Party Like a Princess: Blog https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog en-us (C) Party Like a Princess (Party Like a Princess) Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:09:00 GMT Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:09:00 GMT https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/img/s/v-12/u637910802-o552667647-50.jpg Party Like a Princess: Blog https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog 105 120 NEW Princess Pajama Parties https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/7/princess-pajama-parties Being a party princess is truly a dream job. Nothing beats it really!

Except perhaps being real royalty... I'm pretty sure that's the exception.

I absolutely love going to children's themed events whether they're private parties or public events. But it got me thinking, "What else would be fun to do as a princess? When I was little, what did I always want to do with my favorite character?" P4160169-EditP4160169-EditOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Besides asking them to move in. Or better yet, having me move into their castle and become part of their world. (Pun intended.)

And then it came to me. Princesses love attending birthday parties... but they would love pajama parties too! Just as much as little ones do. Plus the costuming would certainly be more comfortable!

Which leads me to my big announcement... *drum roll please*

Now you can book a princess for some slumber-time fun!

Your character of choice will read a story, sing a song and answer any questions in a fun little chat.

But the best part is, this doesn't have to just be for a birthday. If your little one would like to have some fun in their jammies and hang out with their friends and their favorite princess, this is available for any occasion!

Celebrating a school achievement, a casual weekend activity, or anything you think of.

And just because you opened this blog post, you can save 10% by mentioning the code "PILLOW" in your message!

If you would like more information on this party package, simply send me an email and we can get started creating magic together.

createthemagic@partylikeaprincessco.com

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Princess Assistants Hear ALL https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/7/princess-assistants-hear-all Party princesses have a lot going on at one time.

Staying in character, paying special attention to the birthday girl, answering spontaneous questions, keeping the timing in mind for activities and seamlessly transitioning from one to the other, remembering all the lyrics, answering more questions, and being graceful throughout the entire event. (Read more about how I do it here: "Making Magic with Every Move")

So that's where princess assistants come in.

They help with props, getting to and from places discreetly, moving the event along, keeping food and drink away from costuming, taking pictures, and most importantly - hearing everything the princess doesn't. P6120025P6120025

When I had my summer porch visits, little ones would come up, meet the character, and then walk away with their families.

I was already entertaining the next family, but my princess assistants could hear what they would say after the meet-and-greet.

"I can't believe I met the REAL [Little Mermaid]!"

"Can we call her tonight to say good night?"

"I don't see her carriage here anymore..."

"Can we visit her castle sometime soon?"

And - my personal favorite - since I was at a pop-up princess event and the only character out that day...

"Can we try to find Sleeping Beauty?"

I love that I got to bring a bit of theme park magic to this little one's day!

Oh how I miss getting to do more in person events... the world is such a different place right now but children still need an infusion of magic. Perhaps more now than ever before.

Which is why I'm still doing virtual visits! In fact, I have a new party package that I hinted at before but am so excited about.

Let's talk about that next week!

But for now, this is my princess perspective...

 

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What Princesses Know About the Modern World https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/6/what-princesses-know-about-the-modern-world Princesses exist in two times at once.

They are both antiquated and modern... and sometimes that can get confusing.

Which is why asking little ones questions is one of the most entertaining things when you're a party princess.

At my Halloween themed Princess Porch event, I got into many conversations about favorite costumes and candies. DSC_9740DSC_9740

There were so many sweets being rattled off it was hard to keep track - although chocolate and Skittles were popular answers!

But what was the most fun as a princess at these events was to ask, "Oh I've never had one of those before. That must be a specialty in your kingdom. I will certainly try one before I leave, but I must ask... what's it like?"

The answers were always hilarious.

"Well an Oreo... it's kinda like... well... it's a cookie kinda... two cookies actually with this kinda stuff in the middle... part of it's chocolate and the other... is the stuff in the middle." 

I wish I had a notepad nearby to write down all the other answers to look back on whenever I need a good giggle.

But because I was Ballgown Beauty that day, I knew exactly what to say to the Oreo response.

"Oh my! That sounds quite wonderful. Is it sort of like cookies and cream? I've been told that that's what the gray stuff tastes like!"

Their eyes would grow wide and they would get so excited that they've basically tasted something from my very own kingdom.

And it's always so much fun to hear them recite it to their parents as they walk away.

That reminds me... one of the best parts of having princess assistants is getting to hear comments that I totally miss because I've already begun greeting the next group.

