Monthly Archives: October 2016

Turning A Creative Passion into a SenSational Party by Meredith Sen

I am thrilled to have Meredith Sen, owner of SenSations Party Designs as my guest blogger today! She is a local mom who has a serious passion for entertaining. You can read a little bit more about her business in this post here. Today she is sharing why she started SenSations!

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved to plan events. I can still remember, idolizing how my mom and Auntie could plan and execute lavish, memorable events. From the invitations, to the food, to the decor, they would think of every last detail. I would shadow them and tell myself how one day I too would throw fabulous parties.

Fast forward twenty years, and now I am the mom of two, throwing children’s birthday parties and organizing preschool events. I have also discovered that planning and executing fabulous soirees like my mother and Auntie did is harder than it looks. The amount of planning and organizing that goes into a celebration is truly a full time job. As a result, like most moms, I did not have the time to design my child’s birthday parties from scratch, and usually ended up settling on the decorations and enhancements from the local party store. However, after throwing and attending my share of the typical Disney Character and Superhero Parties, each party started to feel the same. There was nothing unique about the dozens of birthday parties that we attended for each of the children in my daughters’ preschool class. Nothing was personal or unique about them. They were boring!

So with the help of a friend, I started toying around and creating my own custom party decorations. Although I have never been good at drawing, I found I was creative and had a real passion for designing and customizing party favors and decor. I used my daughter’s 5th birthday, a carnival theme party, as a test run to try out my designs on her friends and their parents. I spent months planning and designing Carnival Games and Decorations in the hope that my guests would enjoy themselves. From the banners, to the table tents, to the goodie bags, everything was designed to incorporate Olivia’s Carnival Logo. As a result, the party was a huge hit (crazier than expected, since at the last moment, I had to move the 65 person celebration indoors due to the weather!) Still to my delight, everyone left talking about the fabulous decorations and the amount of detail that went into the party! IT WAS A SUCCESS!

 

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At this point, I knew I had to share my creative party ideas with parents nationwide. And that was the birth of SenSations Party Designs. No matter what the budget is, SenSations can help anyone throw a one of a kind event, that is sure to be the talk of the town! (That is our secret sauce!) We custom design each party to your unique vision. So call SenSations Party Designs for your next big event, we will handle your party design stress, so you can just impress!

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart – Review

My family and I had a great time at Disney On Ice on Wednesday night at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. I had been looking forward to it for quite a while but I didn’t tell my girls until the day before. Otherwise they would constantly be asking “Are we going to Disney On Ice today?!”. Everything Disney does is great, so I knew I would enjoy the show but watching the joy on my girls faces is what I love the most. We’ve been to a few different Disney On Ice shows and Follow Your Heart definitely did not disappoint!

img_2180Meeting Mickey and Minnie before the show was a huge bonus! Mae is still talking about it!

familyphoto2-1-of-1The show opens with Riley from Inside Out, her hokey teammates, and a cheer squad in a fun musical number.

riley-1-of-1emotions-1-of-1A Beauty and the Beast act follows and this was very entertaining! I love how Disney finds new ways to retell the Classic stories.

beauty-1-of-1Follow Your Heart has a couple of aerial performances that are really unique. When I asked my oldest daughter Clara what her favorite parts were she said it was the aerial acts. The first one is The Little Mermaid doing acrobatics while dangling on a rope from the ceiling. And the second is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider flying through the air on yellow silks that represent her long locks.

rapunzel-1-of-1Halfway through the show, the production takes a brief intermission (15-20 minutes). It’s a great time to grab a snack or the kids can have their picture taken with various backdrops in the concourse. The second half opens with the summer’s hit “Finding Dory”.

dory-1-of-1Finally, the last half hour of the show is dedicated to Frozen. My three year old Mae was waiting all night for this! Even if you are sick of Frozen by now, you’ll appreciate the beauty of this act. The snow falling, costumes, choreography, and set is all incredible!

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All the other Disney princesses make an appearance in the show as well as other favorite characters from Toy Story. It is an overall fantastic show!

Tickets are still available for the remaining performances at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA.

