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Are you planning a princess party for your daughter and looking for ideas to make it extra special? I took great delight in planning and hosting a princess party for my daughter when she turned five. So, to help you, I have rounded up the best of everything you need to create an enchanting party fit for a princess and her guests.
From top picks for the most beautiful party invitations and best decorations to buy or make to the most fun and engaging games, activities, and food and drink ideas that will have kids’ eyes lighting up and not forgetting cute ideas for party favours.
I know first-hand what a challenge it can be to put together a kids’ party. It’s like a full-time job in itself! So come with me as I guide you step-by-step through every aspect of planning the perfect princess party.
THE ULTIMATE PRINCESS PARTY GUIDE
Set the tone for the party with some seriously princessly party invitations.
DIY INVITATION IDEAS
If you fancy creating the invitations yourself, you could design some in the style of a royal scroll, print them out, roll them and wrap a ribbon around them. How cute would that be?!
Another DIY idea is to design invitations that look like a princess’s castle, with turrets and a drawbridge. You could also use a photo of your child dressed up as a princess as the centrepiece of the invitation.
I design party invitations with Canva. You can use Canva for free, print pricing is really reasonable, and delivery is free.
Rather buy invitations? Choose from my top picks.
THE PRINCESS PARTY INVITATIONS EDIT
- Princess Birthday Electronic Invitation Template Editable
- Customisable Digital Princess Invitations
- Twin Or Joint Princess Birthday Party Invitations (Min. order 6)
- Princess Party Invitations (Set of 10)
- Kids Party Invitations Pack With Matching Envelopes (Set of 24)
This invite from DIY Paperless on Etsy is great if you want to send a digital invite via WhatsApp but don't want to sign up for a digital invite service like Greenvelope built-in RSVP and resend functionality.
Buy the digital download, edit it to add the party details (easy instructions on the sales page on Etsy) and send it to everyone on your guest list. It is a cost-effective, quick and easy way of sending a beautiful, eye-catching invitation.
Greenvelope has a lovely selection of princess party invitation templates you can customise and send digitally (via email or share link via WhatsApp, Text or Facebook), complete with an RSVP function that makes it SO EASY to keep track of who has replied and who will be attending the party. You can even resend the invite to chase up.
These personalisable invites for twins or joint birthday parties are absolutely brilliant. You can choose the colour of everything from skin tone to hair and princess. Plus, add all the details for your party, so you don't have to write a thing. what a time saver! They are by the wonderful Sunny Clouds on Not On The High Street.
A set of ten completely personalised cards with envelopes costs £11.75 + £2.95 postage. (Price correct as of 2023)
2. REGAL DECORATIONS
You can really go to town with princess-themed decorations or keep it simple and create a royal flavour. Here are some ideas to make your little one’s party feel like a royal affair:
- Hang up a personalised banner that says ‘Happy Birthday Princess [Child’s Name].’
- Use pink and purple balloons to create a regal atmosphere.
- Create a DIY selfie photo booth with a princess backdrop and props like tiaras and crowns.
Sparkles always work well for princess party decorations. You can also incorporate fairy lights or LED candles for added fairytale magic.
THE PRINCESS PARTY DECORATIONS EDIT
- Personalised Princess Bubble Balloon | By Bubblegum Balloons
- Personalisable Selfie Frame | By Ginger Ray
- Paper Honeycomb Birthday Balloons | By Talking Tables
- 25 Eco-Friendly Balloons | Green Paw
- Fairytale Castle Pull String Pinata
- Princess Party Bunting | By Little Big Party Co.
- Pom Fairy String Lights (2m LED) | By Talking Tables
The BubbleGum Balloons ladies are renowned for having worked worldwide for celebrities, royalty and the world’s most loved brands creating showstopping balloon installations. Channel some of their magic into your princess party with a single Princess Bubble Balloon, personalised for your little princess and filled with confetti.
The balloons arrive inflated and weighted, so how about having a balloon arrive in time for the birthday girl to wake up on her birthday morning and then make it the star of the party decor?
