The Princess Party Conundrum
What was a two-year-old princess-loving little girl to do?!? Her two big brothers had absolutely no interest (zip, zero, zilch!) in attending a princess-themed birthday party. Even the birthday princess herself often preferred action over tea parties.
We came up with a pretty good solution: A Princesses and Pirates Party! It satisfies the tiniest members of royalty’s desire for royal high teas, AND it satisfies the desires of the most rambunctious buccaneer for adventure on the high seas. (Plus, I liked the alliteration created by combining the P words of princess, pirate and party.)
Partying Princess-Style AND Pirate-Style
The dual princess/pirate theme was introduced right away in the party invites.
At the actual party, everything was set up in twos – one for princesses and one for pirates. Two play areas, two halves of the food table, two sets of cupcakes, etc. I did not bother with any games for the kids. I just let them run and play as they wished between the two themed play areas. (The themed play areas worked out so well that I have decided to never coordinate children’s party games again. Why waste the time and energy on forced games when the kids have such a great time using their own imaginations?!?)
The birthday girl’s bedroom was set up as a royal play area. We cleared the bedroom of any toys that were not related to the theme and decorated. Princess decorations were added to the door and walls. Thus, it became a wonderland of castles, dress-up clothes, tea parties, ponies, and all other things royal. There was a small castle playhouse set up in one corner and a toy castle set on the dresser top. We also set out a Mega Bloks Palace play set, a toy tea set, and some dress up clothes.
Next door, her brothers’ bedroom was converted into a pirate play land.
Again, we cleared the room of any toys that didn’t fit into the pirate theme. We added some décor to the walls and door. We even turned their bunk bed into a secret pirate cove. We also set out a handful of foam swords and eye patches!
Thar Be Grub!
The food table was simply divided by two tablecloths.
A pink tablecloth covered the princess side of the table where royal treats were set out on our fanciest serving dishes. A silver tablecloth covered the other side of the table where we served grub fit for a pirate, such as fish and chips (goldfish crackers and potato chips), sword skewers of fruit, and shiny candies served in a treasure chest.
We even set out oranges to protect our seafarer guests from the scurvy!
Desserts for Royalty and Freebooters
Lastly, we continued the dual theme by offering two different cupcakes – cherry chip adorned with glittery rings for the princess dessert and chocolate with pirate décor for the other.
In Cordial Conclusion…
A fun time was had by all who attended! Our birthday princess had a great time, and her brothers weren’t bored to tears. Other than a huge winter storm that kept several of our invited guests away, the dual-themed party was a big success.