I'll tell you about a couple of those comments next week!

But for now, that's my princess perspective...

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/6/what-princesses-know-about-the-modern-world Mon, 28 Jun 2021 21:54:49 GMT
"Do You Know the My Little Ponies?" https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/6/-do-you-know-the-my-little-ponies 90% of being a party princess is pure improv. 

The 10% of looking like, sounding like, and being the princess? That's the easy part. That's the part you can control.

What's completely out of your hands is what comes out of little one's mouths.

Sometimes the questions are a bit heartbreaking (Read about those here: "When Little Ones Ask Tough Questions") IMG_2004IMG_2004

But some are quite hilarious and come out of seemingly nowhere.

The title of this blog being one of them.

One day I was visiting a street market as one of my pop-up princess events and a group of littles came running up to me and started excitedly asking me all sorts of questions. I was Provincial Beauty that day so I got asked about the Beast, my favorite books, breaking the spell, and so on.

But then one girl looked at me and asked "Do you know the My Little Ponies?" 

My brain went into overdrive.

I don't know. Do I?? Which worlds crossover and which ones don't?

So I went the easier route and decided right there on the spot. "I don't! Who are they? Do they live in a kingdom near by?"

Oftentimes asking littles to describe or answer the question themselves is a technique that works out quite well.

In fact, it's one of my very favorite things to do - especially with things the princesses wouldn't naturally know about.

At a Halloween event, I was asking littles about their favorite candies and listening to their descriptions was a highlight of the event.

I'll tell you all about it next week!

But for now, that's my princess perspective...

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When Little Ones Ask Tough Questions https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/6/when-little-one-ask-tough-questions How does the saying go? "Kids say the darndest things?"

Well when you're a party princess, you learn it's not just a saying - it's a fact.

And there's always one little one that loves asking these questions more than all the others. Most of them are easy to handle like "Is your hair fake?" and "Are you real?" (Read my answer to that one here: "Are You Real?")

But when they start to ask questions like "Are your parents really dead?" or "Why was [enter villain's name here] so mean?" it takes a careful balancing act to answer.

It's important to me to give them an explanation that also comes from the heart; tying in their emotions to the story in order to answer it the best way I can.

Perhaps this little one has lost a parent or is facing a bully so they can connect to this character more than others.

So my responses go a little something like this...  

"Yes, my mother has passed and it makes me sad to talk about. But then I remember she's still with me here *touches heart* and it allows me to face my challenges with courage knowing she's so close to me."

And when it comes to bullies?

"Well, people who are mean are often the ones who are hurting the most. It's important to treat everyone with kindness but to also speak up when we see that their actions are unkind."

These princesses represent so many wonderful qualities and I quite enjoy sneaking in valuable life lessons from their stories into my answers to the more difficult questions.

So for today, I'll leave you with an inspirational Cinderella quote, "have courage and be kind."

Next week, let's discuss the funnier questions little ones ask. There's truly never a dull moment as a princess performer!

But for now, this is my princess perspective...

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The Easiest (and Hardest) Characters to Play https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/6/the-easiest-and-hardest-characters-to-play Some princesses are way harder to perform as than others.

Now I know what you're already thinking - "the one with the magic powers is the hardest, right?"

You would be wrong.

In fact, the Ice Queen has several different ways of not sharing her magical powers at the event. Read about them here: "Show Us Your Ice Powers!"

The hardest to play is actually Beauty. But let's talk about the easiest to play first.

Rapunzel is my absolute favorite princess so that makes her the character I connect with the most and the easiest to be. I know her songs by heart, I understand her story the most, and her love interest is shared by me as well (I mean, have you seen him??). _A260086_A260086OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Little Mermaid is so much fun to be because she has a bubbly personality - pun intended - and has such a fun world that's a cinch to make believable. And the Scottish princess is also a blast because she's the least formal and the accent is so fun to play with. Oh and the Snow Princess? She's coming soon but the one virtual event I already did - a unbelievably good time.

Sleeping Beauty is a bit more difficult for me because of her breathier voice and elegant nature but she's much like the Ice Queen; they're both more reserved with swishier movements.

But Beauty, whether I'm in the provincial dress or ballgown, is the most difficult. 

And it has nothing to do with looking like her (which I've been told I do) and nothing like sounding like her (apparently my impression of her is my best). It has everything to do with her story.

