Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lack of Funds <---do the party yourself!

The economy isn't getting any better. Unfortunately, we have to face that. Sure it might be getting slightly better, but in retrospect, it's not getting any better for small businesses like Glamour Girls . Its something we have to realize. More parents would prefer to do their childrens birthday parties themselves, rather than pay someone else to do the parties. Do you blame them? I can't say I do.

So many parents contact us at Glamour Girls looking for inexpensive party options, and many of those parents live out of our travel areas. We do parties in the New York Metro area, Westchester County NY, Rockland County NY, Northern NJ, etc. In order to appeal to clients nationwide, we have set up a system to create party packages for YOU. These party packages will be available to purchase through our Online Store. We currently have an at home Spa party, at home Glamour party, and a Make your own Stuffed Animal party. We hope to soon be including more types of party packages in our "do it yourself" section of the online ecommerce store.

These at home party packages will include directions, and all of the necessary items to smoothly run the party yourself! Great way to save some money and do the party on your own ! We haven't evne mentioned the best part yet- the at home packages are significantly cheaper than the parties we do at your location!

Check it out!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cinderella Party

Every little girl has a favorite disney Princess....and for many, Cinderella is it. Besides, what little girl doesn't dream of one day being a Princess? I know I did. Below, there I am, dressed as Cinderella for one of our past Cinderella character parties, with some of our little Cinderellas dressed up just like their favorite Princess!

All the Cinderella's

But what can you really do at a Cinderella themed party? While we have our characters attend parties, we play games, read a story, and do face painting/tattoos with the kids. However, what I'd really LOVE to do, would be to plan a party around Cinderella herself!

Let's start with decorations:
Depending on the weather of course, you could start with decorations for outside. To add to the mood, put some pumpkins in the yard, and large plastic mice. You could also have a red carpet runner leading up to the door.

But of course, the most important of the decorations are inside. Allow your daughter to have a special place at the table, turn one chair into a throne. Make the table settings fit for a princess....elegant with candles and fancy glasses.

Something like this would be perfect:

Another good idea would to have Disney life-size cutouts of Cinderella, in addition to balloons and streamers.

Every Cinderella needs her fairy godmother, wicked Stepmother, and ugly stepsisters. And of course, don't forget the prince! He will be needed to present the glass slipper! Hire Glamour Girls to provide these characters for you, or if you don't live in our area, have family members dress the part! This way, all of the characters will be present!


A Fairy Godmother is needed, as is the Wicked Stepmother.  A prince will be needed as well, as he will be required to present the slipper.  Have family members dress in these roles so the complete Cinderella family will be present.

The characters should greet the children at the door in costume, and remain in costume for the party. This will be a lot of fun for the kids as they will actually believe you to be the role.


Once the kids arrive, they need to get ready for the ball! We would take them and get them dressed for the Prince in fancy dresses and accessories. Then we'd get them all dolled up, hair and makeup!

The Ball
Start off the ball and then have the clock strike midnight. Then the kids must run to another location to avoid turning into a pumpkin!
The Prince must follow with the slipper. Make a show of trying the slipper on the other children....act as if you are in search of the real Cinderella! Try it on the birthday girl's foot last....and declare her the princess!

Most of all...enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tinkerbell Party

There's always one character that you obsess over....everyone has that one. For me, it's always been Belle...and Tinkerbell. Weird that I never noticed that coincidence before.

So when a client asked to do a Tinkerbell party...(sadly not Belle and Tinkerbell like above), I was delighted! For this party we are having ten kids, and Tinkerbell will be the center of the event, in character for the pirate and fairy themed appropriate given the Peter Pan movie. The boys will be given pirate mustaches and eye patches to act as pirates. The girls will be given glittery hairspray in their hair, and glitter on their cheeks. After all, fairies have pixie dust!

The kids will get face painting, temporary tattoos, and will play games with Tinkerbell while the different activities are going on. Tink will also be reading a story to the kids.

After all of these activities, the kids will go off and make their own ice cream sundaes!
They will choose from a variety of toppings and flavors to create their own ice cream dream!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wizard of OZ

At some point in their lives, almost every American has seen the Wizard of Oz. It's like a rite of passage, it's something everyone does. And if you haven't you better look that up on netflix, and quick my friend! The first time I saw the Wizard of Oz I was camped out on my grandparent's family room floor and my grandpa had the movie playing on a projector on their huge wall. I thought it was one of the coolest things ever....until the movie started playing, in black and white! I couldn't believe that they were showing this to us, but my grandma said, just wait Meg, just wait. And I did. Looking back I remember what fun times those were, don't we all miss being a kid at some point? Of course there are ups to being an adult, or a semi-adult in my case, but there are also the down points. The times where I wish all this real world stuff didn't apply to me.

