“The Best Princess Elsa in Dover”

Princess Kelsey has been entertaining kids for as long as she can remember. After starting out as a crazy scientist with Fizz Pop Science, she graduated on to living her best life as Director of Snow Princess, Kent in 2021.

As a child, Kelsey would encourage all her friends to dress as princesses for parties, so they could all have a ball. She never believed she’d be doing that very thing years later on a very serious, professional level!

With a love for all things storytelling, Kelsey also has a degree in Television Production.

“I’ve worked with kids for as long as I can remember, first as a brownie leader, and worked with young actors on film sets. I’m always blown away by their passion, talent, and belief that magical things can happen.” – Princess Kelsey

Successfully growing Snow Princess Parties in North Kent, Kelsey is determined to spread the magic of action-packed parties through SouthKent, expanding into the areas of Canterbury, Folkestone and Hythe, Thanet, Dover and Ashford!

Kelsey’s princess highlights include her annual Princess Parades(which will be coming to Dover in the not-too-distant future – watch this space!), appearing on Kent Radio, and Light Up New Romney’s annual Lantern Parade.

Whether you’re looking for an authentic Elsa, a magical unicorn, a glittering fairy, or any number of classic princesses and superheroes, Princess Kelsey can bring the magic to you!

How to start a Princess Party Business

Seven years ago, I was working as a nurse on a busy NHS ward – now, I’m running the highest customer-rated princess party company in the UK. Want to learn my tips for how to start your own princess party business, or any other children’s entertainment business for that matter? Here’s what I’ve learned after entertaining at over 1,000 parties:

1. Just get started

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.”– Zig Ziglar

This might sound obvious, but most people never get passed the idea phase of their dream business. Why is that? Most people have a fear of failing and a lot of them believe they have to have it all figured out before they begin. Want to know a secret? I didn’t have it all figured out before I started my company, and you don’t either!

No one is ‘perfect’ on their first try and you’ll learn a lot as things get going with your business, and as you encounter different challenges. One thing is for sure, though – you will never improve or be successful if you don’t take the first step. This brings me to my next point…

2. Don’t be afraid of failure

“Mistakes, as with success, are just the necessary collection of data on the journey from where you are to where you need to be.” 

The pressure to be perfect – whether it’s internal or from the external messages we receive – can be so debilitating that it prevents some of us from ever starting something new. What successful people ‘get’, is that failure is a natural part of the process and that you won’t go anywhere if you’re unwilling to make mistakes, so don’t put pressure on yourself to be ‘perfect’ as you start your new venture.

As long as you are learning, growing, adapting, and improving – you are on the right path. It takes bravery to step out of your comfort zone, so be proud of yourself for trying something new. Whether you decide to try a new marketing post or experiment with a new costume, one thing is for sure – fortune favours the brave.

3. Nothing beats perseverance and work ethic

“It is not the smartest and/or the best people who succeed in this world. It is the people who work the hardest and never give up.” 

Being self-employed and running my own business has taught me that in order to ‘make it’, a lot of hard work and perseverance need to be involved. Know that after you’ve started your company, you should work on something every single day, even if it’s by doing something small, like putting up a social media post or calling up a potential client. You’ll likely have to miss social events and work late on weekends to answer customer enquiries, and you should be ok with that.

Very often people underestimate the sheer work ethic and dedication that having your own business requires, especially at the beginning. But, in my experience, it’s the difference between those who get to live their dreams and those who don’t.

4. Be flexible and open-minded

If you’re contemplating starting a new business, you’ll likely have a business name idea and a vision for your brand. But what I’ve found is, that where you end up in say five or ten years, will likely be entirely different from where you initially envisioned. Don’t limit your business’ growth by being too specific with your company’s name or with your branding – for example, don’t call your business “Sarah’s Elf Visits” because you might expand and become a national brand that caters to large-scale events – dare to dream big!

Another great tip is to do keyword research before naming your business, or even deciding what to sell – or you could also pay an SEO specialist to do it. By finding which keywords people are typing into search engines (the words and terms they’re using), you’ll gather priceless data on what people are interested in buying and that will increase your chances of success.

5. Remind yourself of your worth

This one is simple but extremely important. One of the common mistakes that I see new business owners making is undercharging for their services/products, because they lack confidence, or they’re too afraid to put a price on their service/ product that they think will ‘scare’ customers away.

If you’re genuinely unsure of what to charge, my advice is to do some prior research on your competitors to find out what they are charging. That way you’ll gather intel on how much customers are spending, either on the same or on similar services/ products to the ones you’re offering, and that will reduce your chances of missing the mark with your pricing.

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6. Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. 

