Tallulah Lois, my youngest of three, is definitely the princess of the family. So, it was only fitting that she asked for a princess party for her third birthday. Considering we had recently seen the newer Cinderella and loved it, that seemed a fitting pick for the theme! So I chose a real woodland feel, reminiscent of Cinderella’s childhood.
Before a party, I like to first go around the house and see what I can find that would make a great addition to the decor. For example, I love the eclectic, homemade feel of mismatched table clothes and chairs.
We hosted the party on our back patio and the meadow in our yard. It was chilly, so the fireplace (in addition to providing a twee touch) came in handy.
For the woodland theme, I went to the local craft store to pick up moss and decorative birds and butterflies. Paper decor is also a great way to decorate and is so budget-friendly!
It’s always nice to have an activity planned to keep the kids engaged. We painted bird houses that they could take home, and made a call to the local character company to arrange a little visit from Cinderella herself. It worked out perfectly. When Cinderella turned the corner, the kids were ecstatic. Especially Tallulah! Cinderella sang and danced with them, they played a game together, and had their faces painted. It was a hit!
When it comes to food, it’s fun to get creative. Instead of serving ice cream with the cake, I made shakes and served them in cute milk bottles.
It all came together perfectly. My secret? To me the magic of childhood is make-believe, imagination, dressing up, and being in nature … and I love to nurture that.
Here are a few tips for creating an unforgettable party:
- Keep it simple. Try to utilize what you have around the house! Don’t be afraid to mix and match table clothes, tables, and chairs —it gives the party a more personal feel.
- Make it easy on yourself. You want to enjoy the party, too! Minimal mess is key — get creative, like serving milk shakes instead of ice cream. And always prep ahead of time as much as you can.
- Keep the kids entertained with a craft or game. (This will help with keeping the mess out of the rest of your house, too.) I put a table outside, covered it with paper, and let them go crazy coloring it! Another option is to get a big poster and let all of the guests around the table color it in for the birthday girl or boy to keep.
Here are some easy-to-find supplies I used to help make this party a reality (I found most at Jo-Ann but a lot of these are standard at any craft store.):
And the rest was happily ever after!More On