7 Steps to Hiring the Perfect Childrens Entertainer for your Party: The Insider’s Guide

7 Steps to Hiring a Children’s Entertainer for Your Party:


7 Steps to Hiring the Perfect Childrens Entertainer

for your Party:

The Ultimate Insider’s  Guide


Are you thinking about hiring a childrens entertainer for your child’s birthday party but not quite sure how to go about it? Well, no problem, we’ve got you covered!

Here’s our in-depth insider’s guide to hiring the perfect childrens entertainer for your party (from Kiki’s Faces & Balloons NYC , 10+ year veterans in the NYC kids party industry.)


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1.) CONSIDER: What TYPE of party entertainment is best?

First things to think about:

  • # of children expected
  • age range of the children
  • type of party venue + amount of space

For example:

For a very small group of kids (10-12 kids or less), a single kids entertainer w/ a combo of activities (ie: face painting & balloons) might be great!

Or maybe you’re having a party for 3 to 5-year-old girls? A Princess character visit might be absolutely perfect.

Or what about a larger party (over 15 kids)?  You might want larger-scale entertainment, like a traditional magician.

You might also want to consider 1-2  face painters and/or a balloon artist.

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2.) Do a SEARCH for childrens entertainer companies in your area.

  • What’s the VIBE that you get from each company’s website? Do the photos of the entertainers and kids show fun, joy and skill/artistry? Also, go to the “About” page, and read about the background  and the people behind each company.
  • Does the company seem warm, friendly, and professional at the same time? (A good kids’ party entertainment company will have a nice combo of all those qualities.)
  • Finally, check out each company’s “client reviews” page.


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 3.) Narrow it down: CONTACT your top 3-5 companies.

  • Contact by email/phone. Ask for availability + pricing.


  • Pay close attention to the COMMUNICATION that you receive. Are they friendly, professional and prompt with their emails or on the phone? Is their pricing clear, detailed and structured?


  • (The communication responses you get from each company will speak volumes about the quality of their entertainers + the actual company itself.)


4.) Weigh your options & make your CHOICE!

 How to hire a kids party entertainer guide NYC parties events face painting balloons princesses We recommend choosing a company based on:

  • The overall vibe that you get (photos, feel of the website, etc.)
  • Promptness, friendliness, + professionalism in communication
  • Their reviews

**One important thing to consider:

Cheapest is NOT the best when hiring an entertainer. Normally, the cheapest companies will NOT offer a very professional, reliable experience with super high-quality people.

To ensure peace of mind, and a great party experience, always go with high-quality over cheap pricing.



5.) Get a booking confirmation IN WRITING (very important!)

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(If you do not receive a written agreement, you should definitely ask for one!)


In this booking confirmation/agreement, you should see:

  • Date of party
  • Start time + end time for entertainment
  • Address of party
  • Exact rate structure
  • Payment instructions + due dates
  • Company policies (cancellations/emergencies, etc.)

A company will usually require a Deposit OR Payment in full to confirm.


6.)  Day-of-Party Details

Before the party date, it’s a good idea to ask what the party entertainer needs for set-up and performance.

For example, usually face painters need a table + two chairs, or a Princess or character will need a place to change into costume.


7.) Great job!

You did it! Now, you can relax, enjoy and have some fun at your party!


IN NYC? CONTACT US! If you are in the NYC area be sure to check out our kids party entertainment company: www.kikisfacesandballoons.com

You can email us at kikisfaces@gmail.com or call us: 646-435-4739



Magical Elsa Party Entertainment NYC!

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Our Snow Queen Elsa party entertainment & Anna party entertainment are enchanting children all over Manhattan and NYC!


  • The Snow Queen and/or Anna do a wonderful, magical birthday party show (featuring themed music, magic and movement) and sparkly face painting, balloon art, or meet and greet/musical games.
  • Our NYC princess performers are fantastic because they are chosen through an extensive audition process and are Broadway/National Tour actresses who are lovely, charming and excellent with children.
  • At a Snow Queen Elsa  birthday party entertainment and/or Anna kids party entertainment, the princess or princesses do an adorable Interactive Musical Adventure Show with fantastic singing, a bit of “real magic”, + your choice of Activity – sparkly face painting or balloons or meet-and-greet.

We love bringing our creativity, expertise and enthusiasm to children’s parties and events in the Manhattan and NYC area!

You can check out our PARTY PACKAGES HERE.

Also, you can see more PRINCESS PHOTOS HERE.

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To book a Snow Queen Elsa party entertainment and/or Anna kids party, or to get more info for parties in Manhattan, NYC, please email us at: kikisfaces@gmail.com



Frequently Asked Questions About our Princess Parties:

Q: What does the Princess do at the party?

At our Elsa kids party or birthday, the Snow Queen can do fancy sparkly face painting or hand painting, or balloon twisting/balloon artmusical games, or meet-and-greet/walk-around.


Q: How are your Princesses different from other party companies’ characters?

Our princesses are professional Broadway/National Tour actresses, chosen from an extensive audition process in NYC.

In our auditions our princess character applicants are required to sing AND act and improvise as the princess! They are also required to have teaching experience, and be lovely, charming and great with kids.


Q: I hear that you specialize in Princesses that are great face painters?

YES, we also specialize in princesses that have EXCELLENT face painting skills, and offer a wonderful Birthday Princess Face Painter package, which includes one-on-one interaction with the Princess, and gorgeous, high-quality face painting (for boys and girls).