In any case, the Wizard of Oz was something of a fascination to me, and it still is for many young kids- and a popular theme party at that! I began thinking about such parties when I stumbled across a photo of an amazing Wizard of Oz Cake, and realized, I would have to plan a Wizard of Oz party to go with it!

That cake is amazing. I am in love with it.

One necessity to a Wizard of Oz party is of course, the yellow brick road. A simple idea would be to buy a roll of yellow wrapping paper and have it on the floor (taped or held down of course) stretching from the entrance to the major party room. You can even be as adventurous as to draw bricks on it!

Stuff a pair of witch stockings with newspaper and red ruby slippers at the end of the yellow brick road, against a wall!  After all, you want to make it look like your house landed on the witch!

The party should definitely keep in mind the main goals of the characters, the tin man wanting a heart, the lion wanting courage, the scarecrow's brain. Trivia is also a great way to pass time at a party such as this, quiz your guests on different characters/events in the story!

Another great idea would be to use your decorations as prizes. For example, you can use different copies of the book as centerpieces, movie posters, etc. Use the movie posters as prizes for the winners of games!

Remember, you can also have the movie soundtrack playing throughout the party.....and who knows, maybe even have your guests dressed as their favorite character! And the host could be Dorothy!

Of course for younger kids there are plenty of other activities and games to play......can't wait to plan it all out!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Candy Party

Most kids, if not all kids, love candy. Hands down. At 23 I still have a sweet tooth. Give me a bag of candy (granted it's candy I like) there's a good possibility the candy will be gone within a day or two. Of course I'm not a total pig....well, not all the time. One party I would love to plan, would be a candy party. And for many reasons: there's so much you can do for it! Sweet Shop theme, Candy land theme....where to start?! Here's an idea of what I would do!

Invitations: I've found several invitations I love, but most of all I love the idea of a lolly-pop invitation. Pulling from the Pretty in Prints Blog I found this great candy land inspired invitation. CUTE is that!? I might just want to throw myself a candy themed party! As seen in the Pretty in Print blog, you can also use the same idea for party favor tags! I've also found Lollipop theme invitations on the Passion for Parties Blog as inspired by Kim from Tomkat studios.
candy themed birthday party invitations

Although I like the candy land style lollipop invites, I'd personally go with the second type, from the Passion for Parties blog, only because I prefer that style personally. But it does depend on the birthday girl and her taste!

The next part is obvious, decorations, and candy! One thing we can do for sure is have candy centerpieces. A vendor we work with at Glamour Girls makes spectacular candy arrangements for the tables:

Birthday Candy Centerpeice - 1 Tier - Large Round I love this one from Sugar Rush Creations , as it is shaped like a birthday cake...and it has a wonderful assortment of candy to choose from! Several centerpieces on the tables would be a fun way of incorporating candy into the decor!

However, if we're sticking with the lollipop idea, then a lollipop tree could be a great centerpiece:

I love the pink one with the large circle lollipops-classy but not overdone. As for other decor, I would suggest to keep the colors bright and festive, bright neons like lime green, hot pink, blue, yellow, or soft pastels that people often associate with easter...after all Easter does remind people of candy! Candy necklaces can also be used as garland to be strung across tables and what not!

I love what the Passion for Parties blog did for decorations:

Amazing, what can be done with paper plates! Don't these lollipop decorations look amazing? Sweet Shop Party: Passion for Parties

The decorations and the theme might not have been so difficult when it comes to a candy party, however I do believe the activities part might be the most difficult. After all, the kids can't eat candy for the entire two hour party....or can they?

Make Candy Necklaces: Give the kids string and different types of candy to create their own necklaces. There are plenty of types of candy that can easily be strung onto the string, or you can buy the necklaces and cut them...putting the candy in a bag for the kids to make themselves! It's a great activity to keep the children occupied and also sticking by your theme! Other great activities include:
Chocolate Bar eating contest. Buy the giant hershey's bar and see what team/duo can eat the candy the quickest.
Decorating sweets:
Although the party is centered around couldn't hurt to have a cookie decorating or cupcake decorating contest....with candy of course! Let the kids decorate with icing, different candies, chocolate chips, etc. Have prizes/awards/certificates for most creative, most unusual, prettiest, most elegantetc.
Guessing Games:
Guests can guess the number of a certain candy from a jar. The winner (closest to actual number) takes home the candy! You could do candy corn, jellybeans, m&m's, or whatever type of candy you want!

