Thursday, September 22, 2011

Princess Party Games

(See Previous Post for Decorations and Party Favors)

The Games for the party were simple, age-appropriate, and most importantly: Princessy

When each girl arrived, along with her Princess hat, wand, and skirt, she also had a princess crown to decorate with sticker gems, and color with markers.

We used those crowns for a fun game of "Pin the Crown on the Princess"

We decided that there was a tie, so two Princesses got to choose a jewel from the Royal Treasury (These were ring pops that I had re-packaged in clear cellophane bags and silver ribbon)

The poster was made from this picture that I took to Sam's Club and had made into a 20x30 inch poster. I had the option to put text on it. All I could think of was her name, and age 4. Later I thought that I should have had it say "Pin the Crown on the Princess"
It cost about $8.00 I think.

We had also used this same picture for her invitations. (Which I can't put a picture of because my camera battery charger is lost...)

Funny story: The dad of one of the girls who was invited went up to my niece at church on Sunday and said, "I saw your picture on an invitation. You looked so pretty all dressed up like Cinderella!" She just stared at him. I guess they do look a lot alike. (She's the one on the left. Other cousin is on the right)

The next game was my daughter's favorite: Duck, duck, goose. Except we played it, "Frog, frog, Prince!"

Then we tried to play "Princess may I?" (just like Mother May I). I was the princess, although around these parts, I'm usually referred to as "The Queen"

The only ones who really understood it were the 5 year olds... and it was getting hot, so we went back inside and played "Musical Thrones" to the sound of Ariel singing.

The girls had a great time. With those classic games (I remember playing them at parties when I was a little girl) you really don't need expensive party venues.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PRINCESS PARTY with (#28) Sixteen Princess Tutus and (#29) about that many Princess Party Hats & (#30) A Happy Birthday Banner

My little girl turned 4 this past month, and wanted a Princess Party. Our theme was a pretty generic pink princessy theme, but also a little bit Cinderella.
And it was full of lots of fun projects. I try not to go overboard on birthdays and spend a lot of money, but we love birthday parties in this family, so we also try to make it special. I think I found a pretty good balance here.
I'll start with the tutu skirts I made. I made 16...

That's right- 16!

These are super easy, and thank goodness, because I had a crazy week (kids started back to school, I taught a Relief Society class on gardening, went to 3 doctors appointments, baked a cake, a bunch of cookies, made princess hats, and oh, ya! I threw a Princess Party with 13 little 4 year old princesses!)
We put them over each chair. I had 3 little tables, but had to borrow some little chairs to make it 4-year old sized.

These just took 4 yards of pink tule, 5 bunches of pink flowers from Walmart, and 1 purple lei from Dollar Tree, (This would have been the best to use for all the flowers, but they only had 1 in a color that would work for this) and 8 yards of elastic.
Total Cost: $13.85
Total time: About 4-5 hours.
Totally Worth It!

I got RSVP's for a total of 13 girls, so we had a few extra, in case some showed up who forgot to RSVP.

The hats were made (after playing around with paper to get the pattern right) with poster board, stapled and hot-glued together. Then I embroidered each Princesses name on pink felt, and glued it onto the poster cone. Then I glued tule in the top, and elastic at the bottom.

I'm happy to report that not a single hat got broken during the party. The only thing that broke was the wands I bought from Target. I guess they were made in China. Definitely not as well made as the skirts and hats.
After each girl found her chair with her hat, wand, and skirt, they got to try them on in front of the magic mirror.

The other craft project I did was this "Happy Birthday" Banner. I had made it a few months ago for a friends surprise birthday party (it has more close-up pictures, and some fun ones about how we moved the furniture around), and meant, and still mean to embellish it with some ribbons and stuff (and then take some better pictures for you!)
When I made it, I did it double sided so that when it wasn't a birthday, I could hang it in the little girls playroom for just a cute year-round decoration. It really works, since I used the scraps from the toy kitchen I made, the girls aprons, and the baby's quilt and bumpers, so it all matches!
The only other decorations we used were a few pink balloons, and a Princess poster for a game.