Wanna go broke and crazy? Throw multiple kid’s parties within two months of each other! That will teach you a lesson! I’ve come to the conclusion that with 3 kids this is the last year I will attempt to throw a big party for each my kiddos. I’m completely wiped out, financially and emotionally….but I digress, you didn’t come here to read about my entertaining woes, you came to party!
We celebrated my daughter’s birthday last weekend and it was a huge success, so of course I wanted to share our ideas for creating a sweet little Princess Party for a 4 year old. Hope these ideas inspire your next fiesta!
Princess Party Ideas
I was a tomboy as a child, so nurturing my daughter’s love of all things princess has been a learning experience for us both. After her brother’s dinosaur themed party back in April, Clara announced she wanted a princess party. True to my nature I got cracking on dreaming up activities and decorations that would satisfy both her wishes and my aesthetic snobbery…..here is how it all played out:
- Decorate Your Own Crown I ordered some simple reflective crowns from Oriental Trading Company along with adhesive jewels and stickers. Hand a child a crown and ask them to decorate it.
- Jewelry Dress-Up Since it was a hot day I wanted the girls to be able to dress-up without getting in and out of princess outfits. To do this I created a jewelry station with necklaces, rings, bracelets, wands, and clip-on earrings. This was a hit even with the boys. I guess you can never go wrong with shiny objects!
- Sword Decorating (for the boys) Like the jewelry, this became a cross gender hit! I originally ordered these decorate your own sword crafts for the boys but the girls all asked if they could make one too. Another hit from Oriental Trading Company.
- Hair and Nail Glamour I didn’t end up putting out this activity because it was so hot we decided to have water play instead. Still if I was to throw this party during a colder time of year this would be the perfect add-on. The idea was to paint the girls’ nails, put glitter in their hair with hairspray, and do a little face painting. I’m saving my supplies for a girly playdate!
- Tattoos Kids + Tattoos= Happiness. Enough said?
- Piñata We went to a fabulous piñata store here in the Valley and picked up a gargantuan Rapunzel piñata for $15. We typically bring out the piñata when it’s time to corral the kids into one central area. I’m always amazed at how calm they are waiting for the piñata to break open. After that, its complete bedlam!
- Water Play The day before our party the outdoor temperature here in the Valley was in the hundreds. Our house is way too small to host an indoor party so we broke out every water play activity we could think of including two kiddie pools, a slip ‘n slide, and sprinklers. The kids eagerly participated in water play!
- Crepe Paper, Crepe Paper, Crepe Paper For this party my mother-in-law and I went a little nuts with the crepe paper. It’s so inexpensive and a great way to dress up your home with a little color. We “candy coated” the columns on our backyard porch with by wrapping crepe paper stripes around them. My mother-in-law made sweet little hanging streamers that we placed in the trees. For our outdoor shed, AKA playhouse, we cut strips of paper and stapled them to the siding for a rainbow effect.
- Flowers As usual I fluttered around our yard clipping flowers and herbs to place in mason jars on tables around the party. 10 minutes of prep time, detailed looking results!
- Beach Balls These were a huge hit at Clara’s birthday party last year so this year I ordered Princess themed beach balls. They were a little small but the kids liked throwing them and they added a little flair to the pool play.
Clara had a fabulous time at her party and I’m happy it went off without any major hitches. Check back next week when I share some of my tips for de-stressing your next party!
Do you have good idea for a Princess party activity or decoration? Leave a comment below!