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.
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...