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Playing princess to give kids a taste of magic

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Katy Eichorn spends her free weekends transforming into princesses to make dreams come true for children. She believes all children should be able to experience magic and working with Cup and Saucer Princess Parties allows her to do that.

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Eichorn wakes up early in the mornings on the days she has a party. She gets into the princess mood by listening to Disney music and drinking coffee from a mug she got at Disneyworld.
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The make up routines usually take more than an hour to complete. Eichorn has a drawer full of make-up she has accumulated during her time as a princess. She has spent hundreds of dollars on supplies. “It’s not a job you do to get rich,” Eichorn said. “You do it because you love it.”
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Eichorn helps her team set up tables for the tea party the company hosted on March 7. They worked diligently to transform the Camelot Community Center in Omaha for their Spring Royal Tea.
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Eichorn has dances, songs and games memorized for several princesses. Before each event she warms up, spending time getting into the day’s character. “Some people get into this job because they want to look pretty,” Eichorn said. “But they don’t realize everything we do.”
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All of the costumes are handmade. Eichorn takes special care lacing herself into the costume.
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The last detail is the wig. Eichorn ensures her hair was pinned up so that the cropped, black cut can look as natural as possible.
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Eichorn helps the young girls learn the Moon Dance, cheering them on during the freestyle section.
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Eichorn teaches the attendees to properly drink tea. The first tip she gives is to hold the tea cup with two hands. She encourages them to put a pinky out if they can manage without spilling. Then she tells them to take a small sip and say “Oh, how delicious is this wonderful tea.”
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“I love getting dressed up. I love looking pretty,” Eichorn said “But my favorite part is seeing the kids smile”