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5 Reasons This Los Angeles Princess Party Is A No-Brainer

When you think kids birthday party you probably think “princess party”, but it can be especially tricky for busy L.A. moms and dads to find the best princess character entertainment solution to make their child’s wish come true.

With more than 20 companies around Southern California promising “amazing” and “dazzling” princess parties, how do you know which one will truly deliver? And do you even have the time to scour through every single website to feel confident in your decision?

If you’re like most Angelenos, you’ve got a lot on your plate. You just want to simply and quickly plan your kiddo’s party and move on with your day.

Enter The Pop-Up Princess Parlor: the brand-new, turn-key solution for princess dress-up party awesomeness in Los Angeles.

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Here are 5 ways The Pop-Up Princess Parlor can help:

1. Just add cake and guests and voila! You’ve got a party!

The Pop-Up Princess Parlor is so easy to book, all you have to do is choose from 3 different “sizes”, the Petite, Grande or Plus Grande (to find the right “fit” for your party).

The package options include EVERYTHING you’ll need to create an enchanting entertainment experience, complete with princess characters of your child’s choice. All you’ll need to do is invite friends and cut the cake!

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2. You won’t lift a finger (except to sip your chardonnay, if that’s your thing).

There’s a sweet fairytale “Lady in Waiting” who hosts the dress-up activity within the Pop-Up Princess Parlor itself, assisting children in finding the perfect princess costumes (which are adorable AND comfortable AND plentiful — they bring more than 20 dresses and costumes, plus some accessories for kids to play with).

And the princesses lead rehearsed, character-themed repertoires of group activities designed for kids ages 3-7 years on-average. So go ahead and have a glass of wine and enjoy a much needed adult conversation.

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3. All deliveries, pick-up, set-up and strike are included.

The Pop-Up Princess Parlor team will coordinate with you prior to the party to schedule the princess arrival, the tent delivery and pick-up. The team will then set-up and strike the whole shebang the day of the event. All you’ll need to do is point!

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4. Princess character performers are plucked straight from famous theme parks!

The cast members who work with the Pop-Up Princess Parlor boast impressive resumes, having performed as princess characters in famous theme parks all around the world, and international Broadway style shows. You won’t be embarrassed to show-off these princesses, who wear costumes and wigs authentically created and styled with integrity.

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5. It’s unique, stylish, and encourages imagination play.

If you book the Pop-Up Princess Parlor, you are very likely to hear your guests say, “This is so beautiful,” and “I’ve never seen anything like this at a party,” and “It’s like the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique popped-up in your backyard!”

This princess dress-up party also breaks kids away from the iPad and gets them outside! You might see your kiddos running around pretending they are knights riding a horse, or donning a yellow gown and twirling like Princess Belle at the ball.

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So you can quit searching and just book the Pop-Up Princess Parlor.

We know you have better things to do, like go tell that little darling of yours that she (or he!) is about to have the princess party of their dreams!

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Use the contact form below to book the Pop-Up Princess Parlor now:

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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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.

 


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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.

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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.

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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!


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My Top 11 Kids’ Parties Of 2013

Ah, the new  year… so fresh and clean, like a blank canvas upon which we can paint whatever we like… full of hope, and ripe for the fulfillment of our most daring dreams and desires.

As I think about 2014 and all of its endless possibilities, I can’t help but look back lovingly at 2013 and remember how wonderful it was.  I was fortunate enough to be part of so many memorable events from the past year, but I wanted to share some of my top moments. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is a list of 11 of my favorite kids’ parties and special events from 2013.

Our "Little Mermaid" makes fishy faces with the birthday girl and her friends.

Our “Little Mermaid” makes fishy faces with the birthday girl and her friends.

1. Little Mermaid at Seascape in Anaheim Hills, CA: Over the summer, one of our regular clients invited the “Little Mermaid” to entertain at her daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I’m proud to say that we have a handful of performers in our cast who have played the character at the various theme parks and, luckily, it worked out that I could take photos and video of our cast member in-action during her performance at the party. The kids were so great and our “princess” did a mertastic job; I was so happy to have captured this footage (click the picture below to watch the video).

The "Little Mermaid" in action at a princess party in Orange County, CA.

The “Little Mermaid” in action at a princess party in Orange County, CA.

2. Toddler Guitar Sing-Along for Lisa Loeb: In addition to being a children’s entertainer, I’m also a songwriter; I’ve had my music featured in shows like “Hellcats” on the CW, various reality TV programs, a couple indie films, and lots of wedding videos. But as cool as it is to hear a song you wrote playing in a movie theater, I have to say, when one of your songwriting idols calls you up to ask if you can perform at her child’s birthday party, it’s a pretty surreal experience! If you want to see what my live music performance for toddler and preschoolers is like, click here. Lisa Loeb can be found on TwitterInstagram, and her official website.

What a cool day: I got to perform a toddler/preschool guitar sing-along for one of my songwriting idols, Lisa Loeb!

What a cool day: I got to perform a toddler/preschool guitar sing-along for one of my songwriting idols, Lisa Loeb!

