Tickled Pink Party Palace's events are high-society affairs. After all, sometimes a princess shows up. The company's party planners specialize in organizing playful themed events for children, and they travel throughout the Houston area to do so. Some of their most ornate packages include character visits, during which a costumed royal greets the children and leads them through activities such as storytelling, interactive games, and the issuing of a decree to abolish nap time. Alternatively, dress-up tea parties immerse children in a theme of their choice, from mermaid to rock-star. Shimmering color-coordinated decor, elegant place settings, and snacks—such as frosting-topped cupcakes—are all suited to the theme.
One A'Chord creates sweet sounds through instrument and voice lessons. Its instructors help students achieve their highest potential with a focus on technique and devotion to the craft. In addition to offering regular lessons, One A'Chord performs in local venues and hosts Summer Quake, a six-week summer arts extravaganza designed to help young artists pursue writing, music, dance, and other creative interests.
What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
As a child, potter and instructor Linda Munoz unearthed her passion for the arts during ballet, piano, guitar, and painting lessons. Motivated by her spiritual beliefs, she fleshed out her creative side into a career when she founded Lambda Pottery. Her studio showcases her original stoneware, largely crafted atop the potter's wheel, and houses pottery lessons designed to accommodate all ages. The classes take place once or twice a week for eight weeks and hone in on students' areas of interest. During each lesson, Linda incorporates basics such as molding clay into dishes, trimming and texturizing, and affixing handles or rubber ears onto vases.
Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.
The savory scents from more than 40 restaurant and vendors fill the halls of the Humble Civic Center during Tasting the Town, beckoning visitors to romp through mouthwatering morsels. The epicurean event dazzles with unlimited samples from chefs and caterers, including spice-soaked nibbles from local foodies Lady Savory, time-tested Italian fare from Vincenzo's, and a variety of other vendors, including Chimichurri's, Raffa's Waterfront Grill, and Café du Bois. National companies Smoothie King and Applebee's round out the smorgasbord, allowing patrons to experience a variety of flavors without becoming an intern for an Oompa Loompa. Festival-goers can wash down their pint-sized portions with two beverages each from local breweries or wineries (wine not included with this Groupon) and a selection of water and soda available for those under 21. Aficionados of grape elixirs can also pay $10 extra at the door for the Wine Lover admission, which grants entrance to the wine walk, a commemorative wine glass, and five samples.