Sofia the First has a new movie out, Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy. Thanks to inspiration from Disney Junior, my daughters and I hosted a movie premiere party with their friends and had a perfectly princessy afternoon!
Disney Junior provided us with a party kit through House Party. Since the moment that box landed on our doorstep, my girls could not wait to get the party started. Complete with paper crowns and tiaras, activity mats, cup wrappers, and food and party ideas, we knew the kit would help us throw a truly royal celebration. Thanks to the kit, we spent less than $50 to host a fabulous party for 15 girls that ended up being a great experience for the kids and moms alike.
Here’s how it all went down!
We invited our friends, telling them to wear their best princess garb. Some of the girls wore princess dress-up costumes, while others simply put on their prettiest dresses. I loved how excited and engaged they all were even before walking in the door. Of course each girl was crowned with a paper tiara upon arrival!
My daughters loved getting the house ready for the party, setting up the craft and food as well as taping on the cup covers that came in the party kit.
We decided to use the butterfly cutouts provided in the kit to make magic wands. I took a trip to the local craft store and purchased long, thin wooden dowels, glitter glue and lots of sparkly stickers. As the girls arrived, we ushered them to a large table where all the art supplies were ready to go, including markers we already owned. The girls got right down to decorating their butterflies. I helped them glue the butterflies to the dowels, using hot glue and adding purple ribbons when desired.
In addition to art supplies, the table was stocked with pretty tea sandwiches (peanut butter with purple jelly, of course!), perfectly princessy cookies, as well as a delicious punch made with pink lemonade, lemon-lime soda, and lime sherbet. The girls were happy snacking away on their princess treats while creating beautiful wands!
Once the dining and crafting were done, we settled in to watch Sofia’s latest adventures with her sister Amber and the evil Princess Ivy. Before we put on the movie, we read the storybook based on it, at which point there was some deep conversation about why Princess Ivy might be evil. It was adorable. Then we turned on the TV to watch Sofia! While the girls watched, we served them princessy popcorn (recipe below), which they loved as much as Sofia. Once the festivities were complete, we sent each girl home with a movie poster, activity mat, and Sofia the First stickers.
I must admit that, without the excuse of a party, there wouldn’t have been much fanfare around the Sofia movie premiere in our house, but I’m so glad there was. My girls had SO much fun preparing for the party and were giddy with excitement for weeks leading up to it. And all of the girls who came to the party had a blast every minute they were here.
I highly recommend having a few other parents on hand to help out with the crafting. I was very glad that some of the moms stayed for the party to pitch in with cutting and gluing.
With Disney Junior’s party kit, less than $50, and a lot of creativity and excitement, we definitely had the best Sofia the First movie premiere around!
Perfectly Princessy Popcorn
From Jane Maynard
- 1 cup un-popped popcorn
- 6 ounces candy melts (found at craft stores), pink or purple
- kosher salt
- Pop popcorn with whatever method you prefer. Place popcorn in a large bowl.
- Melt candy melts according to package directions. When melted, pour over the popcorn and then mix with your hands until evenly distributed throughout.
- Sprinkle liberally with colored sprinkles. Also sprinkle two pinches of kosher salt. Stir well with a spoon.
- Serves 15 little princesses!