At the end of the movie, everyone is transformed back into humans and the curse is lifted. The prince is no longer a beast.

However at certain theme parks, they portray this character as being back in time when the castle was still enchanted.

So how am I supposed to play this character?

What am I supposed to answer when littles ask "Is everyone still human?"

Which story do I choose?

This is what I've chosen - I'm all for a happily ever after situation so my princess is the current one. The one where everyone is human, the curse has been listed, and the beast is a prince.

And what do I say if asked why they're still in a different form at the parks?

Well they're playing dress up of course!

But it's this because of this confusion that always makes me a little stressy when I'm going to be Beauty.

Little ones love to be inquisitive so they ask a lot of questions about the characters stories. Yes, even the ones about 'missing' parents and why villains are mean.

So why don't we discuss those next week?

But for now, this is my princess perspective...

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Princess Requirement: Knowing ALL the Songs https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/knowing-all-the-songs Being a party princess requires a lot. 

Including knowing how to act, improvise, dance and yes, sing.

When I tell people about what I do, they know about the fun surface stuff like the dresses and the wigs and the makeup but it's all the behind the scenes stuff they don't realize takes even more work.

Even people who know I've been doing this for a couple of years are surprised - "Wait. I didn't know you could sing too!"

Singing isn't necessarily a requirement for being a princess performer but it's essential in my eyes.

The character's songs are a huge part of their stories. They tell us how they're truly feeling and often move the plot forward. Plus some of them are pretty darn catchy. (Even though the popularity of certain ditties could certainly be 'let go' and I'd be perfectly fine with it.)

Little ones love nothing more than hearing their favorite songs and are always in awe of a princess singing it just for them! DSC_3597DSC_3597

And if you're currently wondering "but Cait, don't you perform as seven different characters? Doesn't that mean you have to know all their songs?"

Short answer - yep!

Especially because you never know which song is going to be requested. For instance, Rapunzel has a few songs from her movie and littles sometimes prefer one much more than the other. 

Now if they request a princess to sing another character's song? (Yes, that song.) I might sing a couple lines but then casually redirect them to sing a song from the character's own movie.

It's actually my favorite part of each event. Nothing beats seeing the delight in their eyes when they hear the first couple of notes, hearing their slightly off key voices singing along with me, and watching them dance when the chorus starts.

Plus it's a lot of fun when I get to dance with them... well, let's just say it's easier to dance as certain characters than others.

Which reminds me of another question I get asked a lot as well: "Which character is the hardest to play? Which is the easiest?"

And I'll dive more into that next week!

But for now, that's my princess perspective...

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Making Magic with Every Move https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/making-magic-with-every-move Dressing like a princess? That's the easy part.

Becoming a princess? Now that's a different story.

I talked to you all about my method of being a 'party princess'. Not acting but truly becoming (read more about this here: "Remembering All the Details")

And it's not just in the way they answer questions or tell their stories; it's even more important with how they speak and move.

This may sound a bit obvious but looking from the outsider's perspective, some see princesses and nothing more. They assume that all characters are remarkably similar and would behave accordingly. DSC_5527DSC_5527

However this assumption couldn't be further from the truth.

Just like your backstory drives your actions, the same goes for these royals.

The Little Mermaid is incredibly inquisitive and bubbly (pun intended). She therefore has a gait that is very quick and bouncy and speaks quickly with lots of questions. 

The Ice Queen on the other hand was raised in a very different way and therefore has a completely different personality. She has magical powers that no one understood, plus the weight of being queen weighed heavily on her heart. She's more reserved, quiet. Her gait is slower and more elegant.

Each of the characters has their own story but also their own way of being.

And these differences are where the magic lies.

Little ones see that Rapunzel moves the same way in person as she did in her movie and therefore they know it's really, truly her.

They see their favorite princess standing in their own homes and even if just for the day, experience real magic. They listen to a story, ask the questions they've always wanted answers too and even sing along with her songs!

Oh yeah, singing is a major part of these characters as well and it requires knowing a lot of these songs by heart.

Let's talk about that next week!

But until then, that's my princess perspective...

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/making-magic-with-every-move Mon, 24 May 2021 18:06:34 GMT
Meeting the Same Littles as Different Characters https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/meeting-the-same-littles-as-different-characters What happens when a party princess meets the same children... but as a different princess?

To be honest, this thought hadn't occurred to me until it was actually happening in real time.