3. Caroline’s 9th Birthday Party at Nine Zero One Salon, West Hollywood, CA: A lot of people wonder if we only do princess parties. While I would say that princess parties account for many of our performances, we have an incredibly versatile roster of talent at our fingertips and have provided everything from dessert catering to carnival rides. Personally, I thrive when I get to be creative and try new things, so when one of our regular clients whose daughter, having had plenty of princess parties from us in the past, was ready for a fancy “grown-up” soiree, I was excited to plan and execute her chic celebration. The party was complete with custom made “mock-tails” & drink menus which I designed, a bartender, a make-up artist, glitter tattoos, and a caricature artist all supplied by my company Papillons Entertainment. I’ll toast to that!

Mocktails are served! Complete with tasty fruit garnishes, these kid-friendly drinks were a huge hit at Caroline's 901 Salon party.

Mocktails are served! Complete with tasty fruit garnishes, these kid-friendly drinks were a huge hit at Caroline’s 9th birthday at Nine Zero One Salon.

4. The Sea Princess for Susan Egan at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom: This performance was such a full-circle moment for me, I’m not sure the utter amazingness of it will translate in writing, but I’ll do my best. You see, when I was a girl, I became obsessed with the Broadway soundtrack of “Beauty and the Beast”. I would listen to it every night as I fell asleep, singing along, trying to match my voice to the young actress on the recording. I got so good at impersonating her sound, my friends at school would ask me to “sing like Belle!” and I would.

I performed as a princess for my Broadway idol, Susan Egan (a real Disney princess)!

I performed as a princess for my Broadway idol, Susan Egan (a real Disney princess)!

Flash forward to Burbank, California, a little karaoke bar called Sardo’s. It was 2006, I think, and I was sitting at the bar with my friends when I heard a familiar voice singing. I said to my friends, kind of half-heartedly, “Sounds like Susan Egan.” Just then, I turned to look at the karaoke stage, and there she was: Susan Egan! It was her! I completely freaked because I just couldn’t believe that the “Belle of Broadway”, the woman who I would often credit as having “taught me how to sing,” was there, at my little karaoke bar! I began crying, like a total fangirl. The bar’s owner came up to me and asked what was wrong. I told him as much as I could muster until he just stopped me and said, “C’mon, let’s go meet her”. Seriously?!

So, the owner fetched Susan and I met her, tears and all, and I told her how listening to her recordings taught me how to sing, and she said the funniest thing: “Well, I hope you didn’t learn all of my bad habits.” And as if that wasn’t enough, to meet and hug and hysterically cry in front of your musical idol, she asked if I’d like to sing a song with her. And I did. And it was “The Rainbow Connection” because that was my favorite song from childhood and it was one of the most special moments of my life so far. I’ll always remember it.

I was able to keep in touch with Susan, because that’s the kind of person she is, and years later she even left a review on my iTunes music page (open it in iTunes to see Susan’s review). I told her I played princesses for kids and that if she ever needed a princess for one of her darling daughter’s parties, she should hit me up. And she said she would. And one day, she did. And it was wonderful. And we all lived happily ever after.

P.S. Ms. Egan maintains a humorous blog called Glamour & Goop and can also be found on Twitter. You might also check out the music video for her song “Nina Doesn’t Care”, in which she sings, ironically, “As she puts me through the paces, I try not to yell, but it’s hard when she prefers the Mermaid over Belle“.

"The Sea Princess" with the birthday girl and her big sister.

The Sea Princess” with the birthday girl and her big sister.

"The Sea Princess" with the birthday queen and her royal court.

“The Sea Princess” with the birthday queen and her royal court at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom.

5. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Sea Princess at Giggles n’ Hugs in Century City: One of the most fun things for us as children’s entertainers is when we get to work with each other. A new client contacted us in Autumn hoping to get three princesses together for her daughter’s dream 4th birthday party and happily we were able to make that wish come true. The party venue, Giggles n’ Hugs, was located at the Century City mall, and as we strolled through the shopping center, a friendly passerby snapped this sweet photo of us. Follow us on Instagram and search #papillonsentertainment for more fun pictures on the job.

A triple princess party with "Cinderella", "The Sea Princess", and "Sleeping Beauty".

A triple princess party with “Cinderella”, “The Sea Princess”, and “Sleeping Beauty”.

6. “Rapunzel” for Kelly Oxford: “Rapunzel” is one of my favorite characters to cosplay, especially when a client books my upgraded acoustic guitar and singing performance. To be honest, although I knew of Kelly Oxford from Twitter (with over 500K followers, Kelly is best known for her refreshingly funny and snarky look at life and motherhood; she is also a New York Times best selling author), when she called me looking to book my musical “Rapunzel” performance, I thought nothing of it. It was only when I arrived at the party and was met outside by Kelly herself that it dawned on me who I was working for. For those of you who follow Ms. Oxford on Twitter or Instagram, you might recognize little Bea (pictured with “Rapunzel” below) who is often the subject of her photo posts, and upon whom my friend “Rapunzel” painted one of her favorite flower princess face-paintings of the year.

"Rapunzel" and sweet Bea.

“Rapunzel” and sweet Bea.