Winding Down and Party Favors:
The best way to end a candy party is of course with candy favors! One of my favorite party add ons with Glamour Girls is our Candy Bar. I love setting up the old fashioned candy jars and filling them with candy. Watching the kids make their own goodybags is so cute, and they love it! They take what they  want!

Now that I've written all about this candy party, I totally want someone to do one! Any takers? Maybe I'll have to throw one for myself. Just saying.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae Spa

So of course I'm slacking a little on the posting....but that happens from time to time. Last week Glamour Girls did a fabulous Ice Cream Sundae Spa party! I know, you might be thinking, spa? Ice Cream? How do those go together? And really, it's quite wonderful!

Our ice cream sundae spa is targeted towards kids in the 5-15 age range, and of course it does vary! Last week we did the party for an adorable set of 8 year old twins, who I might add, were very into it! The spa includes facials, manicures, and pedicures! At Glamour Girls we use Me Bath ice cream spa products, all of which can be found on our website: Glamour Parties

Let's start off with the facials. Of course as many people may (or may not) know, you must be a licensed esthetician to do an actual facial. Considering how our clients are usually under the age of 12, we don't do anything quite as fancy, however we do use face masks. For the ice cream spa party we do marshmallow flavored masks, which actually smell quite like real marshmallows (it's amazing). We have also had caramel and chocolate flavored masks as well! To top off the facials we do cucumbers on the eyes and let the girls lay back and relax!

As for the manicures,  the girls get their nails done up and a hand massage with strawberry flavored lotion! For the pedicures the girls place their feet in a basin of warm water, upon which we insert the flavor bath fizz of their choice. The girls can select from chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

After the bath fizz ends we scrub their feet/legs with chocolate sherbert scrub which the girls loved, since they were laughing and giggling away. After that we dried the girls feet with towels and painted their nails. While their nails dried we coated their legs and feet with icing flavored lotion.

Of course, I think this party would be best topped off with an ice cream sundae bar, or an ice cream cake! At the party this weekend the girls had an ice cream sundae cake, fitting with the theme of course!

We also made the most adorable goody-bags, which included: hair wraps (to keep their hair from their eyes during the facial), sleep masks, two nail polishes, and a manicure set!
Wonderful party of course!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Celebrations

With Easter only days away, there are tons of celebrations in the form of Egg hunts, and easter parties for kids....with the occasional dressed up easter bunny of course.

As a child, I used to love doing the egg hunts, getting candy and waiting for the bunny to come, you know the whole deal, leaving carrots out the night before. Now though, I have to look back and laugh. Did I really believe that a big bunny left footprints on my dining room floor? Did I really think a big bunny could somehow break into my securely locked house?

Apparently so. Nevertheless, looking back it is funny, and  I adore planning easter egg coloring and easter egg hunts for the family easter party! It was so much fun to be a kid....and now, well, at least I can make kids smile by planning these fun activities for them!

Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bieber Fever versus Carnival party.

      It's no secret that teens and pre-teens across America have fallen head over heels for Bieber....behavior which has ultimately been nicknamed Bieber Fever. Something which one of our clients children has definitely been infected by. We are currently working on a combined birthday party for two girls, one aged 11 one aged 9 (to turn 10 and 12). The  younger daughter is set on the idea of a Bieber party...while  the older daughter absolutely despises Justin Bieber and wants something more mature, like a carnival party, or spa theme. Therefore....what do we do to combine the two? Especially when these themes don't exactly coincide with one least not well....and not without brawls.

My thought was to set up booths/tables around the yard (since it's a June party, outdoors) and do different carnival booths with prizes. We could build our own booths with wood, or we could use tables, however I'm thinking making the actual carnival booths would give it a more authentic feel....and will be much more impressionable on the kids! We could put up lights to give it a carnival  feel if we do the party at night, and if not we could hang balloons and streamers....and of course, play carnival music. We could have several game booths and a couple others such as cotton candy, popcorn, etc. Of course the real food and cake would be separate. To prevent all the children from receiving all of the prizes, we could give each child a certain number of tickets to ensure that each child is guaranteed the same number of games/prizes.

