Sunday, December 19, 2010
This past summer while visiting NYC, I was disappointed to learn that Disney's 5th Ave location has closed. It wasn't until my nephew told me that they weren't closed for good, just relocating to another part of the city that I felt a little bit better. So for all of you Disney fans out there, Disney has just reopened it doors at 1540 Broadway that was previously home to a giant Virgin Megastore. After closing their store on 5th Ave last year, this is Disney’s attempt to re-invent itself in the retail world. This place is every child’s dream with its life size interactive Disney princess castle and children’s theatre that will entertain kids with movies and house some very exciting celebrity appearances. About the project, one of Disney's reps states, "Bringing Disney store to the center of Times Square is a monumental achievement, and we have created a retail experience that complements the energy and innovation that Times Square inspires”. This is the second venture Disney has taken on in Times Square with their renovation of The New Amsterdam theatre into the Disney Theatre in the 1990’s.The Times Square grand opening will be the largest Disney store in existence to date. The location will feature two floors and will be open seven days a week from 9am until midnight. I can only imagine the late night hours were created so all of us without kids can go check out the princess castle without shame." Go Disney!!!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Cinderella Company was recently approached by Director Richard Bosner of Blue Creek Pictures. He and producer Barret Hacia are currently filming a micro-budget film this winter, and my wonderful performer Jena Hunt has the starring role. Falling Uphill is a romantic comedy scheduled for next year. Jena's character plays a 20 something woman living and working in San Francisco. If you haven't figured how The Cinderella Company fits into the equation, the character's day job is that of a princess performer for a children's entertainment company called, The Cinderella Company. How exciting is this?
I hope that everyone has had a chance to see Disney's Tangeled movie. I was able to take my daughter just after it opened; I have to say it is a very cute movie and love the music. Anyway after several months of planning, my seamstress and wig designer were able to work their magic once again. This dress has quite a bit of lace, embroidery and crystals added to it, whereas the 5 foot wig is constructed out of a main base with two sets of extensions added to it. I hope that everyone likes it. Leslie is featured in the photo.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
A while back I ordered a boat-load of wig boxes for my CC character wigs, and this past week I finally had the desire to assemble them and hand them out to my performers. When I opened the box, I noticed that there were no directions. Being college educated I didn't forsee a problem--boy was I wrong! These boxes came with screws, lock nuts, and finials that I had no clue about. I of course tried finding directions online but there weren't any I could locate, and since it was after hours the company was closed. After making several attempts and bringing in a friend for help, I finally emailed a friend who immediately emailed me pictures of the completed product. She bought hers assembled! Oy! I guess you get what you pay for. The finial to the right is used to secure the wig head in place.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
While visiting NYC this past summer, I was very upset to see that Disney's 5th ave location had closed down and was being relocated to some other part of the city. Not to mention their Union Square location had also closed a while back. Well today I am very excited to announce that the SF location is now reopened at a different location: 39 Stockton Street (right where the 3 story Sanrio building use to be in the 90's). Please check out the Business Wire article when you can. Go Disney!!!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Yesterday four of my performers were requested to attend a large event at Julius Kahn Park in the Presidio for an annual Halloween event organized by the Golden Gate Mother's Club. On hand were Sleeping Beauty (Nicole), Belle (Lacey), Jasmine (Frances) and Anakin (Jason). I ended up attending the event to ensure that my performers had everything needed since this was going to be held outdoors and it was scheduled to rain. Thank goodness the rain held off! The day was wonderful and as usual they impressed the heck out of me.
This past year I probably introduced about 30 or so new characters through The Cinderella Company, and I keep saying that I won't add anymore. Then one of my regular clients call and before you know it, I've gone ahead and developed a new costume and character. Such is the case with El Passo Penny. In the past I have received calls about a cowgirl/cowboy character and have always passed on it, but when of my past clients called recently, I just could not pass up on the opportunity. So before you know it, I was consumed with everything cowgirl. My performer Jena was chosen for the role and she totally impressed the heck out of me listening to her speak in her southern twang telling the children about her tale of home life on the range and of course listening to her sing "Blue Shadow Trails". She even brought in Cowboy Kevin to accompany on guitar during the song. This gal has some set of pipes.
