It’s been a busy few days.
In my job as a children’s party entertainer, puppeteer and face painter, I do get to meet lots of lovely children. Today was no exception.
I spent the morning in sunny Kensingtonat a lovely party for Eva. She is a delightful little girl with very lovely, caring parents. We spent a good forty five minutes giggling with my puppets, in fact one young boy was laughing so hard he could hardly get his breath. Twinkle the Baby Monkey
charmed the children with his refusal to say hello and his banana trumpet, Bobby Bunny
played Sleeping Bunnies with 20 or so chuckling children and naughty bunny that he is, snored when he was supposed to be sleeping and kept shouting out Tuna fish! (You have to be there to understand). Trust me, if your sense of humour is like mine, it’s all hilarious. Fifi the naughty baby fairypuppet
got all the words wrong to Twinkle Twinkle and Baa Baa Black Sheep but managed to give lovely twinkle toes wishes to sweet 3 year old Eva and sing Happy Birthday in her own inimitable style. Hilarity was all topped off with a good old jumping on the bed session with Jaffa the Monkey.
During the lunch session, I was on duty face painting. I painted numerous butterflies with twinkly noses , flower fairies, a lion, a tiger , a bunny and a few kittens. Face painting little children is so rewarding. It’s all about that moment when you show them their completed painted faces in the mirror. That magical moment when their faces light up and the smile crinkles across their cheeks, it’s just the best feeling . The last child I painted today was a sweet, shy girl who didn’t put herself forward for face painting immediately. In fact, I wasn’t sure she wanted her face painted, but I was ready to pack up and needed to make sure that she didn’t want to have a go first before I made my way to the next party. After all, no one likes to disappoint children. So I smiled at her and gestured towards my chair, asking her gently if she would like her face painted. She was a little reticent but after a little cajoling she had her face painted as a very delicate flower fairy.
It was time for the big reveal. I picked up the mirror and held it in front of her face.
There it was, that wonderful smile that made the eyes twinkle.
She ran off to her mummy, clearly very delighted with the result and maybe just a little bit proud of her courage.
” Mummy,Rosie painted my face!” she kept exclaiming, over and over again.
“But that lady’s name is Diane”, said mummy.
“No mummy, Rosie did it” insisted my little flower fairy.
I decided Rosie was a lovely name and accepted it with grace.
At the next party in the afternoon, also in Kensington , after painting rainbow butterflies, spiderman and a host of flower fairies, princesses and notably for the very first time of my 18 years of face painting, a volcano(!) another child referred to me as Rosie to her mummy. I mentioned to this mummy that that was the second time today and did she know why ?
Rosie is on CBeebies. She is a ragdoll character who wears ribbons in her hair.
AAAAAh! So that’s it!
Spot the difference.
This is me.
I know, I know. Totally indistinguishable.
I love my job. The life of a children’s party entertainer is just full of surprises!
If you’d like “Rosie” ( aka Diane aka me ) to come to your child’s party, just pop over to my website www.dianes-puppets.co.uk to find out more about my party entertainment service.
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