The first could be a kissing booth....but not in the way you're thinking. We could have a jar filled with hershey's kisses and the kids have to guess how many kisses are in the jar. The closest guess wins the jar!
The second booth could be the balloon booth, where the kids throw darts at the balloons to break them. This is always a favorite at the carnival...and easily made by our staff.

The third booth could be the baseball throw to knock down all of the milk jugs. Another carnival classic that is loved by all...big and small. Didn't intend for that to rhyme.

The fourth booth could be the ping pong toss into the fishbowls. I personally was always awful at this game....but some people are really good at it. At carnivals everyone always won goldfish in a bag....but I think we'd get different types of prizes!

The fifth booth could be a facepainting'll add some excitement to the carnival! Maybe not all carnivals have face painting but it is a fun add on for kids who will enjoy it...especially in a setting such as this! While we're at it we can do glitter and neon colored go wild for that!

The sixth booth could be the Ring Toss game. Another classic carnival game, the ring toss is a must have for any carnival!

The seventh booth could be the duck which the kids use a net to pick up a duck from the duck pond. If the duck has a star on the bottom it means they've won, and can select a prize. If not...they can use another ticket to try again.

The eighth booth could be a bouncy castle....or an inflatable slip in slide. Something fun an exciting that the kids can go on, over and over again.

Of course it depends on the budget of the parents for the specific party, however all of these would be excellent activities for a children's carnival that I'd sure love to go to!  

Of course being that one of the girls for this particular party wants a Justin Bieber theme, we can work Bieber prizes into the mix, maybe do Bieber tattoos, and perhaps even add Bieber onto the cake. But after the kids see this, I don't know how they could possibly say no to a fun filled carnival theme party...I know I wouldn't.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cupcake Craze

I often wonder what is the reason behind the cupcake craze? Personally cupcakes don't do much for me....I mean, sure they're tasty.....but a couple bites usually does it for me. I can't see going to an establishment such as Crumbs or Carlos's bakery and ordering a couple of cupcakes and being done with it....I'd want the real deal. The cakes. Cake Boss is such a huge hit on TLC...and personally I adore the cakes Buddy makes...I would love to try one of his however, is it really worth the price tag? Not to me it isn't.

Of course, being an event planner I know where to get similar cakes for a much better price...for one event Carlos's Bakery quoted me at 700-1000 and I got the cake for less than half the price elsewhere, and let me tell you, it was amazing. Looks wise, and taste wise. Next time I'm planning an event I will be attending, I am most certainly getting a cake like that!

Still, if it came down to cake cake, and ice cream cake....I think I'd have to go with the ice cream. Personally I have a sweet tooth, but ice cream is my soft go to dessert. I'd pass up cookies, cake, chips, you name it for a soft serve dairy queen chocolate cone with rainbow sprinkles. And yes, it has to be a cone, because lets be honest here, it doesn't quite taste the same when it's in a cup.

Monday, April 11, 2011

How far is too far?

As many of you know, we have a twitter for Glamour Girls and Glamour Parties....and we often tweet about our events. Especially our huge Original Glamour parties for our Glamour Girls sector. However, this hasn't always been accepted by some parents. We believe that allowing girls to use makeup, and do their nails and their hair gives them confidence, allows them to express themselves, and adds a bit of fun to their day! They're kids...they want to play with makeup, what little girl didn't? I loved playing in my mom's makeup drawer when I was a kid. It was a thrill. So what's the harm in allowing girls to do a Spa or Glamour Party for their birthday?

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Well, according to some angry parents who have contacted takes away a child's innocence. It causes them to be too mature too early. It isn't right for the children ,and children need to stay children as long as possible. Now let's be real here for a denying the children something they want to do for a birthday party really the way to go? I'd love to know what the harm really is.....after all, isn't it just fun a games? Beauty is a huge part of our society in today's era. But it's not like at the Glamour Girls parties we're teaching these girls how to wear makeup for the rest of their lives! We're putting glittery hairspray in their hair, glitter and shimmer and fun colored lip glosses....because it's a party, it's fun, it's something these kids don't get to do on a regular basis....and it's different. I believe allowing a child to express their interest in something, at least dabble here and there is the way to go. Completely denying them something only causes them to want it more later in life....and rebel.

