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Princess Party Ideas

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Get ideas for princess birthday party invitations, party food, decorations, games, and party supplies

About this Site

If this is the first page you've landed on, let me give you a quick introduction. I'm Matt James, a professional party planner, and the purpose of this site is to show you the most creative way you can use regular, shop-bought party supplies that can be found in most stores. Not everyone has the craft skills of Martha Stewart or the time to spend several days with a glue gun making things from scratch. It's fine to use shop-bought decorations and supplies—as long as you choose them carefully and know the best way to put them all together. So I'll share a few simple tips and trade secrets that anyone can use to add some creative touches to your party—whatever your budget.

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princess party ideas

There are lots of different ways to interpret princess party ideas for a kid's birthday or tea party, from traditional Disney characters such as Cinderella, Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, or Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog to more comical ones such as Princess Fiona from Shrek. Not to mention probably the most popular, Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Regardless of which type of princess is your child's favorite, there are lots of imagery that is common to all princesses.

So, below are lots of universal princess party ideas, which you can always tailor to a particular Disney character if you wish. Personally, I always think it's better to create your own individual princess party theme rather than rely too heavily on Disney-branded merchandise—a few little touches are fine, but you don't want your birthday / tea party to look like an advertisement for a film.

princess party ideas

princess party Invitations

Below are some suggestions for invitations to go with these princess party ideas:

Matt's Tip

I think it’s important to create a big first impression, so I always try to incorporate some sort of object with the invitations—rather than just relying on a traditional printed card (see examples here). This is a little trick that’s often used by professional party planners to make invitations stand out. People just love to receive unusual invitations. It really captures their imagination and gets them excited about the party.

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3d princess Invitations

You can pick up plastic tiara's and wands really cheaply nowadays—for around $1 each from supplier 2—so I would suggest sending these out as a 3D invitation. It's certain to get people excited about your princess party ideas. Plus the guests can wear the tiaras to your tea party.

Tie this cute princess dress printable invitation (below center, from supplier 4) onto the tiara / wand to communicate all the party details. I think when you're sending out a 3D invitation, you can get away with using a printable invitation because the main focus is on the 3D object anyway.

If you want to make these even more special, lay them on some pink tissue paper in one of these decorative box mailers and tie up with ribbon. You can always hand these out on the school run to save posting.

princess tiara and wand
princess dress party invitation
box mailers

Update: Alternatively, you can now buy something similar; an invitation that comes with a princess wand (below, from supplier 4).

princess invitations
princess invitations
princess invitations

Shaped Princess Invitations

If you want to make your invitations a little special, supplier 4 also has a nice selection of cut to shape princess invitations, such as the ones below.

princess invitations
princess invitations
princess invitations

Traditional princess Invitations

Alternatively, see supplier 4 also has lots of great pre-designed invitations available—including ones that can be personalized either with or without a photo—that will tie in nicely with these princess party ideas.

princess party Invitation
princess party Invitation
princess party Invitation
princess party Invitation

Invitation Wording

If you're making your own princess party invitations, don't forget to compliment these princess party ideas, by including lots of formal words and phrasing in the text, for example:

  • 'By order of Her Royal Highness Princess (name) of (town), all subjects are formally requested to attend court to celebrate....'
  • 'The festivities will commence at....
  • Spell out the date and time in words, ex, One O'Clock on the afternoon of the Seventeenth of May Two-Thousand-and-Eleven.
  • Refer to the address as The Royal Palace of (name of your town), followed by your address
  • Refer to the finish time of the birthday party as 'Carriages', ex, Carriages: Four O'Clock
  • 'All subjects are expressly requested to send word of their reply by messenger to...'

Don't forget to include information on the dress code, especially if you want everybody to come dressed as a Prince or Princess, ex, 'Dress: Royal Attire'.

princess Stamps

A really nice touch that shows attention to detail is to embellish your invitations with personalized princess themed postage stamps.

Note: These are only available in the USA

princess postage stamps
princess postage stamps
princess postage stamps
personalized postage stamps
personalized postage stamps

Just upload a photo of the birthday boy or girl dressed in a princess costume (select supplier 1 and 10 for best range) and the personalized stamps will be shipped to you (USA only).

kids princess costume
kids princess costume
kids princess costume

princess party Drinks

Below are some drinks ideas to go with these princess party ideas:

Matt's Tip

Always create a signature drink for your party—it’s one of the easiest things you can do to make your party unique. If your party has a theme, think about what flavors you can use in your signature drink that will convey it. Don’t forget about styling and presentation too. You could serve drinks in individual bottles or jars, add your own labels, use themed ice cubes, straws, drinks picks, or add a simple garnish. A sprig of berries or a single flower head on the rim of a glass can make a simple cocktail look really stylish.

