For the last few years we have allowed our oldest daughter to choose a theme for her birthday celebration and this year she was adamant about having a Cinderella party. With theme in mind, and gathered inspiration, I created my interpretation of a Royal Ball. The day turned out to be nothing short of posh. In fact, just like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it was the perfect fit for our little princess!
All photography, food, decor, centerpieces, party favors, invitations, prints and just about everything else you see here, was done by myself with the assistance of my wonderful family! Such a perfect day filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
I created my daughter’s royal invitations by first photographing her in costume. I then edited them and used Photoshop to add some special touches, which set the tone for her celebration.
Here was the welcome message to guests as they entered the party.
Our color scheme of periwinkle blue and pink was displayed throughout the celebration. I opted for a mix and match of cotton and satin fabrics with bow accents. Decor consisted of glass slippers, fairy wands, a mini coach carriage, pumpkins, tulle, bows and simple rose and carnation centerpieces. I was fortunate enough to find free Cinderella prints from the fabulous Anna & Co. blog, and used them to accent the floral arrangements, dessert table, and Cinderella dress up table.
The labels and banner were created by me with the exception of the cinderella silhouettes and framed print which also came from Anna & Co, and reads “Every now and then, in the middle of our ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairytale.”
Tiara & Rose centerpiece and perfect bow accents.
The Royal Dessert Table was a mix and match fabrics in blue and white, with pink bow accents and bird decals for a finishing touch.
Our sweet menu consisted of Royal Lemon Sugar Cookies. Also on the menu were red velvet cake pops dipped in white chocolate, which I made to resemble white pumpkins, and rustic mini berry pies and turnovers which were made by my wonderful Mother.
The sugar cookies were cut into crown, glass slipper and ball gown shapes and decorated accordingly by my sister and I.
You can find the cookie cutters for your princess party available for purchase in my Etsy Boutique. Just click on the link or the “E” under “my follow and subscribe” section to check them out.
All candy matched our color scheme. We served berry blue jelly bellys, light blue M&Ms, Tiffany Blue Malt Balls, and Blue pearled sixlets, which were meant to look like Cinderella’s original necklace.
For lunch we had a Royal Feast which included Princess Punch (homemade blueberry lime-aid) with optional mix-ins, Cinderella’s caprese skewers, Jaq’s homemade mini mac -n- cheese, mini princess crown pizzas, fairy wand pb&j’s made with a mini star cookie cutter and pretzel stick, veggies, chips and dip, mini turkey burger sliders, Fairy God-mother’s fruit, Your Majesty’s teriyaki meatballs and Masala Chicken Wings.
This is the dress up table I designed using Cinderella’s original dress as inspiration, which included a lovely drawing that my Mom did a wonderful job creating for me as the focal point.
The girls enjoyed playing dress-up with the necklaces, bracelets, rings, mini fairy wands and mini tiaras. The sewing kit, bird accents and original fairy tale print from Anna & Co added the finishing touche.
We added blue and pink tulle bows to add a posh touch to the mini fairy wands.
The sewing kit consisted of odds and ends that I found at Jo-Anne’s.
Table centerpieces and tulle ribbon accents.
Coloring the castle was a hit with our guests. We also setup a table complete with place settings and a crown for decorating.
We searched everywhere for a “pin the tail” style game that would match our party theme but had no luck, so my husband came up with the idea to create our own. We had a colored photograph of my daughter blown up at Costco for $18.00 and I printed off some small tiaras via the internet for our game of Pin the tiara on the princess. This was one of the highlights of the celebration.
My husband and I also made the 2 tier birthday cake, which we decorated and draped in fondant that matched our color scheme. The 1st tier was a chocolate cake with double chocolate buttercream icing, and the 2nd tier was a coconut lemon cake with homemade blackberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting. We topped the cake with a tiara and glass slipper for a posh touch.
Our princess blowing out her candles.
and here she is again super excited for her brand new big girl bike.
Each guest was sent home with a party bag that I made using cinderella silhouette prints, tulle and ribbon. I printed the guests name on each bag and filled them with special goodies, which included my ring pop favors.
Be sure to check back here soon for my diy ring pop favor tutorial.
Happy 3rd Birthday to our beautiful little princess, who never ceases to amaze us and lights up our lives in a way that we never knew possible. We love you to the moon and back plus infinity.