Q: What Princesses do you offer?

We have all the popular Princesses, including Anna, Elsa, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Moana, Snow White, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Alice in Wonderland, Belle, and so many more!




Corporate Face Painters in Times Square



Corporate Face Painters with

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Kiki will be face painting on the TODAY SHOW!

Kiki on the TODAY SHOW!

Kiki will be face painting on the TODAY SHOW! Kiki will be doing very special face painting designs for a segment of the TODAY SHOW on 10/30, sponsored by Parenting Magazine!

Kiki will be doing her signature custom face painting designs to match kids’ Halloween costumes! More info (including approx time on Oct 30th) to come! Also, stay tuned to this blog for photos!!


Featured in NEW YORK FAMILY Magazine!

Featured in NEW YORK FAMILY Magazine!



This month Kiki’s Faces and Balloons are so excited to be featured as a “Great Local Entertainer” by NEW YORK FAMILY MAGAZINE! Check it out! http://www.newyorkfamily.com/newyork/article-998-let-me-entertain-you.html

If you are looking for an exceptionally talented and captivating entertainer, face painter, face painter-balloonist or princess entertainer for your next NYC party, please contact us: kikisfaces@gmail.com

Face Painting at Albee Baby

Last weekend we did our fabulous face painting for a fun event at Albee Baby, NYC. and Bugaboo.

All on a beautiful, breezy April weekend in NYC, there were colorful cupcakes, giveaways by Bugaboo, and of course, sparkly face painting!

The most requested face painting designs of the day were Princess crown face painting, Rainbow Cheek art, and trucks!

There were also plenty of butterfly designs, Hello Kitty face painting, and even a request by one little boy to be painted as a “farmer” with freckles!

Albee Baby is a wonderful baby and children’s store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As a fellow UWS small business, we were so happy to get to know the great staff at Albee and Bugaboo and recommend that you visit their excellent store and website!

If you live in NYC, you can have a Kiki’s Faces & Balloons face painter to spread colorful, sparkly face painting joy at your own party! CONTACT US for more info.

Kiki’s Videos are up on FacePaint.com!

Kiki’s “how-to face paint” videos are up on FacePaint.com! Kiki shows you how to face paint almost every face painting design imaginable! CHECK IT OUT !

If you would like to book one of our talented, sweet and captivating face painters, balloonists or entertainers for your next party, please contact us: kikisfaces@gmail.com

Kiki Stars in National Website’s “How-to Face Paint” Videos!

Catch Kiki of “Kiki’s Faces and Balloons” starring in a series of “How to Face Paint” videos for FacePaint.com, a new national website launching this Summer!

In the videos Kiki gives step-by-step instructions on how to facepaint over 60 of the most popular face painting designs, as well as helpful tips and tricks!

The videos give face painters at every level, whether beginning or advanced, a chance to create some super-cool face painting designs!

The high-quality videos were shot in high-def with two amazing cinematographers and over 20 adorable kids as “models”.

The FacePaint.com website launches sometime this summer – so stay tuned to this blog for updates! FacePaint.com is a sister site to the excellent website ClownAntics.com, which is also a great place to buy face paint and other fun party and clown stuff.

If you live in NYC, have a Kiki’s Faces & Balloons face painter in person at your party! CONTACT US now for more info.

The Creative Process of Face Painting

There is something so creative and magical about face painting at kids’ parties! I love face painting so much and when I paint kids’ faces, I like to have them actively participate in the creation process.  Kids are amazing and totally imaginative and they come up with the best ideas!

My favorite part about face painting, however, is how the child, once transformed, really believes he or she is that character!

Face painting is not just limited to the face! Lots of kids (especially littler ones) can opt for a design on their hand or arm.

The possibilities are endless…from fancy tiaras, mermaids, colorful butterflies, rainbow princesses, or kitties/puppies for the girls to Spiderman, Batman, dinos, snakes, spiders, cars, etc for the boys. Plus anything else that the kids can dream up.

If you are a parent looking to hire a face painter, I recommend that you ask the face painter what type of paint they use. Professional face painters use top-of-the-line, high-quality face paints that are non-toxic (like Paradise, Wolfe, Snazaroo, Mehron). These are water-based paints that are applied with a brush.

If you are in the Manhattan area and are looking for a fabulously talented, sweet, and fun face painter (or face painter-balloonist!) please contact us at Kiki’s Faces and Balloons, kikisfaces@gmail.com, 646-435-4739. www.kikisfacesandballoons.com

A “Sparkly and Magical” New Year to you!!!

Happy 2011 to all of our fans and clients!

2010 was such an exciting year for us!
We were chosen again (2010 AND 2009) by TIME OUT KIDS MAGAZINE as a face painting & balloons “favorite”,
and Kiki herself was so honored to be interviewed, filmed and featured by the NEW YORK POST as a prominent NYC face painter!
We are also so proud of our “glowing” reviews from parents and clients:) – they can be found on “Google Places” and Yahoo!

2010 was our busiest, most fun and creative year yet – and we cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store!

Please stayed tuned to this blog for lots of tips to create our gorgeous face painting designs yourself, as well as photos from our special and amazing character and princess shows!

If you would like to book Kiki and company to do gorgeous face painting/balloons or adorable characters for your next party, please contact us at [Read more…]