How to Make Your Party Extra Special_lowres

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.


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;

Mr. SnoBall Catering (504) 234-2110;

Sno Dat Snowballs (504) 493-9231;


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;

Photo to Geaux (504) 296-1024;

Sunny Memories Photo Booth (502) 694-0352;


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;

DND Inflatables (504) 452-7691;

Marc's Jumpers (504) 570-8154;


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;

Jazz Face Painting and Body Art, (985) 722-440;

New Orleans Face Painter Irina, (504) 473-3581;


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;


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


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;

Ice Dragon Ice Sculptures

(504) 289-8977;


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;

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

LA Party Art LLC, (985) 705-8773;