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Fruit tea

Tea parties are synonymous with princess party ideas, so you might want to serve the drinks in some old fashioned tea cups with saucers. You probably don't want to serve normal tea, but there are some nice fruit flavoured ice teas like those from Snapple which make flavors such as peach, raspberry and lemon tea. Just remember these still contain caffeine, although they do make a caffeine-free Pomegranate Raspberry Red Tea which is probably the best option.

Even if you don't serve fruit tea, present your drinks in teacups. These clear glass teacup and saucer sets from supplier 3 are really cheap and would look great when filled with pink colored drinks.

For younger kids there are these plastic tea cup sippers from supplier 1. You can always take the screw top and big bendy straw off and replace with a regular straw to make them look more delicate if you wish. Alternatively, you can pick up these cute Disney princess themed bottles from supplier 4 (other designs available).

tea cup and saucer set
tea cup sippers
disney princess drinks bottles

Pink Lemonade

Alternatively, make all your drinks pink by serving things like pink lemonade. This looks great in a big serving jug or punchbowl with just some simple lemon or lime slices as garnish (see photo below left by Quentin Bacon on My Recipes).

You can still let them drink this out of tea cups with saucers so they feel more like a princess. Alternatively, these princess bottles from supplier 4 tie in nicely with these princess party ideas.

pink lemonade
princess drinks bottles
princess baby shower drinks bottles

More Pink Drinks

For more pink drinks try making these cotton candy milkshakes (below left by Happy Harvest on Tablespoon), or this cute polka-dot strawberry milkshake made with marshmallows (below center, by Sweet Paul, photo by Alexandra Grabewski). Alternatively, for something quick and easy, just serve this cotton candy Shirley Temple instead (below right,

cotton candy milkshakes
polka dot milkshake
cotton candy shirley temple

These would look great served in these Disney princess themed party cups, which are only around $1 each from supplier 4. There are different designs available for various princesses, such as Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

disney princess party cups
disney princess party cups
disney princess party cups


Give regular water bottles a princess makeover with these printable labels from supplier 4. There's lots of different designs available, including these cute 'Melted Snow' Frozen themed labels.

princess water bottle labels
princess water labels
princess water bottle labels

Drinks Styling

You can make your party drinks more interesting with these cute princess wand or princess castle ice cube molds, both from supplier 3.

princess ice cubes
princess ice cube mold
princess wand ice cube mold

Alternatively, use princess themed straws, such as the ones below (more designs available) from supplier 4.

princess party straws
princess party straws
princess party straws

princess party Food

Below are some food suggestions to go with these princess party ideas.


As a professional party planner, I’m lucky enough to be able to collaborate with some amazing chefs to create menus for my events. As I’m no chef myself and cannot create dishesfrom scratch, I’ve searched the web for recipes that I think would work well for this party theme. All credit goes to the talented people that have created these recipes - so please click through to their site for full details, methods, and in some cases step-by-step tutorials.

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Afternoon Tea

For princess party food you could look to the English tradition of 'Afternoon Tea' for inspiration. Little princesses will love this as everything is so delicate and lady-like. Traditionally, afternoon tea comes served in teapots with tea cups and saucers alongside bite-sized sandwiches cut into small triangles with the crusts removed. Traditional English fillings are cucumber (but you could add cream cheese for children), egg and cress (substitute with egg mayo for kids), ham, or smoked salmon. All the sandwiches are usually presented on a tired cake stand accompanied by a selection of small cakes or scones with jam and Devonshire (clotted) cream.

afternoon tea
afternoon tea
afternoon tea

Over the past few years, traditional English Afternoon Tea has become really fashionable again. The Berkeley Hotel in London has gone one step further and created Prêt-à-Portea, which is a modern afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits inspired by dresses, handbags and shoes from the current season's catwalk collections (below). It's then all served on china designed by British designer Paul Smith. So you don't just have to think in terms of traditional afternoon tea for your princess party ideas - mix it up with some cute shoe or dress shaped cookies, cakes and candies.

