Princess Birthday Party Game Ideas

Here are some princess party games ideas that are sure to thrill your royal subjects! These tried and true games are simple and fun

Princess Birthday Party

Princess Birthday Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Hunt (Included) - Princesses LOVE treasure! There are two different ways to play this game. You can hide the treasure all around your venue and have the children search for it. Or you can place a group of items, like all of the flowers, together in one area. Then you can give the princesses clues and have them work together to find all of the items. Don’t forget to hand out the loot bags before the treasure hunt starts.

Pin The Horn On The Unicorn

Pin The Horn On The Unicorn

Pin the Horn on the Unicorn (Included) - Write the kids initials on the front of each wand, and add a glue dot to the back. Have the kids’ line up. Blindfold one kid at a time and spin them around a few times and then point them in the general direction of the game. Whoever gets the wand closest to the unicorn’s horn gets the prize.

Pass the Poison Apple (Included) - Have all of the princesses sit in a circle and turn the music on. Have the girls pass the poison apple from one person to the next. Then turn off the music, and the person holding the apple is out of the game. Finish until there is only one princess left.

Apple Relay (Included) - This game is sure to delight your princesses! Break the girls into 2 teams. Have each team form a straight line. Have the girl in the front of the line put the apple under her chin, and pass the apple to the next princess. The first group of princesses to pass the apple to the end of the line wins!

Royal Freeze Dance Ball - Turn on your child’s favorite music and instruct the princesses to dance. Play the music for a while and then stop it and yell “Freeze!” Any girl who is still moving is out of the game. These kids can help monitor the other children. Whoever is the last Royal on the dance floor wins. Alternatively, you don’t have to have any winners or losers. You can still point out any child that is moving after you have yelled “Freeze,” but keep that child in the game.

Musical Thrones - Start with 1 chair less than the number of princesses you have at the party. Arrange the chairs facing outward in a circle. Have the princesses stand in a circle around the chairs and start the music. The girls should walk around the circle of chairs. Stop the music. When the music stops the kids will race to get chairs. Whoever doesn’t get a chair is out. Then take out one more chair, and start the process all over again. The last princess with a chair should get a prize.

Find the Princess Slipper - You can take any high heal or shoe and bedazzle it anyway you would like. Hide the princess slipper in a room. There are two ways that you can play this game. You can either give the girls a series of clues on how to find it. Or, you can all let them search for it at the same time.

Princess SaysThis game is a lot like “Simon Says.”  Pick one princess to lead the game. If the child’s name is Olivia, then the child should say, “Princess Olivia says move your wand from side to side” and then she should show everyone how. If she says, “move your wand from side to side” without saying “Princess” and her first name, and some of the kids make the motion, they are out of the game. Or you can just give each kid a turn being the lead “Princess”.

Princess Birthday Party Game Ideas

Princess Birthday Party Game Ideas

Leprechaun Sandwich With A Pot Of Gold Under The Raindow

My little leprechaun’s are so excited for St. Patrick’s Day! I decided to create a lunch that captured the essence of the leprechaun under the rainbow with a pot of gold story. How did I do?

Leprechaun Sandwich With A Pot Of Gold Under The Rainbow

Leprechaun Sandwich With A Pot Of Gold Under The Rainbow

This lunch was really simple to create. I cut small rectangle slivers of watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. I arranged them in a rainbow formation and added a marshmallow at each end. I purchased some mini cauldrons at Party City and filled them with yellow chocolate candies (you could substitute with macaroni and cheese in the shape of shells). Tip- I folded a large spinach tortilla in half and cut out a hat, so I would have 2 matching pieces. I made a cheese sandwich out of the hat. I cut a small rectangle out of a fruit strip and cut a piece of pineapple in the shape of a  square for the buckle on the hat. I used a large circle cookie cutter and cut 2 circles out of bread. I made an almond butter and jelly sandwich in the circle. I added candy eyes and small slivers of carrot for his beard and hair. For his mouth I cut a dried cranberry in half and shaped it into a smile. This festive lunch should thrill your wee leprechauns!

St. Patrick's Day Lunch Ideas!

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Ideas!

 

Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Game Ideas

Is your valiant knight having a birthday party? Here are some fun game ideas that are sure to delight at your Royal Soiree!

Knight and Dragons Birthday Party Game Ideas

Knight and Dragons Birthday Party Game Ideas

Dragon Egg Hunt (Included)- Hide the dragon eggs with treasure in them all around your venue. Get all of the knights together and tell them that the castle dragon hid some dragon eggs with treasure in them and that it’s their job as Royal Knight to find them! 

Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Dragon Egg Hunt

Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Dragon Egg Hunt

 

Knights And Dragons Pin the Fire on the Dragon Game

Knights And Dragons Pin the Fire on the Dragon Game

Pin the Fire on the Dragon (Included)- Write the kids names on the back of each fire puff, and add a glue dot. Have the kids’ line up. Blindfold one kid at a time and spin them around a few times and then point them in the general direction of the game. Whoever gets their fire closest to the dragon’s mouth gets the prize.

 

Cross The Moat- This game is really fun and sure to get lots of giggles from your valiant knights! In your venue draw two lines 15-30 feet apart. Pick one child to be the “dragon” of the “moat.” Have the dragon stand in the middle of the 2 lines. The knights should stand behind one of the lines and try and cross the moat to the second line without getting tagged by the dragon. As the knights get tagged by the dragon they have to line up behind the dragon and become part of its tail. The knights should put their arms on the dragon’s (or knight’s) shoulders and help the dragon get the other knights.  The last knight to get tagged wins and becomes the next dragon.

 

Chase the Dragons Tail- Have the kids line up and touch the shoulders of the child in front of them. The first person in line is the dragon and the last person is the tail. The dragon tries to run around and catch the tail without breaking up the line. If the dragon succeeds, he becomes the tail. If you like you can time this game. 

 

Train Your Dragon- Have the children line up in a horizontal line. Tell the kids they have to pick a dragon name for themselves. Pick one kid and have him lead the game like Simon Says. If the child’s dragon name is Scary, then the child should say, “Scary says wave your wings like a dragon” and shows everyone how. If he says, “wave your dragon wings” without saying his name first and the kids do it, that kid is out. Or you can just give each kid a turn being the Dragon Trainer.

 

Musical Thrones-  Arrange the thrones (chairs) facing outward in a circle. Start with one chair less than the number of knights that you have at the party. Have the knights stand in a circle around the chairs and start the music. The boys should walk around the chairs. Stop the music. When the music stops the kids will race to get a chair. Whoever doesn’t get a chair is out. Then take out one more chair, and start the process all over again. The last knight with a throne wins.

 

Royal Freeze Dance- Turn on your child’s favorite music and instruct the kids to dance. Play the music for a while and then stop it and yell “Freeze!” Any kid who is still moving is out of the game. These kids can help monitor the other children. Whoever wins gets a prize. Alternatively, you don’t have to have any winners or losers. You can still point out any child that is moving after you have yelled “Freeze,” but keep that child in the game.

Parties By Alex Knights and Dragons Birthday Party

Parties By Alex Knights and Dragons Birthday Party

Say Cheese! How To Take Pictures At A Birthday Party!

Say Cheese! How To Take Pictures At A Birthday Party!

Parties By Alex- Fairy Birthday Party

Parties By Alex- Fairy Birthday Party

When Heather Hewitt, from Shutterfly, reached out to partner with Parties By Alex we were thrilled! If you have ever tried to take pictures of your children you know how hard it can be to get great shots. I just hold down the blast button and hope for the best! Thankfully, Heather has provided some great tips below that will help us all get those once in a lifetime shots!

Tips for Taking Birthday Party Pictures

There’s nothing quite like a kid’s birthday party. It can be complete chaos from the moment you open the door for the first guest to the moment you usher the last one out. Still, all the fun your kiddo has with his or her friends is totally worth all the work you put into it. One thing you shouldn’t forget to plan is capturing great birthday party photos. Pictures are the perfect way to cherish those memories, and they can be displayed in several ways, including photo albums, scrapbooks and adding to thank you notes, especially if they feature a picture of your kiddo and the note’s recipient.

But what if you’re not a photographer extraordinaire? That’s okay! Use these tips to ensure you end up with great pictures of your child’s birthday party.

  • Ask someone specific to take pictures. It’s not uncommon for a party to be filled with laughter, presents, games, fun, and just overall busyness – so much busyness that everyone forgets to take photos. To avoid that, designate a photographer; as the parent of the birthday child, you’ll probably be too busy running activities and greeting guests to be the photographer this time around.
  • Know your camera. Every camera is different, and many have several settings that can be difficult to learn right away. Figure out how your camera works ahead of time! Also, spend time learning which settings are best matched with each lighting situation you encounter – especially indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Focus on the details. You’ve probably spent a lot of time figuring out the perfect décor and food spread for your kiddo’s party – so make sure there are photos of all your efforts! Before people arrive, snap photos of all the small details you can (like the pile of presents and birthday cards, cupcakes, party favors, etc.). Then, during the party, be sure to ask the photographer to zoom in on the kids as they watch gifts being open, play games, eat cake, etc.
  • Shoot a mix of candid and posed photos. We don’t live our lives in poses, so the best way to capture the authenticity of a fabulously fun party is to take candid – or unposed – shots. Of course, you’ll want to take a few posed pictures – like a group photo or the birthday kid with their cake or special feature at the party – so you’re sure to capture everyone and everything you can.
  • Include everyone. Don’t focus on the same group of kids for every shot, or even the majority of shots – mix it up! And don’t forget the adults, even though it’s a kid’s party and the kids are oh so cute. When you and your family look back on the party photos, you’ll want to remember everyone who was there.

