At 3 Girls and A Broom, potential employees begin their ascent to staffdom by acing an exhaustive screening process and continuing to master techniques at classes throughout their tenure. The expert cleaners, armed with their own supplies, are dispatched to homes, where they adapt sanitizing services to each patron's wishes. Throughout the entire homestead, staffers may dust baubles and vacuum furniture and carpets before washing hardwood floors and emptying trashcans of rubbish and discarded houseguests. In kitchens, they muscle out filth atop counters and appliances, ensuring microwaves sparkle inside and out before moving to bathrooms. There, they shine mirrors and chrome fixtures, and disinfect all porcelain surfaces. Bonus cleaning treatments include scouring oven and fridge interiors for grime and escaped cereal-box prizes, unpacking boxes, and washing windows or walls.
The team at Tutus and Tennis Shoes specialize in entertaining youngsters with a variety of party options. During royal-themed festivities, the civilian birthday girl and her guests transform into princesses thanks to a costume chest brimming with gowns, tiaras, and pearls. Pop-star costumes replace glamorous gowns during Diva Rock Star parties, whereas co-ed Princesses and Pirates parties allow boys to get in on the fun by donning swashbuckling outfits. Dress-up is just one facet of the themed parties, however. They can also be tailored to include activities such as karaoke, fashion shows, and spa treatments, along with tasty snacks and icy beverages. For maximum convenience, festivities can take place onsite at the decorated party venue or in the comfort of the host’s home.
In addition to parties, the staff also hosts etiquette classes where children learn the art of apologizing, sharing, and table manners. The focus turns to dining during princess-etiquette sessions, where young girls don fancy threads before learning how to correctly use utensils and bestow knighthood with a soup ladle.
Ronnie Owings began his photographic career when Robert Kennedy hired him to snap candid photos at family parties. His ability to turn fleeting moments into professional, elegant images has led to a flourishing career, and his work has appeared in magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Art & Antiques, and Elegant Bride.
Ronnie's reassuring demeanor relaxes subjects into natural poses— whether he's handing a toddler a favorite toy instead of a boring prop, or calming a yapping dog with a bone that tastes like a mailman's slacks. The resulting prints of families, kids, high-school seniors, or beloved pets take on an almost dream-like state, enhanced by digital effects such as text or oil painting. Shoots take place at his studio, which was built in 1899. Antique furniture and props still dot the interior, as do rustic fireplaces and a front porch that lends a visual glimpse of a more relaxing era. Outdoor paths wind through groves of waterfalls and azaleas, all leading to a barn that houses a living room and library, ideal for family portraits.
The Fun Scientists LLC’s crew of intellectually curious, quirky experimenters enlivens parties for youngsters aged 2–12 with a combination of fitness-based fun and enlightening science demonstrations presented in an entertaining manner. Run by highly trained performers, the science shows’ indoor demonstrations illustrate concepts such as electricity, magnetism, and fire. As a grand finale, staffers wow crowds with dry-ice shows or step outside to make geysers with Mentos, launch water-bottle rockets, or freeze together glasses of water until they form an iceberg. The group’s cotton-candy and popcorn machines supply partygoers with tasty treats, and their bounce houses and bounce-and-slide combos safely sequester energy-filled kids. For children eager to learn more science, The Fun Scientists LLC offers weekly after-school programs during which kids spend an hour on scientific activities built around topics such as DNA and air.