WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Williamson County teen is helping kids’ birthday dreams come true, as her self-started business continues to thrive.
Riley Vergara-Cruz has always loved Disney princesses, and she recalls one of her favorite birthday celebrations as a child.
“I had one birthday party where my god mom, she dressed up as Cinderella. She had a wig and a big dress, and I remember that birthday party specifically because that was my favorite princess and that made my birthday party the best,” Riley said.
That memory led Riley to start Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties.
Her company delivers fantasy princesses and superheroes in real life form to little girls and boys.
Not only do the kids love the characters, Riley says the parents do too.
“Some of them tear up; some of them are more excited than their kids. They want to take the pictures, and they want to participate. The little girls are just so happy to have a real princess there to spend the whole day with them. It’s just amazing to watch,” she said.
Now in year four, the Centennial High student body president’s business is big time – so big that her mom Blandina joined her in opening a storefront in Franklin in November.
Riley’s is a salon during the week and a party venue Friday through Sunday.
“We’re looking at maybe three to four birthday parties with 20 to 30 minutes to change over from a Cinderella birthday party which is all blue and with carriages, to maybe a superhero party, which is red white and blue and more of a whole bunch of boy themes. So it’s crazy,” her mother Blandina said.
Even with mom’s help, being an entrepreneur at just 17 isn’t always easy.
Riley said she appreciates the chance to work with her mother and brother, but does have to sacrifice time with friends.
“A lot of friends are like, ‘Riley do you want to go to the basketball game on Saturday?’ Sometimes it’s kind of hard because I’m like I have princess parties to do. They say, ‘You always have princess parties to do.’”
The senior, who will attend Mississippi State next year, is hoping her business will continue to thrive while she’s away at school.
“I’m hoping once I graduate college, this will still be a thing. I can take this over as my full-time job and maybe expand it more, maybe make it a franchise,” Riley said.
Riley said her favorite characters to dress up as are Belle and Dora the Explorer.
All of her employees are trained in performance, singing and dancing.
If you’re interested in booking a party, visit DreamsDoComeTruePrincessParties.com.