  • Friday, October 21st @ 10:30 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22nd @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23rd @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

You can also catch the show in Baltimore October 27th – 30th.

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Barbie and Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase + GIVEAWAY!

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My girls are slightly obsessed with the Barbie movies, so they are very excited about this new release! I am very thankful that they give me peaceful road trips and time to get dinner made! I have 10 copies of Barbie and Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital HD to giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! 

Barbie™ and her sisters discover everything’s better when you do it together in this splashy, sun-kissed adventure!  After the girls and their pets arrive at an island paradise for Chelsea’s™ big dance competition, they decide to make a quick side trip to see the nearby Dancing Horse Festival. But when their furry friends go missing at the event, it’s up to the sisters to find them before Chelsea’s™ show. While the puppies are out having an adventure of their own, the girls must use their imaginations and work together to find their furry friends in this tail-wagging good time!

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart + Trivia

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The countdown is on…..less than 3 days until Disney On Ice is coming to Fairfax, VA October 19-23! I can’t wait to see the show and watch my girls faces light up with pure joy! Here is some fun Disney trivia to play with your kids!

TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

Q: What does Dory do when she doesn’t know what to do?
A: Just keep swimming.

Q: Who likes warm hugs?
A: Olaf

Q: What does Ariel refer to as a “dinglehopper”?
A: Fork

Q: On her birthday, Rapunzel’s dream is to do what?
A: See the lanterns

Q: In which movie is Mickey Mouse the Sorcerer’s Apprentice?
A: Fantasia

Q: Name as many Disney Princesses as you can
A: (most wins, 13 total)- Cinderella, Show White, Belle, Aurora/sleeping beauty, Tiana, Rapunzel, Ariel/little mermaid, Jasmine, Mulan, Merida, Elsa, Anna, and Pocohontas

Q: Name all 7 of the dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
A: Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy and Happy

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SenSations Party Designs + Giveaway!

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As parents, we want our children to have fun, unique and memorable parties to celebrate their birthdays. But the party planning process can be stressful with all the time and money it takes. I’m all for anything that saves time and simplifies things for me, so I was excited to hear about a new local party design company.

SenSations Party Designs was started by an Arlington mom who has a passion for entertaining. She was tired of the generic themes at the party supply chain stores and decided to make her own party-ware and decorations. Now, her goal is to help other busy parents plan and deliver the perfect, one-of-a-kind social event that will leave you and your guests delighted. SenSations focuses on attention to detail and high quality products to make every party special on any budget. Check out the website to see some of the adorable creations by the owner, Meredith. The options are endless as she will take any theme or idea you bring her and make something truly unique.

We are giving away this fun SenSations “Trick-or-Treat” banner and 8 personalized goodie bags! This is perfect for anyone who is throwing a Halloween party. It would also be cute to have as a decoration in your home and the goodie bags could be used for your children’s friends! Just leave a comment on this post to enter! A winner will be selected and notified on October 18th.

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Advance Screening: Trolls

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I am hosting an Advance Screening of Trolls on Saturday, October 15th 2016 at 11:00am at AMC Hoffman Center 22 (206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA 22314).

Release Date: November 04, 2016
Rating: PG
Synopsis: From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more.

I have 25 admit-4 tickets available. Please click here to download your passes.

Website: https: www.dreamworks.com/trolls

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Monster Jam 2017

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Washington D.C. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL® Tickets On-Sale Now

 Tickets start at $15 for Monster Jam at the Verizon Center

Washington D.C. (September 27, 2016) – Feld Entertainment Inc. announced today that tickets for Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL®, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com and the Verizon Center box office.

Monster Jam will be performing at the Verizon Center on:

  • Saturday, January 28 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29 @ 1:00 p.m.

The AMSOIL series can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam.  Washington D.C. fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These premier athletes vying to be the nation’s capital champion are:

  • Grave Digger
  • El Toro Loco
  • Pirate’s Curse
  • Shark
  • Alien Invasion
  • Zombie
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler
  • Blue Thunder

*Trucks/drivers subject to change

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.

The Pit Parties on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto www.MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels below:

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

 

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