Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

BUSINESS FEATURE

BY BROOKE ONTIVEROS

Bluebonnet Entertainment oers costumed princesses for events. (Courtesy Bluebonnet Entertainment)

Wendy Yates (left) and Victoria Slater own Bluebonnet. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bluebonnet Entertainment Mother-daughter duo launch party entertainment business W hen Wendy Yates rst pitched a party entertainment business to her daugh- ter Victoria Slater in 2019, she hoped young guests, the princesses perform magic shows, oer face painting and blow bubbles, and soon the company will expand into henna body art, Slater said.

The business can provide a variety of costumed characters, including fairies. (Courtesy Bluebonnet Entertainment)

to initiate a way for them to spend more time together. To her surprise, Slater, who studied lm acting, agreed. Slater graduated from the New York Conser- vatory for Dramatic Arts in 2017. But while in school, she got a job at one of New York’s leading children’s party service businesses, Blue Bal- loons Parties. Taking the knowledge she gained between Blue Balloons and the conservatory, co-owners Slater and Yates organized Bluebonnet Entertainment’s debut in August 2020 at the local martial arts school Way Family Dojo in Magnolia. “When we got there and everyone saw that Elsa was there, ... we had a line that was around the door and around the corner,” Slater said. “Then we thought, ‘OK, we’re denitely doing something right here.’” Bluebonnet Entertainment provides any costumed princess or character—from fairies to Disney classics such as Cinderella—to visit any event, from farmers markets to birthday par- ties, the duo said. But beyond interacting with

“I’ve gone to parties where I’ve been a princess for a little girl, and she sees me, and she runs up, and she gives me the biggest hug,” Slater said. “I’ve seen the mom start crying because it’s like a dream come true.” Yates said all Bluebonnet actors, who are mainly sourced from family and friends, go through extensive training, in which they research and watch princess movies so they can answer children’s oddball questions as though they are the actual princesses. Bluebonnet is committed to character authenticity and sources all princess costume materials from the same places Disney does, she said. “You really have to think, ‘How would my princess answer these questions?’ They wouldn’t answer just any way. It has to make sense to go along with your character and keep it feeling real,” Bluebonnet princess Shelby Huston said. “It is nice knowing you’re the one making [guests] smile and making their day.”

PARTY PLANNING Bluebonnet Entertainment oers princess packages for guests to enjoy a spread of activities and entertainment. 1-hour princess package for 10-15 children includes: • An entertainer dressed as a friendly clown • A princess • Face painting • Balloon animals • Party games • A bubble show • A crowning ceremony • Candy giveaways

A 1.5-hour package is available for 15-20 children that also includes a magic show.

Bluebonnet Entertainment 281-516-8656 www.bluebonnetentertainment.com

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