Parties by Shyanne

Shanterria Williams, right, in her Spider-man costume, reads to children during story time at the Alachua County Library Headquarters.

AMY STUART/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

Forget Disney World — parents can get Princess Tiana and Spider-Man to visit their child in Gainesville by contacting Shanterria Williams of Parties by Shyanne, an event planner and entertainer of children's activities and programs.

Williams, 24, owner of Parties by Shyanne, said as a child she loved dressing up as princesses and children's book characters, such as Cinderella and Snow White — and she never grew out of it.

"I'm a big kid," said Williams, who has a 2-year-old daughter of her own.

And Williams also can create decorative themed cakes.

Before she got into the party planning business last year, Williams planned parties for friends and family and came dressed in costume as a character in a book. She said it went over so well, she decided to go into business.

Parties by Shyanne offers appearances by and photo opportunities with princesses and superheroes, face painting, henna and glitter tattoos, games, arts and crafts and other activities.

"I do Princess Tiana, Spider-Man, Snow White, Rapunzel, Tinker Bell, Belle from "Beauty and the Beast," Cinderella, Dora, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Batman," said Williams, adding that she has friends who help out when she needs other characters for a program.

"I can tailor a party to a child's favorite superhero or princess," Williams said.

She also dresses up for children's programs at the Alachua County Library District, local businesses and local child care centers, including Incredible Minds Childcare Center, where her daughter attends.

She also participates in story time at Library Headquarters the third Saturday of each month and at the Cone Park Branch Library upon being called. Williams dresses up as a princess or superhero and plays with children during Kids Night on Tuesdays at Beef 'O' Brady's on Archer Road.

Terry Peace, assistant general manager at that Beef 'O' Brady's, said Williams does a very good job entertaining the children.

"The kids like it," Peace said. "She dresses as a princess or Spider-Man and does a lot of different things like face painting, arts and crafts activities and games. She's done very well for us."

Caroline Huguet, a librarian specialist at Cone Park, said Williams participated in story time there recently and did a great job.

"She's really good," Huguet said. "She came dressed as a character in the book they were reading and the kids were captivated. She made the story real."

Erin Tipping, youth services manager for the Alachua County Library District, said Williams came dressed as Spider-Man for story time at the downtown library and the children were enthralled.

"It was like the Pied Piper with children following her," Tipping said. "A real attention-getter. The kids loved it and it went over very well with patrons."

Williams offers entertainment packages in a range of prices and services that include special costume appearances. She also can plan an entire event and even create the cake. Her packages range from $55 for a special appearance and photo opportunity to $175 for 90 minutes of entertainment, and includes a special appearance by a princess or superhero and such activities as face painting, arts and crafts, games, henna and glitter tattoos, photo opportunities and other activities.

The most expensive package is $420 and includes planning the entire event, from decorations to paper products, special appearances by a superhero and/or a princess, games and other activities and a cake.

Currently, Williams serves only Gainesville, but she will travel outside of Gainesville to grow her business.

"The best part is seeing the kids' faces light up," Williams said, "and to give them the experience of meeting a superhero."

For more information, call 352-215-0332.

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