So what if now, at 6 years old you deny your daughter the opportunity to participate in a hair, makeup, and nails party....ten years later she'll be caking makeup on her face as she drives to school on the bus with all of her friends. Moderation is the key to success....sure beauty isn't everything....but sometimes it is a little fun.

So I ask you far is too far? Where do you draw the line on cosmetic use and play? Every little girl wants to be a princess....but can the princess have her crown and a lip gloss too?

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I always find that theme parties are fun, exciting, and different. Instead of going to a party in your little black dress ladies, wouldn't it be exciting to be someone else for the night? To dress a certain way, that you might not normally dress? I've always found it to be fun, and almost refreshing to think outside the box.

Maybe that's one of the reasons I've always loved throwing parties...and using my creativity. Some people prefer just to go out to other people's houses or homes for gatherings, while some love to do it themselves. I'm the do it yourself girl- I love being social, I love having people over, and most of all, I love planning events and seeing them come to life before my very eyes. In college my house was the party house all my friends came to hang out at- and that was such a great time. Maybe that's why I was always so happy throwing parties....not only because others didn't like to, but because I got to be creative.

College is known for having unique out of control, wild parties. Toga parties, as made famous by Animal House , ABC parties (anything but clothes)- now those can be exciting! Girls would make a duck tape dress, or garbage bag dress, I mean really, people really use resources that you wouldn't expect. I guess that's where Lady Gaga gets her inspiration. An interesting theme was tight and bright, where everyone is expected to dress in neon/bright colored clothing. Although for some people I'm not so sure the tight factor is one we needed to see.

However my ultimate favorite theme, and one I've personally been dying to try out, is a Prohibition Party, or Great Gatsby Party. Something about the time period just intrigues me, and what fun it would be to dress up in the flapper theme, old school suits for the men, and just the music and atmosphere would be new and exciting.

Something like this set up might be nice. I also visited which showcased a great deal of examples for a prohibition party. Of course I know any party I throw or plan will be much more stylish, this would be a great way of showing where I might start on this project.

Wanted posters line the walls, lifesize cut out gangsters "guarded" the doorways. The place settings were cipies of Chicago newspapers announcig the repeal of prohibition, and the centerpieces on the tables were girls legs dressed only in sparkly shoes and garters.  While interesting, and fun nonetheless, I would want my prohibition party to be more classy, elegant, and original. I don't want to showcase certain elements such as the centerpieces with the sparkly shoes and garters- I want it to feel as if you've stepped out of a time machine. As if you just walked into a speakeasie in New York during prohibition. Instead of cutout gangsters, I'd hire guys and dress them as gangsters. I'd hire an act that could put on a show like we see in the casinos on Boardwalk Empire on HBO. It will be authentic, different, unlike any party anyone has ever been to before.

Wouldn't it be fun to drink the most popular cocktails of the time? Instead of drinking budlight and coors light, how about a side car and some gin rickeys? We could even serve drinks such as moonshine, in glass jars.

Of course we'd have to hire a bouncer or security, someone to collect the secret password to get in....afterall it has to be covered up well. You could call it a church meeting, or concerned citizens meeting, considering that speakeasies were generally disguised due to the illegality.

We could label the punch Non Alcoholic and the morning of the event, take a watermelon and cut a small piece out of the side, as you would do to a pumpkin in order to carve it, take a skewer and stick it into the flesh (but not through the skin) in all directions. next, mix about a cup of high proof spirits (vodka is best) with a tablespoon of icing sugar and carefully pour this into the melon. replace the 'lid'. sit the melon in a bowl or dish to keep it upright and put it in the freezer. Slice just before eating and serve sprinkled with diced mint.

Depending on when the event is hosted, for instance if it is a chilly night you could make mullled wine: 1 part grape juice, 1 part rosé wine- I find this produces a lighter product than straight red wine. Place orange zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves on a square of clean muslin/ cheese cloth and tie it into a ball (do not use plastic string, use cotton thread or string). Strike the ball once with a rolling pin to bruise the spices then place everything in a large pot and simmer until fragrant and warmed thru. Serve from a large tea pot, asking people "would you like a cup of tea?" (wink, wink).

I find it would also be fun to set the mood by making authentic appetizers and foods from the time period as well. I would most definitely ensure that all of the staff and guests are dressed in the appropriate attire for the period, and could send a staff member around asking people if they voted for Wilson or Hughes in the last election, and speak about "the repeal" with a wistful fondness.