I am huge True Blood fan, but that show is not exactly for kids so this might be a slash Twighlight character for the youngins. Jessica is featured and I thought these came out great.
My photographer Sam Aslanian worked his magic yet again in shooting these. I was a little disappointed with the fangs though. I think next year I am going to have to go to an actual dentist and invest in having my performer fitted with a retainer that they use in Hollywood.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
With Halloween just around the corner, my CC partner and I are trying to wrap up all of our new characters. One of our latest characters is that of Rose Dewitt Bukater of Titanic fame. I am so excited about this one because I just love that time period. The costume is a vintage sheer Titanic style dress that I recently purchased along with some fabulous props: an R.M.S life preserver, Titanic whistle, tea cup and saucer with the R.M.S logo, and of course the heart of the ocean. My beautiful Mill Valley performer Jena, will have the starring role for this character. Here are some photos of her from her recent photoshoot.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
With my Tiana party this weekend in Marin coming up, here are two very inexpensive Tiana ideas. As a gift favor, why not give a Princess Tiana cookbook? Children love to cook and parents will definitely appreciate this one. With Simple instructions and large photos, the book features everything from Tiana's binets to a mud pie. Amazon is selling the book for $7 each. And with all of the parties that I host, cupcakes are so much easier to offer and the kids love them. Take a peak at these cute frog cupcakes.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
While in NY, I had a chance to visit the King Tut exhibit at the Discovery Museum in Time's Square. I was excited about it because I missed it while it was in San Francisco this past spring. It was of course amazing. I left there stating that next year Jennifer and I need to add an archaelogical character to our cast of characters. For those who know my Just Imagine parties, I try my best to create both informative and fun themes. Anyway, the next day while shopping in Soho, I found this really neat store called Evolution. It's located at 120 Spring Street and they sell replica natural history items such as skulls, fossils and artifacts.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Greetings from New York! I've been getting a little bit of R & R lately--sort of. What can I say, I'm a bit high-strung so I find myself going into dark corners and making excuses to go to loo so I can respond to text messages, answer my phone and emails. Oh well. Having a blast anyway. I've been to see Mary Poppins, Wicked and King Tut. Look forward to getting back though.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Everytime that I think that I am going to scale back on doing parties, something comes up to make me reconsider and there I am creating a new theme. When Disney's Princess & the Frog was released this past December, I had no intention of adding it to my list of party themes. However, after receiving numerous phone calls and the lastest from one of my dear clients, I found my self watching the video and getting caught up in everything Tiana and Naveen.
With the party in just a couple of weeks, I had to quickly decide on a table design. With my princess performer wearing Tiana's green wedding gown, I have decided that a bayou look was the most appropriate, so I just ordered a bunch of lily pads and greenery for the table.. I also ordered a few yards of an durable green colored fabric to create sit-upon lily pads for a game activity. For the craft, the children will be assembling their own lightning bugs in a jar craft which I could not resist. Growing up on the east coast this was a big thing for kids to do so I thought this would be fun. My photographer Sam will be on hand to take the photos for this party.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I am so fortunate because I have the nicest clients, and that makes my job much more enjoyable and rewarding. On Sunday I had the opportunity to host a Snow White party down in Kentfield for one of my regular clients. This came in Monday's mail.
Yesterday was everything we could have hoped for-it truly lived up to the imagination of our little princess and she kept living the dream all the way until midnight last night. Both Lisa and Lisa (Snow White) were so patient and and truly lovely. Terri, you pulled off "making magic" and made it look easy. It was a wonderful party, and more importantly, a very special and very real dream come true for Summer.
Thank you again for a day to remember!
