Fair   29.0F  |  Forecast »
Edit Module

The Singing Princess Character Entertainer Ayla Eichenhofer

This real-life Belle (and other Disney favorites) dishes on the delights and job perils of entertaining southeast Michigan girls at birthday parties and festivals

Ayla Eichenhofer would wager that there's no one else in the metro Detroit area who knows more about Belle, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid than she does. It is, after all, her job to be well versed in the intimate details of each fairy tale princess' story.

As a character performer for The Singing Princess, Eichenhofer dons full regalia to portray these much-loved princesses at birthday parties and festivals throughout southeast Michigan each weekend. For her, it's a childhood dream come true, just as it is for the hundreds of little girls who get to meet their favorite princess.

"When I first appear as a princess at a party, I witness a huge intake of breaths," Eichenhofer says. "Beyond that, every little girl's reaction differs. The birthday girl is either so excited or so overwhelmed and hides behind her parents."

Eichenhofer attributes this to the pure exhilaration of seeing a princess at a child's very own party.

"There's something special about the princesses," she says. "Their lives are very different, full of adventure and magical happy endings. They're larger than life. That's very attractive. Girls get caught up in that."

To capture the precious details she witnesses weekly at the parties she attends, Eichenhofer keeps a journal to capture what she calls "magical moments."

"An older girl once tried to trip me up and asked me why we never find out what happened to Gaston at the end of Beauty and the Beast," Eichenhofer recalls. "I had to think of an answer quickly. I told her that he fell off the castle, and we have never heard from him since. She loved that answer."

While the majority of the guests at the parties Eichenhofer attends are little girls, sometimes boys are also present.

"These boys can be so charming," Eichenhofer says. "At a party I attended as Beauty, the birthday girl's 5-year-old brother overheard me say how much I loved roses. He ran into the kitchen to grab a sprig of roses off the table for me. I was so touched that I dried and kept them.

"At a different party, a little boy wanted to sit next to me the entire time and kept calling himself the king. Later his mom let me know that he hadn't even wanted to come to the party because he was disappointed that Superman or Spider-Man wouldn't be there. You never would have known that!"

Meet four other metro Detroiters who work for your kids:

                 

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Holiday Ham Recipes

Holiday Ham Recipes

Still looking for some ideas for your big holiday dinner? This year, try a new recipe for your Christmas ham – thanks to these ideas from Taste of Home, Pillsbury and more.

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids: Holiday Picture Frame

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids: Holiday Picture Frame

If you're celebrating the holiday and looking for quick and easy crafts for kids, this fun and affordable little keepsake is a great way to display family memories.

Dad Gets Unexpected Reaction to Terrible Christmas Gifts

Dad Gets Unexpected Reaction to Terrible Christmas Gifts

British dad pranks his kids with bad Christmas presents, but didn't get the reaction he was expecting – and it's pretty sweet.

Simple Holiday Family Crafts to Make with On-Hand Material

Simple Holiday Family Crafts to Make with On-Hand Material

Does your family have paper cups, Legos, plastic spoons or toilet-paper rolls lying around? Transform them into angels, snowmen and even a chimney for Santa!

Bath Time Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers

Bath Time Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers

What's the best way to bathe your child? How can you keep them safe in the tub? A pediatric doctor at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit has tips.

Snowman Dessert Recipes: Tasty and Cute Ideas

Snowman Dessert Recipes: Tasty and Cute Ideas

Who doesn't love Frosty the Snowman? Kids will enjoy making – and eating! – some of these adorable and delicious snowman recipes.

Holiday Stamping Favorite Supplies from Stampin' Up

Holiday Stamping Favorite Supplies from Stampin' Up

Crafty company Stampin' Up offers a variety of fun stampers, punches and paper that transform into cool gift tags, cards and other fun DIY projects.

Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module
Advertisement