Games and Activities:
Bubbles and body jewels are always a big hit, and both are perfect party starters. Let those who arrive early get be-jeweled and play with bubbles while they wait for all the guests to arrive.
Gather all the fun dress-up clothing you can find (or borrow from friends)…fun, frilly dresses (size is completely irrelevant), feather boas, faux fur wraps, high-heeled play shoes, capes, etc. As each guest arrives, invite her into the royal wardrobe to “dress up”. After each guest has selected an outfit befitting a princess, apply some royal makeup…and crown her with a Tiara. We offer some wonderful princess costumes that would make a delightful gift for the birthday Princess, and would be terrific additions to a dress-up box.
Palace Parade – After all the party guests have dressed up, have the birthday child lead a palace parade through the backyard or through the house with the help of a tambourine or other musical instrument. The beaming smiles of the children during the spirited parade will provide a perfect photo opportunity and some priceless video footage.
Dragon Egg Hunt – This castle version of a classic egg hunt is a kingdom-wide search for dragon eggs as opposed to Easter eggs. Make a proclamation stating that the Queen has asked all her subjects to help…a new batch of fire-breathing dragons is about to hatch in her magical kingdom! Use plastic Easter eggs, and for each egg found, reward the children with one golden chocolate coin or wrapped piece of candy. This game is a perfect lead in for the next game.
Slay the Dragon – Prior to the party, fill approximately 3-4 pink or lavender water Balloons per child. After all the dragon eggs have been found, gather the children in a circle for a quick fairytale. Starting with “Once upon a time, in a magical kingdom, there lived a beautiful Queen named (birthday girl), etc. All was happy in the kingdom until one day the Queen discovered that one of the dragon eggs had hatched and a mighty, fierce, ugly, fire-breathing dragon was running rampant! (Hold up a “cracked” egg left over from the Dragon Egg Hunt). The royal wizard mixed up a big batch of “Palace Potion”, and the Queen needs your help to slay the dragon!” Have dad, or another good sport, pose as the dragon. A green shirt and some “fire” (craft foam or orange streamers) dripping from his mouth make an appropriate costume. Have all the subjects in the kingdom pelt the dragon with the pink palace potion (water balloons) as he runs and growls at them. Guaranteed to create squeals of delight…only dad gets soaked…and everyone lives happily-ever-after!
Our exclusive Coloring Throne provides just the right spot for the birthday Princess to sit as she opens her gifts. Allow each guest to add a small message or special drawing or doodle to the throne to personalize this darling keepsake.
“Someday My Prince Will Come” – Play this princess version of the tried and true party game of Hot Potato using a Mini Slipper. Have the children stand in a circle. While the music is playing, they need to pass the shoe to one another as quickly as possible. When the music stops, the child holding shoe will be out. Continue playing until only one child remains. A tiny “glass slipper” makes an adorable prize for each child participating in this game.
Moat Mayhem – A traditional tug-of-war with a castle twist…divide the children into two teams. Use our dark blue Water Gossamer to create a realistic illusion of water. Add a few plastic snakes and stuffed or plastic alligators, and yell GO!
Musical Tiaras – Play this game using the same concept as the classic game of musical chairs…one less tiara than there are children for each round. Place Rhinestone or Sequin Tiaras on a table that the Princesses must walk around while the music is playing. When the music is turned off, the girls must scramble to put on a tiara. The child without a tiara must leave the game and the game continues with one less crown until there is one child remaining – the Queen! The tiaras can then be used as favors!
Royal Goblets – Let all the royal subjects decorate elegant imprinted glassware with Stick-on Jewels or sequins. The glasses make an extra special party favor and can even be filled with goodies after the children decorate them.
Palace Perfect Posing – For each party guest, you’ll need a simple frame, a supply of faux jewels or sequins, and some tacky glue. Prior to the party, use a metallic gold paint pen and write each guest’s name, along with her royal title on the top edge of the frame, or our Acrylic Frames can be imprinted with a special message. Allow the children to decorate the frames and pose for a royal portrait in the Castle Entrance or Princess Castle with the birthday girl. Use either a Polaroid camera to send a picture home with each guest or mail keepsake photos at a later date with thank you notes.
Magical Wands – Purchase one giant Pixie Stick for each child. Attach two 4″ Shimmer Stars to the top of each Pixie Stick, attaching them back-to-back to the paper label. Let the children decorate the wands with stickers, Stick-On Jewels, and trailing streamers made from Curling Ribbon. The leftover stars can be used for decorating the kingdom. The “magical fairy dust” inside the wand is a big-hit bonus!