This photo booth-style selfie frame comes with 8 sheets of rose gold letter stickers, so you can personalise it as you like. It's perfect for birthday princesses to pose with their courtiers and guests!
This set of three paper honeycomb balloons, in suitably regal colours, is a great eco-friendly alternative to regular balloons. Yes, you can buy biodegradable balloons, which are also fabulous, but these are particularly wonderful because you can use them again and again.
They are really easy to assemble, just unfold and connect them with the clip attached to the balloon and use the coloured string to hang them.
I love balloons, but I always ensure I buy eco-friendly ones. Green Paw balloons are biodegradable, and Green Paw has taken the Climate Friendly Pledge. The balloons come in an array of colours.
This lovely little (38cm) fairytale castle piñata is perfect for mini princesses because it has strings to pull instead of bashing it with a stick (safety first!!). You can fill it with up to 900g of treats, then unleash the little princes and princesses to take turns pulling a string until the treats come tumbling out.
This gorgeous princess party bunting has storybook icons, including magical castles, crowns and stars with gold foil accents that will transform any space into a magical kingdom fit for a princess. The bunting is 5.5M long.
These super sweet pompom fairy lights are perfect for winding around the backs of chairs or decorating a party room.
3. FOOD AND DRINK
Set a table fit for a princess using a beautiful tablecloth, party plates, cups and napkins. You can also make use of cake toppers and princess-themed party food display props for a really regal party spread.
Every great princess party needs delicious food and drinks fit for royalty. So here are some ideas to make your little princess’s party extra special:
THE PRINCESS PARTY TABLEWARE EDIT
- Castle Birthday Paper Plates (Set of 8) | By Ginger Ray
- Castle Treat Cake Stand with Donut Turrets | By Ginger Ray
- Princess Paper Table Runner | Party Pieces
- Princess Birthday Paper Party Cups (Set of 8) | By Ginger Ray
- Meri Meri Magical Princess Cake Toppers | By Meri Meri
These little castle-shaped paper plates are super cute as well as eco-friendly. 21cm (H) x 14cm (W).
I love the pretty simplicity of this castle treat stand. Use it as the centrepiece of a princess party table. Stack the donut turrets with sweet sticky donuts, and load the cupcake stand with pretty pastel cupcakes.
I love this multipurpose princess party table runner! Party guests can colour in the magical kingdom to bring it to life. The table runner is 3m x 40cm.
These starry little paper cups are perfect for little princess hands!
This set has four princess party toppers, complete with flowing ribbons.
SNACKS AND SWEET TREATS
- Princess Popcorn: Sprinkle sweet popcorn with pretty pastel candy melts and sprinkles (try this princess popcorn recipe if you want more guidance.
- Fruit Wands: Skewers of fruit arranged to look like magic wands or royal sceptres
- Crown-shaped Sandwiches: Use a crown-shaped cookie cutter to make sandwiches fit for a princess. (Try this set of 2 crown-shaped cookie cutters).
- Princess Cupcakes: Decorate cupcakes with frosting and candy to look like princesses
- Fairy Tale Cookies: Use cookie cutters to make cookies in the shapes of castles, crowns, and princesses
Keep the little royals hydrated with these fun and fabulous drinks:
- Sparkling Pink Lemonade: Add a splash of cranberry juice to lemonade and top with sparkling water for a fizzy, pink drink
- Tea Party Punch: Brew a pot of fruity tea, add some lemonade and a splash of ginger ale for a refreshing punch
- Princess Punch: Mix pink lemonade, pineapple juice, and lemonade for a sweet and bubbly drink
CAKE FIT FOR A PRINCESS
No princess party is complete without a fabulous cake. Here are some ideas for creating or commissioning a beautiful cake that is fit for a princess party.
Pretty princess birthday cake recipe
Use this guide to create a classic princess birthday cake. My mum made me one of these cakes when I was a child, and I did the same for my daughter. The fact I'm not sharing the results of my attempt tells you everything you need to know about my cake-decorating skills. But use this BBC guide, and you should have a lovely princess cake.
