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Happy Faces Face Painting and Party Services has been creating exactly what its name describes for more than 20 years.

Owners Danielle and Colin Joyce tackle face painting, balloon animals, spin art, glitter tattoos and princess parties. Head artist Danielle Joyce trains all the other face painters in their crew. Some past and present clients of Happy Faces are Scranton /Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers, Viewmont Mall, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, Wet Nā?? Wild Water Park, Westgate Vacation Resorts and many others.

Danielle Joyce shared her thoughts with The Abington Journal:

AJ: What was the best place/company where you have worked and why?

Danielle: The Viewmont Mall because of all their holiday events. Also, the Scranton /Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Pocono Raceway, weā??ve had a lot of wonderful experiences with them.

AJ: What is the most fun party theme you have created or attended?

Danielle: Recently, I worked a party that was CandyLand themed. There were cookies as cupcakes, a huge CandyLand display, and the kids wanted candies painted on their faces. It was very unique and colorful.

AJ: What are your favorite balloon animals and face paintings?

Danielle: I love a half-dragon mask; it takes two minutes and looks amazing. Anything fast and awesome is always a favorite.

For balloon animals, it would be flowers for girls and parrots for boys. They love having the parrots on their shoulders.

What is the silliest face painting youā??ve created?

Danielle: Well, a very unique one I just did was actually on a little girlā??s hand. She wanted a turkey. We came up with her spreading her fingers out and painting the back of her hand, so her whole hand was a turkey. A silly one? I had a boy ask for half his face to be a monster and the other half to be Hello, Kitty. Kids are so unique and creative, itā??s great.

What are your tips for planning a dream birthday party?

Danielle: Plan in advance. Decided on your entertainment first because things always book up quickly. Also, know your details, be organized. And have more than one activity for kids; enough entertainment is always important.

What was your inspiration to start your company?

Danielle: Iā??ve been face painting since I was 15, I always did it for extra money and I did it through college as well. Then I moved here and was about to have a child and I needed something that would be flexible and bring in some money. Itā??s great because I donā??t have regimented hours, parties are small amounts of time and I am able to still be around for my kids. This business has been so much more successful than I ever anticipated.

What is the coolest part of your job?

Danielle: Itā??s great getting to be a part of peopleā??s special events. I love being with kids and helping families make something special. And at parties or events everyone is always in a good mood, so itā??s a fun time. I just love doing it!

For more information on Happy Faces Face Painting and Party Services, located at 736 North Bromley Avenue, Scranton, call 570.344.5833 or visit www.happyhappyfaces.com/

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