Throw a Princess Party with these fairytale ideas.
Drawing inspiration from the Royal Family, this party fit for a princess is a royal affair to remember. Beauty, grace and glamour served as our inspiration for delicate cupcakes and lavish cookies.
Princess Party Menu:
Cupcakes with fondant crowns and wands: I piped a large buttercream swirl with a 1M tip and topped with crowns and wands, and embellished with edible shimmering stars from Wilton. I cut fondant stars for the wand and shaped the crown with five triangular-shaped pieces pressed together at the bottom to form a crown. Attach the gold dragées with clear icing gel. These are time-consuming!
Cupcake with rhinestone crown: I piped a large buttercream swirl with a 1M tip and placed a tiny tiara crown purchased from Vintage Whimzy on top.
Miniature cupcakes topped with white buttercream icing and fondant rose: I piped a large buttercream swirl with a 1M tip and topped with a pick from Meri Meri and a fondant rose. The pink cupcake was placed in a princess cupcake wrapper from Fancy Flours.
Fairy Godmother cake: I purchased a small angel-food cake from the grocery store and cut up some shortcakes to make the cake taller and rounder. Place foil around the bottom of an 8-inch doll. Wrap some ribbon around the doll or use frosting to cover her chest. Insert the doll into the center of the cake, and frost. The ruffles and swags on the dress are piped with a #70 leaf tip.
Cookies: Dresses and slipper cookies are good favors. The sugar cookies were frosted with a glaze icing and sprinkled with white sanding sugar. The cookie is decorated with a rolled fondant rose with green leaf. Young boys will like a silly frog prince decorated with edible eyes, edible shimmering stars and gold dragées. The crown and wand were made of white fondant.
Goody-bag ideas: Each guest receives a small rhinestone wand embellished with a ribbon bow and a small slipper filled with M&Ms. Give the children a cookie to take home. Place the cookies in bags and tie with ribbon. The princes receive a frog-prince cookie, and the princesses a dress or slipper cookie.
Shopping tips: eBay is a great place to search for princess-themed items. Search “Disney Royal Dreams” for the pumpkin-coach cookie jar. Search “Cinderella” and “princess” to see what is available for sale. The small Lucite “glass” slippers are available at party stores and online.
Princess Party Ideas:
Make a “clock strikes twelve” place card by cutting three circles, each about a quarter-inch smaller than the last. The black circle is the largest one. Glue the gold circle onto the black one. Draw a clock face on the white paper before attaching it to the gold paper. Make a bow out of gold seam binding or ribbon and attach to the bottom of the card. Write each guest’s name on a small slipper cut out of the white paper.
Use four small shortcakes and stack two of them (to make two sets and make the cake taller and rounder). Cut in half and place around the doll. The cut side is at the waist of the doll. Place foil around the bottom of an 8-inch doll. For the doll’s top, wrap ribbon or smooth on frosting. Insert the doll into the center of the cake and frost. The ruffles and swags on the dress are piped with a #70 leaf tip.
Table setting: Adorn the table with such accents as old letters, vintage china and princess-themed pieces. A stunning rose bouquet is a fitting centerpiece. The slipper napkin fold was published in Mrs. Beeton’s Cookbook in the 1800s. I found the same fold in a 1920s Dennison Party Book. Make a small crown cake for the princes and a Fairy Godmother doll cake for the princesses. This is a special party that a grandmother could prepare for her grandchildren.
Note: All cakes and cupcakes were prepared with store-bought mixes, and the buttercream frosting was purchased from a cake-decorating shop.
Produced by Diane Sedo
Photography by Jacqueline deMontravel