The littles were standing before me and my brain went into overdrive. _9280022_9280022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ok, ok. Stay calm. Who were you before? You're the Ice Queen now but you were Rapunzel the first meeting. Ok perfect. Greet them normally. Ask this character's questions. But what do I do if they talk about the other character? What do I know or not know?

Well it actually went off without a hitch.

All that panic thinking for nothing!

I had a lovely conversation with them, and even got to bring up the fact that Rapunzel told me about three sweet girls who all love the same flavor of cake. "It wouldn't happen to be you three, would it?"

I was greeted with bright smiles and nodding heads. The fact that the princesses were talking about the people they met with each other and that one remembered something about them? I'm pretty sure that was an added layer of magic right there.

This sweet family attended several events of mine - meeting me as not one, not two, but five different characters.

And not one of their daughters ever caught on for a moment.

I'm pretty sure this is one of the best compliments I could ever indirectly receive regarding my portrayal of princesses.

Pulling off this feat was a slightly stressful task, but when I talked to you last week about becoming the characters when I'm performing, I meant it.

And not just in how they would react and feel in a certain situation, but also how they move and speak.

I'll go into that more next week!

But for now, that's my princess perspective...

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/meeting-the-same-littles-as-different-characters Mon, 17 May 2021 16:58:37 GMT
Remembering All the Details https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/remembering-all-the-details Some may find it hard to believe that performing as six different characters is actually easy for me.

(Well technically it's seven; I did a virtual event as a certain Snow Princess who will make her debut once her dress has been altered! But you can see all the characters I perform as here: "Book a Princess")

And even though this may sound like a very overwhelming task, it's not.

This is why.

When I perform as a princess, I'm not acting so much as becoming. WM - DSC_9460-EditWM - DSC_9460-Edit

Here's the difference: when you're on stage with a set of lines, you're acting as that character. When you're at a party and 98% of your lines are improvised, answering unexpected questions and coming up with fun stories, you've become that character.

Which makes knowing and understanding each princess incredibly crucial.

Studying these characters is something I started to do when I was three (Is this what they mean by method acting? Asking for a friend.).

But when I started my own business, I knew how important it was to not only know their stories, but to know how they grew up, what their relationships were like with the other characters, and what their emotions were regarding certain plot points.

Are they more timid or adventurous? Are they confident in themselves always or only when they're around certain people? Do they talk a lot or more often choose to listen?

Knowing not just who a character is but what made them this way is what makes the improvisational part of this job so much easier.

So when little ones ask a question that comes out of nowhere, you're no longer answering as you think the character would - the character just speaks.

And this level of knowledge and becoming one with the character is even more important when families come to meet the same performer but as another princess.

I'll tell you all about those experiences next week!

(Sorry about the missing blog post last week. It was my birthday and I was also crazy busy!)

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/5/remembering-all-the-details Mon, 10 May 2021 18:36:49 GMT
"Are You Real?" https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/-are-you-real It's one of the best feelings in the world...

You walk into a children's party and the little ones see you for the first time and their eyes grow larger and they come running up for a hug (mind you, this was when the world was normal... *sigh*). 

Their excited chatter turns into leading you around their home, showing off their toys and other items with your likeness on it.

And then the questions start coming in hot.

"How did you get here?" "Where is [insert character name here]?" "Who's your best friend?" "What do your shoes look like?" "Do you have any siblings?" "What's your favorite color?" "What's your favorite book?" "What's your favorite food?" "What's your favorite [anything really]?" DSC_3579DSC_3579

And then the one.

The question.

"Are you real?"

Everyone stops and gets quiet and waits for my response.

There was a time when this question would panic me (my first few parties were sweatier affairs - more on these events in future blog posts). 

But now I just smile and turn it around on them: "Well, are you real?"

Giggles ensue and all returns to normal. If they're real, then I must be since I'm standing before them in human form!

Answering questions has become much easier for me as I have gained more and more experience as each of the characters. Once I understood who they were, what their past experiences were, and what would motivate them to answer a certain way, the improvisational part of the job that once scared me became a piece of cake.

My father actually told me the other day, "I can't imagine acting as so many characters. I would get my stories mixed up!" And to be honest, this thought never crossed my mind...

And I'll tell you why next week!

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"Show Us Your Ice Powers!" https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/-show-us-your-ice-powers Now we all know the Ice Queen is popular for, well, her ice powers.

