Monday, May 31, 2010

Garden Faerie Mask

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

The Cinderella Company is Currently Holding Auditions

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

Please Continue to Vote!!!!

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

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

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

I made the News!

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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Need Your Votes!!!!

Well, I just learned today that both of my companies, Just Imagine Parties and The Cinderella Company have been nominated as potential nominees for Nickelodeon's 2010 Parent's Pick Awards. I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. I would love for you to cast your votes. Parent's Picks allows people to cast one vote each per day for the next 34 days, so please vote by clicking onto the above link.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Another Madhatter Tea

With all of the rain we were having, it was so nice to have a beautiful weekend. This last Sunday I had the opportunity to host a Madhatter tea party in Napa for one of my former clients. Last year we were rained out for her daughter's Belle party, but this year was perfect for the Madhatter and Alice's appearance. David, is one of my newest cast members to the JI/CC family. Please take a look at his bio at The Cinderella Company. He is absolutely wonderful, and he and Jocelyn did a fabulous job entertaining the kids. I always love watching my performer's in action. Below are a few pictures of the day. While Alice face painted, the Madhatter entertained the children with his silly activities.