Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!
I just love when fall weather starts to sweep in, and it's time to pull out our cozy sweaters, leggings and boots!
But of course, that means Halloween is JUST around corner!
I'm sure you can tell - my job is dress up time all year round, so of course, I love Halloween!
This year, I wanted to do something a little different.
I'm super excited to announce that for the first time ever, we are introducing a Halloween character!
Our "Silly Witch" Character will be available for all of your Halloween parties and festivals in the NYC area!
Don't worry - we keep everything fun and non scary for our little ones!
Our Silly Witch LOVES giving temporary tattoos, and she has magic wand that only has one power..... BUBBLES!
Contact us today to find out more about our exciting new Halloween option!
We all know the pressure of planning a birthday party.
Friends, neighbors, and maybe even the whole pre-k class will be attending!
Well, first, mama, take a deep breath. Remember that you don't have to be perfect.
You don't have to be superwoman.
This party is all about your little one and making them feel special and loved.
And trust me, they will remember the experiences more than the gifts or expensive party decorations or favors. They'll look back and treasure these birthdays surrounded by friends and family.
Below are 3 top mistakes made when party planning that can make it more stressful than it has to be!
Avoid these things and you're already on the right track!
1. Waiting until the last minute
I know, I know. You're busy! You'll just plan something small. You (oops) forgot it was even so soon!
Well, mamas, I too enjoy the dangerous life of procrastinating up until the last second.
However, with birthday parties - especially if you want all your guests to be able to attend and to book entertainment - last minute just doesn't work.
So here's what I suggest:
1. Make a plan. About 3 months in advance, it's a good idea to start thinking about themes, looking at pinterest inspiration, and write out a to-do list with a time goal. An online birthday party planner like this one can be really helpful.
2. Send your invitations out on time. At least one month in advance is best - two months is preferable! This is so so important if you want all of your favorite people to be able to attend!
3. Go ahead and book your entertainment the moment you decide you'd like to have them at the party. DJs, Magicians, and yes, Princess entertainers often book up several months in advance.
Especially if your little one MUST have Rapunzel, then booking sooner rather than later is recommended so they don't miss out on that specific character. Luckily, most entertainers will only need a small deposit to save your date and you don't have to worry about paying the balance until the day of the party!
P.S. If you're not ready to book, but you just want to make sure that the character is available, you can always use our free, no-obligation request form!
2. Not having activities planned
You've got all the food, decorations, all of your guests have arrived... now what?
A big component that is easy to overlook is the entertainment and activities.
Letting the children free play the whole time will no doubt end up in chaos, running, fighting, boredom... and the dreaded meltdown!
Be sure to come up with some ways to entertain the children to make it a stress-free, structured, and memorable party.
Some great ideas are:
1. Create a scavenger hunt. Hide themed objects all over the house and have the kids find them all for a prize. Pro Tip: contain it to one room or give certain rules (ie all objects will be in plain sight - no moving things is required) to keep it from getting messy or out of control.
2. Set up a craft. These DIY wands are cheap and easy birthday party craft perfect for any princess party.
3. Hire someone to do it for you!
Luckily, if you've hired entertainment, you don't have to work as hard.
In fact, with Joy's Princess Parties, we highly suggest to all of our party mamas that you don't plan any activities while the princess is there - because she will keep the children engaged with our nonstop activities - stories, songs, makeovers, & more! - from the moment she arrives until she twirls back to her kingdom! All you have to do is sit back and take adorable photos and videos!
3. Not enjoying the moment
Yes, I thought about writing more about finding pinterest inspiration, or posting more crazy expensive outlandish diy photobooths, etc.
But honestly, you don't need any of those to make a great party.
And the truth is, the biggest mistake I see parents make... is not enjoying the party that they planned.
Moms, give yourself a break. Be sure you take a moment - or heck, the whole party - just watching your child's face as they get spoiled with love and attention. Give them extra hugs and kisses and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and that is more than enough.
Don't be afraid to ask friends and family to help with running the party, cutting the cake, etc. on the day so you can spend more time with your little one. Things may go wrong, cups may spill, someone might cry... and that's okay too!
This party is for you, too. A day to celebrate your little mini-me and what a great job you've done raising them so far.
You got this, mama!
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Love & Wishes,
Joy's Princess Parties NYC
Can you believe it?
Just another week of summer left and soon fall will be here!
What was your FAVORITE memory of this summer?
This has been an incredible first summer in NYC and I'm so glad I made the crazy, scary jump to move here.
I've had so much fun making new connections, visiting birthday parties, and spreading princess magic all over the NYC area.
We are getting super busy with events & princess parties in September, and it makes me SO happy!
We have TWO different free story times with princess visitors, and a fun under the sea spa party with Gym-Azing in Astoria - so be sure to check those out in our EVENTS page!
Another super exciting announcement.... We will be hosting our first Princess & Me Photoshoot in October.
Your little ones will get to pose with a princess! We'll twirl, read stories, and make pixie wishes!
You'll be able to treasure these special moments with photos from the session!
Planning is underway and soon we will be able to announce some details about this magical new event.
Let us know if there are events you would love to see!
Love & Wishes,
Joy's Princess Parties
This month has brought even more magical fun to the NYC area!
Our unicorn princess, Serefina, visited Gym-azing in Astoria for a Unicorn Spa party! Little ones received makeovers and manicures, we read a story and played freeze dance - what a magical day!
Our next event at Gym-azing will be sometime in September with your favorite mermaid princess... be sure to be on the look for that event!
We also visited Kanga's Indoor Playcenter in Long Island City!
And we're proud to announce we've partnered with them for birthday parties! Now you can invite a princess to your party at Kanga's.
We will be back at Bankstreet Bookstore on September 28th at 10am for another magical storytime... FREE to you!
Whew! It's summer in NYC, and that means LOTS of birthday parties!
We've been having so much fun celebrating birthdays with families, and attending events in Astoria, the Bronx, Manhattan and more!
We visited Bank Street Book Store on July 29th for a Frozen Story Time where we made lots of new friends, read a story, sang together, and colored in a princess!
Our most popular character this month was our favorite bookworm princess from Beauty & the Beast!
She absolutely loves sharing her favorite stories, singing songs and giving princess makeovers.
She can't wait to meet everyone!
More fun news:
We have a new event coming up this weekend at Gym-azing in Astoria!
Our Unicorn Princess will be attending a magical princess spa party!
We're sure to have a ball!
Stay tuned to find out about other upcoming events, new characters, and more!
Love & Wishes,
Joy's Princess Parties
On Saturday, we were so excited to debut our brand new Unicorn Princess!