afternoon tea
afternoon tea

Princess Cookie Cutter

If you want to make the sandwiches a little less formal, use cookie cutters to shape them into crowns, castles, princess dresses, and glass slippers to turn them into princess party food (see example, below left from Betty Crocker). See supplier 3 for princess cookie cutters.

princess cookie cutters
princess sandwiches
princess sandwiches

Princess Cookies / cookie cutters

Of course you can also use the cookie cutters to create any number of different princess themed cookies. There are cookie cutters for individual princess faces, such as this Elsa from Frozen cutter, or if you're not really a baker you can buy all sorts of ready-made princess cookies—I particularly like these Disney princess dress cookies (below right). See supplier 4 for both.

disney frozen cookie cutter
disney frozen cookies
disney princess cookies

Princess Cookies / Cookie Cutters

Likewise, there are princess crown and pumpkin carriage cookie cutters, or you can just buy ready-made crown and carriage cookies. Both the cookies and cutters are available from supplier 4.

princess crown cookie cutter
princess cookie cutter
princes carriage cookie cutter

Princess Crown Pizza

Remember, in addition to using these cutters for sandwhiches and cookies, you can also use them on slices of cheese, or fruits, such as watermelon. You can even take a similar approach to shaping mini pizzas, such as these crown-shaped pizzas from by Pillsbury.

princess pizzas

Disney Princess Party Food

These 'Rapunzel's Braids' by Susie of What Do I Know of Holy? are really creative. They're just puff pastry with jelly brushed on them, which are then braided and baked. Alternatively, you could make these really cute Rapunzel Tower Cupcakes (below right, by Robin at Bird on a Cake). The cake is baked inside the ice cream cups. Or for a healthy option, check out these ingenious 'Cinderella's Pumpkins' by Rebecca from Daily Rebecca. She uses little bits of celery stuffed into tangerines. So clever!

disney princess party food rapunzels braids
disney princess party food cinderella's pumpkins
disney princess party food rapunzel cupcakes

More Disney Princess Party Food

These Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks by Debbie at One Little Project at a Time would make great Cinderella's broomsticks. These Rice Krispie Apple treats by Mandy at Gourmet Mom on the Go would make great Snow White's (not so) poison apples. Or just re-name Goldfish Cracker's as Ariel's friends like in this photo from Our Happily Ever After.

disney princess party food cinderella's broomsticks
disney princess party food snow white apples
disney princess party food ariel's fish friends

More Disney Princess Party Food

These Cinderella-inspired Rice Krispie Magic Wand treats by Sara at Mom Endeavors are really cute. For something a little more healthy, make these Princess and the Frog apple snacks by Lisa & James at Home is Where the Mouse is. Or for a Frozen theme, make these 'Melted Olaf' puddings by Kylie at Made by a Princess Parties.

disney princess party food cinderella's wand
disney princess party food princess and the frog snacks
disney princess party food melted olaf pudding

Fruity Magic Wands

For something a little more healthy, make these simple fruity magic wands, below left by Sheri Silver on Babble. Or check out these more elaborate ones from Weelicious.

fruit princess wands
fruit princess wands
fruit princess wands

Stuffed Strawberries / Edible Teacups

Pink cotton candy or strawberries dipped in white chocolate with pink sprinkles are also perfect princess party ideas. Or for something a little more unusual check out this amazing step by step guide for how to make Cupcake Stuffed Stawberries! (Yes, you did read that correctly. Below left by Jasmin at 1 Fine Cookie) or this variation of Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (below right, by Melissa at Sugar Derby).

You might also want to let the kids get involved in making some of the princess party food for their birthday, so let them try their hand at these cute Edible Teacup Biscuits (below right, from Planning with Kids)

cupcake stuffed strawberries
cheesecake stuffed strawberries
edible tea cup biscuits

Tea Cup Molds

Use these cute tea cup molds from supplier 3 to bake and serve your cupcakes in - perfect for a royal tea party.

tea cup cake molds
tea cup cake molds

Disney Princess Cake Pops

If you're not really a baker, you can buy these really cute Disney princess cake pops. They also have Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Both from supplier 4.