At the risk of sounding dramatic, without marketing your service or product to the right audience, failure is nearly guaranteed. Figuring out who your ideal customer is and marketing your services/ products to that customer should be your top priority. However amazing your singing voice is, or your handmade costumes, or your customer service – it all counts for nothing if nobody knows about it.

If you aren’t sure how to get started, I suggest watching some YouTube videos, asking for advice and approaching your target market to learn as much as you can about them. You must become obsessed with learning as much as you can because getting your marketing right is the difference between success and failure.

7. Listen to your customer

“We are not competitor obsessed, we are customer obsessed”– Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder of Amazon. 

As previously mentioned, thinking through the perspective of your customer and listening to their feedback on your product/ service shouldn’t be underestimated. Companies like Amazon and Netflix which seek to understand their customers and put them at the heart of their business, have overwhelmingly far exceeded their competitors. You, too, should make it a top priority and let it be the foundation of every business decision you make.

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8. Accept help from others (You’re not as irreplaceable as you think you are)

“If your business does not work without you, you do not have a business, you have a job – and probably quite a poorly paid one with long hours!” 

Trusting other people to handle parts of your business is a huge step for new business owners – it involves letting go, trusting and training others to handle parts of your operation. Many business owners fail to grow from a one-man band to a bigger, more successful company by believing that they have to handle everything themselves and by not accepting outside help.

In my experience, the sooner you learn what your strengths and your weaknesses are, and open yourself up to the possibility of others being just as qualified, if not more, to handle certain parts of your business the better.

However, one thing that I don’t recommend that you outsource is your marketing. Marketing is a key skill for any business owner to develop and since nobody else will likely care about your brand the way you do, you should aim to handle it yourself. Moreover, I recommend that you don’t use an accountant if you are a sole trader (further explained on the next point).

9. Keep an eye on your numbers 

The word “accounts” strikes fear into the hearts of many – but in reality, when you are a startup, filing your annual accounts to HMRC is very easy. Trust me when I say that anyone can do it, even if dealing with numbers and finance aren’t some of your strengths.

In my opinion, accountants are too expensive and even unnecessary – it is very informative as a business owner to be regularly looking at your accounts and ultimately, the main purpose of your business is to make money – and the numbers do not lie. What are your costs? How can you reduce them? What is bringing in the most revenue, and can you increase it? Regularly checking your accounts and reflecting on these questions will ultimately lead to business growth. And finally…

10. There is a difference between being a good entertainer and being a successful business owner

Getting likened to a certain Frozen star nearly every day at the NHS ward where I worked gave me the idea of starting a princess party business, but I had to learn how to turn this idea into a business as well as how to make it successful.

The reality is that the vast majority of businesses fail to make a profit in their first year, with most people either quitting or only being left with a hobby. Not quitting and learning to overcome the hardships that come along with any business venture is an art – one that if you learn how to master, will allow you to sip cocktails in Bali while your business is thriving.

Need more help starting a successful children’s entertainment company?

Snow Princess Parties, which I’m the Founder and Managing Director of, is looking for other ambitious, business-orientated women to join our company.

We deliver 5-star children’s entertainment at hundreds of themed birthday parties a month across 7 locations in the South of England, and we can help you launch your own Princess Party Business.

Benefits of joining our children’s entertainment franchise:

  • Full guidance on how to start a princess party company in your area.
  • Help with recruiting and training a team of entertainers to work for you.
  • Earning full-time money working part-time hours.
  • Advice on how to handle marketing, accounts and business planning.
  • Being part of a larger network of successful female entrepreneurs.

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Top 10 Barbie Party food ideas – Perfect for a Barbie-Themed Birthday Party!

Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party! Looking to throw a fabulous Barbie Party? These Barbie party food ideas will surely leave your Barbies and Kens mouths watering with delight! 

1. Watermelon Barbie shoes

The iconic high heel just got seriously yummy. 

Make watermelon that little bit more exciting by making it Barbie’s iconic fashionista footwear! 

You could take a knife and carve these out by hand. Or just use a stencil (we won’t tell!) Click here to get your stencil and turn your watermelon (and other fruits!) into a yummy and healthy Barbie-themed treat!


2. Barbie Jelly Doll

Jelly is sure to be a hit at any party, and this one is no different! 

  1. Follow a basic jelly recipe (we recommend a pink one!)
  2.  Pour the jelly into a mould– you can even use different coloured jelly for a layered effect!
  3. Once set, pop your Barbie doll into the middle, and Wow! You’ll have the perfect show-stopping jelly that everyone will love!

3. Barbie-tastic Brew

An essential to any birthday party is a refreshing drink, and this one certainly looks delicious!

All you’ll need is watermelon juice, Lemonade, sparkling water, pink sugar, and pink edible glitter!

