Princess Party 3yr - Princess Doll Cake
Vanessa in Oceanside, CA USA
PRINCESSES AND PIRATES--3 yr This is a terrific website and I really enjoyed seeing what everyone else did before I began to plan my own. My daughter really wanted a "princess party" since she had been to one for her friend and I told her if she could master potty training she could have her party--she must have wanted this party pretty bad because she worked really hard! I knew I had to give her this party but I was VERY sick the month before and actually ended up putting this together two weeks before the date with less than $500.00 including her presents (I wanted to mention this because in reading this site my two questions were always 'how long did that take?' and 'how much did this cost you?') I didn't want to leave any of her little boy friends out, so instead of princes, I did pirates!! The little boys loved it!!
INVITATIONS: I used cardstock that looked like parchment and printed out on my computer "Hear Ye Hear Ye! All fair princesses and fearless pirates! The Princess Sydney requests your presence at a party for her 3rd birthday on the (date) from (time) at the (your name) castle. Festivities will include games, cake, treats and food fit for little royals and scalywags as well as Kings and Queens. Please feel free to dress in your finest princess and pirate attire if you so please." I burned the edges of the invites to make them look old and rolled them into scrolls and sealed them with a wax stamp I had (you could also use a sticker) We delivered invites by hand. My daughter got to dress up in her favorite dress up dress and take them to all her little friends. I swear this was her favorite part of the whole thing.
LOCATION/DÉCOR: I had the party at my parents home because they have a much bigger yard and a terfffic play structure for my daughter that I transformed into a "pirate fort" with flags and pirate signs. I didn't do too much decorating. The most eloborate part was the entrance where I put out arch on the walkway and covered it in white tule. The guests passed under in and then walked a "red carpet" made out of plastic red tablecloths taped to the walkway. I left the front door open and printed a big sign "Welcome to the castle" There was a basket at the front door for the kids to grab either a tiara or pirate mask/eye patch when they walked in. All the activity was held in the backyard so I used several tables and set up kids tables, adult tables and food tables all covered in plastic pink tablecloths and balloons. The birthday cake was made by my mother, she purchased one of the Betty Crocker cake pans that lets you fill the inside and used the dome section to make a half-round cake and created/decorated a 'princess cake" in which the actual cake is the skirt of a doll that is down through the middle of the cake. She decorated the skirt cake in pink and purple frosting--it was so cute!
FOOD: I knew parents would be attending (I wanted it that way) so I knew we needed really great food. I decided to set up two different food selections; kids and adults. For the kids I served pb&j sandwiches cut into stars, goldfish crackers, potato chips, little watermelon wedges, and pirate and princess fruit snacks. The adults had hot wings (HUGE hit with the dads), turkey wraps, chips and salsa, potato chips, sliced cantaloupe and watermelon, and cookies. For beverages I had a big tub filled with ice, sodas and juice boxes and since it was really hot, we set up a smoothie bar. We had two blenders filled with different kinds of smoothie and I had someone in charge of just making sure fresh ones got made every 1/2 hour or so. For that we had margarita glasses for adults and little plastic tumblers for the kids. This was a total smash hit for both ages. Everything was finger food, no utensils!
ACTIVITES/ITENRARY:The party was 3 hours long with activies about every 1/2 hour. When the guests first arrived I shuffled all the kids to one of the tables outside and we decorated cookie "wands" I created by baking sugar cookies cut into the shape of stars and then sticking dowels into them while they were still hot from the oven. Once they finished decorating, we set the cookies inside to dry and wrapped them up to take home. We then broke out the food for everyone and let the kids play and eat for about 30 minutes. I then gathered all the kids around played "find Snow White's apples"--basically an treasure hunt to find hidden plastic apples all throughout the yard I had hidden earlier. There was one apple for each child (I didn't want more than that since we had older kids who I knew would hog all the apples from the littler ones if given the chance.) The plastic apples were filled with play dough as a fun suprise. After the apple hunt, we played "Pin the crown on the princess" using a blown up picture of Sleeping Beauty and crowns made out of construction paper. This was a super hit. Next we opened presents and then let the kids play a bit more. Then, my husband set up our super suprise. We inflated the bounce house my father purchased at a local warehouse store for the kids. This did not cost me anything, which was great, but I know in my area, they rent for about $80. The kids went nuts bouncing for about 30 minutes and then it was time to cut the cake. When the cake was finished, then came the last and final suprise. I rented a princess costume and hired one of my babysitters to come dressed up--She gathered the children around for Princess and Pirate story time and then helped me paint all the little girls nails while the pirates went out and played in the "pirate fort." That pretty much filled our three hours and soon it was time for departures. Each child recieved a goodie bag. In the princess bags went ring pops, cinderella crayons, princess bouncy balls, candy necklaces, bubbles and princess stickers. The pirates went away with ring pops, chocolate gold coins, bubbles, pirate pencils, mini swords, and ready to assemble mini airplanes. All in all it was a terrific party! We probably won't be able to top it for a while, but my little girl certainly knew she was the princess of the day!
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