I am starting to plan my daughter's 4th Birthday. She wants to invite a few friends from school and she wants to have a princess theme. Does anyone have any cute, cheap ideas for her party? I was hoping to only spend about $30 and I was planning on inviting about 7 girls (I know that seems a lot but we will be having her party in the summer and figured only about half will show up!). Thank you!
Jennifer from PA
Have them dress up in your clothes. (07/17/2007)
I had a princess party for my oldest when she was five. It was a lot of fun. (My son dressed up as prince charming!) All of the little girls came in their prettiest princess dresses.
I bought princess tiaras and cheap plastic play jewelry for all the girls. I gave each girl a tiara, but for the other jewelry I incorporated it into a game of musical chairs. I put a necklace or bracelet on each chair, and whichever chair the girls sat on, they got to put on the jewelry.
I also made a "pin the kiss on the frog" game. I made a large frog out of green paper, and made little lips out of red paper. The girls stuck the lips on the frog just like you would in pin the tail on the donkey. We also played whisper down the alley and I had a pinata shaped like a crown.
I made a birthday cake shaped like a castle that was a big hit. I made one large square cake, and one smaller square cake. I put the small one in the center of the large one and iced them. Then I took 5 sugar-cones and iced the outside of the cone and covered them in sparkly sprinkles. I turned the cones upside down and put one on each corner of the large cake, and one in the center of the small cake. I then took toothpicks and some paper and made tiny flags, and stuck them into the tips of the ice-cream cones. Then I just sprinkled pink sparkly sugar all over the cake and added a few windows and doors with brown icing, and it looked great! All the moms were amazed, but it was actually really easy.
A few extra things I did (but were rather pricey) were, I hired a woman who came to the party dressed as Cinderella and did magic tricks ($150.00), and I purchased a big blow-up castle that had tunnels and rooms for the kids to crawl through ($80.00). (07/18/2007)
By mom of 3
Thanks to all. The ideas are helpful. I, too, thought about doing the dress-up, along with face painting, make-up center and art, with princess and prince for the boys coloring sheets. I am a teacher, so I know centers work well. I am having pink cupcakes shaped like a crown with Princess Payton on top. It is her first birthday, so less mess maybe. (06/24/2008)
By ALMETRIA RUDD
A few well chosen songs or a soundtrack to Cinderella can provide a "ballroom" feel and make a fun video as the princesses dance. Also, have a few Princess themed books to have a mom read to the kids during a lull. Nail painting and a photo session are also fun and cheap. Just make sure you have helping hands. Consider letting the kids decorate a homemade, pink frosted cake. (01/16/2010)
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