Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Face Painting & Family Fun

I’ll be face painting this Saturday, October 3, Saturday October 17, Sunday October 18 and other days to be determined, at the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, a wonderful family-run venue. Overflowing with autumn harvest bounty; sunflowers and pretty pumpkins growing in a large field. We got a big orange and green speckled one last year which turned completely orangeContinue reading “Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Face Painting & Family Fun”

Halloween Cosplay Tips from a Face Painter

1) Find inspiration in your closet Special occasion clothes can be the perfect starting point for a costumed character. The flower girl dress from a wedding makes a fantastic start for a fairy princess. Tuxedos for vampires, graduation grown (belted, with a shredded hemline) for witches. Worn clothing can find new life, eh, undead life, as aContinue reading “Halloween Cosplay Tips from a Face Painter”

Tracy Hill’s Fabulous Animal Show

As a face painter, I see a lot of children’s entertainers, but East Bay-based Tracy Hill’s show was fur and scales above the rest.  He does a hilarious animal show with so many different critters including a hairless mouse, a scorpion, a rabbit, two chicks, a goose, a turtle, a tortoise, a tarantula, a hermitContinue reading “Tracy Hill’s Fabulous Animal Show”

Classic and original party themes for children’s parties

Every parent, or auntie, that’s read the same story 10,000 times knows that kids love what’s familiar.  They cherish the characters they see in the media.  But children also have fantastic imaginations.  So, I’ve put together some party theme ideas incorporating the usual suspects, and some twists on classic themes to please both girls andContinue reading “Classic and original party themes for children’s parties”

Top Ten Party Planning Tips for Little Kid’s Parties

1) Avoid overwhelm by keeping the number of guests to a minimum.  Consider the wisdom of inviting the same number of guests as your child’s age. 2) Listen to the guest of honor.  Children love being involved in picking themes & colors, planning menus and decorating.  Siblings too! 3) Ask for help. Enlist other grownContinue reading “Top Ten Party Planning Tips for Little Kid’s Parties”