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Monday February 1st, 2016

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From humble beginnings, one local business has taken a fairy tale journey to success.

Once upon a time, Sylvia Ward had an idea. After purchasing her Snow Queen costume to cosplay at Windsor’s Christmas Comic Con, she realized something. Having fun dressing up with her children, Ward thought about how much she enjoyed working with kids and singing in general.

This passion soon led her on a magical journey, the creation of Enchanted Adventure Parties.

“My first official post and ad was May 22nd, 2014,” said Ward about her child party service. “Originally I used a Disney copyrighted name as the name of my business. A friend of mine warned me that probably wasn’t a good idea. So I became Fairytale Princess Party Entertainment. When I added Superhero’s a few months later, we also had SX Hero’s 4 Hire. Then we created a list of words we thought could be put together and we created Enchanted Adventure Parties.”

With fairy tale characters from the enchanted forrest and superheroes from adventure planet, Enchanted Adventure Parties has a lot to offer. Expanding from two hour parties with four activities, they now allow visits and build-your-own packages to customize.

Expanding in other ways, they also have 40 characters to choose from. Although not all are shown on Enchanted Adventure Parties’ website, they will be added during March break. For now, the most popular fairy tale characters are the Snow Friends and adventure planet’s most wanted are the bat and spider heroes.

Needless to say, things have come a long way from Ward’s original parties and challenges.

“My first challenge was that my zipper broke in my dress before my first party,” she said. “Thank goodness that it was almost done up and we were able to pin it. (Thank goodness for sewcraft in Essex!) Timing of parties took some time to flow the way I wanted. Now we have things down to a science.”

Beyond parties, Ward’s business has started taking part in larger events. In December, Enchanted Adventure Parties ran a kids zone at Windsor’s Christmas Comic Con and on February 14, she’ll be doing the same at another.

Taking place at the St. Clair Centre For The Arts, Ward will be participating in the Comic Book SyndiCon. In addition to activities in the kids zone, Enchanted Adventure Parties is running a super-selfie booth contest and donating a visit certificate to the kids’ cosplay contest.

Despite the hard work, Ward is just happy to share her interests.

“I grew up watching and reading a lot about the characters I play and it also gives me a chance to be able to use my singing voice again,” she said. “I was a part of choir and took vocals all throughout high school. After High school I got retrained and went into singing competitions. I have been told by clients that you can tell I love doing this. When I talk about it I get excited and very passionate about it. I always tell people yes the little ones are excited to see you, but we are just as excited to be there to meet them.”

Those interested in Enchanted Adventure Parties’s services can visit their website or facebook page.

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