For our oldest daughter, Scarlett’s 4th birthday party, we knew we wanted to do something a little bit different. We have two girls and we’re always turning our living room into a blanket and pillow fort oasis. We’re big fans of cuddling, and probably own at least a dozen throw blankets already. Scarlett also had a very specific request: make it a “pink princess extravaganza!” Playing on those ideas, we came up with a perfectly pink daytime princess pajama party theme and transformed our downstairs into a giant, cozy room, perfect for an all-day royal “slumber” party (minus the sleeping, of course!).
To get the full comfy, pillow-fort effect, we covered the living room in cozy supplies. Our entire sectional sofa was covered in sheets, we layered blankets and quilts all over the floor, and propped up pillows and set down oversized floor cushions everywhere.
We asked all of our guests to wear pajamas to the party, and having everyone “dress up” was a huge hit. We even had parents arriving in their favorite jammies. We set up baskets around the room, filled with paper crowns and wands, giving everyone the chance to dress like royalty for the afternoon.
We created a princess (and prince) dress-up station, stocking our dress-up closet with tutus, wings, masks, capes, wands, crowns, and play jewelry like beaded necklaces, bracelets, and sparkly rings. The kids had a blast dressing up and everywhere you looked, someone was bouncing by in tulle and glitter. We also had a “DIY Magic Mirror” station set-up where kids could decorate their mirrors with glitter puff paints and glue gems, jewels, pom poms, and princess foam stickers to the mirrors. The DIY magic mirrors were the perfect party favor, and kids of all ages got in on the DIY action.
We lined every available space with beautiful blooms, including up the stairs, on the fireplace mantle, and on all of the counters and tables. Between the flowers and the giant gold pinwheels, even our fireplace got the glam royal treatment. Flowers totally make a party for me!
We also created DIY signs with the help of our amazingly crafty babysitter, Michelle; like the pearl “S” above the fireplace – perfect for Princess Scarlett, various pink and gold castles, and a pearl crown affixed to the dress-up station. There was a “pin the tail on the unicorn” game set up at the front of the room as well.
Because we were channeling the best ever pajama party, the menu was a nod to brunch. We served pretzel bites, pigs in a blanket, mini quiche bites, and cheese and crackers. Not to mention, artichoke dip and pita chips, veggies, and my mom’s famous crème brûlée french toast casserole. The dessert station was stocked with two cakes – one chocolate and one strawberry. Plus, pink frosted star rice Krispie treats, a carousel of mini cinnamon buns, cookies, a huge spread of fruit, and a unicorn for good measure.
The grownups had their own “royal drink station”. It was complete with everything they’d need to make mimosas and bellinis, plus craft beer and sodas. There were juice boxes and waters for the kids as well.
Even the gold flatware was decked out for the princess party. (Yep, I glued jewels to each and every utensil the night before the party)
The party was a huge success! The kids had such a fun time dressing up, creating magic mirrors, playing games, and bouncing from pillow to pillow in our giant slumber party room.
What People Ate
We served all of our favorite brunch goods. We had big trays of pretzel bites, pigs in a blanket, mini quiche bites, cheese and crackers, artichoke dip and pita chips, veggies, and my mom’s famous crème brûlée french toast casserole.
What People Drank
The grownups had their own “royal drink station” complete with everything they’d need to make mimosas and bellinis, plus craft beer and sodas. There were plenty of juice boxes and waters for the kids.
The dessert station was stocked with two cakes – one chocolate and one strawberry, pink frosted star rice krispie treats, a carousel of mini cinnamon buns, cookies, and a huge spread of fresh fruit.
The kids got to take home their own DIY magic mirrors, crowns, wands, and wings.
Activities / Games
We had a DIY magic mirror decorating activity for the kids, a dress-up station with plenty of costumes and masks, and a pin the tail on the unicorn game.
Annie Timmons Photography
Lexi Holzberg Kritzer of Glitter, Inc.
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