DD is turning 5 in February and wants a Disney Princess party -- so I thought that my Disney friends might have some great ideas for her party!!
We will be having the party at the local children's theater - it is a huge building that DD calls "the castle." And it does indeed look like a castle -- all done in fancy mosaic tile and what not. You can see a few photos here: http://www.rosetheater.org/about-building-rental.asp
They have a birthday party room that is like a mini-ballroom, all done in mosaics with a vaulted ceiling. And it's only $50, which is amazing, I think. (Most other birthday venues here are $200+ and DH says we can't have the party at our house.)
We will probably have about 15 kids, boys and girls. I am working with our local magician's organization to see if any of their female magicians would be willing to dress up like the Fairy Godmother and do a magic show for the kids, but the guy I talked to wasn't sure it would work -- they only have 3 female members and he didn't know what they would do. So that is very iffy. My mom is also very Fairy Godmother-esque and quite the actress...thought she could come in and do storytelling and creative play with the kids in a pinch. (She runs children's theaters across the state during her summers off...she's a teacher...she's actually considered moving to Florida after retiring to be a Disney character.) If we ask, the theater will provide a person to do an acting workshop and give a tour of the theater, but it will cost an extra $4 per person. I'm not sure whether 4- and 5-year-olds would enjoy a theater tour or not.
Any ideas for other princess-y activities? I thought I would encourage the kids to dress up on the invite (and I will bring costumes for the kids who don't)...girls as princesses and boys as princes/knights/pirates.
I LOVE cake decorating and plan on making a 3-D castle cake. Thought the invite might be a scroll-type announcement worded like the invitations to the ball in Cinderella (e.g. By royal command, every young maiden and lad must attend, etc.). Most of the invites will be personally delivered to the kids at school, so it's not a problem to have them be three-dimensional.
Here's a link to the photos from her party last year, to give you some idea of the type of party we usually do: http://radloffs.smugmug.com/gallery/2460025#129011530
Would love to hear your ideas or what you've done for your own DDs in the past!!!