Who doesn't love a fairy tale? The magic, tulle, and lights... the glitter, glitz, and glamour - it's all there with this fairy tale princess birthday party. We're sharing the best ideas below with everything you'll need to throw the daintiest party for princesses of any age.
When I was deciding on the theme for my daughter's 6th birthday party, I knew I wanted it to be magical. There's something special about turning 6 with new friends and a bit of nostalgia all tied into one. We brought in a special guest to help spread some magic, but that's definitely not necessary depending on your budget. For more creative ideas check out the balloon barn or the adopt an animal foam backdrop from our 'Two the Farm' and 'Young Wild and Three' birthday parties!
Decor and Table Settings
One of my favorite pieces of party planning is creating a list of all of my decor ideas. I often use my notes app on my iPhone - it's just an easy place to keep everything together. A few of my favorite decor and table setting items from our princess birthday party were the glitter light-up marquee and the princess centerpieces we added to the tables that were on cardstock.
Pairing your decor with fresh cut flowers always adds a nice touch, especially when you want to add pops of color on your tables. We always get our flowers from Sam's Club or Trader Joe's because they have a great selection year-round, but any floral store would do.
One of our most-used purchases when it comes to throwing parties is our tent. It's easy to pop up and compact when it comes to storage.
The sweetest balloon arch was from Lushra. It was a breeze to put together and we just added a couple of extra balloons to provide some height since the party was outdoors. The base arch was perfect, it's so easy when they have the kits ready to go for you with different color combinations. We added a few extra crown and character balloons along with a number 6 balloon to make it a bit more custom.
Our Princess Birthday Cake
I used a local bakery to create my daughter's cake. One of my favorite pieces was the edible gold flakes they sprinkled on top - a fan favorite, for sure. This topper was stunning and really made it so special!
I love making the cake a focal point on the desserts table, making food a part of the decor is an easy way to dress up a table! The banner behind the table was so fun, we went with the 7x5 size. We also put a golden candelabra with pink candles on the table and
Food for a Princess Party
Since we decided on an early afternoon party, we went with some sweet treats and princess crown sandwiches. The girls loved reading the themes for each food item. We had Princess themed sugar cookies in different dress designs, donuts on clear acrylic towers, cupcakes with these toppers and rice krispie treats for the sweets table. The pink and gold forks were adorable!
Each food was paired to a princess and something from her story. The donut towers represented Rapunzel's tower, the rice krispies acted as 'brooms' for Cinderella, Tiana had macarons and Ariel's dinglehoppers made an appearance as forks with marshmallows and sprinkles. The girls all loved the play on words and guessing which part of the movie or book the treats were from!
For the lunch table, we had sandwiches cut out with a crown cookie cutter, Snow White's 'apples' with dipping caramel, and strawberries. Birthday parties have a lot of sweets but it's always nice to include a few savory items or at least some veggies and fruits as options.
Princess Sugar Cookies
Claire made the cookies for the party using our sugar cookie and royal icing recipes. They were so fun to make! These are the cookie cutters she used, there are some fun sets on amazon too. To make princess sugar cookies, pick which princesses you want to prioritize and then decorate the cookie with that color, making it look like her dress. I would recommend limiting it to 2-3 princesses, just because the more colors of icing you need, the more icing you'll have to make and the longer it will take to make them. You could also use basic shapes and simplify them or find a local baker. Sugar cookies can make great party favors!
Activities and Party Favors
One of the biggest pieces of our fairy tale princess party was Cinderella herself! I used a local company and she was here for an hour. The girls were pampered with a manicure and given the opportunity to spend time with her, which was a core memory for everyone.
Additionally, each girl left with the cutest jewelry box filled with goodies. I used these wooden jewelry boxes and filled them each with a ring pop, a small pearl bracelet and princess stickers for each of the girls to take home.
Thinking of throwing a fairy tale princess party?
- Determine your budget ahead of time! There are so many fun options and decor items that you can add to your party without breaking the bank. Check local stores, thrift stores, and Amazon for the best deals.
- Don't be afraid. Parties don't have to be extravagant to be memorable and fun - use your child's imagination to help! You'll be surprised how much they love to help.
Birthday parties are so much fun. We hope this helps you plan the most magical celebration for your little princess!