Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Party Craft Idea -- Cardboard Superhero Phone Booth

Here's a great idea for a DIY cardboard phone booth for your little superhero's birthday party! This makes a great backdrop for all those adorable superhero pictures, and you can even use it as part of a Superhero relay race, where guests race to put on an oversized blazer, shoes, and glasses, and run to their team's phone booth to change out of the disguise and in to the superhero cape, mask, and boots. Then, they rush back to their team and remove the superhero costume, and pass it to the next member of their team, who put it on, and runs back again. The first team whose members complete the race wins!

What you'll need to make your very own phone booth: 
  • 2 cardboard wardrobe boxes (approximately 24" x 20" x 48")
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Red latex interior paint
  • Light blue paper
  • 1" painter's tape
  • White poster board
  • Shoe box
  • Cardboard tube
  • Paper cup
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Yarn

And here are the step-by-step instructions from

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Selfie Saturday Part 3 -- A Behind the Scenes Look at our Weekend

Ever wonder what a day in the life of a Fire Pixie entertainer looks like? Well, wonder no more! It's time for another Selfie Saturday!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Party Snack Ideas -- Descendants Apple Dipping Station

What a great idea for Descendants themed parties: an apple dipping station! Your party guests will have so much fun creating their very own sweet snacks, and with so many dipping options, there's something for everyone! This party snack station is super easy to put together and customize for your favorite Descendants characters.

What you'll need:

  • Red apples
  • Melting chocolate for dipping (white, milk, and dark)
  • Caramel dip (1 bag of caramels and 1 5oz can of evaporated milk)
  • Chopped cashews or peanuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Sprinkles (choose colors to match your favorite Descendants characters: blue, white, green, black, and silver for Evie or red, white, and black for Carlos, etc.)

Here's the full step-by-step guide from Tonya Staab.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Party Ideas -- Rapunzel Tower Photo Booth

Create a unique photo booth for your upcoming Rapunzel themed party using nothing but a few large cardboard boxes, tape, paint, a couple of plastic cups, and a little time. Your party guests will love posing for pictures with their friends in this fantastic tower, and it's so easy to make, your little Princess can even help! Make just the front as a photo booth, or go all out and make a full tower, and after the party it turns in to a mini tower playhouse for your little one. :)

What you'll need:

  • A few large cardboard boxes 
  • Paints (spray paint in light purple, dark blue, and brown tones for the castle walls, and acrylic greens for the vines)
  • Faux flowers (for decorating)
  • Hot glue gun
  • A sturdy chair or stool for your models 
Here are a few examples of towers people have made to get you started, and here's a great step-by- step guide from Melissa Williams Design Blog. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Life In Gowns: Meet Princess Naomi

Ever wonder who we are when we're not all glitzed up, entertaining your little ones with our mad face paint and balloon skills, or dazzling them with our big bag of magic tricks? We're a diverse group of folk, each coming from a different performance background, and with a little bit of a different story. 

Allow me to introduce: Princess Naomi!

Naomi is one of our most experienced and most requested entertainers, and it's really no wonder why. A classically trained theater actor and musical theater performer, Naomi truly embodies each character, and brings her own special brand of silly along, too. She's an incredibly versatile entertainer, and switches easily between the more traditional Princess roles and other, sillier characters. When Naomi was little, her favorite Princess was always the Little Mermaid.

 "She's super goofy and fun, but seriously curious, and always questions everything. Plus, being a mermaid is just awesome!"

As a kid, Naomi used to spend hours in the bath, her little feet crossed, make believing she was a mermaid herself, but she never imagined that she would one day be pretending professionally
Naomi had always been passionate about performance and costuming, and when she was little, she dreamed of becoming a professional Ballerina. The first Halloween when she chose her own costume, she was a Mouse Fairy Ballerina. 

After studying musical theater at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Naomi moved to the Bay Area to pursue another long time love: circus. A friend who had been working as a kids' entertainer suggested that Naomi might make a perfect Princess, so Naomi applied to Fire Pixie (thank you, whoever you are!). It started as a great survival job for her while she worked on a variety of different projects and trained circus, but Naomi very quickly fell in love with making kids happy. 

"It's hard to not love what you do when you see all those adorable smiles!" she says. 

Since staring with Fire Pixie, Naomi has done a ton of parties for kids of all ages, but especially loves the 4 year old crowd because "They're old enough that they're engaged, but magic is still very much alive in their imaginations."  
Naomi loves all the characters she plays, but especially enjoys being Ariel and Elsa, since they're both singers, and they really give Naomi a chance to show off her vocal chops. 

