In Venue Character Party Tips & FAQs
We know you'll love your princess party at The Painted Palace!
Check out our tips, tricks, and FAQs below to help make prepping for your party a breeze.
Tips & Tricks
Prince and Princess dresses are highly encouraged! Make sure to let your guests know so that little ones can dress up in their favorite costume!
If you decide to bring in cake or food, be sure to bring in any plates, cups, napkins, etc. that you need and don't forget a candle for your cake! You are welcome to bring in snacks, cake, and non-alcoholic drinks but if you wish to serve alcohol at your party it must go through us due to liquor laws. If you would like to have alcohol served, please reach out as soon as possible so we can ensure that the staff member scheduled is able to serve drinks.
If you are looking for a place to get your cake, we recommend Nothing Bundt Cakes located in Bellevue! They are offering free cake delivery for parties booked at The Painted Palace, so you have one less thing to think about on the day of your party!
Shop for supplies
Need party supplies? Check out our amazon shopping list for some of our favorite princess themed plates, cups, décor, and goodie bag ideas: Amazon Shopping Storefront. Want us to handle the supplies? Email us to add on basic or themed party supplies or specialty decor.
Invite your guests
We've partnered with Yaylist to offer you free themed invitations for your guests that you can send out via email, a link, or print out. To use these invites, visit Yaylist Invitations - Painted Palace
Don't forget to take photos! We have many photo stations all around our venue that we encourage you to take advantage of during your party. Remember to get a family photo with the birthday child as well! Be sure to tag us at #paintedpalace so we can see your special memories after the event!
Plan Your Arrival
You are welcome to arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the start of your party to setup any additional items you plan to bring with you. When you arrive, our staff will have the venue fully prepped on our end and will be happy to help you with whatever you need.
Where is the party venue located?
Our address is 1813 130th Ave NE #210 Bellevue, WA 98005. Our party venue is street facing and we have parking in front of our venue plus there is additional parking on the street or around the back of the building.
What do I need to bring with me?
We will take care of all supplies related for the activities happening during your party, but if you would like, you are welcome to bring in lunch, snacks, or dessert for your party! If you do bring in any food items, we ask that you bring in any plates, cups, napkins, etc. that you will need as well. You are also welcome to bring in some basic decorations, however, we do not allow confetti, silly string, and open flames (aside from when singing happy birthday) at our venue.
When can I arrive?
You may arrive up to 15 minutes prior to your party start time to drop off your things and do any setup that you need before the guests arrive. When you arrive, we will have everything set up on our end and will have a helper on hand to help with anything you need as you arrive and setup. Please note that early arrivals will not be allowed to enter the venue until your designated party arrival time as our staff needs to reset from prior parties, prep for your party, and often times take their lunch break. We ask that you be respectful of our staff during the time before your party so that they can focus on getting everything setup for you and your guests!
What happens during my party?
Our host will help you welcome your guests and get everyone settled upon arrival. Approximately 5 minutes after your party start time, our host will gather all of your guests for the Royal Grand Entrance where we will welcome the princess or character attending your party. Once the performer comes out during the entrance, our staff will take the reigns, and lead your guests through your party activities. We have a pre-planned format for every party that we will follow based on your chosen activity, character, guest count, etc. If you have questions or special requests, please let the party host know and they will be happy to help. On average, you can expect that there will be around 30 minutes of activity to start before taking a break for food and/or story time. Next, the character will return to more activities until the last 15 minutes or so of the party where they will sing Happy Birthday and start cake time before saying their goodbyes at the end of the party.
What if my guests are late?
In the case of late guests, we will still introduce the character at the designated time, however, they will start with a story or a game to hold off on the main activity as long as possible. In order to ensure that you and your guests can enjoy all of the included activities, our staff will only wait up to 15 minutes before starting the main activity and we will help new guests catch up as needed when they arrive.
What do I do at the end of my party?
At the end of your party, you can pay your party balance if you have not done so already and we will have the option to add gratuity if you would like. We ask that you pack up anything you would like to take home but our staff will take care of all other cleanup! If you need help packing things up or bringing them out to your car please ask our staff and they are happy to assist.
Can I add additional characters to my party?
We are happy to add additional characters leading up to your party depending on availability but we recommend putting in your request as soon as possible as characters book up quickly! Pricing is $145 per additional character. To submit a request please email us at email@example.com
How long is the character at our party?
The character will have a grand entrance 5 minutes after the start of your party to give time for all guests to arrive and to get set up for the special reveal! Our party host will line the kids up and get them ready for the royal arrival and will show you where to stand to get the best photos of the big reveal!
If you have any questions that we haven't covered please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to assist you!