Frequently Asked Questions

• How do i book a party?

Call, email or even text to get started! You'll need to provide the following information:

· Character Choice

· Package & Add-Ons

· Event Date & Time

· Guest of Honor's Name & Age

· Guests: Expected Amount & Age Range

When you receive your invoice in the mail, you can pay in full or in two installments: one payment upon receipt of invoice and one payment due by the date of the event, before the character enters the party.

 

• Travel Costs:

Free travel area is Sycamore/DeKalb/Cortland. Up to 75 miles from Sycamore, the travel cost is $0.75/mile one way. Outside a 75 mile radius, the travel cost is $1.25/mile one way.

 

• How far in advance are parties booked?

Parties are usually booked at least 2 weeks in advance, but may be available with less advance notice. Weekday afternoons do not book as far out as weekend and evening parties. 

 

•What types of payment do you accept?

Check, cash or money order. If your party is booked within one week of your event date, cash payment in full is due before the day of the event.

 

• Does Parties with Character do boys' parties?

Absolutely! Check out all the characters you have to choose from! 

 

• What age groups would enjoy Parties with Character?

Children up to about age 7 can really be counted on to get into the magic of having a favorite character join their celebration. But older kids can definitely have a unique and memorable party with a character as well!

Older girls would love getting a hair or makeup lesson with a princess or superhero--and they can use those skills with confidence as they get ready for school in the morning!

 

• What if i need to reschedule my party?

Illinois weather is unpredictable, as are illnesses. There are no rebooking fees, but scheduling will be based on current availability.

 

• How many children can attend the party?

There is no limit for a "Bonjour" package, but the recommendation is no more than 20 children. This should be an experience where each child {especially the guest of honor!} has quality time with the character. Accordingly, limits for other packages vary based on age and activities, and will be discussed when we plan the party.

When a craft is chosen for a "Let it Go" package activity or "Time Saver" Add-On, any children over the amount of 12 will be $3/each per craft to cover the cost of additional supplies.

 

• Does Parties with Character offer a venue?

No ∼ I do not want to pass the cost of that on to you! However, your chosen character can join you as an invited guest at any venue of your choosing. You have the options of your home or any party rental facility. Michael's in DeKalb offers a party room that is perfect for birthday parties, and is offered for free on a limited basis. {You can add activities and associates to help for an additional fee.}

 

• Are there any limitations on what activities i can include in a "Whistle While You Work" package or "Penny Saver" add-on?

The only restriction is no messy activities {such as painting} that could potentially damage the character's costume.

 

• Can i include our family pet at a party?

Please put animals in a separate room during the party. The character's costumes easily snag when friendly pets jump up to say hello.

 

• What if i just want the character to join us for cake and presents, or for a family party with the birthday child and our adult family members?

The "Whistle While You Work" is the package for you! Your chosen character will join in whatever activities you already have planned. Those activities could even be as simple as having the birthday child sit on their favorite character's lap for present time, or just mingling in character for your allotted time. If you'd like your character to be there for more than one hour, choose "Penny Saver" add-ons. These options are available because you shouldn't have to pay the price of a custom, planned party when you hire a character for a simple family get-together, or when you want to do the planning!

 

• What if we end up wanting the character to stay longer than the time i paid for?

If the character is asked to stay longer than the time paid for, the extra time will be prorated based on whichever Add-On applies to the activities performed during the extra time spent at the party.

 

•Will you stay in character?

Absolutely, every minute! The look on a child's face when they're considering the possibility that this is actually their favorite character come to life is priceless! Your character will come prepared knowing her background and stories, as well as her songs and personalities. Part of the process in creating a new or custom character is researching the character's background and story in order to  create the magic of a special guest that looks and acts as your child expects her to!

 

• Does Parties with Character offer any discounts?

Parties with Character offers a $5 discount on any future booking in exchange for leaving a Facebook review with a photo from any Parties with Character event you host or attend.

• How do i book a party?

