Posts Tagged ‘themed parties in orlando’

A Talent Show Party!

February 16, 2011

Our Talent show parties are lots of fun.

This type of party is  great for eight year olds and up, although some younger kids might also enjoy this theme.

The girls can pretend play their favorite instrument, sing karaoke or act a small part promoting a product. They get to choose!

Girls can have a glamour session of hair and make-up before going on stage.

You can choose to have a custom Hippojoy stage with red carpet and lights for the show. This one was used at a performing night at a school.

Check out this oscar night hot dogs. They fit perfectly at a Talent show party. You can give small oscar statues for prizes to all the participants.

Our character host, will sure make everyone participate.

Natalia is here displaying her musical talent. We will bring a variety of instruments that will make the kids sound like pros. Guitars, piano’s and drums!

It is a good idea to let hippojoy play and rehearse for the talent show. Did I tell you that they also get a red carpet interview?

Invite moms and dads to come at the end of the party to enjoy their children’s talents. Both parents and children love that!  Don’t forget to put this on the invitation. For example:

Parents are welcome but not required to stay, but we don’t want you to miss the grand talent show at (time).

Don’t forget your camera!

Ari Dreyer at her party.  She is a talented ballet dancer and  performer.

The shy performers can act in duos or trios, but can also act with the character guest, who will change accordingly to fit the script.


In the picture, some girls all dressed up, playing at our custom talent show backdrop. Some talented actors and actresses may take their parts very seriously!  They can get really exhausted, so we recommend snacks and beverages at the party, and lots of water.

Our parties are always learning experiences and there is nothing more wonderful that allowing your children express themselves through music, acting or dancing. You might be surprised, like I was when I saw this two kids performing for a talent show. Watch…

And check out these pair. They call themselves: Future Funk! Absolutely adorable.

To have a beautiful Talent Show Party…

Give us a call at 407-217-5440

or contact us at:

www.hippojoy.com

Creative Ideas for a Western Party

June 16, 2010

Yeeehah!!!! We have just worked on a children’s western party but thought to myself …. How cool! How about an adult version for this party?

Entertainment

For this party you could hire a couple of Cowboy/cowgirls who would mingle with the crowd and show them a couple of cool line dances. The DJ will also be very important for this party because he will know how to mix and match western style songs and smoothly move into other type of music. Remember, unless your friends are totally into these theme, it is a good idea to mix with other music too, have a siren or a sound that announces a Western segment!

Decoration

Check out this beautiful table setting, everyone at the party gets a hat and a colorful bandana that can be placed at their chair or given at the entrance by a welcoming host . Hay bales give a nice touch as well as a section for a picture opportunity. You can be very creative and put a couple o wanted signs or even have fake horses or carriages. Do not forget the buffet table and the bar area. Fun props for this theme are cactus, lanterns, zarapes, horse saddles, horse shoes, old western boots. The peanuts on the pail  idea is for adults only, I would rather keep them at the bar and not as center pieces on the tables, people might have allergies, have special caution if children will be attending , you might want to make it a peanut free party altogether and avoid mishaps!

MECHANICAL BULL

Now if you really want to surprise your guests and have loads of fun, rent a mechanical bull. The idea is to have fun and not to throw everyone away. The last time we had a Western children party with one of this guys, the line was endless, surpassed the pony rides!  Both children and adults love the mechanical Bull! Quick note – Remember Mechanical Bulls and other extreme rides need to be totally insured.

Check this expert, Jamie Manning,  Australian Cowboy go at it while breaking  the Guinness World Record.

Other entertainment can be available for this party, if you want to rent a mechanical bull,  go with this direction, give us a call and get ready for some YEEEEHAHHHHH fun!

www.hippojoy.com

How Bling-Bling Centerpieces Set The Mood

June 16, 2010

I want to share with you these beautiful Centerpieces I will be replicating for a sweet sixteen party.

This girl loves her bling- bling and she will be getting that at her very special celebration.

The centerpieces I am posting where done at a wedding and where photographed by my dear friend Pako Castillo. I’ve had the oportunity to see Pako’s work first hand in many occasions and he is truly a one of a kind photographer!

