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Princess Theme Party Puppet Show

Princess Party Puppet Show

Princess Party Puppet Show


Once all of your guests have arrived to your Princess Theme Party, a great idea is to have a puppet show set up in another part of your home for the kids to move to. This idea is great for younger children as it’s all really magical for them. Most cities have puppet show artists that you can hire. Super easy and you don’t have to be in charge of too many activities or games!

The puppet production groups will often have multiple shows that can fit within your party theme. If they don’t advertise one that you think will work for you, feel free to ask them if they could put one together for your particular theme. These folks are often very creative and can come up with a show very easily.

Resources: The puppeteer for this party was Penny’s Puppet Productions for Birthday Fun.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Birthday Party Activity

Shield Art Project

Shield Art Project


A great first activity when kids arrive at a birthday party is to have a craft project to work on. This keeps the kids busy while others arrive and gives you something to direct them to immediately.

The boys decorated cardboard shields purchased already cut and glued a handle on to the back. Then the girls project was to decorate their own party crown. Again, the hats/crowns were purchase and then the kids glued on adornments and colored on them. Both a nice compliment to the want and swords that were given as favors.

Crown Art Project

Crown Art Project


Resources: Pre-cut shields and pre-made hats were purchased at Oriental Trading.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Tea Party Idea

Princess Tea Party Idea

Princess Tea Party Idea


There is no better time to pull out that silver service set that you have in the closet or displayed in your dining room than for a Princess Tea Party. Using your tea set at the party may be the only thing I recommend pulling out. It’s not breakable and only moms will be handling it. Yet, you get to set it out and your little Princess feels really special being able to use it.

Don’t have one yourself? Borrow your mother’s or your neighbor’s. Most likely they don’t use their set very much either and would be thrilled for it to get some use. Have a fun tea party!


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Decorating the Table for a Princess Party

Princess Party Table Set Up

Princess Party Table Set Up


Decorating the table for a Princess Tea Party can be super fun. And the table can be quite elegant without being breakable!

First off this mom rented tables and chairs that were just the right height for the kids. Everything is more fun for them when the don’t have to struggle to eat or see things. Simple lilies were placed in the center of each table and they smelled sooooo good. Plates and “silverware” were purchased to look like china plates and were pre-placed around the table. Add some lovely napkins and your platters of food and possibly the cake or dessert and your table is all decorated with very little effort!

Resources: The cake was purchased at Bakery Bar in Portland, OR. China looking plates were purchased at Costco. Beautiful napkins can be purchased at many higher end groceries and gift/card shops.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Cake

Princess Party Fondant Cake

Princess Party Fondant Cake


Oh My!!! This might have been the most beautiful Princess Party Cake I’ve ever seen. Nothing makes a party more special for a birthday girl than to have a fabulous cake. And this is that cake!

These folks are truly artists with fondant. I have been to another party where they make the cake ans it was equally as beautiful. Just amazing. They are in Portland, OR. Not sure if they will ship the cakes or not. But even for your own idea, this was a beautiful Princess Party Fondant Cake and it also tasted great……which is always a plus……

Resources: Bakery Bar in Portland, OR.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Boy Sword Favor

Princess Party Boy Sword Favors

Princess Party Boy Sword Favors


Boys can have fun at a Princess Party too! Just have a few things for them to play with that are boy related and they are good to go. When they are young they really don’t care that the decorations are pink!

These inflatable swords are a perfect gift for the boys as they love to exert that testosterone! These were blow up swords that were given as favors and are super easy to blow up. They don’t blow the budget, they are sizable and you will get lots of play out of them.

Resources: These swords were purchased from Oriental Trading.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Girl Wand Favors

Princess Party Girl Favors

Princess Party Girl Favors


All girls love wands that they can waive in the air to change their frog into a Prince. Or just bonk others on the head……hopefully not…..but you never know.

Anyway, having these simple wands as favors are perfect. You can certainly purchase wands like these or you can make them as well. Simply cut out two stars and hot glue them together with a dowel in the center. You might spray paint the dowels black first. After they are all glued together, you can glitter your wands.

These princess party favors have each child’s name typed out on a flag in an old english font and taped on to the handle to insure all the kids at the party receive a favor.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Food

Princess Party Food

Princess Party Food


As you all know, kids with full tummies are happy kids. Or at least it is one of the elements to keeping them happy. So, the most important thing is to feed them things that they will and want to eat!

