One of the most recent crazes that is growing in popularity is the children’s character entertainment. If you have been living under a rock or not sure what that is: it’s having costumed characters from various movies entertain at your birthday party or other special event.
When I was growing the only option was clown or no clown. Now, not only have times obviously changed but thanks to a certain horror writer clowns are no longer associated with funny, silly, or entertaining. They are now relegated to the creepy and scary.
The good thing is that the void has been filled by a number of children’s character entertainment companies and one of the best is Magical Moments Princess Parties with two service areas, the North Shore and the South Coast including New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, and Acushnet. Co-owners Samantha Cipollone and Imalay Lugo met at a photography convention where Imalay was shooting models that were doing charity events across New England.
They hit it off and eventually worked one of the charity events together and were so impacted by the powerful response and sheer joy on the kid’s faces the costumed models got from people, that inspiration struck; they decided to strike out together and make a career out of it!
Imagine your kids seeing their movie characters come to life and coming from movie land just to attend THEIR birthday party, special event or even during a family vacation announcement? Magical Moments Princess Parties feature characters like the “Snow Queen,” Arabian Princess, Island Princess, Frog Princess, Rapunzel, Cinderella, La Princessa Latina, and others.
What separates Magical Moments Princess Parties from the others is the passion that shows through their performances. They are professional, warm and dedicated to making dreams come true for the children (and adults!). They genuinely love creating smiles in everyone and believe that their well crafted business choices, both in professionalism and creativity, is the key to making everyone happy!
Samantha shared the thought process behind the passion: “Character integrity is the main focus of our company. We strive in having our performers to have intensive knowledge of any character they are portraying & to remain in character at all times. All of our costumes are custom made by talented seamstresses so they are unique to only us. We also allow each parent to tailor their party package to what they want and have many magical add-ons, such as photography and decoration services.”
Those performers are comprised of a team of people who have the same burning passion as Samantha and Imalay do. All the girls attend a mandatory training course that takes at least 2-3 weeks. Many have experience, whether in theater or a background with childcare work. Their characters have appeared at many charity and community service events such as Mason’s Voice, Jimmy Fund Walk, and Christmas In The City (Totaling over 7,000 families) to name a few.
Each time Imalay, Samantha and the staff at Magical Moments Princess Parties does an event, they are reminded about their mission, and their souls refueled. They don’t see the rewards as a one-way street – when they see a child’s priceless look and belief that the “princess” is the genuine article, it’s a reward that is as powerful as the first time they experienced it.
Imalay recalls one event that stands out: “I’ll never forget one moment in particular, a “Christmas in the City,” event that benefits homeless families. Thousands of children were in attendance and when they saw us their faces immediately lit and they started screaming our character names as they all ran towards us for a hug. A hug that I often revisit and will last me a lifetime. These children and families were really struggling and something so easy to do had such a marked effect on everyone.”
If you are interested in more you can use the information at the bottom of the article to visit their Facebook page or website. Or you could give them a call and talk to a real person. In addition, you can directly book Magical Moments Princess Parties and start planning that special day!
One of the best things the ladies said that touched me was “A piece of advice we always follow when doing parties is ‘When hugging a child always be the last to let go. You never know how long they need it.'” and nothing represents what Magical Moments Princess Parties better. These thoughtful girls are doing something they love to do and genuinely thrive on it. They make a special day, even brighter. They are inspired by the fact that for one day they make some child feel like the center of the universe.
Who couldn’t use a little of that?