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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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Classic Princesses Stand the Test of Time

Did you know: she's French, and more than 300 years old?!

Did you know: she’s French, and more than 300 years old?!

Princesses have been at the core of children’s party entertainment for years, branching off from the standard party clown act of the 1950’s, when group parties for children became the thing-to-do, into the fairy tale favorites we all know and love.

But from where did these characters originate? Many come from the Brothers Grimm 1812 collection entitled “Children’s and Household Tales”. Did you know there are not one, but two, collections of Grimm’s fairy tales? And the first collection contained the story of “The Sleeping Beauty”, which was originally written by Charles Perrault, published in Paris, 1697.

The rise of romanticism in the 19th century is what led Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to revisit these classic tales, “which had otherwise been on the decline since their late 17th century peak”.

These German brothers were students of academia and culture; during their research, they invited people of a varying social and economic status, everyone from peasants, to middle-class, to aristocrats to come and share their stories.

The Grimm brothers legacy has also been referenced in our modern-day movies, including “Ever After”, during which an old queen relays, what we the audience are to believe, is her story, the tale of “Cinderella”, as well as in the 2005 fantasy “The Brothers Grimm” starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

CinderellaBut why are these cautionary tales still popular today? Is it the romantic ideals they represent? Is it the aspect of danger? Some of them are down-right scary (as a little girl, I remember crying in the “Snow White” ride at Walk Disney World). Or, is it the adventure? As “Belle” says in Disney’s version of “Beauty and the Beast”, perhaps it’s the “Far off places, magic spells…” or the “…prince in disguise!” that children are drawn to. Fun fact: the original story, entitled “La Belle et la Bete” was written by a woman! Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s writing was published in 1740, but the most well-known version of the work was an abridgment published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, another woman. Could it be we ladies have a thing for beasts?

Perhaps there’s no telling exactly why these folk-tales are still so adored by people the The Little Mermaidworld over. In many cases, these stories will also be children’s first experience with classic literature. For my part, no matter what gets kids interested in reading and storytelling, whether it be shiny crowns and ball gowns, or evil queens and magic beans, the simple fact that they’re engaged and entertained is enough.

May the princesses continue to live-long and sparkle! And if you’d like one to host your next children’s party, do give us a call, send an email, or use the handy contact form below.

~Jenna

Papillons Entertainment

Office: 323.463.4132

Email: papillons.ent@gmail.com


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A December Yule Remember

The holidays are here and we’d love to make some magic happen at your festivities this year.

We have our original faerie characters, “Mistletoe and Sugarplum”, a truly dynamic duo of holiday hilarity. You won’t find these characters anywhere else (we made these costumes and created the characters ourselves).

These feisty faeries are great for silly little girls and boys who love dancing, magic, singing, and face-painting.

We also have Christmas Elves, Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Plus, we have Snowman, Gingerbread, Reindeer, and Toy Soldier mascots!

And remember, children’s entertainment need not be limited to family events; we cater to corporate, office, and in-store parties, too. In fact, it might be more important to have entertainment for the little boys and girls at work celebrations: our characters can help make sure they’re having a nice time, enjoying lots of fun kid-friendly activities while the grown-ups have a good time, too.

Check out our December deals over on Facebook, and thanks for considering Papillons Entertainment for this year’s holiday party!

Office: 323.463.4132

Email: papillons.ent@gmail.com

   


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Down the Rabbit Hole: A ‘Wonderland’ Themed Party Made Simple

Kids love ‘Alice’, and ‘Wonderland’ is a fun theme for all ages.

Many moms call us wondering which theme or character they should choose for their child’s next birthday party.

If you’ve seen and done the princess thing a gajillion times already, why not go with a classic literary tale like ‘Alice in Wonderland’? Lewis Carroll’s story of the girl who chased the white rabbit down a hole, is silly-fun, appropriate for a wide age-range (I’d say anywhere from 3 years to about 10 years), and great for coed parties; ‘Alice’ is curious and adventurous which appeals to both girls and boys.

Our cast members, who are either expert entertainers, or have been trained by one of our experts, have the voice, the proper British accent, and all the funny bits down-pat. Our ‘Mad Hatter’ performers are hysterical, too, pulling off the mannerisms and crazy laugh as if they’ve jumped right out of the book.

“Oh, mister rabbit!’

Your ‘Alice’ and/or ‘Mad Hatter’ will incorporate non-competitive games and dancing fun themed around an imaginary adventure to ‘Wonderland’, engage children with an animated reading of the famous story, perform comedic magic spells, paint delightful pictures on faces, or twist colorful balloon animals.

As for decorating, don’t ‘lose your head’! Keep it simple: make whimsical signs pointing this way and that-a-way, hang festive lanterns (or make your own) from the trees, and add lots of flowers for that English garden styled look (just don’t forget to paint the roses red).

And if you want to go with a ‘Mad Tea Party’ theme, gather some mismatched pots, dishes, and plates (look for florals if you like the shabby chic look, or stripes and dots if you prefer something more modern) from the cupboard, or search your local thrift store.

Or, if you’d rather leave the work to someone else, we’ve got an incredible tea set that accommodates up to 24 children. Plus, we give you your own ‘Lady in Waiting’ to set up, serve, and clean up. We can also make the cookies, tea cakes, and finger sandwiches if you’d like.

We put a little ‘Wonderland’ themed party together recently as part of our MeetUp.com group. We encourage you to take a peek at how we decorated and at how much fun the children had with our ‘Alice’.

And of course, we’d love to help you throw a wonderful ‘Wonderland’ party; this theme is great for a bridal and baby showers, as well. Give us a call or send us a note and we’ll be happy to take you down the rabbit hole, too.

phone: 323.463.4132

email: papillons.ent@gmail.com

web: papillonsentertainment.com


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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: http://youtu.be/CbtLAt1rAvg

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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.

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

papillons.ent@gmail.com

323.463.4132

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.