Call, email or even text to get started! You'll need to provide the following information:

· Character Choice

· Package & Add-Ons

· Event Date & Time

· Guest of Honor's Name & Age

· Guests: Expected Amount & Age Range

When you receive your invoice in the mail, you can pay in full or in two installments: one payment upon receipt of invoice and one payment due by the date of the event, before the character enters the party.

 

• Travel Costs:

Free travel area is Sycamore/DeKalb/Cortland. Up to 75 miles from Sycamore, the travel cost is $0.75/mile one way. Outside a 75 mile radius, the travel cost is $1.25/mile one way.

 

• How far in advance are parties booked?

Parties are usually booked at least 2 weeks in advance, but may be available with less advance notice. Weekday afternoons do not book as far out as weekend and evening parties. 

 

•What types of payment do you accept?

Check, cash or money order. If your party is booked within one week of your event date, cash payment in full is due before the day of the event.

 

• Does Parties with Character do boys' parties?

Absolutely! Check out all the characters you have to choose from! 

 

• What age groups would enjoy Parties with Character?

Children up to about age 7 can really be counted on to get into the magic of having a favorite character join their celebration. But older kids can definitely have a unique and memorable party with a character as well!

Older girls would love getting a hair or makeup lesson with a princess or superhero--and they can use those skills with confidence as they get ready for school in the morning!

 

• What if i need to reschedule my party?

Illinois weather is unpredictable, as are illnesses. There are no rebooking fees, but scheduling will be based on current availability.

 

• How many children can attend the party?

There is no limit for a "Bonjour" package, but the recommendation is no more than 20 children. This should be an experience where each child {especially the guest of honor!} has quality time with the character. Accordingly, limits for other packages vary based on age and activities, and will be discussed when we plan the party.

When a craft is chosen for a "Let it Go" package activity or "Time Saver" Add-On, any children over the amount of 12 will be $3/each per craft to cover the cost of additional supplies.

 

• Does Parties with Character offer a venue?

No ∼ I do not want to pass the cost of that on to you! However, your chosen character can join you as an invited guest at any venue of your choosing. You have the options of your home or any party rental facility. Michael's in DeKalb offers a party room that is perfect for birthday parties, and is offered for free on a limited basis. {You can add activities and associates to help for an additional fee.}

 

• Are there any limitations on what activities i can include in a "Whistle While You Work" package or "Penny Saver" add-on?

The only restriction is no messy activities {such as painting} that could potentially damage the character's costume.

 

• Can i include our family pet at a party?

Please put animals in a separate room during the party. The character's costumes easily snag when friendly pets jump up to say hello.

 

• What if i just want the character to join us for cake and presents, or for a family party with the birthday child and our adult family members?

The "Whistle While You Work" is the package for you! Your chosen character will join in whatever activities you already have planned. Those activities could even be as simple as having the birthday child sit on their favorite character's lap for present time, or just mingling in character for your allotted time. If you'd like your character to be there for more than one hour, choose "Penny Saver" add-ons. These options are available because you shouldn't have to pay the price of a custom, planned party when you hire a character for a simple family get-together, or when you want to do the planning!

 

• What if we end up wanting the character to stay longer than the time i paid for?

If the character is asked to stay longer than the time paid for, the extra time will be prorated based on whichever Add-On applies to the activities performed during the extra time spent at the party.

 

•Will you stay in character?

Absolutely, every minute! The look on a child's face when they're considering the possibility that this is actually their favorite character come to life is priceless! Your character will come prepared knowing her background and stories, as well as her songs and personalities. Part of the process in creating a new or custom character is researching the character's background and story in order to  create the magic of a special guest that looks and acts as your child expects her to!

 

• Does Parties with Character offer any discounts?

Parties with Character offers a $5 discount on any future booking in exchange for leaving a Facebook review with a photo from any Parties with Character event you host or attend.

Still Have Questions? I Can't Wait to Answer Them!

Call/Text: 815.762.3656 ~ Email: BeOurGuest@PartiesWithCharacter.me