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How to Make Your Party Extra Special 

Unexpected touches to make your party more fun — and memorable

click to enlarge Caricature artists can draw pictures that guests can 
keep as a memento.

Caricature artists can draw pictures that guests can keep as a memento.

Special surprises are always welcome at parties and give the experience an added boost that makes it even more memorable. Try adding one of these "extras" to make your event extra special.

SNO-BALL STAND

Add this quintessential New Orleans treat to your party to help guests cool down deliciously. Many local sno-ball stands cater parties, and other companies have mobile units or rent sno-ball machines.

About To Bounce (504) 914-6489; www.abouttobounce.com

Mr. SnoBall Catering (504) 234-2110; www.mrsnowball.com

Sno Dat Snowballs (504) 493-9231; www.snodat.com


PHOTO BOOTH

There are fun ways to personalize this popular party extra. Add props and masks to the photo booth so guests can get silly while they celebrate. Or, go a step further and make it a video booth.

Nola Paparrazzi(504) 231-7972; www.nolapaparazzi.com

Photo to Geaux (504) 296-1024; www.photo-to-geaux.com

Sunny Memories Photo Booth (502) 694-0352; www.sunnymemoriesphotobooth.com


KIDS' INFLATABLES

Whether it's a water slide or a bounce castle, kids will be jumping for joy when they see this party addition.

About to Bounce (504) 914-6489; www.abouttobounce.com

DND Inflatables (504) 452-7691; www.dndinflatables.com

Marc's Jumpers (504) 570-8154; www.marcsjumpers.com


FACE PAINTING

Face painting offers a classic extra for your children's parties, and glitter tattoos add to the fun.

Art From the Heart (504) 416-1430; www.artfromtheheartevents.com

Jazz Face Painting and Body Art, (985) 722-440; www.jazzfacepainting.com

New Orleans Face Painter Irina, (504) 473-3581; www.face-painter.weebly.com


CIGAR ROLLING

Tobacco rolling experts will bring a rolling station to your party and hand-roll cigars for your guests.

Cigar Factory of New Orleans (504) 568-1003; www.cigarfactoryneworleans.com


MAKE-YOUR-OWN SUNDAE BAR

Let your guests create their own dessert. All you need is a few different ice cream flavors and an assortment of toppings.


ICE SCULPTURE

Have a personalized ice sculpture at your party for an elegant twist that will wow your guests.

Ice Sculptures by Juliette and John Albrecht, 230 River Point Drive, Destrehan, (985) 764-8486; www.neworleansicesculptures.com

Ice Dragon Ice Sculptures

(504) 289-8977; www.icedragonice.com


CARICATURE ARTIST

Have an artist draw caricatures of your guests for a souvenir they can take home and frame.

Andrewland Studios 303 1/2 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 251-1828; www.andrewlandstudios.com

Carl Mack Presents 223 Dauphine St., (504) 949-4009; www.carlmack.com

LA Party Art LLC, (985) 705-8773; www.lapartyartllc.com

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