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The Simplest Ways to Make the Best Princess Party {with free printables!}

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best Princess Party {with free printables!}
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It is so hard to believe that my baby girl is four because she acts like she is fourteen!

From wanting to wear heels and makeup to being a pretty princess she has my job cut out for me!  When she requested her birthday party be a princess party I cringed a little.  Just a little.  Who doesn't want to be a princess?

I was worried about pulling it off.

She also informed me that she was to have a rainbow cake covered in butterflies and flowers.  I accomplished the rainbow bit but butterflies and flowers was replaced with her adding her own touch of pizzazz with sprinkles and "fairy dust."

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best Princess Party opening gifts

Since this will be the first party that she got to invite friends and her birthday falls in a month with unfavorable weather conditions we opted to have the party someplace other than our house.

Besides, we were planning to have a family dinner the following evening so having another location makes it a true party weekend with less for me to clean up.

Location, Location, Location!

Once the theme was set we had to decide on a location. She is an ice cream fiend and even though she would have preferred Menchies, Malleys was a close second and way more accommodating for a princess party.  Besides, the place is already in her favorite color scheme!  And, I l-o-v-e Malley's.

Malleys sign

Malley's, by the way, was a brilliant choice.  Not only were they accommodating, super nice and they put her name on the marquee but it was reasonable (read: cheap).  Not charged for the space, and all we paid for was the ice cream.  It was absolutely fantastic!

Deciding on an activity. 

This is an old fashion ice cream parlor and the guests are preschoolers, a craft is a must. I found the perfect crown kits, that came with twelve crowns, twelve sheets of letters, twelve sheets of jewel stickers, and twelve sheets of foam sticky things.  And it was $7.25!

I found treat boxes that were the perfect size to put the crowns in and the decoration for the crowns plus some candy and bubbles.  While the kids waited for other guests to arrive and the ice cream they made their crowns.

making crowns

Photobooth, again?

I also wanted to do a photo booth with a princess theme and found a Disney princess backdrop that came with props.  The backdrop was huge!  The props were a good size put I added to it with my own ideas plus some word bubbles that said things like, Brains & Beauty and #EmbraceBossy.

princess prop pictures

I think I may have had way more fun planning this then I thought I would have but it helps when #DisneySide Celebrations posts were all over the web while planning for this party.  I got so many great ideas from other bloggers as well as the Disney Side Celebrations website.

Cake, cupcakes, ice cream or all three!

cake to go

Since there was going to be ice cream I really struggled with having cake at the party and opted to have cupcakes to go.  I know you are probably thinking, "Isn't there a-l-w-a-y-s ice cream?" And, yes there is but it is an ice cream parlor and they are preschoolers, I worried about to much sugar.

Okay, I worried about their parents and too much sugar and I was so right!  I didn't want to waste a whole cake.  This way they get their cake and eat it, too! If they filled up on ice cream and don't want a cupcake they could take it with them or if they ate half the cupcake then there was a to go container ready and waiting.   

Baby girl had her heart set on a rainbow cake so, I made rainbow (or tie dyed) cupcakes and topped them with a crown ring so they had one more item to add to their princess in a box kit.

rainbow #disneyside princess cupcakes


The Simplest Ways to Make the Best Princess Party invite printables

Click here for the printable invite

I made her invites and printed them on Avery Personal Creations Textured Postcards, rolled them like a scroll and tied them with a red ribbon for her to hand out to her friends.

I also saved the invite as an image and sent it via facebook to friends we would not see in person.

Goody Box 

goody box pictures for princess kit

The box I picked looked so plain plus I wanted to give instructions without actually instructing so I made a label!

The printable is for Avery Shipping Labels 5963 - AVE8163.
Printable Princess in a Box Label | iNeed a Playdate
Click here for the printable label

Rainbow Cake and Cupcakes

There are so many brilliant blogs and youtube videos that go into detail that I won't. I will share these tips:

Making a rainbow cake tips
  1. If you use egg whites - froth them first.  The layers hold up so much better.
  2. Use gel icing not liquid if you want rich colors with no additional mess plus it will not thin batter out.
  3. Make the cakes the night/day before or, if you must, let them completely cool.  Not 20 or 30 minutes after taking them out of the oven but several hours and maybe put them in the freezer.
  4. If you use to go boxes, open the boxes wide and place the cupcake in them before frosting and for goodness sakes - use a pastry bag! 
Cupcakes in boxes - iNeed a Playdate

Photo Booth Props

Disney Prop Printables
Click here for the printable

I really did love the backdrop with props I purchased so cheaply but I also had fun making and using the additional ones.  Plus the one I bought did not have a frying pan or an apple!  And, Baby Girl loves Daisy Duck

For more ideas...

Follow Mary Johnson's board Once Upon a Birthday Princess on Pinterest.

How do you show your princess side?

Party hostess showing off her #disneyprincess side

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