By James Somper
A mum who claims children’s parties need to be more sophisticated has renovated a double decker bus to turn it into the ultimate glamorous party experience – for seven year olds.
A party with cocktails and canapes on arrival, and the promise of a relaxing manicure and professional make up application sounds like the perfect recipe for a fancy hen do or girlie weekend away.
But the gaggle of young girls sipping from Champagne flutes aren’t an excited bride to be and her hens – they’re primary school children at a birthday party for a seven year old.
Mum-of-one Polly Reehal says she saw a gap in the market for a ‘grown up’ party experience for children – and she’s been inundated with bookings since opening her party bus, in Worcester.
Beauty and the Bus has proved such a hit that owner Polly, 36, has had bookings flood in – as parents and their children turn their backs on pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey.
The mum-of-one decided rescue an old double decker bus and spent over £20,000 overhauling it and believes the bus is the first of its kind in Europe.
She said: “Most party buses are tacky with ball pits and lots of pink which is not what our bus is about. Kids these days expect more, they want an experience.
“It’s clean, sophisticated and I want to make girls feel a million dollars.
“Make up can really help girls with their confidence.
“When girls are on the bus they are always smiling and enjoy their experience.
“It makes them feel confident and happy and it gives them a boost, that’s what it’s all about.”
The salon is set out over two floors and boasts a VIP entrance, make up stations, a karaoke area, a shop and even a bar.
On arrival girls are given non-alcoholic champagne cocktails and a selection of tasty canapes including Marks and Spencer vol au vents and fruit before they begin their makeup experience and pampering.
Girls can have their nails done, apply a range of moisturisers, lipsticks, mascaras and all manner of beauty products.
Polly drives across the West Midlands making the dreams of hundreds of girls come true.
She said that her events are all about boosting the confidence of young girls.
Polly said: “It’s about giving them body confidence.
“We’re teaching them in a fun filled environment how to use make up properly and say less is more and with the right secrets and tools they can be confident and be themselves.
“Make up is something that all girls do. Everyone wants to be like mummy.
“I understand there’s a line between having fun and over sexualising girls and I’m dead against that, it’s all about enhancing natural looks.”
Polly said that she setup Beauty and the Bus because she wanted to spread the benefits of makeup to people but also provide a birthday parties straight to people’s front doors.
She said: “I came from a strict background and my parents never let me wear makeup until I was in my 20s and came from a generation where it wasn’t permitted to talk to boys.
“Growing up was tough.”
Polly said that despite the “glitzy” nature of some of the treatments on offer, Beauty and the Bus is all about celebrating and enhancing natural beauty.
She said: “We’re about being modest and enhancing natural beauty, not painting beauty on.
“We can give girls simple, easy, fun tips so that they can keep themselves looking great.
“It’s not tacky or cheap. We always use age appropriate high quality, branded makeup.
“We teach girls the techniques they need for a flawless look giving them a hands on experience and always try and give them hints and tips on beauty.”