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12 Enchanting Princess Party Ideas

A princess party is a fun theme for elementary school age kids, but really, the fascination with royalty crosses the boundaries of time, age, and gender. A princess party is an opportunity to get dressed up, escape the real world, and rule a magical kingdom! 

Ready to plan something special for your child’s next birthday? Check out this list of fun princess-themed party ideas!

Princess Party Ideas for Kids

Here are twelve princess party ideas to create wonderful memories for years to come.

1. Watch a Favorite Princess Movie

Whether it’s Cinderella, Mulan, or Tiana, center a princess party around watching a favorite princess movie. Or for an older crowd, why not watch a documentary about a real-life princess? Whichever princess sets the theme for your party, choose food and decorations to follow suit. For example, screening a documentary about modern day British royalty calls for tea, biscuits, and displaying the Union Jack flag. Watching Beauty and the Beast calls for an all-out “Be Our Guest” moment: offer fine French food, patisseries, and fancy linen napkins!

2. Spin Art

Not all princess birthday party ideas have to be completely centered around princesses themselves. Creating lovely art can be a wonderful addition to a princess party. After all, princesses through the years have traditionally sat to have their portraits painted. But instead of a stuffy old portrait, make it abstract! At Spin Art Nation, instructors help kids create a unique and colorful piece of art to treasure and take home. Pick colors in the color palette of their favorite Disney princess, like red, green, and purple for The Little Mermaid. Or go wild with the whole rainbow! Book your next birthday party in San Antonio or Atlanta today!

3. Dress Up

A dress up party is a chance to express your creativity, and it’s fun for all ages. Each guest can dress up as their favorite prince or princess. There are so many variations on a princess costume, and each contributes to different princess party theme ideas. Tell your guests to go for a traditional princess look (a flowing pink gown and sparkling gold tiara) or open it up to alternative types of princesses. Why not go for a goth-chic spider princess costume or a sci-fi alien princess look? A princess costume party isn’t just perfect for Halloween, it’s great any time of the year!

4. Hire a Party Princess

For preschool age kids, hiring a party princess (or several) to talk with the kids and take photos with them is like having Disneyworld in your own backyard. An actor dressed up as a specific princess will absolutely delight a younger crowd, especially for a princess-themed birthday. Guests can take pictures and talk with the “princesses.” And every princess needs a castle: a bounce castle rounds out the most perfect birthday ever.

5. Decorate!

For princess party decoration ideas, you can’t go wrong with a gold and pink color palette. Hang streamers and balloons. For the dining area, lay out matching princess-themed paper napkins and plates, or go fancy with lace tablecloth and fine china. As far as homemade princess party decoration ideas go, consider tabletop confetti made from hole punched pink construction paper. Or go above and beyond by making custom banners with a royal emblem of your own design, perhaps featuring the face of the birthday star! Hoist the colors when the guests make their entrance, and formally announce the guests as they arrive as Prince or Princess (name) of (residence).

6. Visit an American Castle

While the U.S. doesn’t have any official royal castles, there are some estates that are just as impressive. American “castles” include The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina and Bannerman Castle in Beacon, New York. A small group tour is a wonderful activity for a princess-themed party: learn about the history of these enchanting mansions, perhaps they did host real American royalty at one point!

7. Special Invitations

When it comes to Disney princess birthday party ideas, special invitations are a must! Sending paper invitations is becoming a lost art in the age of texting and emails, but receiving a party invitation in the mail will light up a kid’s face. It makes them feel valued and special, and can be kept as a keepsake for years to come. Note the time, date, location, R.S.V.P. date, and any other relevant information or requests on the invites. For example, mention whether a meal will be served, if there is a dress code, and what princess party games to expect. Choose an invitation design that matches with your Disney princess party decoration ideas: you may choose just one princess to feature in your party theme, or multiple!

8. Party Favors

To welcome each guest as they arrive, crown them! Putting a sparkly tiara or crown upon their head is a way to set the mood immediately. If you want to go all out, give them a wand, too! Crowns and wands (even if made out of construction paper) will make each guest feel special and happy to be there. They double as party favors to take home. Other party favors may include a goody bag full of candy, bubbles, Play-Doh, temporary tattoos, or plastic sunglasses.

9. Go Glam with Hair, Makeup, and Painted Nails

Of course, if The Princess Diaries movies have taught us anything, it’s that there is more to being a princess than the glitz and glam. But for a party, that’s the fun part! For an older child’s party, set up a day-spa at your home, complete with a nail polish station, hair accessories, makeup to play with, and moisturizing face masks (with cucumbers over the eyes, of course). This type of pampering is super fun for teenagers who can’t wait to act like grown ups. And for those a bit older, go to a real spa and get it all done professionally! Don’t forget to take tons of pictures!

10. Ballroom Dance Class

For a truly elegant experience, have party guests all take a ballroom dance class! Whether they learn just a few steps or a whole routine, it’s a fun opportunity to wear a long dress and twirl about doing the waltz. Go to a ballroom, or hire a dance teacher to come to your home and give a quick lesson. Be sure to state on the invitations if certain shoes are required. If you host at your home, clear a large space beforehand. Get ready to waltz!

11. Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake decorating is a fun, hands-on activity for a princess-themed party. Strawberry cake and icing fits a pink theme. Or have food dye on hand to color white icing any color the guests choose. Browse the baking aisle to find Disney princesses cupcake toppers and liners, sprinkles, and other edible goodies to deck out the cupcakes. Be sure to ask about any guests’ food allergies or dietary restrictions before shopping for ingredients.

12. Hang a Piñata

Most party stores have piñatas available in the shape of a character from a favorite Disney movie. Fill the piñata with goodies like costume jewelry and candy. Offer princess-themed goody bags to put the piñata contents in. Hang it in a safe area where kids can take their best swing (backyards or parks with lots of space are ideal). Make sure to have the baseball bat and blindfold ready! If the kids strike out after a few swings, be ready to point them in the right direction.

How to Prepare for a Princess Party

To prepare for a princess party, know that some guests might use it as an excuse to unleash their inner diva. As the parent hosting the party, gently remind attendees to use their best manners, because that’s what real princesses do! 

In addition to mentally preparing, here are some items a parent will need for a successful princess party:

  • A good party includes food, beverages, decorations, activities, and party favors. If you ask guests to supply their own costumes or supplies, make sure to have some extras on hand so no one feels left out. “Princess” food can be all-out gourmet, or keep it simple and dainty with cupcakes and finger sandwiches.
  • Glitter might be tempting to include in your princess party decor ideas, but it can be difficult to get out of your hair and carpets. But if your princess insists on glitter, it’s manageable with patience, a duster, and a good vacuum.
  • Have plenty of hand sanitizer and surface wipes to clean hands, tables, and door knobs after the party concludes.
  • Pump the music! Have a playlist of Disney songs from princess movies on rotation. Get ready to hear the iconic Frozen song on repeat!
  • Have the cell phone numbers of all the guests’ parents on hand in case of emergency.
  • Extra helping hands! Don’t be afraid to ask for help from guests’ parents if you need it.

And of course, flexibility. Sometimes things run late or activities don’t go as planned. That’s okay! An upbeat attitude (helped along by upbeat music) keeps the good vibes flowing.

Create Royal Art at Spin Art Nation

Take the burden off hosting and let Spin Art Nation throw your next party! Create a party favor to take home with you – a memento of a certain birthday, time with friends, or creative expression. It’s empowering to take an idea and bring it to life for kids of any age. Host your party at our San Antonio or Atlanta studio for an unforgettable princess party. Make your reservation today!

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