Thursday, November 14, 2013

Enchanted Princess Parties

Monday's post about The Root Collective has been remarkably popular; hello, new readers!  Today I'm going to continue this week's trend of promoting my friends' businesses by telling you about Enchanted Princess Parties.  My friend Victoria is as close as it's possible to get to being a real life fairy tale princess without being a member of an actual royal family.

Victoria Lee is one of the most ridiculously beautiful people I have ever met in my life.  She's also intelligent and extremely nice - complete trifecta.  She's been an active member of the modeling and costuming communities for the past few years, which is a short explanation for how she and I met, and has more than a decade's worth of experience and education in early childhood education.

Enchanted Princess Parties, which she launched just this year, combines all of these skills and attributes into one fantastic job.

"My dear friend Jacky, who owns her own princess birthday party business, encouraged me," she explained.

EPP is fairly simple on the surface. Parents hire Victoria to come to their child's birthday party as their princess of choice.  She's currently got a repertoire of just two, although she's hoping to add to this as time goes on; she will show up dressed as either the princess from "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" in the Arabian Nights or as the maiden from La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).  At the party she offers various forms of entertainment such as face painting, story time, coloring, and playing with bubble wands, among other things.  She is an amazing princess; I've seen her in action.

You might be wondering the same thing I was when I first saw these costumes - who makes them? "The Arabian Princess is a belly dancer costume I purchased," Victoria told me, which she then accessorized herself.  Beauty's dress came from a costume store, but then she altered it by adding pearls and a petticoat.  Both wigs came from a basic wig store.  Professional photographers have a lot of fun capturing Victoria in her costumes; the camera just loves her.  So do the kids at a princess party!

The only downside to this is that Victoria's area of practice is limited by, well, reality.  She operates mainly in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area; she will travel farther, but she adds a travel fee for locations farther than 20 miles from Abington, Pennsylvania, to cover her expenses.

There aren't too many more magical parties you can throw for the little ones in your life than to have a fairy tale princess come and spend the day! For booking information, rates and other information, visit Victoria's website or the Enchanted Princess Facebook page.

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