disney princess cake pops
disney frozen princess cake pops

Disney Princess Cupcake Toppers

If you prefer to make regular cupcakes, use these cake toppers from supplier 4, which are available for most of the Disney princesses and just frost your cakes with the appropriate colored frosting.

disney princess cupcake topper cinderella
disney princess cupcake topper snow white
disney princess cupcake topper princess jasmine

Disney Princess Fondant Toppers

Alternatively, you can buy these edible fondant cupcake toppers which look amazing. Also from supplier 4.

disney princess fondant cupcake topper
disney princess fondant cupcake topper
disney frozen fondant cupcake topper

Princess Cupcake Toppers

If you prefer not to go down the Disney princess route, there are plenty of other princess cupcake toppers available from supplier 4, such as the ones below.

princess tiara cupcake topper
princess castle cupcake topper
princess crown cupcake topper

Princess Photo Cupcake Toppers

I particularly like these fun personalized photo cupcake toppers, also from supplier 4, which are made from a photo of the birthday girl.

personalized princess photo cupcake toppers
personalized princess photo cupcake toppers

Princess Candy

There are lots of princess themed lollipops available from supplier 4, such as wands, glass slippers, and carriages, which are a good way to fill out a dessert table.

princess candy lollipops
princess candy lollipops
princess candy lollipops

Candy Buffet

Supplier 1 and 6 also sell candy by the color so you can use pink, white, and lavender for a princess party theme.

pink candy
white candy
lavendar candy

Disney Princess Pez

For a Disney princess party, you might want to include these fun Pez dispensers on the dessert table. See supplier 3.

disney princess pez
disney frozen pez

Pink Popcorn

One final pink-themed recipe to add to the princess party ideas is this cute Pink Popcorn (below, by Erin at Erin Cooks). Alternatively, you can buy this from supplier's 3 and 4.

pink popcorn
pink popcorn

Birthday Cake

Whether you're making a birthday cake from scratch or just decorating it, below are some suggestions to go with these princess party ideas:

Princess Cake Pans

If you want to make the birthday cake yourself, there are a few different baking pans available which tie in nicely with these princess party ideas, including crowns, carriages, and castles. See supplier 3 for these.

princess carriage cake pan
princess castle cake pan
princess crown cake pan

Princess Dress / Castle CAKE pANS

Alternatively, you could try one of these 3D cake kits to make either a princess dress cake or this amazing castle cake set. Both from supplier 3.

princess cake pan
princess cake pan
princess castle cake pan

Princess Edible Cake Images

If you're not really a baker, these personalized edible cake images from supplier 3 are a really quick and easy way to theme the birthday cake in keeping with these princess party ideas. Just roll out onto your cake. (More designs available).

princess edible image cake topper
disney frozen edible image cake topper

Princess Fondant Cake Toppers

Alternatively, there are plenty of edible fondant cake toppers from supplier 4 that you could add to your own cake.

disney frozen fondant cake topper
princess fondant cake topper

Princess Cake Toppers

Or use one of these non-edible cake toppers, also from supplier 4 (more designs available).

princess cake topper
personalized princess cake topper
princess first birthday cake topper

Dessert Table Styling

Below are some suggestions for how to style and decorate your party in keeping with these princess party ideas:

Matt's Tip

I always think it’s a good idea to concentrate the majority of your decorations around a buffet/dessert table. This will create a focal point in the room. Decorations often have to compete with existing room decor so they can get a bit lost if spread too thinly. I think you’re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall that everyone’s eye will be drawn to. You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together.

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Princess Dessert Table

To create a dessert / buffet table like the one below, folllow these step by step instructions:

princess dessert table

Tissue Paper Garlands

Hanging tissue paper garlands (from supplier 2 or 3) vertically is a great way to create a delicate backdrop for a princess themed dessert table (see pictures below from Martha Stewart Weddings for inspiration).

When using tissue garlands for a backdrop they look best when there are lots of them, so have some overlapping or curled up towards the sides. Use several different types of garland to give the arrangement plenty of texture. In the illustration above I've used a mixture of arcade garlands (below top), leaf garlands (below middle) and paper tissue garlands (below bottom) in a mixture of lavender, white and classic pink. See supplier 2 or 3 to buy these. To avoid a candy stripe appearance, be sure to use a mixture of 3 different colors, rather than just 2.

tissue paper garlands
tissue paper garlands
tissue paper garlands

Table Styling

To dress your table, I'd suggest using a lavender tablecover with a matching table skirt (below left). Then pick up some lavender tulle by the yard and lay this over the table skirt to create some texture. Then add some pink feather boa trim (below right) - also available by the yard - around the perimeter of the tabletop. Obviously you could also reverse these colors if you prefer pink to be your main color. See supplier 2 for all these items.

