Princess parties have always been one of the most popular party themes for little girls birthdays. Here are our top tips to help you throw a party fit for a Princess.
Set the right tone from the offset with an invitation from her Royal Highness requesting that her subjects attend. From stylish pre-printed invitations to DIY scrolls, putting a bit of thought into the invitation will create the required anticipation for the party. There are so many to choose from but we are smitten by the Crown Princess Collection by www.loraleelewis.com. For fancy costumes fit for the most illustrious occasion we recommend: www.angelsfancydress.com
Setting the Scene
Whether you are hosting at home, in a pretty patisserie or somewhere more salubrious you will need to think carefully about the venue for the party. Consider the number and ages of your guests, the activities that you are planning – then how you can enhance the scene with your own stylish decorations.
A Regal colour theme and a few pretty decorations create a setting fit for a Princess. Credits left to right: Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire, 1st Birthday by Lacy Mae Designs, Loralee Lewis Princess & The Frog Party, The Cake Bake Shop, Indianapolis.
Making an Entrance
Set the stage for your Royal guests arrival. You can create a great first impression with a welcoming entryway garland. Or use lengths of tulle for a stunning pink carpet that little Princesses will love. Balloons are an inexpensive way to add colour and wow. Tie them to the backs of chairs, hang them in clusters from the ceiling and, if you’re really feeling adventurous, try making them into a Princess carriage balloon arch!
Credits left to right: Balloon towers – Scott & Emma, Enchanted Princess Aurora Tea Party – Pretty My Party, Garden Signs – thediva-dish.com, Entryway – Pinterest.
The Royal Banquet
A sumptuous table setting will be a feast for the eyes. Choose a table runner to match your colour scheme and then heap on the decorations. Lay the table with Princess inspired tableware, an eye-catching centrepiece, plenty of fresh flowers and finish it all off with a scattering of sparkly confetti. Each Royal guest should have their own place setter.
The Royal Banquet. Credits left to right: Table styled by CFC Interiors, Garden Tea Party styled by Pretty Little Party, Paper Plates available from www.partyark.co.uk
The Dessert Table
Of course, the key attraction at any child’s party is the dessert table. For the best visual effect we’d recommend providing a wide selection of bite-sized treats whose colours combine and give something for even the fussiest eater to enjoy. Make the cake the centrepiece (we love this layout by Kara’s Party Ideas) and add a range of sweet treats such as; white chocolate dipped strawberries, mini merengues and classic pink wafers. If you have more time why not try your hands at sparkly popcorn, dainty iced cookies, macarons and cupcakes.
A dessert table to remember. Credit www.karaspartyideas
The crowning glory of the dessert table and one of the highlights of any child’s birthday party, the cake should be memorable but it doesn’t need to cost a fortune
If you are commissioning your own bespoke cake don’t forget to make the candles part of the brief. If time or money is an issue, don’t be afraid to enhance a store bought cake with Princess themed decorations and plenty of glitter.
Let the Games Begin
No party is complete without some traditional party games. All princesses love to dance so what better than a game of musical thrones or musical statues? ‘Pin the kiss on the frog’ makes a fun alternative to the traditional version and you can provide a slipper on a cushion for all the little princesses to try on. We love the idea of giving each guest a pile of jewels to decorate their very own tiara.
Party favours seem to have become a must, but they needn’t be expensive. A beautifully packaged cupcake is a lovely thing to take home, or why not recycle some small jars, fill with pretty candy and wrap in tulle? Or, if you are concerned about sugar overload, a Princess colouring book and pencils or a magic wand wrapped in pretty fabric makes a gorgeous gift.