Castle Cake Tutorial (Fully Edible/No Polystyrene Turrets)
This is an easy-to-follow video guide to creating a castle birthday cake for a princess party.
Princess Pillow Cake With Edible Tiara
How about creating a cushion cake with an edible tiara? Yep, I like how simple this looks. Follow the guide to create your version.
And just for good measure, I found these useful items for creating showstopping birthday cakes:
- Wilton Castle Cake Tin Set, 32 Pieces
- Princess Party Cake Topper Set | By Little Big Party Co.
This set is really helpful if you want to create a castle birthday cake but don't want to do it completely freestyle. There are large medium and small turrets along with windows and a door. They are easily covered with fondant.
This lovely birthday cake topper set includes castle pieces with gold foil accents. There is a mountain background and a 'Once Upon a Time' banner that will make any cake the perfect addition to a princess party.
4. FUN AND FABULOUS PRINCESS PARTY GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
Hiring a professional entertainer to dress as a princess and entertain the kids can be great. Check local listings and ask friends for recommendations.
However, if you want to go it alone, you can include plenty of fun games and activities fit for a princess in the party line-up.
Mums Make Lists is becoming a bit of a repository for kids’ party games! I’ve had a little think and come up with some super fun princessly activities and games to keep a party full of little princesses (and princes) entertained.
Here are some ideas that are perfect for five-year-olds:
- Pin the crown on the princess: This classic game is always a hit with young children. Draw or print out a picture of a princess, blindfold the children, and have them try to pin a paper crown on the princess’s head. The child who gets the closest wins!
- Princess treasure hunt: Hide small trinkets and treasures around the party area and have the children search for them. You can give them a list of items to find or just let them search independently. The child who finds the most treasures wins!
- Dress up relay race: Divide the children into teams and have them race to put on princess dresses, tiaras, and other accessories. The first team to finish wins!
- Decorate a crown: Provide plain paper crowns and various decorating materials, such as stickers, glitter, and markers. Let the children use their imaginations to create their own unique crowns. Or give every child one of these cute make-your-own royal crown kits.
- Princess dance party: Put together a playlist fit for a Disney princess, and how about teaching them some regal dance moves, like the princess twirl or the royal wave?
- Play Castle: My favourite!!! Set up a cardboard play castle and let the kids’ imaginations run wild.
I LOVE the idea of having one of these Kid-Eco cardboard play castles as the star activity at a princess party. You can let the party guests' imaginations run wild as they graffiti and decorate the outside of the castle and play in and around it.
The castles are easy to assemble and break down and store for future use.
5. ENCHANTING PRINCESS PARTY BAGS AND FAVOURS KIDS WILL LOVE
Bowl over the little princesses and princes with some party loot fit for royalty. Here are some ideas for party favours and fillers:
- Tiaras and crowns
- Princess wands
- Princess stickers and temporary tattoos
- Princess-themed colouring books and shaped crayons fit for a princess.
You could also fill party bags or boxes with items like candy, toys, and princess-themed trinkets.
Here are a couple of lovely party bag sets that come pre-filled with a party favour or two.
- Princess Castle Party Bags + Charm Bracelets (Set of 5) | By Ginger Ray
- Princess Party Bag With Crown And Bracelet Kits | By Cotton Twist
These delightful princess castle party bags are eco-friendly and each bag has a dainty princess charm bracelet. Add some sweet treats, and you have delightful party favours to give out.
These party bags contain two princess activities: Make a Heart Bracelet and Make A Princess Crown.
This creative party bag solution is perfect for kids aged three years upwards for a princess-themed birthday party.
TIME TO GET PLANNING
Princess parties are a classic choice (even a rite of passage!) for a five-year-old’s birthday celebration. From decorations to activities, there are endless options to make your little princess’s day extra special.
I hope you’ve found these ideas for creating a fabulous princess party useful and hope that the birthday celebration you create is fit for your little princess!!
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, she has used her experience as a mum to create useful guides to organising family life. During that time, she has found the most joy in creating lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.