So what do party princesses do when they don't share the same talent and little ones shout, "SHOW US YOUR ICE POWERS"?

Well when we're in person, the answer is simple: our powers only work when we're inside our kingdom.

But when we're connecting virtually and the princess is using her magic mirror inside her kingdom? Ice Queen 3 | Princess Party and Events | Party Like a Princess in Highlands Ranch, COIce Queen 3 | Princess Party and Events | Party Like a Princess in Highlands Ranch, CO

That's a different story. 

The Ice Queen will say something along the lines of "the last time I showed my powers while using my magic mirror, it froze and we were unable to speak any longer."

However there was ooooone instance where this answer wasn't good enough.

There were two sisters who were very insistent on the Ice Queen showing off and let's just say it got a bit loud and mom had to step in to help on that particular zoom call.

But most of the little ones are perfectly accepting of the other answers and continue to ask further questions like "What's your kingdom like?" "Can I come visit?" "Where's [insert literally any character's name here]?" and every princess performer's most feared question, "Are you real?"

And if you're curious to the answer for that question, stay tuned for next week's blog.

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/-show-us-your-ice-powers Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:29:22 GMT
Keeping the Magic Alive... Virtually https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/keeping-the-magic-alive-virtually You may have noticed that my parties have been completely switched over to virtual visits (and will remain this way until the world returns to a safer place to be).

So you may have wondered: How are princesses using devices and know about the Zoom app? 

Well if there's one thing I've learned in my time as a princess performer, it's this: you can essentially 'magic away' anything.

Let me explain...

Princesses live in both an antiquated world and a modern world simultaneously. They don't know about their movies, they know about their stories. They don't refer to cities and states but villages and kingdoms. And they certainly didn't arrive in a vehicle, no, no - they were brought to the event in a carriage.

Live Stream BelleLive Stream Belle But in a world where are all of this is true, how can she be using a digital device to speak with little ones far away in their own kingdoms?

Because she doesn't have an iPhone, she has a magic mirror.

And if the connection gets spotty, the fairies are bickering with one another again and the magic from their wands is interfering with the magic used for the mirror.

Again, you can 'magic away' anything as a princess.

So on video calls or virtual parties, their modern devices connect magically with my royal one and we can read stories, sing songs, and always have fun conversations answering any questions they may have (which is often a LOT). Little ones love getting to see their favorite character, whether it's on a screen or in-person. The joy a princess can bring is simply unaffected.

Now when it comes to seeing the Ice Queen's magic powers? Well that's a story I'll leave for next week.

If you'd like to know more about my virtual visits, click here: VIRTUAL VISITS

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/keeping-the-magic-alive-virtually Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:10:55 GMT
Princess Porch Visits https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/princess-porch-visits Over the summer of 2020, I realized how very much I missed seeing little ones in person. Seeing their eyes light up and the smiles on their faces is one of the best parts of being a princess performer.

So I got the idea to do in-person visits in the safest way possible.

I know of a home in Littleton, Colorado with a wonderful porch that would be perfect for a safe, outdoor event. I asked the owners if they would like a princess to visit over several weekends... let's just say they were more than happy to oblige. :)

And thus, princess porch visits were invented. DSC_5435DSC_5435

This is how it went - the princess stood on one side of the porch in front of a themed background with a bench a few feet in front of the character. The children and their parents would come up to greet the princess and then when it was time for a photo, they would turn around, remove their masks for just a moment (who wants those in a princess picture anyway?), and then pose for a 'royal portrait'. They would then put their masks back on and have a fun little chat with the princess, before returning to their respective kingdoms.

These events were free of charge and were open to anyone in the Denver metro area who wanted a bit of princess magic in their lives. Little ones have had a hard, confusing time and I just wanted to give them something joyful to lift their spirits.

I did this for six different weekends - two of which were spooky themed for Halloween! - and it gave my spirit the lift that it needed as well. And I fully intend on offering this again in the future.

I have some silly stories from these events that I cannot wait to share with you! Stay tuned...

If you would like to see the images from these events, you can click here: PRINCESS PORCH VISIT IMAGES

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(Party Like a Princess) castle rock colorado childrens princess party denver colorado highlands ranch colorado littleton colorado party like a princess princess party https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/4/princess-porch-visits Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:22:05 GMT
Princessing in a Pandemic https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2021/3/princessing-in-a-pandemic Phew! Last year was certainly a doozy, wasn't it? But let's not go into specifics... we all know what happened and what we're still facing.

