If your life is anything like mine, you are spinning in a constant whirlwind of kids and school projects and driving in traffic and laundry. And trying to get some work done. And maybe sleep once in a while? My kids come home every day saying, “I want a playdate with ___.” I could never bend the calendar to all their whims and social butterfly fantasies. There aren’t enough weekend hours in their entire childhoods.
So a few years ago, my family started having not-birthday parties. Let’s just invite all the kids over at once! In the summer, we’ve done this by filling up a bunch of inflatable pools in the backyard, jerryrigging a few sprinklers, and having “pool” parties. I’d buy a case of ice pops for the kids, and another one of beer for their parents, and we’d fulfill a season’s worth of playdate begging in an afternoon. But summer is still too far off, and my kids are too good at making friends, or something. So this past Sunday, we tried something a little different:
Cinderella came to our house. We had a princess party!
Cinderella came to us via Princess Parties Virginia, but none of our girls cared about the explanations for how a famous princess came to be ringing our doorbell. They just wanted to dance with Her Majesty.
Cinderella danced and sang with all the girls. She held a Royalty Ceremony, where she pronounced “bibbety-bobbety-boo!” over each girl with a sprinkling of fairy dust, and transformed them into Real Princesses. She even signed certificates attesting to their Royal Status, and every girl received a royal scepter (sparkly, of course) with her certificate. Our two-year-old son, the one boy in attendance, was made into a knight.
Cinderella continued the girls’ transformation by providing face paint and nail polish, and she posed with each girl for photographs, because those (parent) paparazzi are always chasing royalty around!
My own two princesses and their dozen princess friends had a fantastic afternoon. And I know the party was a hit, because teachers from both kindergarten and preschool told me that the party was all anyone talked about on Monday.
If you’re thinking about best birthday party ideas (or some non-birthday ones), maybe you’d like a visit from a princess?
You can win your very own princess party from Tots2Tweens!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us who your favorite princess is and you’ll be entered to win your very own princess party which will include:
1) Grand Entrance: Singing/Dancing princess songs (15-20 minutes)
2) Anointment Ceremony: Magic wish with fairy dust, magic wand for birthday girl, personalized certificates for each guest (princess/knight certificates) (10 minutes)
3) Photos with Princess: Individual/Group photos may be taken with princess by parents (10 minutes)
4) Face Painting for each guest (30-40 minutes)
5) Cake: Help singing, “Happy Birthday” & help cutting/serving the cake to guests (10 minutes)
90 minute show, valid for 10 children (value $275)
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(Necessary disclaimer: Princess Parties Virginia provided my girls with a princess party in exchange for my writing of this post. The party was provided but the blog content was not – it’s all mine, and we had so much fun.)