Becuase these speakeasies often got raided or broken up, at the end of the night you could stage a police raid, or sound a siren....keeping the say, and a great way to signal the end of the party. But wouldn't it be funny if your neighbors called the police and they walked in to a group of adults dressed as flappers and 1920's gangsters?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Event Decorations

One of my favorite aspects of an event, is of course the decorations. Balloons, streamers, centerpieces. So much fun! Since I was just talking about my sister's fabulous graduation party....and fabulous it will be- thanks to me, I decided I should get started working on the decorations for her event. We want something classy, elegant, and simple. Since she's going with the school colors of maroon and gold (wouldn't be my first choice in terms of colors, but GO GAELS!) I suppose we can begin working on how that will play out!
This is the hall....and our creative space, or so to say:
And though it's not bad....there's a lot we have to do here. Although, the chairs do match the theme quite nicely ha!

These are the ideal table centerpieces. Kaitlin specifically requested something classy  but elegant, with candles. These will be great as. Simple  but pretty. Complimented by confetti on the table:

Then we can hang white christmas lights around the tent- it'll definitely give it a fairy tale pretty look. So exciting!

Something like that....but with round tables for sure. I'm excited.


Our character parties are by far some of my favorite events. We've had so many different characters go to events, from Princess Jasmine to Bowser from the Mario video games- to requests for Elmo. It  doesn't get much diverse than that. When I first started Glamour  Girls it was a joke amongst a couple friends that we should all dress up as Princesses and go to kids parties. At first it was a joke- and simply that, and somewhere along the way a light-bulb went off in my head. At first people thought I was insane, until we started talking money. Now, I have my methods down to a t, and character parties are not only creative but fun too!

Last week we sent Jasmine out to an event for this adorable little girl's birthday party. Although Cinderella is our most popular disney Princess!
Yes that's me. I dress up as characters when I need to- although I try not to! We also did Ariel recently, and Snow White as well!

It's always adorable, because the young kids actually believe that you are Cinderella, or Belle, or Snow White, or whatever character you might be impersonating. And being honest, what girl can truly say she didn't love at least one of the disney princesses as a child? Belle is my absolute favorite, and I won't even attempt to deny the fact that I still watch Beauty and the Beast. In fact, Tangled is on my netflix queue.

Maybe I get to work with my inner child to develop these parties, but it's fun....and I can honestly say there aren't many people out there who like what they, love what they do. I can say that, because I do. I love working with kids....and there's nothing like seeing their little faces light up when their favorite Princess shows up on their doorstep. In fact, I don't mind dressing as a Princess from time to time, every girl wants to be a princess one day. So why not today?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's a Party Worth to YOU?!

When I first started Glamour Girls, pricing was a major issue. I knew little to nothing about girls birthday parties or any parties at all. Of course I did research, but I couldn't find any competitors, and  that was a good sign. So I priced low. But now, our prices have changed drastically from our first party, which for ten kids had a price tag of $ that any mom would jump on! Or you would think.....some might think it was a bit too low of a cost....and  trust me it was. We made no money. And isn't a business supposed to make money? In fact, it cost me money!

Since then I have found competitors. And I'm pretty sure they've found us. After all, Glamour Girls is getting referrals from hair stylists, parents, teachers, etc. People know about us. And you know I'm thrilled about that. Who wouldn't be as a business owner. Besides, I don't think it's simply a coincidence that several local party companies now have a Glamour Girls Party...I really need to trademark that- and fast!

Regardless, most of these other companies charge double, if not triple what we charge. For example, there's a Manhattan based company that charges about $1000 for hair and makeup. Sure they give you a craft and cupcakes, but one thousand dollars? I briefly considered making our prices higher, but how could I possibly charge that amount for basic hair and makeup, or hair and nails? Quite frankly it seemed ridiculous. Another company based out of Ridgewood NJ, I'm sure you've seen them with their pink limo- they were featured on the real housewives of NJ costs double what we charge for hair makeup and nails, for two of the options and a short ride in the limo. Seriously?