Francisco Castillo, an amazing photographer best known as Pako captures the best and every moment at graduations, Sweet Sixteens Quinceañeras and his specialty, weddings. He creates the most amazing pics, a true artist, he elaborates books that tell a story…. To check more about Pako’s work, go to http://tinyurl.com/3y5wsuh


This is him right here! Pako Castillo, in the middle, posing with the bride and groom after a photo shoot.

For amazing decoration…

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TIPS FOR A GLOW/COCO BONGO PARTY

May 23, 2010

I must admit that this sweet sixteen party idea in particular has been one of my favorites!

From the inspiration to the final result. I know your guests will be overwhelmed from the minute they come into the venue and AWE moments throughout the party.

First things first, you must see where the inspiration comes from: Coco Bongo Discotheque.  The kid had been to this disco in Cancun where the mood is set in a way that you can not miss the party!  We have been there ourselves a couple of times and we knew perfectly well what he was talking about!  Every once in a while amazing shows go on stage  and throughout the club  like confetti streamers, balloons, dancing balls, bar top conga lines, movie clips projected on high tech video screens, live bands, DJs, soap bubbles… you name it!  The high energy of this club is commonly packed with party goers.  Combine this with Coco Bongo’s extraordinary musical mix, taking sounds from the 70s & 80s, Dance, Trance, Hip Hop and Rave it’s easy to see why Coco Bongo’s dance floor is always full.

Check out this video from Coco Bongo in Cancun.  Give the video a little time, it is very dark at the beginning …

It is a constant stimulation for the senses!

What we do for this type of party:

DECORATION AND LIGHTING

If your venue is  a club that already has the dancing strobe lights, fine. But having that venue for a private party can be prohibitively expensive. No worries mate! (sorry, I am still in the mood of a crocodile dundee adventure party…) We can bring the lights to you! Yes, for this party, lightning lights and decoration will set the tone for this party and will turn any common venue or even your house from ordinary into extraordinary!

On the middle right hand side you can see our airtube decoration on broad daylight. For this party we use a variety of colors, they can be used outdoor, indoor. You can even transform the front of your house or the whole backyard for this night!

Now, the lighting effects. We combine and work with the DJ so that the song and lighting are totally in sync.  These with additional video and slide shows played on huge screen(s) will sure WOW your guests! If you have been to the Blueman Group Concert or to Cirque Du Soleil, you know what I’m talking about!

Check out this video, lights go with the song!

Now, for the center pieces, good news, very good actually, no expensive flowers necessary for this one, although we have worked some beautiful centerpieces for sweet sixteen using similar themes, I suggest going for battery lamps and glow in the dark centerpieces.

ENTERTAINMENT

Now, here is where we can get really creative, inviting innovative party guests and a variety of things that will happen at different moments during the party. Living statues, stilt walkers, golden people walking around, dancers, glow in the dark necklaces and teeth,  lookalikes, balloons, bubbles, mini carnivals, line-dances, foam and bubbles, did I tell you that at this party everyone wants to be at the dance floor? Video-sound-smell-taste, WOW moments that are amazing but most of all unexpected.  One of this AWE moments will be your entrance!  It doesn’t have to be at the beginning like most common dances, it can totally have a twist to it!

For more fun sweet sixteen, Quinceañera, Proms and Party tips, call us!

www.hippojoy.com

Face Painting makes us happy!

May 20, 2010

Bring a face painter to your next party. You can even have a magical fairy or princess that can create small works of art on your guest’s faces.

When picking a face painter there are certain things you need to consider:

Are they used to working with your age group?

Are the products child friendly, use only face painters who use safe and hypoallergenic face paints.

Face painting has a long and illustrious history in state fairs, theme parks, summer camps, school spring fling. You’ll  find it very hard to have a child who has not had their face painted at some point in their young lives or who would turn away the opportunity.

It still amazes me how face painting never gets old and how endless the possibilities are for face painting designs. From butterflies, rock divas, peacocks, farm friends, leopards, flags, cats and dogs,  you can paint anything that comes to mind.

Check out some happy customers showing off theirs!

Let our creative nature take over our brushes at your next happy hippo joyus event!

face painting at Belk

May 14, 2010

Belk recently had a community appreciation day event to thank all it’s customers. Check out this store, they have great savings all the time. We were at the juniors and children’s section. Kids enjoyed a complimentary face-painting while looking for their favorite  clothes, sportswear and cool stuff for this summer!