Mask any sandwich in an interesting design and kids will eat them. For a Princess Party, cut your sandwiches in a crown design. These were cut with a cookie cutter in the shape of a crown. There were two choices: a cheese sandwich and then a peanut butter sandwich.

In addition to the sandwiches, the Princess Hostess served platters of fruit and cut veggies. That always keeps the moms happy. And it’s very easy to cut up and have prepared ahead of time!

Resources: If you put in a google search “Princess Crown Cookie Cutter” you will come up with many results for the cookie cutter that was used here.


Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Castle Invitation & Wording

Princess Party Castle Invitation

Princess Party Castle Invitation


Finding just the right Princess Party Invitation can sometimes be challenging. If not because you can’t find the one you like but can’t narrow down the ones you like. I hope the latter is not you because we are about to introduce a great card site. For this Princess party we were invited to, the hostess found Inviting Company and their invitations are too cute. You should take a look at their site.

This was a party for girls and boys so the wording in the invitation reflected such.

“Here Ye! Here Ye!
Calling all Princesses,
Calling all Knights:

Your company is requested at a Royal Birthday Tea!

Olivia’s 4th Birthday
Date
Castle de Reger
RSVP”

Resources: Invitations can be found from Inviting Company.

Princess Birthday Party Thank You Cards

Princess Design Thank You Cards

Princess Design Thank You Cards

Princess Parties are super popular. If you want to get away from the Disney Princess items that are all over the place, take a look at these Princess crown items.

These note cards were used for thank you notes for a Princess Birthday Party. Even if your little loved one, it is very important to write a note thanking guests for gifts especially if you did not open the gifts in front of your guests.

We have also featured a Princess Invitation that coordinates with this Thank You Note.

Resources: Thank you Notes can be found from Paper Rabbit Designs.

Princess Birthday Party Idea

Princess Birthday Party Idea

Princess Birthday Party Idea

How much fun to drink out of a straw with a crown embellishment!!! This idea is so simple yet makes a big impact.

I found some scrap booking paper that I liked and thought looked like a princess and cut out a crown. After making 2 slight slits with a straight edge blade, you simply slide the straw in. If you are using this for a party with little ones and there is a risk of the crown getting wet, you might consider laminating them before you cut them out. Just laminate a sheet of scrap booking paper either at Kinko’s or using your own laminating paper and cut the shape out from there. This will make the Princess crown hold up better. I hope this is a birthday idea you can use and transfer to other themes as well.

Resources: Template for Crown, Scrap Booking paper found at any store selling scrap booking supplies.


Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Photo Princess Birthday Party Invitations

Princess Photo Invitation

Princess Photo Invitation

Another alternative to making your own invitations or using printed paper invitations is to use Custom Photo Birthday Party Invitations. The sky is the limit with these. You can be as creative with the photo, background and wording as you want to be. These invitations were created by Cutie Pies Custom Creations.

Wording for each of the top Princess Birthday Invitation is as such:
Please join us for
some royal fun
as Princess Esme
is turning One!

Date
Location
Regrets Only

Princess Photo Paris Invitation

Princess Photo Paris Invitation

Then the Princess invitation to the right is worded in this way:
Ooh La La!
Mademoiselle Elena is turning 2!

Join us for an afternoon
of oodles of Pink Poodles
and Parisian delights

Date/Time
Location
RSVP

Even if you aren’t doing the work yourself, there can still be a great deal of creativity used in these types of cards.

Resources: For Photo Birthday Party Invitations – Visit Cutie Pies Custom Creations.

Photos taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Crown Birthday Party Invitation

Princess Crown Invitation

Princess Crown Invitation


Don’t have time to make your own invitation? No problem. If you are having a Princess Theme for your daughter’s birthday party, there are tons of invitations to choose from. This is one we like made by Paper Rabbit Designs.

Wording for this Princess Party Invitation:
Princess Alex invites you to join her for a
Royal Princess Jumping Party
in celebration of her 4th Birthday

Date
Location
RSVP

This particular princess party was at Pump It Up. The hostess has not only included the facility in the invitation but the theme as well! Perfect. Even with pre-printed party invitations, you can have a fabulous birthday party. Pick your theme and run with it.

Resources: For Custom Birthday Party Invitations – Visit Paper Rabbit Designs.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Wand Favor

Princess Party Wand Favor

Princess Party Wand Favor

If you look carefully, this is not the actual want that we used for my daughter’s Princess Birthday Party. Or actually it was called a Queen of Hearts Birthday Party since we invited several boys. Anyway, I wasn’t thrilled with how the wand turned out, so I created a new one. I like this one much better.

