Castle and princess themes are popular with boys and girls of different ages. While boys dress up as knights and brandish make-believe swords in their castles, little girls don artificial tiaras and prance around like real princesses. Celebrate your child's upcoming birthday with a castle-or-princess-themed party. Be creative when making decorations for the party to transform the venue into a real castle using royal colors, soft fabrics and ornate decorations.
Things You'll Need
- White, pink or blue solid Christmas lights
- Red carpet
- Grey, black, white and silver paint
- Paint brush
- Packing paper
- Artificial gems, stones and beads
- Dowels or drinking straws
Cover outdoor trees, bushes or plants that line the walkway with tiny solid-color Christmas lights for an enchanted look. Christmas lights are available for sale year-round on the Internet. Spread a red carpet over the walkway that leads guests inside. Carpet remnants are sold at most big home improvement stores.
Suspend streamers and balloons in theme colors from the ceiling of the entrance and party room. Also curl streamers on the refreshment table for added effect. Use helium balloons for color at varying heights or spread them over the floor. Allow helium balloons to go untethered with the ribbons hanging down for an enchanting effect.
Spread sheets in royal colors of blue, purple and red over the refreshment table, on seats or the couch as a slipcover.
Spread a clean white sheet on a table and transform it into a stone wall but painting rows of large stone blocks over it. Use grey, black, white and silver paints to create the blocks. Allow the sheet to dry before hanging it strategically in the venue. Make others like these to serve as stone walls of the castle.
Attach sconces to the walls in strategic places and place lit candles in each for illumination during the party. Dim the main lights in the room so the candles serve as the main source of lighting.Tiny tea lights that work on batteries are available so you don't have to run the risk of using real candles.
Create signs from heavy corrugated cardboard to suspend on the door of each room. Signs such as Dungeon or Ballroom painted over a board give a medieval touch to the venue and a castle-like feel. For a realistic-looking sign, singe the edges with a match or candle all the way around the sign.
Create crowns for each Princess. Cut out a 3-inch-wide strip of foam or cardboard long enough to fit over the make-believe Princess's head. Cut the top in different angular shapes for added effect. Paint the front of the crown gold or silver, and glue adornments such as rhinestones, artificial gems, large beads, colorful stones and glitter. Tape or staple the ends together before handing the crown to each princess upon arrival.
Create magic wands and place strategically around the venue, or give one to each Princess. Apply glue over a drinking straw or wooden dowel and wrap it in silk ribbon. Cutout a Styrofoam or cardboard star and apply glue to both sides. Cover each side with glitter. Insert the tip of the dowel or straw into the star.
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