To make, simply:

  1. Wet the rim of your glass with water or honey and dip into the pink sugar
  2. Add the watermelon juice, sparkling water and lemonade 
  3. Mix in some edible glitter to add that extra sparkle! 

Why not add some pink straws and umbrellas on the top to complete the look?

If you’re after an adult drink, you could always add some Malibu to make the Malibu Barbie Cocktail of dreams! 


4. Barbie Head Sandwiches

To Barbie-fy your sandwiches, simply use cookie cutters to cut out Barbie-themed shapes. After all, why have a normal sandwich when you could have a Barbie one?! 

Cutters can be found on Etsy here 

You could also use them on cookies, fruits, or pizza! Why not try them on pancakes and have a breakfast fit for a Barbie Princess?!


5. Barbie Box Delights

If Barbie’s not in her Dreamhouse, she’s most likely in her iconic box! This is the perfect way to serve Barbie-inspired treats and look stylish while doing it! 

Simply purchase some Barbie favour boxes and fill them with Pink snacks! Macaroons, strawberries, marshmallows, party rings, and pink wafers are just some of the delights you could include!

Place these at the party food table for lunchtime fun, or give them out as Party favours at the end of the celebration! (a great alternative to party bags!)


6. Pink glittery popcorn

Is there a way to make popcorn better? By making it pink and glittery, of course! To achieve this Barbie-inspired snack, simply mix edible glitter and food colouring mist with popcorn, and viola- You have the perfect Barbie Popcorn Treat! 


7. Barbie Birthday cake

The centrepiece of any party food table is, of course, the Birthday Cake!

You could use your jelly mould to make the perfect Barbie Dress birthday cake, or purchase a plain pink cake and decorate it with edible glitter, macaroons, candy floss, and disco balls! Or, if you’d prefer to leave the cake-making to someone else, you could always go to your local bakery for some assistance! 


8. Flamingo Donuts

How cute are these Flamingo Float Donuts! All you’ll need is pink-iced mini doughnuts, pink fondant, white chocolate, black edible marker, and some toothpicks! 

To make: 

  1. Shape the pink fondant into the flamingo’s head (like a candy cane!) and push a toothpick into the end
  2. Dip the beak into melted white chocolate and let it dry
  3. Use a black edible marker to do the details 
  4. Use the other end of the toothpick to place into the donut 

And that’s it! You’ve got yourself some fabulous-looking mini flamingo pool floats!


9. Pink Pasta

Why eat normal pasta when you could eat PINK pasta?

We’re on a quest to make everything pink, and that includes carbs. Simply add blended cooked beetroot to pasta to make a quick and easy dish that Barbie herself would love! It’s delicious (and full of nutrients, too!) 

Feel free to add in any extra ingredients you may fancy- like feta, celery, or carrots to bulk out the dish!


10. Pink Burgers

Normal burgers are out, PINK burgers are in! 

Check out this limited edition Pink Vegan Burgers from Cafe Thrive in Southampton- don’t they look delicious! 

To recreate the pink burger look at home, simply purchase beetroot burger buns from a supermarket and use some beetroot juice left over from your pink pasta in the burger sauce! 

Fancy throwing the ultimate Barbie party? Get in touch today to hire your very own Barbie entertainer so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some Pink popcorn and Birthday Cake!

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Elsa has arrived in Buckinghamshire!

Yep. You heard (or read) that right. The iconic Snow Queen is now in Buckinghamshire!
After entertaining in the East Berkshire team for a year and a half, Princess Shannon stepped up to become Director of Buckinghamshire and bring Elsa (as well as many other well-loved
characters) to Aylesbury, Amersham, Great Missenden and more!

Working with children and Performing Arts- The PERFECT Mix!

Shannon adores her job, and believes that every party is the perfect opportunity to make
children truly believe in magic. She adores the wonderment and imagination of children’s
minds and counts it as a blessing that she gets to dive right into this every weekend. Whether Shannon’s a Unicorn , Superhero or Princess (we really do have a LOT of costumes in our
wardrobes!) she brings an endless amount of energy, joy and enthusiasm to every party she
attends.

Princess Shannon has to pinch herself that being a Princess is her full-time, real-life job.
It almost seems like a dream as she gets to wear beautiful costumes while she runs the highest rated Princess Party company in Buckinghamshire (and loves every second of it!). Plus, she loves the Hokey Cokey, which definitely helps!

Want to find a Princess Parade near you? Be sure to read about our Burnham Princess Parade and Maidstone Princess Parade!

Snow Princess Parties specializes in character themed entertainment, offering unforgettable
birthday memories with a range of packages! Enquire with Princess Shannon for your party in
Buckinghamshire today!

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