So you can imagine how hard it was for me to see all of the sadness in the world and wondering "What can I do?"

I'm just a princess performer. I can't rush into hospitals and save lives; I can't help create a vaccine; I can't do anything of true importance.

But then I realized what I can do... I can bring magic into the lives of those who are too young to understand. I can bring a smile to the faces of children who miss school, who miss their friends, who miss 'normal' just as much as we do.

So that's what I set out to do. Starting in March of 2020, all of my events turned virtual. I decided to offer personalized messages, video calls, and virtual parties (for more info on these, click here: VIRTUAL VISITS). Zoom PartyZoom Party

And I couldn't believe what happened - my client base all of a sudden became global. Instead of just reaching people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Denver, and even Colorado Springs, I was getting requests from Canada, England, and even so far as Australia! Sorting out time zones became something I did daily, and it's certainly not as easy as it seems. 

I was becoming a different princess every day of the week and while it was certainly a crazy schedule to maintain, the joy I was helping to create was worth each and every moment I spent worrying about colored contact lenses and wig caps.

And to think that it was because of something so heartbreaking that began something so heart-healing... 

But sadly, my heart still got so heavy at times that I couldn't manage to put my thoughts into words and fill you in on everything I did get to do as a princess performer over the past year. However that's what I'm hoping to bring to my blog - all of the snapshots and stories that make me look back and realize perhaps 2020 wasn't a completely horrible year after all.

 

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Staying True to Character https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2019/1/staying-true-to-character As my dream of starting a princess party business came closer to becoming a reality, I made a list of what was most important to me and one of those was staying as true to the character as possible. I spent numerous hours researching the best wigs and costumes; they needed to be high-quality and represent not only the animated character herself, but also be theme park accurate.

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I couldn't believe there were so many choices for gowns! Each character wears more than one outfit in each movie and there are many interpretations of each dress. Ariel is best known in her mermaid form, but is most 'princessy' in her full gown seen at the parks. Rapunzel has extremely long hair so wearing it in a long braid is the most practical way to move around at an event - and I found a wig that represents how she wears it in her movie.

 

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Merida is Scottish and has the accent to match! I've been an Irish dancer for over 20 years, trained by two sisters who were born and raised in Ireland. Hearing them speak, I have learned to imitate the accent pretty easily. Just a few slight tweaks from Irish to Scottish and I'm set!    Scottish Princess 2 | Princess Party and Events | Party Like a Princess in Highlands Ranch, COScottish Princess 2 | Princess Party and Events | Party Like a Princess in Highlands Ranch, CO


 

My dedication to these details, I believe, are what makes my company different. I take my craft very seriously and I strive to provide families with the highest level of character accuracy, down to eye color and even wedding rings.
 

So if you're ready to 'party like a princess', just let me know and I'll be happy to begin preparing the magic for your special day!
 

createthemagic@partylikeaprincessco.com

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My First Experience as a 'Real' Princess https://www.partylikeaprincessco.com/blog/2018/12/my-first-experience-as-a-real-princess This day was one of the most exciting days of my life, however it was also completely nerve wracking.

Of course there were times when I was little (and even as an adult) where I got to dress-up as a princess, but this was the day I was going to see if I could really pull off the transformation.

Here in Colorado, we are lucky enough to have one of the nation's best zoos and each Halloween, the Denver Zoo has special weekends dedicated to dressing up and visiting trick-or-treat stations. I chose the Denver Zoo's Boo at the Zoo 2017 to be my official royal debut. 

Fully dressed as the Little Mermaid, I started to get incredibly nervous on the car-ride there.

What if I just look like I'm wearing a costume? What if my princess impression isn't spot-on? What if children walk right by me without a second glance?

The exact opposite happened and I was over-the-moon.

The moment I exited the car, little girls were already calling out my character's name! And by the time I arrived at the entrance, many little ones were pointing and excitedly coming over to visit.

More mermaids came over for hugs and I felt - ironically - more 'myself' than I ever had before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At one point during the day, I even had a line like the official princesses at the theme parks! I couldn't believe it. My heart was so incredibly happy and I had the most fun I'd had in a very long time. This day was one of the best of my entire life.

This was the day I truly found my calling.

This was the day that Party Like a Princess was born.

This was the day my dreams came true.

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