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We have a serious case of Disney princess-itis at my house. We have a little princess living among us, which she reminds us of daily. Most mornings I am woken up at 6:30 AM to help her get a princess dress on, and it stays on all day (unless she switches to a different princess, or heaven forbid I make her get dressed for preschool.) Needless to say, she was pretty excited when I told her we were going to have a princess slumber party to celebrate the release of the new Sleeping Beauty DVD. We had such a blast!!
When I start planning a party, I like to have a theme or inspiration to build from. For this party, my inspiration was one of Anna’s favorite bedtime stories, Aurora’s Slumber Party. The story comes from one of our favorite books, Disney Bedtime Favorites.
In the story, Aurora sends out invitations to her best friends (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) to join her for a Royal Sleepover. So I headed to Walmart with my little princess and we picked up these darling invitations and miniature wands for her friends.
We wanted each girl to come and be her favorite Disney princess for the evening, so we shopped for princess dresses in the Halloween costume section. The dresses were adorable (and affordable), and most of them came with a princess locket, which my daughter was completely obsessed with. In fact, I don’t think she’s taken hers off since the party!
The color scheme for the party was classic Sleeping Beauty… pink and blue (the colors of her ever-changing gown!) I picked up everything I needed for the party decor and food at Walmart. They have the cutest paper straws and tableware, plus all the princess-themed party supplies from American Greetings. I grabbed some stickers for our party favors, and gift bags to create some easy princess artwork! From now until Oct. 31, you can grab an in-store coupon in the party aisle for $3 off your $10 purchase of Disney party supplies (at participating Walmart stores.)
For the party menu, we decided to keep with the story and let the girls make their own strawberry shortcakes. In the book, Fauna accidentally gets a dollop of whipped cream on Aurora’s face and everyone breaks out in giggles! At our party, we served individual angel food cakes, fresh strawberries and cream. It was a hit with everyone! We served pink lemonade in these darling paper cups and pink paper straws:
One of my favorite decorations from the party are these sparkly, glitter-dipped balloons:
I made them with this chunky glitter, sequins, and mod podge, found in the craft section. The glitter makes them heavier on on the bottom, so I strung them up like a chandelier in the entry (with Command ceiling hooks) and hung them from our light in the dining room. You can find all the Command party products in the party aisles at Walmart. They are lifesavers when it comes to party decor! And I seriously LOVE these balloons!
When the guests arrived, I had them all gather upstairs in the princess “dressing area” and I handed out each princess gown. They also received a large gift bag with their name on it to keep their clothes and other party favors in as the night went along.
Look how cute they all look in their princess dresses… They were in heaven!
Once they were all dressed, it was time to go to the Royal Ball! My sister transformed my basement into a princess dance club, complete with disco ball, LED lights, and glow necklaces for all of the princesses. They all screamed when they saw it!!
Aren’t those glow stick lanterns cool? I picked those up at Walmart too! And the best part is, I can reuse the lantern attachments with regular glow stick bracelets for my next party! When they were all tired and hungry from dancing, we headed back upstairs for storytime and dessert. This is when I read them the story, Aurora’s Slumber Party, and then we all enjoyed a delicious strawberry shortcake. One of the best parts of the story is when Aurora and the fairies have a huge PILLOW FIGHT!
You know the girls wanted to try it out for themselves…
This was definitely one of the favorite activities of the night! After the pillow fight, I had all of the girls get their blankets and pillows and make a bed on the floor to watch the movie. Of course, this night wouldn’t be complete without watching the new Sleeping Beauty Diamond edition DVD.
Since this was actually a “late night” slumber party, the girls parents came to pick them up before bedtime. But we weren’t done just yet…
No party is complete without party favors!
I set up a “sweet treat” table where the girls were able to create their own party favors. Earlier during the party, each girl decorated her own candy cup with princess stickers. When the parents arrived, the girls filled up their cups with as much candy as their little hearts desired! Then I tied them up and added them to their party bags. The candy bar was a BIG hit!
I think it’s safe to say that all nine of these girls had a great time! One of the moms told me later that on the way home from the party her daughter said, “That was the best night of my life!”
So, when you are getting ready to plan your next kids’ soiree, keep this PARTY CHECKLIST in mind:
1. Choose your inspiration or theme, and incorporate it into the party decor & activities.
2. Create a guest list and hand out your invitations.
3. Determine your color scheme.
4. Plan your menu with foods that are easy to eat and that most kids will enjoy.
5. Buy paper products to make clean up easy!
6. Create a few “statement” decorations (like my glitter balloons), but buy the smaller items to save time!
7. Plan activities that your guests will enjoy – create an experience for them, rather than a series of unrelated crafts and games.
8. Have a fun party favor for your guests to take home, and if possible, let them help make it.
9. After the party, make sure to send out thank you notes to all your guests… after all, every princess says please & thank you!
10. Enjoy the party with your child! Don’t let the stress of planning the event take away from the joy they are experiencing.
What is your best kids’ party advice?
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