Marci & Mark
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I am so happy to announce that my very dear performer Maaika, will be starring in the movie Moneyball which is currently filming at Oakland Coliseum. This is the story of Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane's successful attempt, to turn around his team's fortunes by applying some unorthodox economic theories to the process of hiring players. The film stars both Brad Pitt and Robin Wright, and Maaika plays one of the player's wives. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
A couple of months back one of my dear faerie friends, whispered something very magical into my ear. Not being able to share the news immediately, I had to squirrel it away for a later time. Today, I get to shout it from the rooftops! The Cinderella Company, my youngest child, has been voted the number one children's entertainment company for 2010 by Bay Area Parent's Magazine. Yippee!!! Words cannot event begin to express how happy Jennifer and I are feeling. Thank you to all of my Cinderella and Just Imagine clients who took the time out to vote for us, and thank you to my wonderful cast of performers. Your talant, your zeal and your devotion melts my heart, and our two year journey together has been an amazing opportunity. Jennifer and I appreciate you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Oh my! It has been a wild few months for my Cinderella Company partner and I. Not only has the character entertainment business been booming for us, but we just recently had about 60 new custom made gowns made, a ton of wigs styled and designed, and the TCC website fully updated. The new pictures are fabulous. There's not one bad picture up there. The performers are simply beautiful. Anyway, we are thoroughly exhausted--especially Jennifer. I have to take my hat off to her because she handled the entire site. Way to go. Please take a peak when you have a chance because it's pretty darn impressive if I do say so myself. By the way, be sure to check back tomorrow because I have some exciting news to share!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
After much needed rest and relaxation last week, my partner and I are focusing on updating all of our websites. This is one of the first pics taken from our photo shoot a couple of weeks ago. The Cinderella Company started receiving many requests at the beginning of the year for multiple performers, so we are now offering an ensemble cast for different themes. Having more than one performer at an event is perfect for larger parties, or for the client interested in a bit more theatre. This is one of my favorite pictures.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The past few months have been insanely busy, but my Cinderella Company partner, Jennifer and I manage to pull off our 3rd Annual training this Sunday. Although this is our third year for this event, our second anniversary for TCC will be August 12th. Our first party was in Tiburon two years ago. So each year we invite our staff up to Napa Valley for our annual photo shoot and training day. This year our usual meeting spot got booked up early, so we were quite fortunate to be at the beautiful Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. The day was well, hot--extremely hot. The temperature soared to about 103 and we were outside the entire time! My poor staff really pulled through for us though, but that doesn't surprise me because they are quite committed which we appreciate so much. I think Lisa and Nicole endured the most with their Elphaba and Glinda costumes. Afterwards a few of us took refuge indoors and enjoyed the cool air and an iced drink. One of the things Jennifer and I love about our company is the closeness of our staff; everyone truly enjoys spending time with each other
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tim, is the latest addition to my Cinderella Company family. Welcome! He hails from the East Bay and has been brought on board as Peter Pan! He has arrived just in time because with my trip to Britex fabrics a couple of weeks back, we just had a fabulous new costume made. The stars could not have aligned any better for that one! Jennifer and I are so very excited to have him. He has a love for children and comes from a strong theatrical background. He is even a former Disneyland, Tokyo cast member. We are fortunate to have him.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'm so happy I can cry. Yesterday I spent the morning with my TCC partner Jennifer, down in the East Bay. We spent time sorting through our new costumes, wigs, and accessories. This Sunday is our third annual training day up in Napa Valley, and we are busy getting ready for our lengthy photo shoot. As I looked through the costumes for the first time, I felt like a child in a candy store. Our seamstress did an AMAZING job. I especially love the Tink faerie costumes. Each costume is made out of a silky fabric that has been airbrushed and tiny gemstones have been attached. We cannot wait to unveil everything!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
As our costumes come pouring in for our annual meeting this weekend, here are a few pictures. Nicole is modeling the new dress that she wore this weekend for one of my regular clients down in Palo Alto and Jim his Madhatter costume. The detail on both is pretty impressive and I cannot wait for the professional photos soon to come.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Yesterday I had the opportunity to host an American Girl tea party for one of my regular clients down in Marin. The character was Felecity and the performer Andrea. I always love it when I get to work with my performers because I have such a talanted cast. I find that everytime that I work with them, they give me 110 percent of themselves and for that I am extremely gratful. They also always amaze me with how fabulous they look in costume, wig and makeup. Andrea is absolutely beautiful as an adult Felecity.
The American Girl theme is one of those parties that is near and dear to my heart. I find it very rewarding to be able to convey a piece of US history to our children by presenting it in a fun and magical way. For an 1.5 Andrea did just that with her Colonial storytelling, period props, interactive Colonial games, simple dance instruction and tea etiquette. I hope you like the pictures.
