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8 Great Princess Characters For Parties Los Angeles

We are all about our princess parties at Papillons Entertainment, which means our princess characters have got to be polished and practically perfect before we will send them out into the world to make the children of Southern California lose their little sugar-infused minds.

And that is our goal, first and foremost: We aim to make children’s dreams come true by captivating their imaginations with authentic, immersive, theatrical princess performances. And I must stress the word performances, because that’s what our princess characters provide; not a random set of generic activities (like twisting balloons, which is fine as an activity in and of itself, but much better suited to a character like a clown, or silly superhero).

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Our princesses don’t do balloons. We do much more than that. #sorrynotsorry

Now, you might be wondering why? Why don’t our princesses do balloon twisting, or do things like parachute games? I’m really glad you asked; this is an important question! And the answer is very simple. Just think about this: When was the last time you read a fairytale in which the princess was twisting balloons?

In Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, the author never wrote, “When she had finished her work she used to sit amongst the cinders in the corner of the chimney and make balloon animals.” The Fairy Godmother never asked Cinderella to, “Go into the garden and bring me a parachute.” Although, I’ll admit, that would all be pretty funny to read.

But that’s the thing. It’s funny! Because it’s weird. Why is it weird? Because it’s inauthentic, which is a fancy word to say that it’s not true to character. Children think it’s strange to see a beautiful, royal character, like Cinderella, trying to make a balloon animal. They watch her struggling with the thing… wincing at the possibility of the balloon popping in her pretty face as it squeaks in her gloved hands. And then as a result, the children start to question her very being. “How do you know how to make balloons?” they ask. “The real Cinderella doesn’t have balloons,” which is always followed by the dreaded, “You’re just a person in a costume!” GASP!

And with that, the fantasy is over. Because when children disbelieve, they lose attention, and when they lose attention, they get bored, and when children get bored at a birthday party, you’ve now all of the sudden got 20 rambunctious children running through your house, which is exactly what you were trying to avoid by hiring a princess character in the first place. Right?

Which brings me to our second goal: We believe a character, whether it’s a princess character or a storybook character or a superhero character, should provide such engaging activity that you and your adult guests get to enjoy the party, too.

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We want you to have an uninterrupted grown-up conversation. We want you to be free to watch the fun, and savor the taste of the catering you spent your hard-earned money on. We believe your enjoyment, as mother or father of the birthday kid, and the enjoyment of your other adult guests, is just as important as the enjoyment of the children. But one facilitates the other: If your little guests are truly engaged by the entertainment, your big guests will have a fun time, too. And that’s what we want. We want a win-win for you!

Okay, so now you know a little more about how we do things at Papillons Entertainment. I’m passionate about what we do here, so yes, this was/is a long post. And I know you might be thinking, “Sheesh! They take their princess parties WAY too seriously.” And you are correct. We absolutely take our princess party-ting extraordinarily seriously. Because our passion gives our clients an invaluable service: PEACE OF MIND. Our clients get peace of mind when they book with us, thanks to our obsession, thanks to our attention-to-detail. Our clients don’t worry about what the performer will look like, or what they princess will do at the party, or if the princess will capture the children’s attention. Our clients relax, move on, and concentrate on other things… like enjoying a bite to eat and catching up with a friend.

We understand that this might be too much for you. We might not be the right fit for you. You might be looking for something basic, and that’s totally cool! But if this resonates with you, please read on to explore our…

 8 Great Princess Characters for Parties, Los Angeles!

1. The Sleeping Beauty

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She is the woodland princess of our dreams… literally, right? Because she fell asleep? Get it?!

Silly jokes aside, this is the divine, dancing, darling princess in the luxurious pink dress whom children adore. She uses her imagination to play, loves to twirl about on adventures through the woods, and thanks to her three fairy friends, she’s even got a touch of magic. Click here to watch a video of our Sleeping Beauty casting her spell on happy children.

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2. The First Princess Sofia

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She’s meant to be a child princess, so the performer should look as young as possible. We believe we have the youngest, most adorable looking performers who play Sofia that you will find in the greater Los Angeles area. They are all extremely petite (5’2″ or shorter, with extra small body types), all have beautiful blue eyes, perfect smiles, and sweet voices. And yes, they all sing her songs, too!

Sofia will teach children everything she has learned so far about being a young princess, through dancing, a royal game with her sweet squirrel friend, and magic, too, as children help her prepare for her big upcoming enchantments test!

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3. Cinderella

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I don’t know about you, but Cinderella was my favorite growing up. In fact, my mom likes to tell the story of the time she asked me to clean something up on the floor, and my response was, “No mommy! Not like Cinderella!” Kids are so funny… but Cinderella still holds a special place in my heart.

To keep the magic of Cinderella alive, just like we do with our other princess and storybook characters, we are very picky about which cast members play this beloved classic. One of our cast members has even portrayed Cinderella on a famous stage for a very famous company whose name we cannot mention here… I’m sure you can guess.

As Cinderella for our company, our ladies lead an easy-to-follow ballroom dance, sing songs, perhaps play a group game of “pass the pumpkin,” and even bring a little bit of Fairy Godmother’s magic to the party for a very special surprise, just for your birthday girl (or boy! no gender bias here).

Princess Cinderella party character dances with 4 year old girls in Los Angeles at Roxbury Park, Beverly Hills.

