My daughter Nicky is nothing if not opinionated. When I started talking to her about her birthday she was quick to tell me that she wanted a princess party and nothing else would do.
My favorite kinds of parties to host are ones that involve very little work for me. In this case, I achieved that by:
1) outsourcing some of the party planning
2) using stuff I had on hand and
3) setting out some easy activities that don’t require a lot of parental assistance.
Princess Party Decorations
My friend Kathleen is a party planning queen. She offered to help me with Nicky’s party and it was seriously the best thing ever. Not only did I not have to do any of the work, I also didn’t have to think about what to do or go to the stores. With a newborn at home, this was totally amazing.
We decorated the hearth with a personalized Happy Birthday banner to serve as the present area.
The loot bags were wrapped in cellophane with princess wands sticking out. They looked beautiful and doubled as decorations.
Small crown frames were decorated with flowers and ‘jewels’ with pictures of the little birthday princess inside.
If you don’t have a friend with mad skills like Kathleen, you can find lots of princess decorations on Etsy like the ones below!
When Nicky said she wanted a castle cake I just laughed. Luckily Kathleen is much more talented than I am with cake and icing. We also put out princess cookies and fruit wands (grapes and pineapple stars on skewers…easy and delicious!).
Princess cookies are easy to make, just make sugar cookies and cut them out with a crown cookie cutter. Decorate with icing (though mine would look much less professional than these).
Nicky was feeling a little overwhelmed at first, but when we played Pin the Gem on the Crown, she perked right up and had huge smiles for the rest of the party.
We also made a playlist for a princess dance party and had teacups on hand for a princess tea party but we didn’t end up needing the extra activities. Nicky loved her party and still, weeks later, wants to talk to everyone about it.
Looking for more Kids Party Ideas? Check out these great party themes!