The Peppermint Pony
© Angela Cichetti Deppe, 2008
• We ask that parents or other adults at the party assist children to mount the riding pony. *GENTLY* place them on the pony's back. We appreciate your cooperation. It is very very important that the children listen to our handler's instructions and sit quietly and upright during their ride. Chiropractors are expensive!
• Our handlers will be on the left of the pony with their hand on or close to the your child. An adult may walk along on the right side for emotional support, but for the pony's well-being we ask that the child's center of gravity remain right over the center of the pony - so no leaning.
NEVER let a ride provider strap your child to a 500lb animal!
• Our riding ponies require respect. To avoid confusion with their future horsey encounters - we instruct your guests to treat the riding ponies as you would a full-size horse. This means no following, no bumping, no running around and no hand feeding. The riding pony receives his treats on the ground, typically the stubs of the carrots after mini horse feeding.
• If you are having a Unicorn party, extra care must be taken to ensure the children do not mob the Unicorn from the front and endanger themselves. This means having crowd control in place *before* our arrival, to avoid hurt feelings.
Please help us keep the under-four year olds away from the riding pony/ies, and redirect them to the mini horses for their safety.
If you are having a Unicorn party, extra care must be taken to ensure the children do not mob the Unicorn from the front and endanger themselves. This means having crowd control in place *before* our arrival, to avoid hurt feelings.
Our parties are meant to be highly interactive between parents and children and ponies.
Adults at the party need to keep the children and ponies in their line of sight, and toddlers must be within arm's reach at all times.
Pony Ride Party:
:00 Arrival, confirmation that final payment is on site*
:05 Orientation and Safety Rules, small pony grooming and decorating. Big pony rides begin
:10 Unicorn/white pony rides begin
:50 Small pony/uni feeding orientation, then feeding. Group photo op with ponies.
1:00 We begin packing up while you sing 'Happy Birthday' and serve cake.
1:15 The ponies may have a goodbye piece of cake or sweet right before they load .
Time to Decorate that Pony!!
I spend an insane amount of time, money and energy crafting THE most beautiful ribbons you'll ever see, for the girls and boys to pin onto the mane and tail of the white ponies.
The kids can start grooming and decorating the mini as soon as we get her off of the trailer. We bring the brushes and the ribbon clips.
BOWS AND RIBBONS ON THE MANE AND TAIL ONLY, PLEASE!
Our ribbons and bows are beautiful but STABBY. At Pony Lover's Package parties - parents and hosts are in charge of the mini horse's welfare. Please choose a Supreme package if this makes you uncomfortable.
Please encourage your guests to assist their children in learning party manners by helping them keep the ribbons and brushes off the ground.
Final terms are 'cash and carrots'.
Please have final payment ready.
Our mission is to delight and amaze you - even our most accomplished hostesses tell us "you were the perfect touch to our party, it was even better than the pictures could say".
Tipping a service provider is always acceptable and if we have achieved our mission we will gratefully accept them.
Face Painting • Balloon Twisting • Glitter Tattoos
Please help us remind the children to put brushes back in their basket, and encourage them to put the bows back in their basket. Animal interaction is a great opportunity to teach about the responsibility that animal ownership entails...a little bit of delayed gratification might make them appreciate that long after the party is over :-)
Time to go...
We have several events per day scheduled, especially on Saturdays, so as much as we love to hang out and enjoy the party when the work is done - sometimes we need to boogie to the next birthday bash!
How it Works
Pony Lover's Package Party:
As above, only the second service begins about 10 minutes in and continues for the length of the party.
Feel free to assemble your guests for group photos! It will take us about 15 minutes to pack up and the minis are the last to go on so please feel free to take photos during this time.
The photos we take during your party may be used for promotional purposes as you see here. You are welcome to 'grab' them off of Facebook. We hope that you can assist us in spreading the word, by liking/tagging/sharing our photos of your party. By paying your booking fee, you are granting us permission to take and use photos. Please inform us before the party if there are privacy issues. We never mention the children's names, and we strip off all EXIF data from photos we post.
