Top 5 Princess Characters of 2016

Get ready for our exclusive list of the top 5 princesses for hire for 2016! Looking to hire a princess character for your daughter’s birthday? Check out our predicted most popular princess characters for 2016.

  1. Snow Sisters- this dynamic duo is sure to add some frozen fun to your child’s birthday party! Inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, our Snow Sisters show how true love can conquer all.

2. Cinderella- the classic and most sophisticated of all princesses, Cinderella is the perfect addition to any girly birthday party. Cinderella is an inspiration for dreamers all over and will teach your guests the important of kindness, courage and believing in the power of midnight.

3. Little Mermaid- this ocean beauty is perfectly suited for any under the sea theme. Our Little Mermaid princess loves to share stories of her grand adventures and talk about all her fishy friends. She’s sure to make a splash wherever she goes!

4. Rapunzel- she’s so glad she left her tower and loves to party with kids of all ages. Rapunzel brings along her trusty green reptilian friend and has a schedule full of fun activities, whether it’s painting nails or making lanterns, this long-haired princess makes every birthday the best day ever!

5. Belle- a tale as old as time, Princess Belle is truly a beauty both inside and out. She loves to read and thinks story time is the highlight of every party! Far off places, daring sword fights, a prince in disguise! She can’t wait to share her wonderful imagination.

Girly-Girl Partea’s is the #1 provider of princess and character entertainment for North Florida. Started in 2008, Girly-Girl Partea’s has been part of 500+ birthday parties and kids themed events and continues to make birthdays SPECTACULAR from Southern Georgia down to Palm Coast and everywhere in between. Click the ‘book now’ button above to add some magic to your next party or corporate event! 

Authentic Brave Scottish Princess for Birthday Party

Invite our BRAVE princess character to your next birthday party or event!  With her fiery natural red hair and Scottish accent, this beauty is ready to make your party SPECTACULAR! This inspired look-alike princess can teach archery to your wee little guests, makes bows or event teach them a traditional Scottish dance.

We are the leading party planner and character entertainer in North Florida, serving St AugustineJacksonville, Southern Georgia and Palm Coast. Our princess characters for hire will entertain your guests with interactive story time, one-on-one photos and hugs for each guests. 60 and 90 min visits also include your choice of mini manicures, make-up, hair styling, character themed glittery tattoos, an interactive sing and dance along or themed princess party craft. They will even help your princess blow out her candles before making their way back to their magical kingdom. Click the “book now” tab to get started!

 

#1 Frozen Theme Party Princess Characters in Florida

Frozen Inspired Character Entertainers for Birthday Parties in Florida

Invite our SPECTACULAR Frozen theme party princesses to your next birthday party or event!  We are the leading party planner and character entertainer in North Florida, serving St Augustine, Jacksonville, Southern Georgia and Palm Coast. Our Elsa and Anna inspired Snow Queen and Snow Princess will entertain your guests with interactive story time, one-on-one photos and warm hugs for each guests. 60 and 90 min visits also include your choice of mini manicures, make-up, hair styling, character themed tattoos or an interactive sing and dance along. They will even help your princess blow out her candles before making their way back to their frozen kingdom. Click the “book now” tab to get started!

Best Little Mermaid for Hire in Florida

Invite our incredible Little Mermaid Princess to your next birthday party or event for some guaranteed splash splash fun!  We are the leading party planner and character entertainer in North Florida, serving Jacksonville, Southern GeorgiaSt Augustine and Palm Coast. Our Little Mermaid will entertain your guests with interactive story time and one-on-one photos with each guest. Learn more about her ocean adventures and listen about life under the sea!  60 and 90 min visits also include your choice of mini manicures, make-up, hair styling, character themed glittery tattoos, an interactive sing and dance along or themed princess party craft. She will even help your princess blow out her candles and make a wish before making her way back to the sea. Click the “book now” tab to get started!

A Danish tale originally written as a ballet and then published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837, The Little Mermaid has a great passion for discovery and adventure. She is energetic, fun-loving, and outgoing, which makes her fun to be around. You can invite the Little Mermaid to your next party or event and hear all about her fish friends and her love of the ocean. She is available in her green sequin skirt and purple shell top as pictured above or in her teal ballgown or town dress, as pictured below. During the summer months, you can invite our SWIMMING MERMAIDS to your pool party for some underwater fun!

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

There was plenty of singing, dancing - and bubbles - during the "Frozen" celebration at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library.  Provided by Ponte Vedra Beach branch library

Provided by Ponte Vedra Beach branch library
There was plenty of singing, dancing – and bubbles – during the “Frozen” celebration at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library.
 It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full.

Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store.

This last-minute event turned out to be the coolest thing in town. Perfect for something inspired by the Disney film “Frozen.”

Anne Crawford, the youth services librarian with the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library, couldn’t believe it.

“We pulled this together in under a month and we were just blown away by the response,” she said.

Moms, dads and hundreds of kids — more than 900 in all — packed the library for a chance to get a picture with the Snow Queen and Snow Princess, modeled after the “Frozen” characters.

Crawford has a 3-year-old, so she knew the characters would be popular. But the line out the door surprised her; she was told at least one parent drove two hours for a chance to meet the fictional sisters of the animated blockbuster who discover what true love really is.

“It was a landmark event for me and the library system since I’ve been here,” Crawford said.

Even though the film has left theaters and is now on cable and DVD, its popularity has shown no signs of cooling.

Crawford said everything the library has that’s related to “Frozen” is checked out. There are 15 titles with multiple copies of everything ranging from board books and picture books to CDs. And they can’t keep them on the shelf.

