This year my kids have caught on to the magic! They eagerly awaited the day we chose our costumes for this year (my son will be going as a duck and my daughter a ladybug, both homemade) but didn't want to leave it at that. So I decided to create a celebration separate from our Halloween party next week to allow the kids a chance to dress up and have some fun!
Planning the Princess Party
With the help of Wal-Mart and the Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0 app, my daughter and I planned the perfect Disney Princess Halloween party for her and her friends. We had an absolute blast shopping for the decorations and my daughter's special princess costume. You can read all about our shopping experience here.
Once we had all of the supplies it was time to get home and make things happen! We had invited 10 girls between the ages of 2-5 to our party and asked that they bring their prettiest Disney Princess dresses to the party. I was excited to find that most of them not only brought their princess dresses, but more to share! And even some adorable princess shoes to match. The girls were elated at the thought of dressing up and playing together as princesses.
I started our set up by planning out the menu. For our playdates I always like to keep things simple and utilize "hands eating" as much as possible (meaning I won't have to clean a bunch of silverware afterwards). I usually plan on making one thing and the rest are simple snacks to pour out or cut up.
Since this was a princess party I tried to go along with the theme and create dishes that the girls would enjoy and that would fit the dainty princess theme. So tea sandwiches, pumpkin bars, scones, and fruit cups were what I set out.
We also had some pretty princess cups for juice and water and some coffee for the larger princesses. The girls were allowed to take their cups home
To check out how I made the pumpkin bars, head on over to my Pumpkin Bars recipe post.
In an effort to keep the princess theme front and center, I decorated with simple ideas, pink and purple for the colors and functional decor for the rest. We set out the princess dresses on the curtain rod for the girls to "shop" for their dress of choice.
I added some princess crowns and a wand making station to the table next to the dresses so that they could complete their look as they went down the line. And the last stop was choosing their shoes (some of the younger girls opted out of wearing the shoes and ran around in their bare feet Cinderella-style).
In addition to yummy food and fun outfits, the girls also had a few activities they could partake in. We set up our train table into Tink's Tea Party and the girls had fun preparing and serving tea to each other. They are quite creative and eventually everyone had a cup in hand!
The girls also had the chance to make princess wands with the help of their moms. We included some dowels, felt to make the star on top, and pretty ribbon in different colors so each girl could customize their wand to their personal preference.
For the most part, though, the girls enjoyed playing together inside and outside. Since we have so many toys for all ages, it was easy for them to choose an activity and play, play, play. I love watching their creative little minds figure things out and try new things.
For step-by-step directions on how to create your own Magic Wand, visit my DIY Magic Wand Tutorial post here.
Friendship is very important to me and I am so lucky to have such amazing friends. I'm also lucky that my daughter has this opportunity to be involved and play with such an amazing group as well. I'm so excited to be a part of these little ones lives and watch them grow.
Playgroups have been an integral part of my life and I could not imagine life without running my playgroup. It's kept me active, informed, and entertained and has built friendships that I hope last past our kids early years.
Each one of these princesses pictured below are absolutely amazing. Their personalities shine and they love playing together. They truly bring joy to mine and my daughter's lives and we love hosting playdates for them!
Creative Entertainment with Royal Ball 2.0 App
If you're planning on hosting a Halloween Princess party of your own (or simply shopping for princess fun) I highly suggest checking out the Royal Ball 2.0 app to make your shopping experience a bit more fun for you and your little princess.
Not only can you unlock more fun as you scan different pictures with the apps, it makes shopping with kids that much easier. And your little princess will love being able to create her own outfits and decorate her very own carriage as you shop.
|Create your own castle pumpkin by following this tutorial for Halloween Painted Pumpkins|
To download the Royal Ball 2.0 App simply go to iTunes for Apple products or the Google Play store for Android.
For more photos of my shopping experience, visit my Halloween Princess Google + album.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Disney Consumer Products, Inc. All opinions are my own. #CBias #SocialFabric”