Little girls love dressing up and playing princesses, just like their favourite storybook and Disney characters, making it a great choice for a birthday party. Transform the royal party area using pastel colours and scene-setters for a pretty, regal style and welcome the princesses in their finery to your fairytale kingdom.
Show the way from their carriages, over the ‘moat’ and up to your front door using a long rug, red carpet or coloured craft paper. Paint and cut out cardboard to resemble a grand gateway and crenellated battlements to disguise the front door. To the side of the path, you could put painted signs with Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After painted on them, to get the girls into fairytale mode.
Decorate your princess castle with banners and streamers – these could be pieces of material as well as Happy Birthday signs and princess bunting. You don’t need too much – they probably keep things quite neat and ordered in the castle! Princess scene-setters will add to the atmosphere, and balloons are a must-have. If they have a favourite princess, Cinderella for example, tailor the colour scheme to match, with garland and streamers in shades of blue. For Sofia the First, use purples. If it’s Princess Anna then choose blue and pink.
Ask each girl to come in her prettiest princess dress, of which she’ll no doubt be enormously proud. If you can get hold of an empty ornate frame, wind it with fairy lights and hang it up at the children’s height in a corner and ask each of them to stand behind it in their finery for a fantastic princess photo portrait that they can keep. Have a few extra props, such as tiaras and feather boas that they can use for their princess moment. A cardboard cut out of their favourite princess is another wonderful photo prop and will also double as a great birthday present!
To lay a table fit for princesses, cover with a pink or white cloth and add a runner in a contrasting colour – perhaps a striped one, to make it look extra smart. Another idea is to layer two coloured cloths over one another and hitch the upper one up at intervals around the sides, sticking on bows to make it look like a draped banqueting table. Scatter the top with princess confetti for extra sparkle. At each place, put a princess accessory or two. Hang pink paper pompoms to float over the middle of the table.
The centrepiece could be a castle or princess cake, a toy castle if your daughter has one or a fantastic princess cake stand. Gorgeous princess party cups, napkins and plates will prettify the rest of the scene for you. If you have space issues, it’s equally princessy to hold a feast on the floor; pile up plenty of cushions, hang decorations above and serve each child their feast in a princess party box. You could add gold napkins to make the feast feel even more special.