Girly Girl Partea’s, the company that provided the Snow Sister characters inspired by “Frozen,” has been staying busy with parents seeking out the characters for birthday parties.

 

Crawford said it’s the story. “Frozen” is unlike other Disney movies. Spoiler alert: Prince Charming is anything but. And, in the end, when it comes to true love, what better love is there than that of family?

“I think it’s just a really special story,” Crawford said. “I think it’s such a strong message. Girls can be powerful, brave and love each other and do everything in their power to protect one another. Great message.”

Childrens’ birthday parties are big business on the First Coast

Parents aren’t settling on cake and balloons to make their kids happy

Brooke Spreitzer (third from right) had her ninth birthday party at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Spa.  There was the princess party for their daughter’s first birthday. And the Mexican-themed party complete with a Mariachi band for the third.

But since Beth Spreitzer’s daughter, Brooke, wanted just the girls for her ninth birthday, Spreitzer rented an oceanfront room at Ponte Vedra Inn & Spa. There, the girls played kickball on the private beach and sipped smoothies between pedicures and facials.

The Spreitzers are an example of those buying into a booming business in Jacksonville and the rest of the country: children’s birthday parties. Informal surveys show that in recent years, on average, parents spend $200 to $400 on birthday parties. And some wealthy families may spend up to $5,000 or more, said Heather Downs, a professor of sociology at Jacksonville University. That’s a far cry from the Pin the Tail on the Donkey and paper streamers of the past.

Downs also attributes the rise in cost to higher expectations nowadays from children for lavish events. Parents may also use a birthday party as an opportunity to network with their colleagues, particularly for parties for 1- and 2-year-old children.

“Parents view the birthday party as a chance for children to fit in with their peer group,” Downs said. “The parents are going to do what they need to for the child to fit in.”

Why invest in a party? For the Spreitzers, it’s not about competition among other parents or wanting to impress friends. The parties provide an opportunity to give Brooke an experience she can remember, Beth Spreitzer said.

“Growing up, I had great memories of my birthday parties,” she said. “[We] want to make sure, as well, that she has great memories of her birthdays for years to come.”

Dozens of places in Jacksonville now serve as venues for birthday parties, offering everything from inflatable houses to jump in to full formal teas for tots, and often are booked weeks in advance. And for those brave enough to have a party at their home, there’s a plethora of party planning companies and performers to pick from.

Amelia Davis and Shelly Rich co-own girly-girl partea’s Inc., a St. Johns County-based company specializing in custom parties for girls, often packed with princesses and pink. Their themes include red carpet and spa parties, like the one they put together for the Spreitzers.

“Parents now really want to give a great party for their children,” Davis said. “I think they’ve gone through all the other parties and thought, ‘you know, let’s step it up a notch.’ ”

Davis said girly-girl partea’s is mostly referral based, and their schedule fills up quickly. When they started their business in 2008, they had a modest number of parties they worked on. In 2010, girly-girl’s business has nearly doubled and has had clients all over Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, Portia Gillespie, owner of Sugar Plum Entertainment, said her business is a full-time job with a steady stream of clients.

For the past 14 years, Gillespie has seen children’s birthday parties escalate and become more elaborate. She’s performed as a clown, magician or pirate at birthday parties for children as young as a year old.

“It doesn’t seem to matter if [the family is] affluent or not affluent,” Gillespie said. “People do find money to spend on their children because they want to make it special for their child.”

Gillespie declined to share her prices with the Times-Union, but said in Jacksonville, performers are typically paid $150 to $200 an hour.

Jacksonville isn’t alone in buying into children’s parties. A recent episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” featured housewife Taylor Armstrong spending $50,000 for her 4-year-old’s backyard party. A new TLC show, “Outrageous Kids Parties,” shows one family spending more than $30,000 for their daughter’s princess party, complete with a horse-drawn carriage.

Amscan Holdings, which operates the Party City franchise that has locations in Jacksonville, reported a net income increase of 32 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to its U.S. Security & Exchange Commission report. Its latest quarterly report for the first nine months of 2010, the latest available, has shown a net income increase of 20 percent compared to the first nine months of 2009.

Downs said throwing children’s birthday parties away from the home, at higher-priced venues, ups the cost even more. Although a homemade cake and some party hats used to cut it, nowadays companies are offering packaged deals that include food and entertainment. And when you venture outside of the home, it can only add to the overall cost, she said.

Pump It Up, an inflatable bounce house business on Beach Boulevard, offers its pizza party, which includes pizza and an hour and a half of jumping for about $400 for 12 children. That doesn’t include the add-ons such as goodie bags or extra kids.

Chuck E. Cheese, a birthday party staple, now charges $12.99 per child for a birthday party, with a 10-child minimum.

If you decide to stick with the home party, expect to pay at least $100 per hour for a performer and $100 for a bounce house. Want to throw in a petting zoo? That will cost you at least $250. And don’t forget the cleanup.

And, the more parents spend, the higher the likelihood that other children will expect more for their own party, which increases the pressure on parents to put together something special, Downs said.

“It seems like some people get caught up in the consumerism,” Downs said. “They go to the party store and things get out of control. I think there’s something about that.”

But are extravagant parties a bad thing? Some party vendors, such as Gillespie, see it more as a celebration of the child and not something that should be viewed as silly.

“I feel like I’m in the business of making happy memories,” Gillespie said. “I think the parents are after the memory.”

Spreitzer said the best part about giving Brooke a great birthday is how grateful she is to have the party, and she never expects to have anything over-the-top, which makes it even more special.

So what’s the plan for Brooke Spreitzer’s 10th birthday? A Disney cruise, her mom said.