Where Princesses,Wizards Party

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - April 11, 2007
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Vicky Liao and Aimee Peterson with Sydney Lezy, Amber Hazelwood and Kira Chin
Vicky Liao and Aimee Peterson with Sydney Lezy, Amber
Hazelwood and Kira Chin

Once upon a time, a little girl was transformed into a princess at her birthday party, while the princess’s friends became fairy princesses, pirates and wizards.

In fact, it happens all the time at A Fairy Princess Affair.

Co-owners Vicki Liao and Aimee Peterson say they wanted a job that was fun, so the business school graduates waved a magic wand and started their own company coordinating children’s parties.

The classmates became friends when they met during studies at Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. After working in the corporate world in San Francisco, they decided they’d prefer to do something different. They moved to Hawaii and started A Fairy Princess Affair.

Liao and Peterson, dressed in costume, bring the party to you.

“Our parties are special because we go to your party location, and the children can keep their customized costumes after the party,” says Liao.

Reservations are made three to four weeks before the party.

Invitations are sent out, children’s sizes are determined and the outfits are ordered. Options for girls are princess or fairy princess. Fairy princess outfits can include wings with stars or swirls. The boys don wizard and pirate costumes. Girls get dolled up while the boys are playing pirate games. Entertainment includes storytelling with puppets and a crowning ceremony for the birthday girl. Some clients have a princess party for a first birthday, where children age 3 and older can enjoy face painting, makeup and manicures.

For a twist on the party idea, customers may also choose a tea party at Tea at 1024 on Nuuanu Avenue, where they order the tea service and use the delicate tea cups with saucers on dainty tablecloth settings.

The children aren’t the only ones having a good time. The young entrepreneurs created a spa day for moms, bringing two spa specialists to take care of the moms while the children are having a princess party. Families can also host the party at Elements Spa and Salon on Kapiolani Boulevard.

Costumes are available for order online in both children’s and adult sizes without the party package.

“It’s a family business,” says Peterson, who is from Santa Barbara. “My mom Roanna sews the costumes.”

Liao, who is originally from Taiwan, says the duo wants to get the word out by doing more marketing and events. The Kaneohe residents spread the word about their business at craft fairs and school events.

Their goals for the future include creating a costume line for pets.

And, of course, to live happily ever after.

For more information on A Fairy Princess Affair, call 235-2860 or log onto www.fairyprincesshawaii.com

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