Check out their site for special coupons and discounts www.belk.com

Complimentary face painting, balloon twisting and Character hosts are a great way to attract kids into the store. We had a wonderful time.

To book face-painters, character hosts, Dj’s and more visit www.hippojoy.com

Talent Show Party

May 13, 2010

This awesome and talented kid performed “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga at Edmond’s Sixth Grade Festival.

Talent show parties are becoming very popular, not only at schools but as private birthday party celebrations. You can have an all the way type of thing where you can even hire look alike performers to hang out with your friends or have special appearances or keep it simple.

If you gave us to choose where to spend the most at this type of party, I would have to say decoration and the stage.  Also a character host/DJ who acts as a presenter like in the Oscar’s or Academy Awards!   Remember the focal point is the stage where you can set up the DJ and/or karaoke machine. We have developed a pop-up type of stage that we rent or have a more elaborate one that can light up and change colors. Our decoration also includes a mood set up high-quality banner of the Hollywood sign in California. It is an awesome setup that can include red carpet picture opportunity. Your friends will sure feel like the stars of the night.

The DJ creates fun games for the kids to follow. It is funny how kids get shy around other friends but will follow fun directions from a stranger. The truth is that a professional DJ for kids knows how to make everyone participate and get the energy going so they all  have a great time. Ours even has everyone warm up their voices, form group and have intermission games where everyone wants to jump in and participate.  Combine Karaoke with dance shows, this way you have a better opportunity for participation.  Have solos but also duets and group singing and dancing. You can even plan this ahead of time creatively so your friends form in groups for the party.

These talent show, karaoke or fun parties can be theme related with Western or Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, the Grammies, America’s got talent, American Idol, and so on.

Have someone impartial be the judges at your party and have the DJ make a fun introduction. At the end of the party you can award them categories and give them small Oscar statues or prizes. Everybody should be a winner. Some categories: Best acting performance, best dressed, best singer, etc.

To save on the cost of  food, keep it simple with dips,  chip, pop-corn, pizza and hot dogs like in the movies and have everyone stadium style seated surrounding the stage. If you want to go high-end on food, go with mouth bites and hors d’oeuvres, again your choice of mini-pizzas or shrimp and caviar!

This party screams fun! If you choose this party, call for a free consultation. We can work with you for your partial needs or create the whole party. This event will be something you and your friends will enjoy and talk about for years!

www.hippojoy.com

Tips to enjoy the Best Party Ever!!!

May 12, 2010

Every job we do, we want our clients to enjoy. I mean really enjoy! A party is a reflection of your personality and taste. Every party is a celebration and every celebration should be a party!

When we work with mothers of Quinceañeras or Sweet Sixteen we often get their kids on board from the beginning so they have a clear vision of what is going to happen at their party and to enjoy every second of it.

Here are our Tips on how to have the Best Party Ever:

1.     HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND ENJOY!

Ever heard of the Positive Thoughts Theory? This is so true!  Positive thoughts attract positive things. You need to imagine yourself and your friends enjoying the party and having the time of your life; most likely, if you see it,  it will happen that way!

If you have positive and energetic vibe at the party and feel relaxed and enjoying every second you will transmit this vibrant energy. It is contagious!  Sure, you want your friends to enjoy it too, sure eyes will be on you when you perform your dance, but this is YOUR moment, so enjoy it no matter what!

2. DISCOVER YOUR PARTY THEME

If you recognize at an early stage, what your party theme is going to be, you will have a better chance of planning ahead of time. If you are not into themes, like princess or western, take into consideration that the inspiration idea for your party make come from the vibe you experienced at a favorite disco, your favorite color, your favorite food or even the dress you are planning to wear!  Not every party has a theme but it should have an inspiration.

With the theme, make a list of your likes and dislikes, what did you see at a friend’s party that you totally loved? What would you not want at your party? Answer this questions and discuss them with your mom or event planner at your first consultation.