Full sized print quality downloads are available for $10 each
Our standard party leaves plenty of time for choices, glitter and a few gems. If you are selecting one of our budget options ("lite face painting"), there will be a word board with choices. Deluxe party guests can choose from hundreds of dramatic photos. Standard parties may have a board, or themed painting, i.e. superheroes, My Little Pony.
We ask that you not have more than 3-4 children in line for the face painting, as each face will take 3-5 minutes at minimum to paint. If we get static from parents and children insisting on waiting in lines longer than this, we will get our the hand stamps, and request that you put them in groups of 5 or 6, to rotate among our 'stations' - mini horse, pony rides, face painting, etc.
We don't want children complaining that they spent the entire party waiting for one activity...and neither do you!
I have my own custom-built flower cart as a face paint station, and my own chair - so for standard parties, you do not need to supply me with setups.
Because we do so many fantasy themed parties, I specialize in wonderful butterflies and fairy masks which I coordinate to the children's clothing. I always keep your party photos in mind.
There are plenty of monster masks and flames and gruesome things for the boys as well.
Should there be unexpected rain or if you have a swim party, we can substitute glitter tattoos.
The Face Painting rules are simple:
• We cannot paint dirty, obviously ill children, or broken skin.
• Please have Moms clean their children's faces prior to entering the line.
• We do not paint babies.
• The face painter's kit is off-limits to everyone.
• We do not allow screaming and horseplay in the face painting line.
Are some kids upset? Please don't fret!
Children calm more quickly when pulled out of line to get themselves together and dry their tears.
Our face painter is an artist and needs a pleasant work environment to do her best work, so inside voices only please.
• We require that you keep active ball and swingset away from the ponies, which is easiest if they are separated by the house. Nobody wants to be scolding kids for being kids during a party!
We may require you use the front area, sidewalk, street etc if your backyard is not:
• large enough to give rides in without children needing to cross the path of the riding pony
• appropriate footing for the riding pony
Our ponies know that birthday cake or sweets are in their contract. There will be no peace in the trailer, if they are not compensated adequately! They will be happy with leftover cake, cookies, even chips.
It makes for an icing-coated, squeals-of-delight, satisfying departure for all.
With our new business model, we now supply a small white pony/unicorn for decorating, unicorning, riding for children under 65lbs, and photo sessions
A large pony which is chestnut (reddish brown) will be available for riders from 65lbs to 150lbs. This pony will not be costumed.
All of our booking is done online. Please browse our Rates and Services page for party and pricing info, and instructions for requesting your quote.
The last ten minutes of the party (not before) is carrot feeding time. We will always allow your guests to feed the miniature horses some carrots (unbroken large ones, NOT baby carrots) and some cake or sweets that you will provide. Please wait for our instructions - and inform your horse-savvy guests that we have a 'special way' of feeding carrots, to eliminate confusion
Please have your carrots, adults, and camera ready!
We will demonstrate our patented technique and then the fun will begin. We expect all guests to supervise their younger children. Please be on hand to help us as the excitement grows one last time before the party's end, with whickers and nickers as the ponies look forward to their well-earned treats.
Carrot stubs will be placed on the ground in front of the riding pony.
I have thousands of dollars invested in the very finest and safest cosmetic-safe makeup products available in the world. Because my reputation of safety and professionalism is important, and I do not want to risk my insurance, I ask that you not hire a separate face painter at your event while I am there, without my approval as a condition of our contract.
We love a "plate"!
My friends in the business and I like to brag on the hospitality of our hosts and hostesses. It's a wonderful thing, that we get to work for such diverse clientele, and enjoy cuisine you just can't get in restaurants. We make feeding us (whatever you're eating is fine) part of your contract, because being able to eat on the road instead of stopping for grub allows us to give each client their desired party start time We would love to hang out and eat with you but everyone is on the clock and needs to rock and roll!
A child giving a final hug to a cherished new pony friend, and perhaps a bit of birthday cake for the hard-working and appreciative ponies and we'll be off!