You could also arrange some white string lights (the type used to dress a christmas tree) in between the table skirt and the tulle to add some sparkle.

lavendar table skirt
lavendar tuille
pink feather boa

Princess Banner

Then hang a personalized princess pennant banner from supplier 4 accross the front of the table (more designs available).

princess banner
princess one banner


Use a mix of square and rectangular pink and white plates and bowls to display the food on. I recommend this range of disposable Premium Plastic Serveware (below), they're great value and are really handy if you don't have enough serving platters and trays to match the colors of your princess party ideas.

white plastic plates
pink plastic plates
white plastic plates

Princess Standees

These life size Disney Princess stand ups (from suppliers 1 or 2, other Disney Princess characters available) are a great way to help decorate the dessert table. I've used 2 in the illustration above, but you could get away with just using one. The great thing about these is that you can use them as a photo op too, so the kids can have their picture taken with their favorite princess.

disney princess standee
disney princess standee
disney princess standee cinderella
disney princess standee elsa frozen

Dessert Table Centerpiece

This princess centerpiece from supplier 9 is really cute and doubles as a treat stand. This would look best raised up to give your display some height, so you could just cover a cardboard box with gift wrap and place it on top. Alternatively, if your birthday party falls during pumpkin season make a homemade centerpiece by carving this beautiful Disney style Pumpkin Carriage (below, from Hallmark Magazine).

princess castle centerpiece
pumpkin carriage centerpiece

Personalized princess Banners

Complete the scene by hanging a personalized princess themed banner above the dessert table, such as the ones below. There are lots of different designs available, including ones where you can upload of photo of your child. For the first banner shown below left see supplier 2 and for all the others see supplier 1.

personalized princess banner
personalized princess banner
personalized princess banner
personalized african american princess banner

Streamer Backdrop

If you're on a tight budget you can create a variation of the dessert table above by substituting the tissue paper garlands for crepe paper streamers from supplier 1 or 2. Just twist and hang a mixture of lavender, white and pink streamers in tight vertical lines from floor to ceiling.

streamer backdrop
streamer backdrop
streamer backdrop

Princess Dessert Table 2

Below is an example of how this might look.

princess dessert table

Disney Princess Airwalker Balloons

As an alternative to the princess cut outs, you could use these huge princess airwalker balloons from supplier 1.

princess airwalker balloon
princess airwalker balloon cinderella
princess airwalker balloon elsa frozen

Tissue Poms and Paper Lanterns

Another option for a dessert table backdrop to go with these princess party ideas is to hang a cluster of pink and white pom pom decorations or paper lanterns both from supplier 2 or 13.

pink tissue poms
pink paper lanterns
pink paper lanterns

Decorating Fabric

The lanterns / pom poms above work best if you have a plain wall behind. If not, just hang some decorating fabric such as a gossamer or netting (from supplier 2) on the wall first.

pink fabric
pink netting
pink fabric

Princess Dessert Table 3

Another idea is to use scene setters to create a backdrop for your dessert table, as shown below.

princess dessert table

Princess Scene Setters

This dessert table is made from combining a couple of different scene setters. The great thing about it is that the pieces are so big (the background images are 30ft long and the prince and princess approx 5ft tall) that you'll be able to cover huge sections of a room with it (not just behind the dessert table) so you may not need many other decorations to go with these princess party ideas.