Create lasting memories of your child’s birthday party through great photos. By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to have photo album-worthy pictures to display all year long. Even more, you’ll have great photos to share with your kid’s friends, be able to make personalized photo gifts for you or the grandparents, and lots of memories to look back on when your child is all grown up.

Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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Halloween Sandwiches that look like Cookies! How to get kids to eat a healthy meal before Trick or Treating…

Halloween Sandwiches That Look like Cookies!

Halloween Sandwiches That Look like Cookies!

Halloween Sandwiches That Look like Cookies!

My children’s school asked me to make some sandwiches for the kid’s Halloween Luncheon. How do I get these kids to eat something healthy so they don’t over do it with the candy? Then an idea came to me… Make sandwiches that look like cookies!

I made 2 different sandwiches. The pumpkin sandwiches are almond butter and jelly. The ghost sandwiches are turkey, mozzarella, and cranberry. The recipes and instructions are below;

Pumpkin Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwich

 

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich

Halloween Pumpkin Sandwich

Ingredients

– Smooth Almond Butter

– Raspberry Jelly (any jelly flavor will work)

– Whole Wheat Bread

– Orange Sugar

– Green Sugar

– Fruit Roll Up

Instructions- Spread the jelly on one piece of bread and the almond butter on the other. Put the piece of bread with the almond butter on top. Press down lightly with your hand the flatten the sandwich. Take the pumpkin cookie cutter and press down on the sandwich. Pop the sandwich out of the cookie cutter. Lightly sprinkle the orange sugar on the base of the pumpkin, and the green sugar on the stem. Then cut out the eyes and mouth from the fruit roll up. Add a tiny amount of almond butter to the back of each piece so they stay in place.

Ghost Turkey, Cranberry and Mozzarella Sandwich

Halloween Ghost Sandwich

Halloween Ghost Sandwich

Ingredients

– White Bread

– Deli Turkey

– Cranberry Sauce

– Mayonnaise

– Sliced Mozzarella

– Flat Black Circle Sprinkles

Instructions- Put the mayonnaise on one piece of bread and the cranberry sauce on the other. Put the turkey on the cranberry sauce and the mozzarella cheese on top of that. Then put the piece of bread with the mayonnaise on top. Lightly press down to flatten the sandwich. Next, press the ghost cookie cutter down into the sandwich. Pop the sandwich out of the cookie cutter. Then put a tiny amount of mayonnaise behind each sprinkle so they stay in place. Add the eyes and mouth to the ghost.

 

Halloween Sandwiches

Halloween Sandwiches

Despicable Me Minion Cupcake Tutorial

Despicable Me Minion Cupcake Tutorial

Despicable Me Cupcakes

Despicable Me Cupcakes

How Adorable are these cupcakes?!?!?! My very talented friend Mary, from Delaware, made similar Despicable Me Minion Cupcakes and I knew my sons would have a blast making them! My sons LOVE the first Despicable Me movie. They have probably watched it at least 100 times. When Despicable Me 2 came out, it was a no-brainer that it was going to be the first movie I would take Drake to see in the theater. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it! We laughed a lot and really enjoyed it!

My boys and I had a great time making these cupcakes. It was a great after school activity! Below is the tutorial on how to make these adorable cupcakes.

These are the items you will need;

The ingredients

The ingredients

– Vanilla Cake Mix

– Twinkies

– Vanilla Frosting

– Black tube frosting

– Wilton Candy Eyes (you can also use the white smarties and dab the middle with black frosting instead of buying the candy eyes)

– Wilton Candy Mustaches

– Cupcake Liners

Directions-

First bake the cupcakes according to the instructions on the box. When they have cooled, frost them with white frosting.

Cooled, frosted cupcakes

Cooled, frosted cupcakes

Then cut the Twinkies in half and lay them on a flat surface. Dab a little bit of white frosting on the back of the eyes and mustaches and then stick it onto the Twinkie.

Attach eyes and mustaches by dabbing the back with a tiny bit of white frosting

Attach eyes and mustaches by dabbing the back with a tiny bit of white frosting

Then draw goggles and a mouth onto the Twinkie. Be sure to let the frosting dry for a half an hour before attached them onto the cupcakes because the black frosting will run.

