Even if you don't have the liquid assets to throw your little girl an expensive princess party, you can give her a party fit for royalty by crafting many of your party supplies. You can hand make everything any princess party requires, from the costumes to the cake. Your homemade princess party will thrill your princess party goers and cheaply create cherished memories.
Homemade Tiered Princess Cake
Brides and princess partiers often pay upwards of £65 for their stack tiered and fondant-covered cakes, but you can make one yourself for pennies on the dollar. A party supply store or crafting store with a baking aisle sells plastic cake boards and dowels. Use them to create a DIY stacked tiered cake. Bake three pound-cake layers in graduated sizes, using round cake pans. Stack the layers using the boards and dowels and cover everything with a homemade fondant icing; a recipe for fondant is in the Resources section. With fondant, you don't need to buy a lot of add-ons for your cake. Make the cake's detail work by separating the fondant and dying it different colours. For example, cover your cake in a layer of pink fondant and make decorative purple scrolls with purple fondant.
DIY Princess Costumes
You can't call it a princess party if it isn't full of princesses, and princesses always dress the part. Before crafting princess costumes, look through your own wardrobe and your children's clothes for items that could work in a princess ensemble. Look for frilly dresses and skirts, showy accessories, beaded purses, and fancy hats and gloves. Round out your princess-wear collection with some homemade princess skirts. Buy a few yards of crinoline and elastic headbands. Cut the crinoline into 2-foot-long sections that are about 3 inches wide. Fold the pieces in half and tie them to the elastic headband along their folded midsections. Fill the entire headband with as many strips as will fit to complete your no-sew homemade princess skirt. Make enough for all the princesses. Empty out an armoire or clothes rack and hang all the princess clothes and accessories. Your princess party guests can visit this DIY princess costume rack the minute they enter the party.
Princess Crown Crafting Station
To imbue the party guests with the "homemade" spirit, set up a princess crown crafting station. Set out pink and purple foam board, safety scissors and plenty of crown templates. Fill clean jars with baubles the princesses can glue onto their crowns, such as broken costume jewellery, orphaned buttons and some craft jewels or sequins left over from another project. Set out a fast-setting but child-safe adhesive, or offer to glue everything yourself with hot glue. Once the crowns are complete, join the sides of the flat foam crowns into a circle using more glue or a paper clip. This project not only serves as a party activity, but the result, the crown, is now the child's to keep as a party gift.
Set the scene for your princess's party with homemade decorations of royal proportions. Scavenge your Christmas decoration storage boxes for white fairy lights, as well as silver, gold, pink, red or purple Christmas tree balls. Hang your lights in swags across the ceiling for a dramatic and romantic effect. Fill clear vases with the Christmas balls for instant homemade centrepieces. Drape any leftover crinoline over the buffet table or across a window.
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