A princess tea time birthday party including ideas for food, crafts, activities, favors and more!
I cannot believe that my twins are 5, that just seems so old to me. I didn’t really have any trouble sending them off to preschool but this whole kindergarten thing is definitely throwing me for a loop. Last year we threw an awesome under the sea birthday party but this year I wanted to do something completely different. My girls are into everything princess so we threw an afternoon tea party with a princess theme and it was a huge success.
So first of all, let me just say that my mom was the creative genius behind all of this. I planned and prepared the food and hired the performer, but she did everything else. She made all of the decorations, came up with the party activities and made all of the party favors. Pretty amazing right? I sure think so and I’m so thankful that she’s such a doting and active grandma to my girls!
The primary entertainment for the party was a performer that came as Rapunzel. We encouraged our guests to wear their princess (or prince!) attire by specifying that on the invitation. As the girls’ friends made their way into the party, we had some glam stations and simple crafts set up to keep everyone busy while we waited for Rapunzel to make her grand entrance. First up was the royal headpiece station.
The “tree” is actually a metal stand (coat rack perhaps?) from a garage sale, it originally had come from a party rental center. While tiaras are traditional princess attire, so many of the inexpensive ones break in about 5 minutes and aren’t that comfortable to wear. Instead we did these floral hair wreaths to mimic the flowers that Rapunzel wears in her hair. My mom made them all by hand. We did have a few boys at the party, so we had a few store bought crowns on the tree for them as well.
We also had a selection of jewelry for the kids to pick out (and take home with them!). Both the necklace and ring stands came from garage sales. The candy bracelet stand is actually a picture frame with a few hooks attached to it. After the kids had donned their head pieces and picked out some jewelry, it was time for crafts.
For crafts we had handmade wands and plain plastic teacups to decorate with stickers, as well as some rainbow cereal and lanyards for the kids to string edible necklaces. While that was fun, nothing is more fun than seeing a princess make her royal entrance.
Rapunzel entertained the kids with stories, singing, magic and face painting.
While Rapunzel was working her magic with the kids, I put out some snacks specifically geared towards the adults including a cheese tower, veggies with a teacup of hummus, and fruit salad inside of watermelon that my mom carved to look like a teacup.
After Rapunzel’s show, the kids had some snacks while they were waiting to have their faces painted.
I wanted the kids food to be reminiscent of what you’d actually get at a tea, so tea sandwiches were a must. We did turkey and cheese, fairy bread, and peanut butter and jelly. Always be sure to check for allergies before you serve peanut butter at a party!
We kept all the food bite sized or in small portions, like these veggie cups and homemade cereal mix served inside paper teacups that my mom made.
I’ve found at all of our parties, the most popular thing is something that you don’t expect. We served this fruit salad inside mini waffle cone bowls with spoons made out of candy. The kids went CRAZY for the candy spoons, such a fun touch!
We did one long table for the kids, and decorated it with pastel roses in mason jars, as well as small bouquets made out of lollipops. Unfortunately it was an extremely windy day, which meant the wind was continuously blowing things off the tables and taking down the decorations, so not all of the planned decor made it through the party.
Next up was cake time. I am not very good at cake decorating, so I typically stick to cupcakes because I do a decent job on those. This time around, the cupcakes were princess castle themed. We had picked up some packages of princess valentines on clearance after Valentine’s Day, and inside the boxes were these pink castle shaped lollipops. I frosted the cupcakes green to resemble grass, added a few candy flowers to the grass, then stuck a lollipop into each one.
The actual paper valentines themselves did not go to waste. My mom cut the princess face out of each valentine, created a skirt out of tulle, then glued them to paper bags to make the favor bags. We filled the bags with goodies like plastic “glass slippers” filled with jelly beans, princess crayons, glitter chalk and little teacup sets from the dollar store.
The kids also took home their flower crowns and jewelry and everyone left happy and glamorous! Will we ever be able to top this party? I’m not sure but we’ll definitely have fun trying.
I know you said you purchased the spoons on Amazon, do you happen to remember the brand…all I’m finding are candy cane flavored…yuck! 😛 Love all your special touches! Thanks for the ideas 💖✨
I do not remember the brand I’m sorry!
Hi, where can I find these candy spoons or similar.
They sell them on amazon!
Hi! I know this is an older post but I do have a question! Did you proctor each craft and do them one at a time or did the kids just do them in their own time?
They just did them in their own time, we had adults standing by to help!
Where did you get the teacups
They came from a garage sale but I believe they have something similar on amazon!
HI I’m in search of these tea cups just like you have for our Kindergareten / 1st grade tea social event coming up at school. Where in the world do I find these?? Thank you
We actually found these at a garage sale, but it looks like they have some similar options on Amazon if you search plastic tea cups!
This event was so beautiful….your mom did a great job. I wanted to know where did you all get the plastic tea cups? They look real….
She actually got them all individually wrapped at a garage sale!
Hi, can buy the stands now that you are done with your tea party? And where do I get the princess bags from?
This party was years ago so I don’t have any of the materials! For the princess bags, we bought plain white bags, put a princess sticker on the front, then glued a piece of tulle cut as a skirt.
Hi! Where did you find the plastic tea cups??
They actually came from a garage sale where someone had just thrown a similar tea party, but it looks like if you search “plastic tea cups” on Amazon they have some options!
Wow! You and your mom rocked this party! Happy birthday to your twins – what a milestone. It sure goes fast 🙂 These are all lovely princesses and the food looks wonderful. Great party and it looks like everybody enjoyed it.
Oh my! I love everything about this post, from the great food to the fabulous princess dresses 🙂 Takes me back to my girl’s younger days (she was a big fan of princess dresses!)
Oh my goodness, Sara, such a magical experience for your kids! Everything about this party is just so fabulous. And how cool is your Mom with all those beautiful decorations! This was such a pleasure to read! Great food, too – wow!!
What an amazing party! Any child would love to be including in an event like this!
Sara, wow! Great party! I love giving afternoon tea parties, but I’ve never done a children’s tea party. A friend is giving a tea party soon for her not-yet-2-year-old granddaughter, and I’m invited along with a few other honorary aunties, the mother and the grandmothers. But since there will only be the one child, I doubt we’ll be doing any face painting, but maybe I’m assuming too much!
What a gorgeous looking party! Bravo! And the fairy bread looks like it turned out great!