1st Birthday Princess Party
You know your little girl is a princess. Now it's time to let the rest of the world know with these first birthday princess party ideas.
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Your little princess is turning one! We've got the 1st birthday princess ideas, supplies, activities and more to turn your child into royalty on her big day.
Planning Your Li'l Princess 1st Birthday
For peace of mind, begin planning your first birthday princess bash six to eight weeks in advance. This will allow you time to gather all the supplies that you need, including 1st birthday princess decorations, gifts, and menu items. Planning ahead also gives your guests time to RSVP and make travel plans, if needed. Don't panic if you find yourself short on time; you can still plan a great party! Planning ahead simply reduces the risk of conflicts with guests' plans and may increase your party’s attendance.
The first decision you will make is when and where to have the party. The best place to hold the party is somewhere familiar to your child, such as your own home, a relative’s home, or a park you visit on a regular basis. And the best time of day for a baby’s birthday party is immediately after their naptime, and it should only last about an hour. A well-rested baby is much more likely to enjoy a fun and exciting party, and keeping it short will help ensure that your child doesn’t get too overloaded.
And remember that first birthdays are really more of an opportunity for the parents to celebrate making it through the first year! Your baby girl is more likely to enjoy playing with the wrapping paper and balloons rather than most of the gifts! And remember to be flexible! Little ones can be unpredictable, so expect un-scheduled rests, tears, and accidents. Just relax and go with the flow!
To simplify the rest of the party planning process, check out our Party Planning Timeline, and read the paragraphs below for information on selecting 1st birthday princess decorations, party supplies, princess party favors, and more for your child's 1st birthday princess party.
1st Birthday Princess Party Guest List and Invitations
There are two ways to create your guest list. If a lot of your family members and family friends live close, you may want to host a large party so they all can be invited and everyone can share in the baby’s special day. However, if you think your little girl would react better to a smaller party, consider only inviting a few immediate relatives.
Want to make your own fairy princess 1st birthday invitations? Here are a few ideas:
- Fold a sheet of construction paper or card stock in half to create a card-style invitation. Print out a picture of your little girl’s favorite princess – such as Cinderella or Snow White – and paste it to the front. Write the words “You’re Invited” next to the picture. Inside, paste a picture of your little princess on one side and the party details on the other.
- Copy photos of your little girl in some of her most memorable “first” moments – like the first time she sat up, the first time she slept through the night, the first time she tried solid foods, etc. Paste these photos in a circle on the front of your invitation and write “You’re Invited” within the circle. Write all the party details inside.
- Paste a picture of your little girl on the day she was born to the front of the invitation. Write “From 0…” underneath. On the inside, paste a recent picture of your little girl. Write “…to 1!” underneath.
- Dress the birthday girl in a princess outfit, complete with tiara and pink slippers, and take her picture! Make the photo your invitation and write the party details on the back.
- Cut a large number 1 from pink cardstock and write little tidbits about the birthday girl on the front, such as “She loves watching her big brother play video games” or “She started sucking her thumb on January 10th” or “She only allows her daddy to brush her hair”. On the back, write the party details.
- Seal the mailing envelopes with princess stickers
You can also purchase personalized or pre-printed first birthday princess invitations online.
We recommend mailing your invitations three to four weeks prior to the party—any sooner and your guests may forget, any later and your guests may already have plans.
What You’ll Need for Your 1st Birthday Princess Party
If you plan to use paper tableware and 1st birthday princess supplies, our Suggested Party Supply List may be quite helpful. Please note that you may not need everything on the list; it is intended only as a guide.