Because her newborn brother was in NICU, Christmas 2012 was miserable for Cam. Hosting a memorable birthday party was a priority for me this year. When asked what type of party she would like, I wasn’t at all surprised when Cam asked for a princess party.
Cam is already familiar with the stories of most princess fairy-tales, but I took the opportunity to explore them further with her. I invited her to help me plan the party. We read a range of traditional fairy-tales, and talked about the settings, characters and symbols in each. We even came across a new fairy-tale that neither of us had read before, Snow White and Rose Red. This book was so beautiful that we decided to use it as part of the party decorations.
After lots of reading and talking, we finally agreed on Snow White as the birthday party theme. It lends itself beautifully to a young girl’s birthday party, with so many features that can be translated into decorations, food and games.
Our decoration, food and game ideas were inspired by:
- An enchanted forest/woodland setting
- Forest fruits and creatures
- The personalities and actions of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and the step-mother
- The Magical Mirror
As well as decorating the house to look like an enchanted forest, we also used yellow, blue and red in our decorations.
Guests got a taste for the theme when they entered our foyer. The table was decorated with forest animals, forest berries, an apple and brag card for the birthday girl.
Scattered throughout the house were forest creatures and berries
The Dwarfs were watching over their diamonds and treasure in the backyard
The table setting featured woodland stools. I’ve had these tree stumps sitting in our garage for years, and thanks to this party, creating these stools became a matter of urgency. My clever sister made the cushions using an apple fabric I had previously purchased.
We were able to get offcuts of faux turf from Resource Rescue, which helped to create an enchanted forest look.
I added black dots to the favour boxes to create the Dwarfs’ mining train. This was a feature on the table, but later the boxes were used to collect treasure as part of a treasure hunt.
The cake was the centre piece of the sweets table. I learned from the mistakes I made with the Princess Belle cake the year before, and got this one right the first time. The trick to baking a cake in the Dolly Varden tin is to bake the cake at a low temperature for a longer period of time.
Once the mining carts were used for the treasure hunt, they were replaced with the party food. As well as some themed food items, I also served homemade sausage rolls and party pies.
Healthy and easy to make were Fruits of the Forest Cups:
Cam suggested we use our bunny and bird cookie cutters to make Friends of the Forest Sandwiches. These had simple fillings: apple, vegemite, cheese, and ham.
Cam’s top request was for Fruits of the Forest Smoothies:
I’ve been looking for an excuse to make Toffee Apples ever since seeing this recipe on Picklebums. They really were a must for a Snow White Party. Poisoned apples indeed! These sweet treats were balanced with some Popcorn Cups (always popular).
Fun and Games:
Read more about our party games and play stations here, including what you need and how to play.
Here is a snapshot of the fun and games we played at Cam’s Snow White party.
More Fairy-tale themed party ideas
If you love the idea of using stories and fairy-tales as inspiration for birthday parties, then make sure you visit these blogs for some great ideas:
Disney Tangled Party, Just for Daisy.
Princess and the Pea Party, My Little Bookcase
Tangled Art Party, Coffee Cups and Crayons
Tangled, 123 Homeschool4Me
Princess and the Frog, Baby, Bump and Beyond
The Little Mermaid, Childhood 101
Brave Party, Play Dr. Mom
Sophia the First Princess, Seven Thirty Three
Fairytale Princess Party, 123 Homeschool4Me
Princess Party, Play Dr. Mom
Princess Party, Crafty Moms Share
You Can’t Eat a Princess Party, B-Inspired Mama