Let the frosting dry after drawing the goggles and mouths

Let the frosting dry after drawing the goggles and mouths

After you wait for the icing to set attached them to the cupcakes. Voila! Now you have your finished product!

Despicable Me Cupcakes

Despicable Me Cupcakes

One of my son’s favorite scenes from the first Despicable Me movie is when The Minions go to the store to get Agnes a new unicorn toy. Drake especially liked the Minion with the mustache. So, I thought it would be funny to add a mustache to our cupcakes. :0)

Despicable Me Mustache Cupcake

Despicable Me Mustache Cupcake

These cupcakes were a hit! They are also very easy to make! Enjoy! #loveminions #favoritemovie

 

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Parties By Alex Fairy Birthday Party

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Everything that came in the box was so well designed, produced and coordinated, it made preparing for the party so simple, and ensured that everything went off without a hitch on the day of the party. We’re now using the “thank you” notes to send to her friends, to thank them for their birthday gifts.

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The Birthday Fairy

The Birthday Fairy

 

Fairy Party Fun

Fairy Party Fun

Rainbow of Fairies

Rainbow of Fairies

 

The Birthday Fairy with her Friends

The Birthday Fairy with her Friends

 

Fairy Costumes and Table

Fairy Costumes and Table

 

 

 

 

Pirate Birthday Party Game Ideas

Mateys! Do you want to have a swashbuckling good time? These Pirate Birthday Party Game Ideas are sure to please your little minnows!

Parties By Alex Pirate Party Game Ideas

Parties By Alex Pirate Party Game Ideas

Pirate Party Game Ideas

Treasure Hunt (Included)-   There are two different ways to play this game. You can hide the booty all around your venue and have the pirates search for it. Or you can place a group of items, like all of the telescopes, together in one area. Then you can give the pirates clues and have them work together to find all of the items. Don’t forget to hand out the loot bags before the treasure hunt starts.

"X" Marks the Spot Game

“X” Marks the Spot Game

“X” Marks The Spot Game (Included)- Write the kids initials on the front of each “X” and add a glue dot to the back. Have the kids’ line up. Blindfold one kid at a time and spin them around a few times and then point them in the general direction of the game. Whoever gets the “X” closest to the “X” on the map gets the prize.

Cannonball Blast (Included)- Blow up the balloons. Tie the ribbon on one end of the balloon and around the pirate’s ankle. The idea of the game is not to let someone stomp on your cannonball so it doesn’t go off. Once a kid’s cannonball is popped, they are out of the game. Last one with the cannonball wins.

Musical Islands- Start with 1 less island (chair) less than the number of kids you have. Arrange the chairs facing outward in a circle. Have the kids stand in a circle around the chairs and start the music. The kids should walk around the circle of chairs. Stop the music. When the music stops the kids will race to get chairs. Whoever doesn’t get a chair is out. Then take out one more chair, and start the process all over again. The last kid with a chair should get a prize.

Arrrr..... Ye having fun yet?

Arrrr….. Ye having fun yet?

Pirate Says- This game is a lot like “Simon Says.”  Pick one child to lead the game. If the child’s name is Sam, then the child should say, “Pirate Sam says dig for treasure” and then she should show everyone how. If he says, “Duck to avoid flying cannonballs” without saying “Pirate Sam,” and some of the kids make the motion, they are out of the game. Or you can just give each kid a turn being the lead Pirate.

Walk The Plank- Test your little Swashbucklers skills with this fun game! You can build an inexpensive plank with a piece of plywood. Depending upon the age of the kids you can elevate it with some bricks or cement blocks (just make sure it’s sturdy). Then put a blue tarp under it. Then for dramatic effect add all sorts of fun sea creatures to the water. Instruct the pirates to put on their pirate hat, eye patch and to hold their sword. Have your little minnows walk forwards and backwards on the plank. They can even do a little pirate dance, or anything you can think of that is age appropriate.

Swab The Deck- Break your pirates up into 2 teams. Have the pirates stand in a straight line. Each Pirate Team needs to clean their pirate ship deck. In front of each pirate team, place 1 cone about 30 feet of the first pirate. Hand the first 2 pirates a broom and put a beach ball (any ball will do) on the floor in front of them. Each pirate has to swab the ball in a straight line and around the cone and back to where they started from. Then they pass the broom and ball to the next pirate and they do the same. The team that finishes cleaning their pirate ship deck first wins!

Pirates Freeze Dance- Turn on your child’s favorite music and instruct the pirates to dance. Play the music for a while and then stop it and yell, “Freeze!” Any kid who moved after the music was turned off is out of the game. These kids can help monitor the other children. The last pirate on the dance floor wins. Alternatively, you don’t have to have any winners or losers. You can still point out any child that moved after you yelled “Freeze,” but keep that child in the game.