Pumpkin painting, deluxe balloon twisting, and fancy face-painting at The Taste of Southlake in Pasadena.

Pumpkin painting, deluxe balloon twisting, and fancy face-painting at The Taste of Southlake.

7. The Taste of Southlake, Fall 2013, in Pasadena, CA: I love crafts, I love balloon sculptures, and I love when I get to create all different kinds of face-painting designs. Which is to say why the Kid Zone at this event, of which I was in charge of coordinating, prepping, and organizing, and during which we met at least one hundred kids throughout the three hours of entertainment, made my list of favorites for the year. Here are a couple more shots of our work from the event that I found on Flickr.

A rubber duckie balloon sculpted by our balloon twister.

A rubber duckie balloon sculpted by our balloon twister.

A little girl with a catterfly face-painting doing some painting of her own.

A little girl with a catterfly face-painting doing some painting of her own.

8. “Cinderella” at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA: This party was one of my favorites for a couple of reasons, the first being that I got to work with my amazing photographer/budding video-content-marketer partner, Jeff Drongowski of Drongo Photo. Another reason I loved this party has everything to do with the lovely Carolina Cavaliere, a reporter for TWC Deportes, and her husband, Andrea Cavaliere, the talented chef at Cecconi’s restaurant. Both the dining and decor at Cecconi’s is delightful; pay them a visit if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

A royal ball with "Cinderella" at Ciccone's in West Hollywood, CA. (photography by Drongo Photo)

A royal ball with “Cinderella” at Cicconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. (photography by Drongo Photo)

Carolina & Andrea Cavaliere and the birthday girl. (Photography by Drongo Photo)

Carolina & Andrea Cavaliere and the birthday girl. (Photography by Drongo Photo)

9. The Local 600 IATSE Holiday Open House at The Cinematographer’s Guild in Hollywood, CA: Seems like December hit us faster than a reindeer in flight. Good thing the folks at the International Cinematographer’s Guild booked with us very early, way back in August of 2013 for their December 7th event! I had a blast putting this event together: all in all, we provided three pro face-painters, four skilled caricature artists, and one of our classically trained actors to play the part of “Ebenezer Scrooge” (to keep the Santa line moving and all the folks waiting in high spirits). It was a great way to kick off the holidays.

Santa and Mrs Claus hanging out with Ebenezer Scrooge at the Local 600 IATSE holiday open house in Los Angeles.

Santa and Mrs Claus hanging out with Ebenezer Scrooge at the Local 600 IATSE holiday open house in Los Angeles.

Festive face-painting all around at the IATSE Local 600 Holiday Open House in Los Angeles.

Festive face-painting all around at the IATSE Local 600 Holiday Open House in Los Angeles.

10. Jolly Holiday “Mary Poppins” at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Brea, CA: I absolutely adore everything old timey, so when my client in Orange County told me that she had to change the location of her party from her home to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, I was giddy with excitement. Farrell’s has an authentic turn-of-the-century charm that recalls the days of barbershop quartets and the Model T, but there was one problem: what I had originally planned to do for the birthday girl and her friends was a pop star dance and glamour party. A “pop star” would stick out like a sore thumb in a place like Farrell’s, there wouldn’t be any room to lead any dancing with the girls, and we certainly couldn’t blast One Direction throughout the restaurant. The solution? Let’s have a “jolly holiday with Mary!” With all of its delicate details, this costume is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s not hard to see how perfectly the character fit with the theme at Farrell’s. “Poppins” turned out to be, not only a huge hit with the birthday party and our client (you can read her review here), but with the other restaurant guests and the Farrell’s employees, too!

"Poppins" pops in to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet celebration.

“Poppins” pops in to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet celebration.

11. Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA: The 2013 holiday season found my immediate family all the way on the other side of the country, back on the East Coast, so spending Christmas with them, unfortunately, wasn’t an option for me. While I do miss my family around special times like these, I feel very lucky to have been able to spend this Christmas Eve with two great families in Manhattan Beach: a regular client of mine (between their parties and their friend’s kids’ parties, I think they’ve seen me as almost every princess in the fairy-tale collection!) wanted help passing out gifts and dinner time entertainment for their group of ten kiddos, and coincidentally enough, their friends just a few blocks away wanted to make the evening extra enchanting for their two young daughters before bedtime. I had been working on a new Santa’s Helper/50’s style “Elf” costume, which I finished just in time to debut at their celebrations. With all the crafts, dancing, singing, face-painting, and storytelling I did at both parties, I’m not sure who had more fun that night, me or the kids. Although I’ve been working as a children’s entertainer for more than twelve years, I still get great joy from creating magical moments for kids and families, and this night was filled with them.

Santa's Helper Elf on Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Santa’s Helper Elf on Christmas Eve in Manhattan Beach, CA.

In fact, the entire year was filled with magic, and I have all of our wonderful, trusting, generous, awesomely amazing clients to thank.

Here’s to 2014: may it be just as enchanting, ever as exciting, and may all your dreams come true!

~ Jenna B.

(“queen butterfly” and lead expert performer at Papillons Entertainment)

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