Celebrate your little princess by inviting all of her friends over for a queen’s tea at your “palace.” Encourage guests to come dressed up in their frilliest frocks (crowns, wands, ballgowns—anything goes at a princess tea party!). Then roll out the red carpet and set your fanciest china for this elegant and action-packed event.
The key to this party is preparation. Plan a loose schedule of activities so you’ll have a sense of how the party will flow.
Tip #1: Set up an activity table so kids have something to do as they arrive.
Prepare a table with foam wands from the craft store and all the fixings your royal maidens will need to decorate them: adhesive jewels, sparkly stickers, glitter glue, googly eyes, and washable markers.
Tip #2: Make sure all supplies are out and ready to go for each game or craft.
Your little princesses will have a royally good time making necklaces out of candy. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Red or black string licorice
- Cereal with holes, such as Fruity Cheerios (for extra impact divide by color into separate bowls)
- Candy: Lifesavers, gummy rings, sour candy belts, yogurt-covered mini pretzels, fruit leather
Before the party, cut all sour candy belts and fruit leather into small squares and poke a hole through each square with a toothpick. Cut several lengths of red and black string licorice. Help each child begin by tying a Lifesaver onto one end of the licorice so the candy doesn’t fall off as it’s strung.
Tip #3: Keep ‘em moving. Depending on the age of the children, activities should only last from 10-30 minutes. Younger kids won’t be able to sustain focus or sit still for very long.
Pin the Crown on the Princess
This party game is a classic for a reason: kids love it. Buy a poster of a princess or make your own by blowing up a photo of the birthday girl dressed in her royal finest. Cut crown shapes out of shiny, gold craft paper and stick a piece of double-sided tape to the back of each one. The children take turns putting on a blindfold and trying to stick the crown atop the princess’s head. Whoever gets their crown closest is the winner.
Your royal subjects will be thrilled to sit down to a beautifully decorated table laden with goodies. Don’t hold back here: the more over-the-top, the better.
- Line the table with a lace tablecloth and tie a tulle table skirt around its legs.
- Set tea sandwiches out on silver trays.
- Serve sweet treats on tiered platters and cake stands covered with doilies
- Buy a small porcelain child’s tea set and serve each guest pink lemonade or sweetened chamomile tea from a china teapot.
- Scatter glittery party favors—tiaras, beaded necklaces, bright-colored rings, sparkly sunglasses—around each table setting.
- Drape strands of pearls over chandeliers or mirrors.
- Stick to a color scheme for the décor and the treats (hint: pink is always a hit!).
- Arrange small bunches of roses in mason jars or antique tea cups.
- For more inspiration, check out this treasure trove of princess tea party ideas.