"Elsa is also a very powerful character, and definitely not your damsel in distress, so she's really fun to play." says Naomi. "Plus, all the kids absolutely love her." 
Naomi is an excellent face painter, and her magic show is top notch, but she says she really loves doing Crafts with the kids "Because you get to play with them instead of for them, and make something awesome together." 
Naomi remembers one party in particular, where she appeared as Elsa at a birthday celebration for a very special little Princess who was recovering from chemotherapy. 

"Her hair was just starting to come back, and it was so touching watching this little girl and her friends just belting out Let It Go. Overcoming your obstacles and staying strong through your struggles is really what it's all about after all." she says. 

When Naomi's not entertaining kids at parties, she can often be found flying through the air with the greatest of ease as a professional aerialist, or twisting herself in to unfathomable shapes as a contortionist. Learn more about Naomi's circus performance here


Naomi on her Aerial Frame. Photo by RJ Muna.

If you'd like to invite Naomi to your party to inspire and amaze your little Princess, you can book her here

Friday, February 10, 2017

Party Snack Ideas - Frozen Olaf Ice Cream Treats

Do you wanna eat a snowman? These Frozen Olaf ice cream treats are a great idea for Frozen themed parties (or any time really). They're the perfect mix of smooth creamy ice cream, crunchy cookies, and chocolatey goodness -- your party guests will absolutely love them! Plus, they're easy to make, and super cute!

What you'll need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Sugar cookie mix
  • 1/3 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • Hot fudge
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Tear drop cookie cutter
  • Black cookie icing
  • White cookie icing
  • Orange gummy slices

Here's the full tutorial from Nerdy Nummies:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Being a Mermaid - My Visit to the NC Mermania Convention 2017

Photo by Mertography
January 21-22 found me at NC MerMania 2017: the largest gathering of Mermaids and Merfolk in the world. Performers and hobbyists from all over the globe came to splash around, connect, giggle and play at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC.

This was the largest Merfolk convention to date: over 400 mer-people and their families came out to join in the fun.

I spent all of Saturday morning and afternoon in the pool, swimming and connecting and laughing.  There were so many faces I'd only seen online -- mermaids are a close knit bunch on Facebook -- and it was great to meet these incredible ladies in person.  I also got to reconnect with friends from past mermaid portfolio destination trips to the Bahamas and Hawaii and Mexico.

Tail Making

I make all my own mermaid tails (I brought my newest Ariel tail and my Light-up Glimmer tail this year), so I loved talking to the other mermaids wearing handmade creations.  I met one mermaid who'd found my Neoprene Mermaid Tail Tutorial and created her own unique tail based on my methods.  I could barely contain myself.

The range of materials and tail designs was endless.  Sequins, fabric, neoprene, duct tape, paint, glue, silicone, monofins, and real shells or found materials all came together in a splash of form, color and function.

For the non-maker mermaids, there are a handful of companies that create customizable silicone "realistic" tails for purchase.  Some of the larger companies include FinFolk Productions, MerTailor and MerNation tails.  I also encountered plenty of gorgeous tails made by smaller companies or individuals looking to participate in the mermaid craze -- Merbella Studios is one of my favorites among these.

Kid's Swim

I got the chance to participate in the kid's swim.  Watching little girls becoming a mermaid for the very first time is really powerful.  I perform at a lot of kid's birthday parties as a swimming mermaid, so swimming with the kids just feels so right and so natural to me, and I can really connect with them and watch their spirit unfold and soar. This might have been my favorite part of the day.

Photo by Mertography

Fathoms Below Ball

The evening festivities included a gala dinner and a Fathoms Below Ball dance party.  I provided the entertainment with my LED Light Dance Show, which I customized to the event by adding mermaid-themed persistence-of-vision (POV) images to my Supernova Poi and Morning Star Double staffs (with Adafruit inside!).  The crowd went wild whenever mermaids made of light appeared in the air around me.

photo by Mertography
photo by Mertography
photo by Mertography

The theme of the ball was illumination, and lots of people came in light-up costumes.  These ranged from Luminex dresses, to custom-made angler-fish masks, to the cheap but effective method of just adding battery powered light strands to a dress.  I've never performed for such a luminous audience.

Mermaid Glimmer

After the ball wound down, everyone headed over to the hotel pool for an after-hours swim with Mermaid Glimmer.  Glimmer is my own personal one-of-a-kind creation: an arduino powered, bluetooth-controlled swimmable mermaid tail with around 200 addressable LEDs.  When the lights go out, Glimmer lights up the pool with LED rainbows and everyone watching turns into a 7 year old girl.

I am filled with gratitude for getting to be a part of such a wonderful, accepting, loving community.  With the Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie set to come out in 2017, mermaids are coming more and more into the public eye.  Mermaids are the new Vampires!  You heard it here first.

My Little Mermaid FanFic Photo!