The background is made up of the following pieces (from left to right): meadow background scene setter, sky background scene setter, and fluffy cloud props (all from supplier 2) combined with animal and nature props from supplier 3.

blue sky scene setter
cloud scene setter add ons
grass meadow scene setter

Add On's

Then you can add these add ons (all from supplier 2), from left to right: princess and Carriage prop, castle prop, and prince and his trusty steed props. If you're using these scene setters, bear in mind that all the decorations sit flat against the wall. Therefore, I'd recommend using something three dimensional as the centerpiece so that all the decorations don't sit on the same plane.

princess scene setter add ons
princess castle scene setter add ons
prince charming scene setter add ons

Alternative Princess Backdrops

This princess carriage standee from supplier 2 is 4'6" tall so could be raised up at the back of the dessert table to create an impressive backdrop, perhaps with a curtain of crepe paper streamers behind. Similarly, this freestanding princess photobooth background, also from supplier 2, is 7'6" tall and 3'10" wide so could easily be used as a backdrop—plus it can be personalized.

princess carriage standee
princess backdrop

Princess Photo Backdrop

There are also some impressive princess themed photographic backdrops from supplier 4, such as this Cinderella one. You can probably just pin these backdrops in place, but it might also be worth investing in a cheap photography backdrop support frame (from supplier 3). The great thing about these support frames is that you can use them again and again to create different backgrounds for dessert tables by hanging fabric,tissue pom poms, or streamers (as shown below using a backdrop support frame).

princess castle photo backdrop
photographic backdrop frame
frozen party backdrop

Princess Castle Background Paper

If you want to create your own fairytale castle backdrop, there are a number of different stone effect background papers which come on a roll like wallpaper and are great for covering large areas. See supplier 2.

stone brick background paper
stone brick ivy background paper
stone brick background paper

Castle Add On's

You can then apply these castle door and window props and use this 4' castle tower cut out all from supplier 2, to add detail.

castle scene setter add ons
castle scene setter add ons
castle scene setter add ons

Castle Backdrops

These castle backgrounds, also from supplier 2, are around $32 and can come either as a freestanding cardboard backdrop or as vinyl murals. Again, they're a great way to theme larger areas.

fairytake castle backdrop
castle backdrop

Princess Wall Decals

Another way to create a dessert table backdrop is to attach wall decals to the wall behind the dessert table. Some of these can be personalized with the birthday girl's name and many are reusable so can be reapplied to a bedroom wall after the party. See supplier 3 for a full range.

princess wall decalls
princess castle wall decalls
princess castle wall decalls

Princess Canopy

Finally, another way to dress your dessert table would be to hang a princess canopy like this above it. Alternatively, hang it over the dinner table where the kid's will be eating to enclose the table and create a floaty tented effect. See supplier 3.

pink princess canopy
pink princess canopy
pink princess canopy

Food Styling & Presentation

Below are some food styling and presentation tips to go with these princess party ideas.

Princess Food Tent Cards

Use these Princess food tent cards from supplier 4 (which can be personalized with your own text) to identify different dishes on a buffet / dessert table.

princess food tent cards
disney princess food tent cards
princess food tent cards

Treat Boxes

Use these miniature glass slippers from supplier 1 or 2 as serving dishes and fill with candy on your dessert table. Similarly, you can also use these princess carriage treat boxes from supplier 9. Alternatively, if you're going for a fairytale castle theme, you could also use these castle themed treat boxes to serve pink popcorn in (from supplier 1 or 2) or these princess castle themed ones (below right, from supplier 4).

princess glass slipper party favors
princess carriage favor boxes
princess castle favor boxes
princess castle favor boxes

Table Styling

Below are some suggestions for how to style and decorate the dining table in keeping with these princess party ideas:

Matt's Tip

If it’s a kid’s party, don’t feel as if you have to shy away from using character-branded tableware. I see a lot of kid’s parties that are so immaculately styled they look more like adult parties. It’s obvious the parents have designed it for themselves, rather than the child. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a professional party planner it’s to design the party for your audience, not yourself. The reality is kids want their favorite characters to have a strong presence at their party; they don’t see this as too commercial, for them it’s just fun. Obviously, it’s important to get the balance right, so don’t go overboard. Character plates and cups work well if combined with a solid color table cover and napkins.

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pink Sequined Table Runner

If you want to go for traditional princess party ideas, dress the table using a palate of pink and white—with a third accent color such as gold, silver, or lavender. For example, you could use a white table cover with a glittery pink sequin table runner (as shown below from supplier 3) and a mix of pink and gold tableware (see supplier 1 or 2).

pink sequined table runner
pink sequined table runner
pink sequined table runner

Silver / Gold Sequined Runners

Alternatively, you might use a pale pink tablecover with a gold or silver glittery runner (from supplier 3).

gold sequined table runner
pink tablecover
silver sequined table runner

Alternative Color Combinations

Other color combinations that work well are pink, white, and lavender. Remember to always use three colors to avoid a candystripe effect.

pink napkin
lavendar napkin
white napkin

Glitter Border Placemats

If you're using the sparkly gold or silver as your accent color, you might also want to consider using these gold/silver glitter border paper placemats as a charger plate with a solid color plate (white, gold, pink etc) on top. There are also gold/silver sparkly plastic cutlery sets available (below right, from supplier 2).

