Last Friday my sweet girl turned three, and on Saturday we celebrated with a princess party! Courtney is all about princesses these days, and dressing up in princess costumes, so of course that's the theme she wanted for her party. I thought I'd show you some of the ideas, in case you will be throwing a princess party of your own in the near future! :-)
First of all, we invited all of the little princesses and princes to come dressed up, if they wanted to. To go with their costumes, I made crowns for all the kids as party favors. My friend Julie helped me with lots of ideas, and finally I settled on this great tutorial from Jessica Levitt.
I used my Big Shot to cut out the felt flowers. I'm fairly new to sewing, but I think they turned out pretty cute!
To decorate the "ballroom", my sister Laura and I made a ton of tissue paper pompoms using Martha Stewart's tutorial. Laura also showed me a link where they hung streamers up on the ceiling, so we did that with some tablecover. Laura was my hero, she did all the hanging from way up on the ladder, yikes!**
You can also see all the finished crowns in the photo above. I made blue ones for the princes. Here's my prince wearing his crown earlier in the week:
I had two crafts for the kids to do. First, a magic wand. I got the idea for it on Just Mommies. They have a big pack of pretty pastel straws in the Target dollar spot right now, so that was perfect! (well, almost perfect - nonbendy straws would have been better!) I also found a pack of precut stars at a teacher supply store for $2, which was just easier than me having to cut them out myself. And of course I have a massive ribbon stash so I didn't have to buy anything new there!!
I wanted the second craft to appeal a bit more to the boys, so we did a shield. I have a massive stash of lightweight chipboard from all the paper packs I've bought over the past 10 years of papercrafting (!) so I used them as the base. I just drew a basic shield shape and cut them all out. Then the kids used squares of aluminum foil and a glue stick to cover the chipboard. I bought a pack of foam letters at the craft store that they used to add their name.
I cut out sandwiches with a glass slipper cookie cutter, and cheese with a crown.
And here's my princess with one of her sweet princess friends, having a ton of fun at her party!
Eating her birthday cake...
And opening presents.
Notice anything in these photos? Yes, my princess felt the need to change her clothes multiple times throughout the party! :-) And she got a blue Cinderella dress at the party from her Grammy, and has barely taken that one off since!
Courtney loved her party - throughout the afternoon, after everyone had gone home, she kept saying "Mommy I am so happy right now!!". Such a little sweetie!
And now the giveaway - I had a couple princesses cancel at the last minute, so I have an extra crown. If you'd like a crown for your own princess, leave me a comment by midnight CST Friday night mentioning who you'd like to have it for, and on Saturday I will draw a winner. The crown will probably fit ages 1-4. My son thought they were a little snug on his 5yr old head, so I made ones with longer elastic for the older kids. And keep in mind the sewing is not perfect. Or straight. LOL!
Thanks for stopping by!
** no, I did NOT buy all of those princess tables - my friend did for her daughter's party, and lucky me, I got to borrow them! :-)
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