If there are 2 things every princess party needs, it’s SPARKLE and Dress-Up! So with that in mind, we designed a Sparkle Station Activity Table for our Disney Princess Birthday Party theme. The table was filled with lots of inexpensive dress up items for the royal guests to have fun with, plus a “Bling out a Party Hat” craft complete with glittered initials for personalizing their creations!
Even though the overall princess party (styled for Dream Parties by Hallmark & Disney) encompasses several of the Disney princesses, Cinderella in particular was a big inspiration for this table. Macy (my 3 year old daughter) has been watching Cinderella a lot lately, and I realized that sewing and dress up really are a huge part of the story – even before the Fairy Godmother arrives! So the presence of the little sewing spools, bows, and dress form were actually inspired by Cinderella’s first dress and the adorable movie scenes with the mice and birds trying to help get her ready for the ball. Cinderella herself also makes a cameo on this table – via a pop-up tabletop decoration from the Dream Parties line, as does Rapunzel. (I thought it made sense for her to make an appearance near the hat & hair accessories!)
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– “Swagged tablecloth” made from a (pinned) bed sheet + acrylic beads and tulle bows
– Embellished dress form centerpiece with homemade bubble skirt and tulle bow
– Paper Rapunzel tabletop decoration with dress-up hair extensions clipped to her skirt!
– Free printable party signs & “SPARKLE” banner
When I stumbled on this decorative dress form at HomeGoods (which started out with a simple gray/white fabric body and plain cream stand, btw!), it reminded me of when Cinderella’s first dress was hanging in her room, ready for improvements before the ball. I knew we could transform it into something special for the princess party, but it turned out even cute than I’d hoped! Jacque even made an adorable “bubble skirt” for it with craft tulle and leftover fabric from the sheet used for the dessert table headboard.
The sparkly tulle bow in the back is actually my favorite detail… (more…)