I loved watching how every girl at this party insisted on hugging her goodbye
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Faerie parties are my all-time favorite, and today I had the chance to host one for a beautiful little girl named Ella down in Larkspur. The day was beautiful and the garden quite lovely for this theme. When I left my house this morning, the car was stacked full of tables, chairs, teapots, plates, costumes, centerpieces and a fabulous table top tree house. How I manage to fit everything in is beyond me, but I am so grateful that I can. Faerie Rose (Nicole) arrived promptly at the party start and was on hand to enchant the crowd of 14 with her face painting, storytime and beautiful violin playing.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
For those of you who know me, I go nuts about costume design. It's what lead me to have the "Just Breathe" gown from the movie Ever After made several years back. When choosing fabric,
I always opt for quality. So yesterday my TCC partner Jennifer and I, spent the day at Britex Fabrics down in San Francisco. For those of you who know Britex, it is fabric heaven. (Well, for those of us in San Francisco that is.) We spent hours walking through four floors with our seamstress. We were kids in a candy store looking through the finest fabrics and notions.
As we gear up for our annual photo shoot this month, we are busy completing all of our new costumes. This past week our new Ariel shells arrived. We went a little crazy with these. They are custom seashells hand-carved and then molded. Each shell is cast in a plastic resin and is airbrushed and topped off with an abundance of swarvorski crystal and pearls. Since we ordered them plain, we will be have the job of placing the crystals on ourselves. Each set has over 500 stones--ugh!!.
Monday, May 31, 2010
On Saturday I have a faerie party down in Marin. When hosting parties, I always try my best to provide a new experience for guests so as not to repeat the same party. One way in achieving this is by providing different crafts for each new party. The craft chosen for this event will be a faerie mask. You can buy the masks at places like Michaels which sells plain half ones. However, I purchased mine online because I was wanting a harlequine style instead. I then adhered flower petals to the mask using double-sided tape. I chose light green and blue and alternated the colors. Afterwards I finished it off with some stick on gems and thin ribbon. Depending on the age group of the children, you may want to tape on the first base layer to make sure the mask gets fully covered.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Due to the success in business, The Cinderella Company is currently holding auditions for Disney style performers. We are looking for versatile individuals who can play these characters.Please take a look at our employment page. If you or anyone you know would make a good candidate, we would love for them apply via email.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Both Just Imagine Parties and The Cinderella Company have been nominated as a potential nominee for Nickelodeon's 2010 Parent Pick Awards. Click on the highlighted link. You will have to register but once you do, you can vote every day for the next 20 days.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Growing up in the NYC area, I had never been camping until six years ago. It wasn't until my daughter Chase was in first grade, that we participated in her school's annual family camping trip. Having never camped before, I had so much anxiety that first year about going that I almost didn't make it. If my dh would have allowed me to, I would have sent her with close friends for the weekend. The whole idea of bears, raccoons, and nature was a little much at the time for this NYC girl. And since my heart really wasn't in it, I was definitely in denial and only borrowed the bare neccessities from friends; stupid! As I recall, that first year was extremely cold and rainy. And due to my lack of effort in planning, we only had sleeping bags with pillows and no blankets or mats for the tent. Ugh!! That was a major learning lesson.
Fast forward six years and I am now a camping pro who has adopted a real LOVE for camping. The key for me is being prepared. With that said, I pack everything but the kitchen sink! My dh does want to strangle me half the time though because he feels he's become the family pack mule. But hey, better prepared than not!. This past weekend we extended our trip by a day and it was the best ever. For the past few years we have camped with our closests friends and the memories of those years have been amazing. In the last year, two of those families have moved on from the school, but in wanting to keep up our yearly tradition still came with us.
When camping with others, divide up the work load by having each family be responsible for a major camping item. Our friend Jim always brings his heavy duty stove for us to cook on, while I tend to focus in on the dishware and decorative items (I like decorating the trees with battery operated paper lanterns). This year our friends Genevieve and Henry brought a friend's Airstream along, and I have to say having a generator was real nice!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
On Friday I was contacted by Claudia Hirsch, a New York City based writer with Market New International. She asked if I would answer a few questions for an article that she was writing on consumer spending with children's parties, so I requested that she forward me the article if she was able to use the quotes. Today she did just that. Please take a peek if you can.