Just remember, when using glittery / sparkly elements, use them sparingly - they should be an accent. Otherwise it all starts to look a bit tacky. You can get away with a sparkly boarder placemat and cutlery with a sparkly table runner if the runner sits on top of a solid color tablecover. That way, the placemats sit on the solid color and tie together with the runner. However, if your glittery tablerunner covers the entire tabletop (as in the pink photo above), then only use solid color tableware—otherwise it will be too much sparkle.

silver glitter boarder placemats
gold glitter boarder placemats
gold glitter cutlery

Disney Princess Tableware

If your child loves Disney princesses, don't shy away from using branded tableware. Remember, you want the party to be fun for them. It's not a table-styling competition. Just use it sparingly. See supplier 1 for a full range.

disney frozen party plates
disney princess party plates
disney princess party plates

Princess Party Plates

Alternatively, there are some less commercial princess tableware sets available, such as these from supplier 2, which can also be personalized.

princess party plates
princess party plates
princess party cups

Personalized Princess Party Plates

There are also some less obvious designs from supplier 7—including some featuring ethnic princesses—many of which can also be personalized.

personalized princess party plates
personalized princess party plates
personalized princess party plates

Princess Centerpieces

There are lots of cute floral-based centerpieces, such as the ones below, from supplier 4 that would work well with these princess party ideas. Alternatively, if you're going down the Disney princess route, there are lots of cut-out and doll style centerpeices available, such as the one below left. Or for something less commercial, you can get simple personalized cut-out style centerpieces (below right) which you can display popping out of a vase filled with pink candy or flowers. See supplier 4 for all these options.

princess floral centerpiece
princess floral centerpiece
disney princess centerpiece
princess centerpiece

Personalized centerpieces

Alternatively, these princess themed letters are a cute way to make a personalized centerpiece. Also from supplier 4.

personalized princess letters
personalized princess letters

Bead Curtains

If you have a gazebo / pop-up canopy at home I would always suggest you set up the dining table under this. Having a roof overhead helps define the space and you can focus the party decorations around it. Hang swags of decorating fabric such as gossamer or netting around the outside of the canopy to enclose the space and give it a more decorative feel—or hang some transparent bead curtains to give it a bejewelled look. Crystal beaded strands from supplier 12 or 13 can add a really magical touch. When I produced Elton John's very first White Tie and Tiara Ball I worked with Swarovski to dress one of his gardens, turning it into a enchanted forest, using strands of their 'Crystal Rain' hanging from the trees. You can do something similar by hanging strands of crystal beads down from your canopy in clusters at varying heights.

crystal bead curtains
crystal bead curtains
crystal bead curtains

Paper Lanterns & Tissue Poms

I always think it's important to hang something above the table too, it really helps to define and enclose the space. So use a cluster of paper lanterns from supplier 2 or 13 (below left, from Martha Strewart). The same suppliers also have cheap battery LED bulbs to make the lanterns glow without having to worry about power cords. Alternatively, for a more feminine look use tissue pom-poms also from supplier 2 or 13 (below right, Martha Stewart). If you want to get really creative, try hanging the lanterns in a single curvy line to make the body of the caterpillar - then add some eyes and legs out of cardstock.

paper lantern decorations
paper lantern decorations
paper lantern decorations
tissue pom pom decorations

Chair Styling

If you want to give your party a really professional look, pick up some disposable chair covers to give all the chairs a uniform look. Often, if you're using mis-matched chairs or the color doesn't fit with the theme of your party it can really detract from the overall aesthetic. The reason the table styling always looks better at professional events or weddings is because the chair covers match the tablecloth. If your budget allows, use these stretch fabric chair covers from supplier 2 which are approx $7 each in black or white. Then tie a sash to the back of each chair in whatever your chosen accent color is.

