By: Barb Evans
If your child is hoping Anna and Elsa are on the invite list for their next birthday party, have no fear; the beloved sisters just might be able to make it after all, thanks to the help of Emily Denton of Fairytale Events.
Emily has been making children’s dreams of meeting their favorite princesses and storybook characters come true since 2013. From Rapunzel to Cinderella, Tinkerbell to Spiderman, Emily has it covered.
Her company offers over 14 different characters who are waiting to crash your next party. With packages starting at $85 for 30 minutes, you can select up to three characters to attend, as well as the activities they will perform, such as face painting, games, manicures and princess etiquette lessons.
“I wanted to create not just a meet and greet experience, but a chance for the kids to interact with the characters,” explains Emily. “All of our activities are very interactive and give the kids a chance to really spend time with the princesses to create magical memories.”
Emily knows first hand what it takes to be a princess. An avid singer, performer and watcher of Disney movies, she dreamt of working at the famed theme park, so she auditioned to be a cast member in 2011. Although she made it to the final round, she didn’t make the cut. But her life took a different path; while she was waiting to hear if she was accepted, she met her Prince Charming and started living her own fairytale.
Emily fondly remembers the experience, and wanted to continue the magic by offering the same opportunities to kids at their birthday parties. With the encouragement of her new husband and entrepreneurial father, she created Fairytale events.
When searching for cast members, Emily tries to employ the same stringent qualifications she had to undergo.
“The biggest thing I look for in our cast members is a high set of standards and a shining personality,” says Emily. “I can teach someone how to face paint and put them in a pretty dress, but unless they have good morals, charisma and kindness, then the true spirit of a princess will never shine through.”
Currently, Emily employs six cast members, but because her business is growing, she is looking to add possibly six more.
“I just put out a casting call and received over 100 applications!”
Once selected, cast members go through extensive training with Emily and other experienced performers before they are able to attend a party. Each cast member is then outfitted with custom costumes, wigs and accessories designed and made by seamstresses all over the world.
“I have wig designers in Hollywood, and a few seamstresses here in the U.S.,” says Emily. “My company could not run without their amazing designs and work.”
Though most of the characters are princesses, she does offer some superheroes and other male characters like Spiderman, Captain America, and Kristoff from Frozen, and is working on revamping her “boy parties” for this summer.
One of the reasons why Emily started Fairytale Events was to satisfy her love for children and volunteer work. She has worked with many non-profit organizations such as Crisis Nursery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Cardon Children’s Medical Center, HopeKids of Arizona, and Sundrop Society.
“Our goal is to bring smiles and happy moments to as many kids as we can,” says Emily.
“I truly love doing this. Whether I am behind the scenes helping moms plan their kids’ special day, or accompanying my cast members to events and parties, I love seeing that first look on the child’s face when the princess walks through the door.”
For more information about Fairytale Events, including a list of characters and rates, visit fairytaleeventsaz.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily recommends booking at least a month in advance.
Barb Evans is a freelance writer handling assignments for a variety of clients while raising two kids, ages 13 and 8. She has worked in public relations for more than 10 years and was previously a writer for Freedom Way magazine, Anthem’s community publication. Barb loves to travel, spend time at the beach, and discover people’s life stories.