Okay, so I  can't provide a pink limo, but we do provide a darn fun party- for much less than those we compete against! That's something I'm proud of. But it did make me wonder. How far is too far? I'm sure there are parents who have paid a thousand dollars for their child's birthday party, hell we've had plenty of parents come to us to do just that. The only difference between them, and us, is that when our  clients paid one thousand dollars, they got a heck of a lot more for their buck! For example, we did a party that cost about $900 recently. It was a fashion show party, there were about 20 kids at the party. The girls did hair, makeup, nails, and costume jewelry. Additionally, the girls got goody-bags and they did karaoke. Oh- and we did decorations. Simple decorations, but decorations nonetheless. Hmmm....which is better, hair makeup a craft and cupcakes  for ten kids, or hair makeup nails jewelry karaoke and goody-bags for twenty. Hmmmmm I'm going with the latter.

How much is too much for you? I asked my mom's cousin Erin, who is a mother of three (as of 2 months ago). Her oldest is Quinn, he's 8, Madison 7, and now two month old Brayden. Living in an upscale neighborhood in Bergen County NJ, she told me that her limit would probably be around $350 for ten kids without food/cake. I think that's reasonable, many of our parties are around that range, if not cheaper. It's always interesting to see how much a parent will pay for their child's birthdays, even in this horrible economy. Some believe birthday parties are a staple, that their children will be scarred if they don't get one. But for some parent's it's just not possible. My aunt and uncle have 4 boys, 12, 5, 3, and 2. Kind of a handful. None of them have ever had a birthday party, the five year old did for his first birthday party, and let me tell you that was a pretty grand soiree, but since then....nothing. For four kids, birthday parties every year could definitely add up, an expense that a family of six simply cannot afford to do.

Let's be serious here, say you have a party with us that's $350 for ten kids- and let's keep it simple, say there's only ten kids. Plus a cake, say $75, goodybags, $50, pizza $30, drinks $20, paper goods, decorations $50 - and I'm talking the bare minimum here. You're already talking $575....and that's before tax. Think of how much this simple party for ten kids is going to cost, and the sad truth is that most parents spend an awful lot more than that on parties. So is it worth it? That's my question here.

How much would you spend on your child's important is it for them to have one? Does it secure their happiness, their friendships? Some parents want the parties more for themselves than for the child...and I truly wonder who enjoys the event more sometimes, the parents or the kids.
Of course I love any excuse for an event, I do plan them for a living, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to talk anyone out of having a party. I'm just curious as to their reasons for going ahead with the parties in the first place. So tell me, what is it worth to you?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Maybe you'll call us overachievers, that's probably what some people think of me, having started Glamour Girls as a junior in college. I was bored, and I worked my ass off to make the business what it is today. Who would have thought I'd have costumed characters going out as Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, even Bowser!

Regardless, I graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle NY last May, and my little sister, who's turning twenty one next month, is graduating a year early this May. Of  course it has to due with the fact that she took Ap classes in high school, but people think we're a bit crazy. I guess I don't blame them. I might get that reputation for constantly asking my friends to be characters and work at different events as waiters and bartenders. Though they never complained- my employees are paid well. For a reason.

I'm straying from the point here. Since my Kaitlin is graduating early, it has fallen upon me to plan her graduation party. No pay of course, she thinks it is something that will benefit me, another event to add to my quickly growing portfolio of events. She however, is by far, more demanding than some of the most frenzied adults I've dealth with for parties with thousand dollar budgets. A bit extreme? Oh that's my sister.

Our theme colors will be maroon and gold, classic Iona College colors, and we will be getting a huge tent with tables and chairs for the backyard. Luckily we have a big backyard, which will easily fit the hundred and fifty people she's invited to her party. However, she cannot decide whether or not to do catered food, or to hire one of my staff members to grill burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and do heros. Personally, I'd like the catered food, the bbq theme makes it feel like just that....a bbq, not a fancy graduation party.
As for the entertainment, she refuses to let the pipe band play, though I'm sure if my dad has his way, there will be something to say about that. Being that we're irish and have been involved with pipe bands for as long as I can remember, someone is definitely going to whip out a set of bagpipes and start rocking out. Kaitlin herself inquired to the Narrowbacks, a Rockland County based irish band to play at her party....deep down she's starting to enjoy irish music. She just won't admit it to us yet.

Despite her demanding attitude regarding her party, and the constant text messages I get throughout the day asking about her party's progress, upon which I reply, "it's out of my hands". She's not a regular client where I can just send her a budget, it's more complicated, it goes  through our parents, who are afterall, footing the bill for her grand soiree. They are the ones with the final say....and they're not too thrilled with her extravagance. Her must have though, is something I will insist upon: a fantastic cake. If you've checked out the gallery on our website: you will have definitely seen some of the elaborate cakes we've gotten for other events. If you've ever watched Cake Boss you know what I'm talking about. A specialty cake is awesome, and they taste amazing, a million times better than the typical cake you'd buy at the grocery store. However, a cake like that, for 150 people....oh she's in over her head.

