Party with a Purpose

Looking to plan a delightful birthday party your child will never forget? Then look no further than the “Princess Party” at Manhattan Hairstyling Academy. Their team of professionals are sure to make your princess and all of her friends look and feel like royalty!

At a recent Princess Party, party guests were greeted with a warm smile the moment they walked in the door. When the girls heard all the ways they were going to be pampered, they began to jump up and down with joy! Excitement filled the air, and they couldn’t wait to get their hair, nails and makeup done. What could be better?

Each little princess took a seat in a salon chair and selected which superstar hair design she wanted. The hair designer carefully created the look. Guess which superstar look was the most requested? Taylor Swift! Several girls chose to have their hair flat ironed while others chose to have braids…LOTS of braids! They made the cutest expressions as soon as they looked in the mirror. One little princess saw herself in the mirror and announced, “I look good!” Another one smiled and said, “I am so pretty.”

Next, the girls moved into the mani/pedi room. Awaiting them was their personal nail tech. Each girl selected her favorite nail color, and the manicurist began to clean, file and paint their nails.

Once the sparkly nail color had dried, the girls were ready for their final destination: the makeup room. Each birthday party princess received a custom glamour look for her eyes, cheeks and lips. Talk about glamorous….WOW! The girls looked radiant from head to toe!

Two hours of pure-bliss pampering created quite the buzz for this group of young ladies. You could hear them complimenting one another and saying, “I like your new look. You look so pretty!” They also commented, “This is the best birthday party ever,” “I had so much fun,” and, “I can’t wait to come back.” As much fun as the girls had, their parents were equally delighted.

Whether the birthday girl is turning 8 or 18, or even for a bride-to-be, Manhattan Hairstyling Academy adds that something special to your celebration. So whatever the occasion, take the stress out and put the fun back in with a Princess Party.

Some girls just love to be pampered. A day at the salon with a group of best friends is the ideal way to share girl talk and feel special together. The day could include any or all of these beauty treatments: facial, manicures, pedicures, hairstyling, massages and even a special lunch.

Every girl wants to look fabulous for that special date or event and whether that’s your first prom, homecoming or your birthday ... the folks at Manhattan Hairstyling Academy understand the importance that you attach to looking your best. At Manhattan Hair Styling Academy you can browse through updo picture galleries to help choose the right hairstyle to suit you. Whether it is wedding updos, short hair updos, updos for long hair, or prom updo hairstyles, Manhattan has you covered.

The Manhattan Story

The Valdez family’s roots in the cosmetology industry go back to 1928, when 17-year-old Cuban immigrant Evelio Valdez was offering 10-cent haircuts to workers on the docks of downtown Tampa. In 1943, Evelio and his wife, Zoila, owned and managed two downtown Tampa salons. Zoila attended beauty school at night and managed the salons during the day. Upon completing the program, her professor encouraged her to open a cosmetology school based on substance of education and not merely trends. Their first school, American Beauty School, opened in 1951 and was an overnight success.

Today, Manhattan Hairstyling Academy is still family-owned and operated and is known for its forward-thinking Manhattan Hairstyling System of Operation. It is also recognized for the integrity and passion its faculty and staff have for its graduates and the industry. Manhattan currently employs more than 70 people and has graduated upwards up 7,500 Cosmetologist, Nail Technicians and Estheticians since it began in 1960. The Valdez family remains dedicated to growth and expansion in all aspects of the business so that it may offer training and support to individuals who wish to establish a career as a licensed personal care professional.




Finding a fun, unique and affordable place to host a child’s birthday party can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, the Tampa Bay area offers a variety of locations for birthday party fun that are unique, inexpensive and just outright cool for kids. Gulf Coast Family is proud to present “Party with a Purpose,” a new monthly feature designed to highlight some of the coolest birthday party venues in town. From the tried and true to the hip and new, each month Gulf Coast Family will be unwrapping all the details about activities, packages and prices for birthday party spots throughout the Tampa Bay area. Our picks do all the work (so you’ll enjoy yourself as much as a guest!) and they can tailor each birthday bash to your kid’s interests.


If you would like to share a birthday party location or idea, use our “Submit Birthday Party Idea” form. Thanks and have a Happy Birthday Party!

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