It’s the same concept as with the boys swords. Take a 4″ styrofoam ball and poke a hole in it with an ice pick or screw driver about 2″ deep. Insert some hot glue and slide in a 3/8″ dowel cut to about 18″. This will adhere pretty quickly. Take one long piece of aluminum foil and completely cover the ball and stem crinkling as you go. No glue required but it can be picked off pretty easily.

The last step is applying the adornments. I originally made a big bow with the ribbon with 4 or 5 streamers and put sequins over the ball part. This one is with ribbon only. This is a satin ribbon 1″ wide. Cut 4 pieces large enough to go around the ball starting at the base and going up and over the ball to the opposite side. Secure the ribbon on both sides with hot glue. You could even put a dab of slow drying glue on the top of the ball where all the ribbon overlaps but it’s not necessary if you pull the ribbon tight before using the hot glue. After all 4 ribbons are applied, tie one piece a couple of times around the stick right under the ball and tie off. Trim any loose ends that still show. And your wand is complete!

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Sword Princess Party Favor

Sword Princess Party Favor

Sword Princess Party Favor

Make your own swords for a Princess or Queen of Hearts Party.  We gave these to the boys who attended my daughter’s Queen of Hearts Party.  As you’d learn in another post, we named it a Queen of Hearts Party since we were inviting more than half boys!  Not sure they’d want to come to a Princess Party.

These swords were super easy to make and were a big hit with the boys.  And it wasn’t a disaster as you might think.  They played very nicely with each other.  But I guess this might be a consideration.  If you are inviting any particularly violent boys, you might wait to give this out when they are leaving.  We gave them out in the middle of the party because I wanted plenty of pics with the kids enjoying themselves.  So, it was kind of an activity as well.

Take two sizes of painter stirring sticks and hot glue them together to make the base of the sword.  Using a piece of aluminum foil for the length and a separate piece for the handles, simply wrap and crush it in place.  No need for glue or anything.  Having no glue does make it easy for the kids to peal it off and they will totally do that.  So, don’t get offended when they start taking your hard work apart!  To finish it off, wrap a long piece of leather shoe lace string around the joint first and then down the handle.  I hot glued the beginning and the end of this step.  Be sure and use shoe lace leather that is died all the way through.  Some of them are not.  Easy Easy!

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Party Favor Tutu

Princess Tutu Favor

Princess Tutu Favor

For a Tea Party Princess Party the perfect favor is a Tutu.  My daughter received this one as a party favor at just this type of birthday party.  It was perfect as a little girl who likes to dress up can not have too many tutus.  Especially when friends are over to dress up with her.

The mom didn’t make these herself but had a friend to do it.  Super Simple if you sew.  The seamstress took 3 layers of tulle and sewed it at the top with two layers of the pink and white check ribbon.  I believe the seam was done with the bobbin as the elastic so that it gathered up like it shows.  And this makes it where you don’t have to gather the tulle before attaching it to the ribbon.  Then every so often a small pink bow made of a different satin ribbon is tacked inside the skirt.

The idea with favors is to not just throw something in a bag but to give a thoughtful give that the kids will actually like.  It does take a little preplanning but kids and moms will be thankful for it.

Photo by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess or Queen of Hearts Cape Party Favor

Princess Cape Party Favor

Princess Cape Party Favor

This Cape Party Favor is a great idea for a Princess or a Queen of Hearts Party. I made these for our Queen of Hearts party. So rather than giving a tutu to each girl, we cave these capes as party favors. The Queen wore a cape made of red satin and then tied off with gold double sided satin ribbon. All her maidens wore a cape of tulle with a velour collar and the same gold double sided satin ribbon. These along with wands which I’ll share in another post was all the girls needed to become Princesses or Maiden’s themselves!

Making these Princess Party Favors was pretty simple. The tulle didn’t need to be hemmed which was my goal in choosing that fabric. Satin or velour would be beautiful but not only would you need to hem those but the cost of them would escalate. If you are only making a couple that’s no big deal but I made like 15 of these for my daughter’s party and needed to keep costs in check. I cut the velour and the tulle in rectangle pieces. On one end of the tulle, I gathered it with a gathering stitch on my sewing machine. With one additional seam, I sewed the velour collar, tulle and satin ribbon together.

The birthday girl’s cape was all red satin with two lengths down the back. Both pieces were hemmed and connected with the same gold satin ribbon as her maiden’s capes were.

