Once upon a time, I had a Princess birthday party for my 4 year old. It was the first birthday party I had ever planned. Needless to say I was very stressed.
During my party planning research, I came across some wonderful internet sites that helped me.
Here are some of my favorite sites and lessons learned to help you in planning your next Princess-themed party:
Printable Princess Invitations
Here are some of my favorite sites for free and low-cost printable invitations:
HP.com – Hewlett Packard’s site offers a free “Glamour Princess Party Kit”. Included is a downloadable Gemstone Purse and invitation and envelope (and can also be personalized – can’t save it though), party planner and game sheet, goodie bag with tags, jewel stickers, Princess tiara and wand, banner flags, table decoration, and even cupcake toppers.
Disney-Stationery.com – This site has a cute free printable Disney Princess invitation. Be sure to check out their other free printables.
Invitationland.com – This site has a really cute Princess invitation template that can be personalized. Membership is $9.99 for six months or $12.99 for a one-year.
Easy Princess Party Decorations
I really didn’t want to drive around town searching for party decorations. So, about two weeks before the party, I ordered the decorations and party favors from Factory Card & Party Outlet. I did a promo code search and was able to get free shipping.
I also went to my local Dollar Store to get other decoration items such as crepe paper, a Princess birthday banner, and decorative weights to hold the balloons on the table.
I decorated our dining room with streamers and lots of balloons. I had a balloon attached to each guest chair, on the tables, and the mailbox. I bought a helium tank from Wal-Mart for about $20. You can inflate about 30 balloons with this.
Princess Party Decorating Ideas Online
BirthdayPartyIdeas.com – This site provides all kinds of party ideas that have been submitted by their readers. Lots of different ideas for decorating, what to serve, party games and more.
PrincessTreasureChest.com – This is a very helpful site that includes information on everything you need to know to have a successful Princess birthday party. I especially like their Printable Party Checklist that gives you a specific timeline of what needs to happen.
The Princess Birthday Cake
If this is your first time making a themed birthday cake, do not wait until the morning of the party to bake the cake. I did this and it was a disaster!
The good news was I still made the cake in time for the party. Fortunately, my husband went to the grocery store and bought some frozen sheet cakes from the bakery. I then followed the directions for making the princess castle cake.
So, my advice is give yourself plenty of time and start off with a easy themed cake to make. Here are two sites that I found helpful for ideas on making a Princess-themed cake:
BettyCrocker.com – You’ll find lots of helpful tips and ideas for planning your next princess party. From creative cakes to festive party favors, you find lots of cute party ideas. They also include video instructions on how to make their themed cakes. I’ve made their ‘Fairy Tale Princess Cake’ and ‘Pink Castle Cake’.
Coolest-Birthday-Cakes.com – This site is includes pictures and instructions on how to make all types of themed birthday cakes.
Princess Party Craft Activity
Party-themed picture frames – Since the party was going to be attended by the 4 and under crowd, the craft couldn’t be too complicated. I found some really cute Princess-themed cardboard picture frames with stickers from Oriental Trading Company. Then you can take a picture of all the Princesses together and then print out the picture before they leave so they can include it in the frame.
Fun-Kids-Birthday-Party-Ideas.com – This site has instructions and supply lists for how to make a Princess Tiara, Princess Jewelry Box, and a Princess Purse.
AllFreeCrafts.com – More cute ideas for party games and crafts. Featuring party games such as “Musical Princess Slipper” and “Pin the Crown on the Frog”.
Even though I presented a half-frosted Princess castle cake, the party was a success! What I discovered was that all the hard work that went into preparing for the party was well worth it. Everyone had fun and even my castle cake was a hit with the kids, parents, and most importantly, my daughter.