My Party: Lauren

Oakland, CA

There's no need to apologize for a princess party, especially when it's as lovely as this one. Lisa shares: The inspiration for Lauren's "princess and pinwheels" fourth birthday party came from Lauren herself. As much as we, as parents, have tried to avoid the onslaught of princess paraphernalia, we couldn't say no when Lauren sweetly asked for a 'princess party.'

In attempt to steer away from anything too commercial, we focused instead on a pink and purple color scheme and making the day as magical as possible. The 16 foot kids' table was decorated in pink felt (which is inexpensive and reusable), pink and purple flowers, and purple flower chairs. Each place setting included a foam crown, wand and adhesive jewels so that kids could decorate their own royal accessories while parents noshed on fruit and tea sandwiches.

Kids were served lemonade while the adults were offered a special pink alcoholic punch made by Lauren's dad. Guests old and young also enjoyed jumping in the pink castle bounce-house. The highlight of the party, however, was an appearance from Magic Princess Tory who performed a puppet show, painted faces, and made balloon animals for all of Lauren's friends.

The whole day was, in a word, magical.

Source List:
Princess appearance: Tory from Magic Princesses
Decor: Pinwheels and pails - Target
Foam crowns, wands and jewels: Michael's
Flowers: Oakland Flower Market
Water Bottle Labels: Blonde Designs
Tables, chairs, bounce house and bubble machine: Bay Area Jump

Thanks Lisa!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.