Knight Tunic Costume Party Favor

Knight Tunic Party Favor

Knight Tunic Party Favor

Kids are all about dress up and make believe! Even big kids like to dress up. Actually, I’m not sure the desire ever ends for some. Anyway, I digress. For my daughter’s Queen of Hearts Party, I made these tunics and gave them to the boys as part of their party favor. Could easily be used for a Princess Party Favor as well if little boys are invited.

It was super easy to make. I bought the red felt on ebay and cut the knights templar crosses out of Avery iron-on 8 1/2 X 11 Dark T-Shirt Transfer sheets. I didn’t have to print anything. I simply cut out the cross and ironed it on to the tunic. Felt for the tunic was simply a rectangle with a neck part cut out. So that the tunic wouldn’t swing open, I sewed red satin ribbon on to the sides to tie.

Dimensions are as such. From shoulder to hem the tunic is 18 1/2″. So, double that when cutting out your rectangle. Width of the knight tunic is 13″. I started cutting the triangle for the head opening at 3 1/2″ in from the edge. So, each shoulder is 3 1/2″ wide. Remember you can always start small and cut bigger but if you start big you can’t go smaller. The side ties are sewn about 9″ up from the bottom on both sides of the tunic. Then center by eye the knights templar cross in the front.

Knight Tunic Party Favor

Knight Tunic Party Favor


The boys loved this tunic. I would say the older ones loved it more. So, for like 4 or 5 and up this is a perfect party favor.

Resources: Template for Knights Templar Cross. Yardage of Felt found at any fabric store. Double Sided Red Satin Ribbon 1″ wide. We bought online. Cross made from Inkjet Dark T-Shirt Transfer Paper found at office supply stores.

Top Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Princess Theme Party Crown

Princess Theme Party Crown

Princess Theme Party Crown

I love how this crown turned out. For a Princess Theme or even for a Queen of Hearts Theme, it would be perfect. My photographer thinks it looks like a boys crown but I think it could just as easily be used as a Princess Crown. My daughter loves wearing this one around.

You could do a lot of things with this.
*  They could be premade for each child.
*  Your daughter or son could even help you make them if you don’t mind the sequins being totally random AND sequins ending up all over the house.
*  Or you could just make one of these crowns for your birthday child.
*  What would be fun is to have this as an activity for each of the party participants. They could make their own crown right as the walk in the door to the party. Great ice breaker and allows them to get use to the surroundings. Have some hats already cut and just staple to the child’s head size when they arrive.

This particular crown was fastened in the back with 2 brads but it would look just fine with staples. If you can’t tell, the hat is made from bulletin board boarder. School Supply companies have some up with so many creative bulletin board border options that it’s super fun looking for them. They generally come in packs of 12 strips and you can really only get one hat our of one strip. There is a bit of waste using these but the printed ones are so much cuter than the corrugated boarders that come in big rolls. But you certainly could use these for your Princess Crown. Just embellish…..embellish.

Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.

Queen of Hearts Invitation & Thank You Note

Queen of Hearts Invitation & Thank You Note

Queen of Hearts Invitation & Thank You Note

Whether you are planning a Princess Birthday Party or a Queen of Hearts Party, this invitation idea would totally work. We decided to name the party a Queen of Hearts party because we were inviting more boys to the party than girls and I wasn’t so sure the boys would be fired up about going to a Princess Party. To change the invitation for a Princess party, I would just change the colors a bit. With Queen of Hearts we used a lot of red and yellow or gold colors with favors and decorations.

To make these invitations, I bought these square invitations and envelopes at the stationery store. I drew and cut out the crown shaped invitations from the square knowing that it would already fit in the envelope. I seem to always have trouble finding envelopes for the invitations I make. Nice I didn’t have to make this one. Once I cut out one I used it as a template for the other invitations and for the than you notes with a little twist.

For the invitations, I cut out the crowns and then lightly painted around the edges with a pink color that coordinated with the envelope. The points were adorned with clear rhinestones. Because of the rhinestones, you’ll need to take them to the post office to be hand stamped and the cost will be a little extra for postage.

Thank you notes were dirived in a similar manner. I took the template and rather than cutting out the image, I painted lightly around the template. Since my daughter can’t write yet, I wrote the note and let her sign it.

Invitation Wording was done in a gothic type font and read like this:
Anne
AKA: Queen of Hearts
Commands you, her Knights & Maidens
To attend her 4th Birthday Party

Date
Time
Location
RSVP

These birthday party invitations were perfect and very easy to make!

Resources: Template for Crown Shape, Plain stationery paper and envelops found as many local stationery stores, Stones for embellishment found at Michaels.

Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.