Might want to stay  tuned on this one....the tale of Kaitlin's 150 guest graduation party is far from over!

Spring is Coming

Saying spring is coming is something like a gift on this horrible rainy day. What better to hope for than the warm sunny days of the springtime, and the outdoor parties that accompany the warm weather. It's as if everyone hides away for the winter, not wanting to leave their warm houses for fear of the cold. But when spring comes, the barbeque's come out, backyard parties, communions, christenings, confirmations, birthdays, baby showers...the celebrations begin. With Easter and Passover just around the corner, you can imagine that we're getting very busy planning glorious events with fun, festive pastel colors. Exciting? You bet!

Our Glamour Girls staff is hard at work on a super fun event we have booked for June, not only are we doing our classic Glamour Party fun for the 20-25 little girls, we're also doing an ice cream sundae bar.
I can't decide what my favorite flavors would be for an ice cream sundae party....which is why the birthday girl picks four. She could pick Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookie dough, chocolate, and strawberry, or she could pick coffee (what child would pick coffee though, let's be real!), vanilla bean, chocolate chip, peanut butter....etc. Personally, I'd go with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and cookie dough. Cookie dough is like an ice cream's fabulous. Although as a child- hold on, even now, at twenty three, I still insist on mixing cookie dough with chocolate  because I refuse to eat plain vanilla ice cream. Never liked it. I'm waiting for the day they make chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe I should just invent it, it might be easier. Then again, it might be more expensive. And where on earth do I have room to start a ice cream company? I have enough on my plate! A busy enough schedule as is.

Once the birthday girl (or boy) chooses her flavors, she gets to choose toppings. All eight of them. Sprinkles, candies, syrups, etc. I mean, I'd choose whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, chocolate syrup....the classic toppings for an ice cream sundae. That's half of your toppings right there! Not a bad selection if you ask me.

Our ice cream sundae bar fits perfectly with our new Ice Cream Sundae Spa party. It's just as delicious as it sounds. We did a test run on all of the products yesterday which were so yummy I could eat them up! They smelled so amazing, almost as if you had real ice cream in front of you-not bath and spa products! The girls get to choose from mini bath fizzies for their foot bath in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. After the bath fizzies, they're treated some exfoliating scrub in chocolate or strawberry, topped with Vanilla lotion (other flavors soon to come). The girls will be lounging in a spa like environment with their marshmallow masks topped with cucumbers on their eyes, and a manicure to complete the spa treatments (can't forget about our exfoliator and lotion for the manicure too)! Everything is kid friendly of course, and completely fun and fresh! How many of your daughter's friends can say she's gone to an Ice Cream Sundae spa party?

I'd bet not many. I love planning fun and unique events....and I'd say 90% of kids love ice cream sundaes, so have an ice cream sundae spa party with our ice cream sundae bar to add on to the fun. I bet you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elaborate Kids Parties

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have a party for your child without worrying about the cost? I do! But not in the way you think- I don't have fact, I'm as of 4 days ago, 23. After starting my own children's event planning company at the ripe young age of 20...while still in college nonetheless, I began finding out just how easily some parents can....and will drop thousands on their child's special day. And it still amazes me to this day.

Sometimes I think they just don't care, and want someone else to do the work for them, and then sometimes I think it's simply that they have the money, and are too busy to do it themselves. It goes both ways, literally, but it's mostly the latter. But amazing nevertheless. In fact, planning such events gives me a thrill, it's fun, its creative, and it's something I've created without the help of anyone else- something to call my own. Well, technically not mine, it's someone else's party right?

If you've ever watched the show Outrageous kids parties- some parents just cannot help themselves. The first episode showed a mom who was trying to please herself more than the child, at least that was the impression I got. Princess carriage? Sure. Amazing  triple, no quadruple layer cake, sure! Dancers, sure! Costumes for got it! If you could put me on that level.....I mean with the clientel, I'd be thrilled. Seriously...know anyone like that? Send 'em my way!

For now I'll work out the details to our fabulous Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Candy Bar, and all of our other exciting add ons that I keep adding to regularly. Why not right?