The Disney princess has never been so popular and what can be more feminine, girly and lovely than a party filled with lovely little girls in fancy dress playing the part of their favourite fictional Royal. The best news for party planners is that the internet is literally filled to bursting point with Disney princess â€˜stuff, from kids Disney princess costumes and bejeweled regal accessories, to princess party bags, napkins and paper plates. There really couldn't be an easier kid party to plan.
WHAT IS A DISNEY PRINCESS
There is simply no grey area when it comes to the Disney princess. You either are one or you're not. To properly qualify the bona fide Disney princess must have had a starring role in an authentic Disney animated feature. They must be human-like (with the exception of the Little Mermaid) and they absolutely MUST have really nice hair. Interestingly, they dont necessarily have to be a â€˜princess in the purest sense (Cinderella, for example, was merely landed gentry).
Known for their inner AND outer beauty, most Disney princesses will also have a particularly good singing voice (vocal range similar to Mariah Carey is the minimum requirement). And finally, a proper Disney Princess will always experience some kind of romantic episode, generally resulting in a big wedding to someone handsome, followed by a lifetime of eternal bliss.
SO WHICH PRINCESSES...
Once you know your princesses, it's time to choose one. Most little girls are pretty clear about whom their favourite princess is and wont need your help. But as the party planning adult, its worth knowing your Belles from your Ariels, especially since youre the one who will be stocking up on all the merchandise.
We've summarised the main candidates for you here, along with a rather helpful â€˜Get the Look link:
Invites set the tone of any party, so its vital that they tie in with your theme. You can find pre-printed invites of Disneys most recent princess offerings from most high street and online retailers. If funds are low, you can make your own invitations by cutting and pasting Disney princess-inspired free clip-art images from the web. If you want to get really creative, sites like Pinterest are bursting with moodboards and ideas.
GET THE CAKE
Head straight to your local Asda, Sainsburys etc, for a ready-to-eat offering. Or bake or buy a plain sponge and use cake toppers to add the personal touch. Small, cheap toy figures will garnish a plain sponge rather nicely. For a super easy solution, buy edible rice-paper toppers and decorate little cupcakes. Or, best of all, plunge the legs of a plastic Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Elsa or Cinderella into a bowl shaped sponge, to make a beautiful princess cake.
Plot: Has horrible step mum with vanity issues who feeds her poisoned apple. Passes out, saved by dwarfs, marries Prince.