (her music having been heard in shows for CW, MTV, MTVUK, SonyTVUK, feature films, wedding videos, and more), who can pull off these awesome ‘Rapunzel’ guitar playing shows. A sound-a-like such as this is very rare, so as you can imagine, she books up quickly.

But we know there are many little girls out there who just gotta have ‘Rapunzel’ at their parties, and since Jenna can’t (yet) clone herself, we also have our fantastic ‘Classic Performance‘ package. The ‘Classic’ package is usually performed by cast members Marisa and Courtney (both of whom are working actors, Marisa working often in film, and Courtney staying busy on-stage, having recently returned from Tokyo Disneyland where she played several famous Disney characters). Book our ‘Classic Performance’ package and your little girl and her guests will experience engaging activities such as…

We make every birthday ‘the best day ever’!

  1. Dancing to music.
  2. Themed game play.
  3. Enchanted magic spells.
  4. Storytelling.
  5. Face-painting and/or balloon twisting.

Aside from one-on-one activities, like face-painting and balloon twisting, this performance is completely interactive and oh-so charming.

With both packages, extra-special attention is paid to the birthday girl, of course! She might even get to touch the princess’ magic hair or even take a picture with ‘Pascal’ (if you can find him… he’s really good at hide n’ seek)!

And if you want to go all-out this birthday, invite ‘Flynn Rider’, too! He makes parties dashing and daring with that ‘smolder’ of his. Just make sure, that if you’re putting his picture up anywhere, you get his nose right.

For current package pricing, please get in touch with us by email or phone:


P.S. Take a look at some recent photos of our ‘Prestige Rapunzel’ in-action. We’d like thank the Czarnecki family for sending in most of the pictures below.