Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tin Man Tea Set

I was so excited when I found an owl tea set last year for my Snow White theme, but now that I am consumed with all things Oz, I am equally excited to find this tea set as well. I just love this. It is a Raku tea set designed for the Tin Man himself and collectors of tea sets too. The glaze is called Tin Can and is the inspiration for the design.

Friday, February 26, 2010

We're Off to See the Wizard

I am so very excited about a new booking I just took today. I am going to have the opportunity to host a Wizard of Oz themed party in a couple of months and the client is requesting the presence of both Dorothy and Glinda. Lisa will be Glinda and Andrea will play Dorothy for me. I cannot wait to see these two performers in action together. Both of them have very strong vocal backgrounds so I know they will amaze everyone with their singing. I cannot wait to hear Andrea sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow". And since I am a huge "Wicked" fan, I will definitely include some song and theatrical components from the show in the storyline for the Glinda character.

Alice 2010

I really wish that I had the time to learn to sew, but unfortunately I do not so costume construction is left to the professionals. Since I am a stickler when it comes to costume design and quality, the majority of my performer's outfits are custom made for me. So with Tim burton's new Alice in Wonderland movie due out in theaters any day now, my designer has already started production on her dress and I cannot wait to see it. This is an original shot from the front of Alice's movie costume.

Starting with the Alice buttons, the unique pattern on the front of the screen dress is almost impossible to match, so my designer and her team are having to hand paint flowers, leaves and vines on their buttons using calligraphy pens and white paint.

Beneath is a striped petticoat with a biased edge on the screen version. Not knowing what the actual petticoat looks like under the dress, their version will be a straight skirt halfway down with a large ruffle at the bottom.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Glad to Help!

I recently received a call from a woman asking if my performers were of the same caliber as the Disneyland performers. Although I cannot even begin to make that claim, my performers are all very talented and wonderful at what they do. So when this review of Jocelyn came in yesterday's mail, it put a big smile on my face.

"Jocelyn was absolutely wonderful! We all thought she was great with the kids. She was also a bit of a Godsend to tell you the truth. I felt like I was in Disneyland witnessing first hand. I will definitely keep you in mind for the next go around. And as soon as I have time I will throw a lil blog up on the site. I will definitely recommend you. Thank you again!"

Jayme P, Petaluma

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Times of your Life

Several weeks back I was flipping through the television channels, when I came across one of those long Time-Life infomercials--Music of the 70's. What can I say? I am a child of that era. I was totally hooked! After watching the entire thing, I went online and ordered my set. I am not exactly an impulse buyer, but found myself unable to say no to this one. It was on back order. The Time-Life set is a comprenhensive collection of 10 CD's of music from the 70's. My shipment arrived the other day and I finally opened it up last night. It was definitely worth the expense!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pretty in Pink

My dear friend, Photographer Sam Aslanian, sent me this picture of Nicole this morning. He was going through his archives and thought that I would like it. He was correct. This is from a Tink party a while back where the client requested multiple characters. Nicole is featured as Rosetta, one of the Tink Faeries. I'm hoping Sam can dig up some more photos, because that day was just absolutely magical.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tiana is Here!!!

With the recent release of Disney's Princess & the Frog, my performer Christell has been going strong since her first appearance in December. Christell comes from a strong theatrical and song background and has been dazzling children and their families.
This review just came in from this past weekend. Way to go, Christell!
"Princess Tiana was regal and an absolute dream. Several parents complimented her authentic accent, rapport with the children, storytelling and easy manner. If I had a princess party every year, I would invite her everytime! I will be recommeding her and her beautiful voice to my friends. She made our party a big hit!"

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I frequently receive phone calls about new characters. If I have an existing costume base that can be used for a new character, I am pretty much willing to construct a new design for a client depending upon time and availability. One of my former clients called me this morning and is requesting a Pinkalicious character. This character is based on the book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head-to-toe. I think my performer Brittany is definitely up for this challenge and will make the perfect Pinkalicious character.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Belle & Prince Adam

As an Event Planner, I always suggest a party size of 12 to 15 children for a child's party due to the activities that I offer through Just Imagine and The Cinderella Company. However, I do understand that is not always possible for some parents to do. When a client opts for a larger event, one of the things that I might recommend is to add a second performer. And if there are a substantial amount of boys invited, I might suggest a male perfomer who can help meet their needs better. Such was the case for one of my Cinderella Company clients this past weekend. With her guest list totaling 22 and half of those boys, I recommeded that she do just that. Since the party was a Belle theme, she chose our Prince Adam character. Her review came in today's mail.

"Thank you SO Much for a wonderful party. Andrea and Jason were amazing. All of the parents thought that separating the girls from the boys was a great idea. The boys really enjoyed sword fighting and the girls were ecstatic with Belle. They were shaking from excitement when they saw Belle and Prince Adam coming in. The amazing part was that the girls got really smitten with him and did not want him to leave. He was very gallant and served their every wish and made A LOT of balloons.

Thank you again,

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Very Special Weekend

I must start by giving my entire cast a warm, "thank you." This past weekend was very busy and very special for us. Due to sunday's Superbowl game, I ended up doing numerous custom parties for some of my clients. I don't know what's in the water, but lately we have been booking out multiple performers for one event. For one such party, four of my princesses entertained at a 5th birthday party in Pleasanton for 3.5 hours. On hand was Brittany as Tinkerbell, Lisa as Cinderella, Lacey as Ariel and Maaika as Belle. As usual, they knocked it out of the ball park dazzling guests with songs, stories, magic, and more. I have a wonderful cast of performers and I am so grateful for all of their talent. Below is a review from a different party this past weekend.

"I actually had both Maaika and Brittany for my party. Everyone loved them. Friends were so in shock at how beautiful they looked. I have referred your company to two of my friends. I will see you again next year in 2011."

J. Thind, Walnut Creek

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Coming Soon!

With the release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland scheduled for March 5, 2010, I will soon be offering a Madhatter through The Cinderella Company. Lately, many parents have been opting to have multiple performers at their parties, so my Madhatter will only be offered with Alice as a pair. Since the movie is not out yet, I am guessing that our version will be a little more on the traditional side, so as not to scare the kids. Johnny Depp has been cast in the role of Madhatter for Mr. Burton's movie and I he know will be absolutely brilliant. Also cast is 18 year old Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Mia's biggest role to date has been in Greg McLean's Wolf Creek, an Aussie killer-croc flick. Helena Bonham Carter will be the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway the White Queen.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alice's Madhatter Tea

With the new Alice in Wonderland movie coming out soon, I've recently been taking quite a few bookings for this theme. This past weekend I had the opportunity to host a party in San Rafael for 12 children. What started out to be an overcast day, turned out to be a beautiful sunny day instead. My performers Brittany and Jim were on hand to entertain the kids with their zany fun. I love when I get to work with one of my performers, but it is an extra special treat when there's two or more. I love watching how they role play with each other and interact with the guests in their own special way. While Alice face painted, the Madhatter entertained the kids with some crazy themed games. My Assistant Melani oversaw the craft table. While shopping at Michaels a couple of weeks ago, I found some red heart shaped bottles. I then purchased several bunches of white silk roses and gave each young child a miniature spray bottle filled with red fabric paint. For those who preferred to paint, I had brushes and a paint tray on the side. This was a perfect craft for the four year old age group. Since the spray bottles were small, the plastic
aprons that I brought weren't really needed. Wipes on the other hand are very important.