Well it's no secret that I enjoy planning and designing events for the people that I love! Allie turned three over the weekend and her love for Frozen inspired this pretty pastel blue and white snowflake bash. Putting a party like this together is easier than it looks. In fact, keeping my house clean before the event was the hardest part since both kids are home from school all Summer. Here's a look at how to design a similar party with all the resources you'll need below!
Instead of spreading out your decor try focusing on a few focal points. A princess-themed party can be a simple and beautiful affair without having too many decorations.
A dessert table and kids princess seating were the two areas that I focused most of my energy. A six ft folding table like this is great for the candy and desserts while 3 stacked low level picnic tables like these are perfect for the kid's table. Once you invest in these items you can literally use them over and over again for all your parties.
Going with a winter soiree theme like this vs a pre-printed disney party means that you can re-purpose your christmas decor and maybe even find a few things out there on clearance if it's off season. White tissue balls and honeycomb trees can also be used as inexpensive centerpieces to achieve the look of elegant snowfall.
I had so much fun using stock photos and shutterfly's upload your own design products to create this table. I found these beautiful shutterstock.com snowflake images for the plates and paired them with a background like this for the placemats and dessert trays. These pastel pillows made for pretty and fun casual seating fit for any princess. The best part about using reusable party goods is that all the place settings double as party favors. Each friend can take home a cup, plate and pillow to remember the event!
Ombre blue stacked snowflake cupcakes sat pretty on these elegant stands and these limited edition blueberry Oreo's added a pretty pop of sugary color. I think by the end of the party there was a singular toddler bite taken out of each cookie. I guess that's how you know your efforts were appreciated!
Make your guests feel special with their own place setting and individual party favor box. I found these beautiful snowflake boxes and filled them with a couple of these bracelets.
I also love all of these custom event napkins that you can pretty much get in any color. Tinyprints.com is our go to for all our invites, cards, napkins and stationary. This invite is a keepsake for sure! It's such a time stamp of our lives right now.
I am in the habit of re-using these plastic candy containers in different shapes and sizes then customizing them with new ribbon and tinyprints.com stickers for various holidays. I love these stickers! A candy buffet really only needs just 2-3 colors that fit your theme. Once you invest in a few candy containers you are set to use them year after year.
Since candy can be expensive try filling the bottom of some containers with these festive shreds to take up space. Another trick is dipping marshmallows in melting chocolate in the color of your choice. A bag of marshmallows is about $1 and they take up a lot of space in your candy container. Plus the kids love them and they look fabulous when you roll them in sanding sugar. Wrap up shirt boxes in silver paper to elevate your candy dishes for a finished look.
These customized Frozen Stockings and Pillowcases are wonderful for your guest goody bags. They take up space nicely if you roll them up and wrap them in ribbon. If you have your guest list confirmed on time then you can upload an initial, name or even photo of your little party-goer.
The same stickers used on your candy table can be placed on simple white or silver bags to complete the look. I love that these square stickers fit perfectly on little chocolate bars. So cute!
Like I said, I like to keep things simple by focusing most of the decor on the tables outside. Inside table tops are usually just for food and drinks and the structure of my parties are pretty casual. Honestly I don't plan out a lot of games or activities for the kids but instead just let them run around and play. This year I created a disney inspired playlist for the little guests and I also hired a face painter for an hour. The biggest hit for sure though was this cotton candy machine from Nostalgia Electrics. The cotton candy was so good and so fun and simple to make! You basically plug the machine in to heat up for a bit, pour in the cotton candy sugar and wait for it to create this amazing colorful floss. Then you twirl around the reusable wands until you have the sweetest carnival grade cotton candy ever! Eating the cotton candy was great but making it was the best part! All the grown ups were all taking turns. I joke that the kids should take it out front like a summer lemonade stand!
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Well I hope this provided you with some inspiration and motivation to plan the perfect princess party! Leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Special thanks to Shutterfly.com, Tinyprints.com, OrientalTrading.com, DropitModern.com and NostalgiaElectrics.com for teaming up with me on this party! The best part of the process was creating a memorable event for our friends, family and of course Allie!