Some key points to consider: dress/wear,  food preferences, serving style preference, color scheme preference…

3.  FOOD


Make sure your guests have a nice selection of food to choose from if you decide to go with a buffet style. One or two meats, chicken and/or fish, a vegetarian plate, two choices of salads and two sides. If you go with a sit down dinner and serving, carefully read the menu and ask the planner or venue to help you pick your choice. If dinner is at home and you are having a “friends only”  type of party you may serve a buffet style table with finger foods.

4.  MUSIC

Even if you choose a particular theme like Western Style, have other type of music to please all audiences. Two-five songs from the theme style will be sufficient and then you can go ahead and play everyone’s favorites. You can choose a mood song  when people are coming in and taking their places and then a climax song for when the party is at its high!

If you are going to have a live-band, mariachis or DJ , check them out first. If a friend is going to perform this task, practice ahead of time.

5. YOUR PERFORMANCE/DANCE


The key to having a great performance is practice and again our number one choice: ENJOY!!!    If you hire a professional, make sure you have a prior consultation to explain your likes or dislikes. If your friends are going to be involved in the dance, ask them ahead of time to make sure they don’t have prior engagements and they can make it to rehearsals on time. If one of them misses a step or makes a mistake on the big day and you notice, let it go, wash it off with a big smile or even interrupt your dance to give them a big hug. You don’t want to loose a  friendship over a step, plus your reaction will last for a life time!

Check out this fun video of a bride and groom at their wedding. Her soon to be husband accidentally pronounces lawfully as “wawfully” and she cracks up so much that they have to take a break!

lol. See what I mean? Not that this will happen to you, but when accidents happen, weirdly enough it is your reaction the one that will be remembered!

6. IT IS ALL IN THE DETAILS.


To make a party real special, think about the details. Small details make moments memorable. Don’t be afraid to make something different and go for it: transform the ordinary into extraordinary! We do it all the time and love it when guests have that AWE moment when confronted with the unexpected at a party!

For a free consultation, give us a call or visit us at www.hippojoy.com

Olaf The Viking

May 7, 2010

We are very happy to introduce our Viking, Olaf.

Olaf   comes from Norway and has many stories to tell about his Voyages and his favorite thing: Training Dragons!!!

” The thing is, you have to catch them first and gain their confidence” says Olaf..

“Do you have what it takes to train a Dragon?”

For Fun Characters and more visit www.hippojoy.com

Quinceañera’s Princess Day

May 5, 2010

Remember this castle? Remember the feelings you experienced when you first saw it?

That huge sigh that come to children when they experience their Magical dream come true.

If ever since you were a little girl you have been dreaming of being a Princess for one day.  This might be the perfect theme for you.

Watch this video to see how many lights took to set up the Castle in the park……. A lot!!!!!

200,000 lights!!  Yes, that many lights!

This is what makes it so magical. If you are considering this theme for your Quinceañera, theatrical lighting is a must!  The light effects is what sets the mood to the party. You can add a very special effect with candles and a variety of  flowers on the Centerpieces or on hanging ornaments and arches. Soft fabrics and a tent effect will also give it a special touch.

We are not too fond of working with balloons for this theme, but if you absolutely love them, recreate arches and add Christmas-like net lights to create a more dramatic effect.

Recreate your entrance on a Magical Carriage or have one staged near the cake. You can also project your favorite childhood memories with your parents or friends and have this projection at a Stage Castle.

Your cake can be in the form of a Cinderella style Carriage or a castle.  You can also recreate your favorite scene from a Princess Movie like a magical garden with enchanted trees or a flower trapeze. Another favorite is a Far east castle with genies and magical carpets.

If you love the Princess idea, but have a more contemporary taste, have stars dancing around on the dance floor and concentrate on the Centerpieces for the wanted effect; this can be a combination of high candelabras or vases and low for some tables. The table cloth must have a dreamy cover with big decorated laces on the chairs.

Remember the color of your dress can also set the tone with the decor.

Music will also be important. Choose the tunes you want to be played by the band or DJ and give your planner the list so she can coordinate ahead of time. Mention your favorite flowers, colors and show her your dress choice.

Your party must entertain and be fun to your guests but most importantly, it will display your taste and personality and you must have fun before, while planning the details, during when you and your family and friends enjoy it and after, when you review the pictures.

Good photography and video is a must and it is better done by professionals.

For more Princess ideas and fun contact us www.hippojoy.com