4. The Sea Princess (a character inspired by Ariel, and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid)

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This photo above (and below) was from an honest-to-goodness highlight of my life: this was the day I played The Little Mermaid (turned human Sea Princess) for the daughter of my personal hero. If you’ve ever listened to any Disney princess songs, such as the princess tea party soundtrack, then you will know the voice of Susan Egan. Now, if you’re a big Disnerd like me, you will know Susan Egan as the original “Belle of Broadway.” Yes, she originated the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, The Musical. And she is the woman who taught me how to sing, as I listened to the soundtrack over, and over, every night as a girl.

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But I digress! So, Susan’s girls know that she “is Belle,” and like most kids, they are fascinated by mermaids, thus Ariel was invited to the party. But it’s much better to perform in the ball gown — there’s so much more a performer can do as the human version of this character. As The Sea Princess, our performer leads dancing, under-the-sea-inspired group games, an enchanting show & tell segment with her “Gadgets & Gismos Galore,” and singing (but of course)!

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5. Rapunzel

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As a performers who play princesses at parties for a living, we love miss Rapunzel, because she is so multi-talented, and so are we; our performers get to show-off so many of their abilities as Rapunzel.

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A common reaction to our princess “Rapunzel”.

Because this character was locked in a tower almost her whole life, she had to learn to entertain herself. She taught herself to dance ballet, read lots of books, learned how to paint, and sometimes she even gets to showcase her guitar playing skills! When you invite Rapunzel to your kid’s birthday party, she loves to share her many talents with the children.

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6. The Brave, Celtic Princess

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We don’t believe there are “things for boys” and “things for girls” — just things for KIDS. The brave (yet, reluctant princess) from the Scottish highlands is a great example of a character who brings kids of all kinds together for her brand of feisty fun.

Our cast members can only be approved to play this character if they can speak in a Scottish accent, as well as look and act like the character. One of the highlights of our Brave performance is the mini archery lesson our character leads. She also loves to engage kids with activities inspired by medieval Scotland, such as Highland dancing, and learning how to escape a sword fight… naturally.

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7. The Belle of Beauty and the Beast

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Of course with all that talk of how I idolized Susan Egan as “Belle” growing up, we’ve got to include our Beauty and the Beast inspired princess in this list. Not to mention, she is meant to be a French princess, and in case you didn’t know, our company name (Papillons Entertainment) is taken from the French language: “papillons” means butterflies!

When you invite this princess character to your party, children get a dash of European culture, as the princess teaches them a few words of French, leads them in a simple, but traditional waltz, and even introduces them to a very miniature version of her sweet pony, Philippe.

Watch our video to see this provincial princess in action.

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8. The Frozen Princess of Norway

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Did I save the best for last? Or are you tired of being asked if you’d like to build a snowman? You decide.

As for us, we love, love, love this chocolate loving Scandinavian royal. In 2014, we performed at more than 140 “Frozen” themed parties. We’ve performed these characters for the family of one of the film’s animators, for several celebrities, and we’ve even been flown out to Tucson, AZ for performances!

Our most spirited performers who play this character get to really strut their stuff when they don the costume of the Norwegian princess. Most of our “Frozen” princess cast members can sing their faces off, too, so this character, with her 2 full solos and 2 duets, allows our performers to impress your guests in a very exciting way.

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Knock-knock, knock-knock-knock! “Do you wanna…”

She’s also a bit dramatic (in a good way!), so you will find her re-enacting the story with the help of the kids at your party, and giving out lots of warm hugs. Plus, she’s a great dancer and will teach the children a traditional Norwegian folk dance. If you’re lucky enough, she might even drag her sister, the Queen, away from her queenly duties for the day to help make it “snow” right in your backyard.

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BTW, the three photos above come to us courtesy of incredible illustrator/entrepreneur/magical mom, Carrie Gifford. Do stop by her amazing shop, Red Cap Cards, for darling, enchanting greeting cards. Perhaps you’ll find some lovely “thank you” notes, or a sweet birthday card for your next party!

~ BONUS PRINCESS ~

9. Snow White

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Yes, this article is called “8 Great Princess Characters for Parties,” but only because the number 9 and the word great do not rhyme. Plus, I would be remiss if we didn’t mention the original Grimm’s Fairytales princess, the ultimate sweetheart, the one and only Snow White!

We’ve already devoted an entire blog post to this darling gal, so I’ll keep this short, but if you’re throwing a party for wee ones (3 years-old and younger), Snow White is a fantastic choice. She takes things a bit slower than other princesses (she’s used to working with little people), she’s very gentle, and she’s a little silly, too. She’ll lead a whimsical German skipping dance, introduce children to one of her woodland friends, and with a smile and a song, retell her infamous tale with an interactive story-time, complete with magical spells, too.

Check out an adorable video of a one-on-one playdate between Snow White and her tiny new friend, 2 year old Pepper.

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And there you have it! More than eight great princess characters for parties in Los Angeles!

I hope this list has helped you get some princess party ideas, and that you learned a bit more about who we are as a company.

Remember, the descriptions here include just a small sample of what we do, and why we do it.

So if you’d like more information, please explore our YouTube channel for lots of videos of our cast, and hop on over to our Facebook page for even more photos and videos.

You can also fill out our contact form on our website (or below), or send an email to info at papillonsentertainment dot com — we would love to help make your child’s birthday party, or whatever kind of special event you may be organizing, chic, unique and fantastique!

~ Jenna

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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)