When it comes to princess birthday parties, I have done more then my share. Being a birthday party planner it seems that it is the number one choice for girls and it is no wonder why. Nothing is as girlie as a princess and as wonderful as happily ever after. So, here lies my suggestion for a “Once Upon a Time” Princess Party
Decorating for a Princess Party is relatively simple. A few strings of small white or colored lights – shades of pink or red/yellow for a Belle theme – will go a long way towards transforming your home into a fairytale castle. Add to that plenty of glitter and floating white cloud balloon clusters – tah dah! Your princesses will be transported. I used tulle as part of the decorations for the first party I planned. It made the space fit for a royal wedding. You may want to try this, but I have to stress that key to successful party decoration is to embrace less sightly sections of your home and try to make them look better instead of hiding them
Most little girls invited to a Princess Party will insist on wearing their own Princess dress to the ball. For those who don’t have a ball gown of their own have on hand a few extra tiaras and jewels so they can dress up and feel as festive as their friends.
My standard Princess Party invitation text is:
Come One, Come All to the Royal Ball
Princess______ requests the honor of your presence at a glorious Princess Gala
The affair will begin when the clock strikes _______
and the carriages will depart at ________
Please send your RSVP to her royal majesty Queen (Mom)
Royal attire is suggested
Click here for an alternative text option.
Create a layout on your computer and print them off your personalized invitations at home. If you don’t feel up to the task, there are many adorable options that can be found on the Internet.
Amy Adele (link: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=kp0X8QAisj8&offerid=165132.10224&type=2&subid=0) for one has a whole aray of these cards ready to be personalized for your little girl. Pick a child who looks like her and your guests will be instantly charmed.
Crafts can be an inexpensive way for little princesses and their moms to have a great time!
You could have each party princess make her very own tiara to wear for the day’s festivities. It’s a lot of fun and it gets all the little girls working together on a specific task. The bonus is that they get a great keepsake to bring home with them. Taking a photo of the birthday girl and each princess wearing her tiara also makes a sweet souvenir.
If you think that everyone will already be wearing her own tiara, you can instead have the girls craft a princess photo frame. Each princess can decorate her own frame and slip her tiara photo into it before taking it home with her.
Once the girls are all crafted out send them on a princess scavenger hunt (link to the scavenger hunt article) or have them play pin the crown on the frog. (http://www.partyplanningprofessor.com/2009/02/02/pin-the-crown-on-the-frog/) With a little imagination any traditional party game can easily be adapted to a princess theme.
No princess party would be complete without without music for the Great Ball or a bard telling tales of heroic princes! Clear the floor for some fun dances before snack time and while the girls are enjoying their party feast read them a favorite princess fairy tale.
Keep the food down to finger food that is low mess and princess approved. Cake and ice cream are almost required, but before you might want to offer your princesses some more filling foods like finger sandwiches, some fruits and veggies. It’s also nice to consider the parents who braved the overload of pink and glitter to keep you company.
Looking for a regal beverage? Princess cream punch is sure to be a hit. Mix red powdered drink, ginger ale (or lemon lime soda), and vanilla ice cream. Yum!
The Goody Bags
If you opted to have the Princesses make tiaras or decorate picture frames you can skip the goody bags since they’ll already have a treasure to take home. If crafts weren’t high on your list of party must haves consider stashing tiaras, jewels, and glitter lip gloss and lotion in the goody bags. There are a ton of candy necklaces, bracelet, and rings to chose from.
Not a fan of actual goody bags? Check out small books filled with Princess tales or CDs of Princess music.