Alternatively, these pink tutu chair skirts from supplier 4 would look really cute tied to the back of each chair. Plus they double as a party favor so you can send guests home with one. You could even position this child size 'medievel kingdom throne' from supplier 2 at the head of the table to make the the birthday girl feel even more special.

chair covers
chair covers pink bow
princess tutu chair cover
princess throne chair cover

Personalized Placemats

Finally, tie a helium-filled balloon to the back of each chair so it sits above the child's head. There are lots of different balloons available that fit with these princess party ideas. Use these personalized placemats to set each place at the table. See supplier 1 for both.

personalized princess placemats
personalized princess placemats
personalized princess placemats


To identify who sits where, pick up some cheap plastic fairy princess wands or glass slippers from supplier 2 and attach small tags with each child's name on it and lay one on each place setting. Finish the table styling by putting one of these cute princess hats (from supplier 5 or 3) at each place. Or if you're using these princess party ideas for a 1st birthday, use this cute highchair cover from supplier 1 to decorate your child's highchair to make it a bit more special.

princess glass slipper
princess party hat
princess high chair decorations
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princess party Decorations

Fortunately there are lots of great decorations available to go with these princess party ideas—especially if you're having a Disney themed princess tea party. Below are my recommendations.


Always start your party decorations outside so there's a bit of a build up to the entrance. There's nothing worse for your guests than arriving at a bare front door. This could just be bunches of balloons starting along the pavement and leading guests up your drive to the front door, a personalized yard sign (below left and center, from supplier 2 or below right, from supplier 4) or personalized banner.

princess yard sign
princess yard sign
disney frozen yard sign


This inexpensive pink aisle runner from supplier 3, 5 or 6 is a great way to create a special entrance for your princess party, and can be combined with this princess crown door topper curtain (below center, from supplier 2). Alternatively, if you're going for a fairytale castle theme, there's also a stone path runner available, also from supplier 2.

pink carpet runner
princess door curtain
stone brick runner

Castle Gateway Props

There are some great castle gateway props available from supplier 2, both princess and fairytale castle themed ones.

castle gateway prop
princess castle gateway prop
princess castle gateway prop

Personalized Life Size Standee

Another option is to print a life-size cut out (below left, from supplier 2) of your child dressed in a princess costume (see supplier 1 or 10) to position at the end of then drive or at your front door. These are surprisingly cheap at around $20. Plus you can add a motion-activated voice recorder (also from supplier 2) for around $10 extra which enables your child to pre-record a short welcome message which starts to play as people walk past the cut out.

personalized life size standee
kids princess costume
kids princess costume

Finishing Touches

Twinkly white fairy lights are also great for these princess party ideas (hang them behind some sheer fabric to soften the look), or pick up a cheap bubble or smoke machine to really give a magical fairytale feel to your birthday party. All these are available from supplier 3.

fairy lights
bubble machine
fog machine

Princess Party Favors

Check out suppliers 1, 5, and 8 for lots of inexpensive Princess party favors and novelties, such as bubbles, stationary, and temporary tattoos.

princess bubbles
princess party favors
temporary princess tattoos

Alternatively, check out supplier 4 for lots of cute princess party favor ideas, such as personalized Princess lip balms or these cute Frozen snowflake soaps.

personalized princess lip balm
disney frozen soap party favors

Supplier 4 also has lots of great Disney Princess favor bags and boxes, such as the ones below, which you can fill with your own candy and novelties.

disney princess favor boxes
disney princess favor boxes
disney princess favor boxes

If you're looking for favor bags and boxes more suited to a baby shower, check out supplier 4 for these too. They have lots to choose from, such as the ones below.

princess party favor boxes
princess party favor bags
princess party favor boxes

princess party Costumes

Encourage guests to come to the birthday tea party dressed up—but hand out cheap pink feather boas, tiaras and wands when they arrive just incase not everyone makes the effort. There are also some funny princess pet costumes available, so you can dress up the dog too. See supplier 1 and 10 for best range of princess costumes.

princess pet costume
kids princess costume
kids snow white costume
kids princess costume

princess party Games

See my seperate Princess Party Games and Activities page for suggestions to compliment these princess party ideas.

princess coloring party games
princess kiss the frog party game
princess photo booth props

Thank You Cards

Don't forget to follow up after the party with a thank you note. Supplier 4 has the best range in keeping with these princess party ideas, some of which can even be personalized with a photo of the birthday girl.

princess thank you cards
princess thank you notes

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About Matt James

Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.

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