Party like royalty with this guide to hosting a royal birthday party for your little girl.
The Queen has two birthday’s with the British public celebrating her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. Her actual birthday – 21 April – is a private affair, celebrated with family and close friends.
However, when the Queen hosts a birthday party, or any other kind of event, it is always a glittering and dazzling affair, full of tradition and pomp.
If your little girl dreams of being a princess or even a queen, why not throw a royalty inspired birthday party? Follow these fun hints and tips to make it an extra special party…
#1 The birthday girl makes a grand entrance
In the case of the Queen and other royal family members, they arrive at any event or party after their guests have. They usually make a grand entrance whilst everyone sings the national anthem.
You may not want your small guests to sing but you can certainly come up with some great ideas for your Birthday Queen to make a grand entrance.
Why not create a balloon arch for the Birthday girl to walk through, announcing her arrival to her birthday party guests?
#2 Host a Tea Party
The annual garden party is enjoyed by guests invited from across the UK, and the tea party theme certainly makes a pretty backdrop to a little girl’s party.
Hire a marquee, or use your own, and decorate with pretty pastel colours and flowers – don’t forget pretty fairy lights too. A tea party is a great way to entertain your guests.
Keep sandwiches and snacks small and dainty, and have delightful napkins and stemmed plastic glasses for the tables.
And to really stick with tradition, get an adult guest to act as toast master to wish the birthday girl many happy returns, and to sing happy birthday as the cake is cut.
#3 Nothing is too extravagant or excessive!
You may not have a bottomless pit of cash to spend on a birthday party fit for a queen but, within the budget you do have, you can certainly create a backdrop that is fit for a queen.
Collect old jam jars and fill with pretty flowers from the garden. Use doilies on plates, use ribbon tied around the jam jar vases and cutlery etc. to give the party table a feminine, pretty look. Decide on one main colour and use two pastel colours to accent the space.
#4 Every birthday queen needs a tiara
Of course, no royal-themed party is complete without at least the birthday girl having a tiara but you may also invite your guests to wear their finest garb too – including some big jewels. You could have some things on hand so that when guests arrive, they can choose two or three pieces from the dressing up box.
Likewise, you might also want to create a chair that looks just like a throne and don’t forget, that the birthday Queen has been at the head of the table.
#5 Dainty buffet
All of the Queen’s meal are served to the highest possible standard and the party buffet of your birthday princess should be no different.
However, your guests may not relish the prospect of pork pies and cucumber sandwiches, but finger sandwiches full of delicious fillings are just perfect.
There are all kinds of toppers you can buy to decorate cakes too, and we love the crown shapes rice paper decorations that look great on fairy cakes. Keep everything looking royal and super-girly for the best effect.
#6 Party games
No birthday party is complete without entertainment. As well as buying in entertainment – from Disney princesses to illusionists – playing games with a royal twist are also perfect for a birthday tea party.
We love the idea of Musical Statues or Musical Chairs to songs associated with royalty – let your imagination run wild, because this doesn’t just mean the national anthem.
And take the chance to introduce the younger generation to some old-fashioned quintessentially regal games such as a genteel game of badminton, Quoits or jazz-up some modern-day party games with a regal twist. How about pinning the bearskin hat on a poster of the Buckingham Palace Guard?
A party with a regal twist don’t have to have to be decked out in red, white and blue bunting. They can be pretty, pastel coloured affairs, with squealing young ladies delighted at being maids of honour to the birthday Queen.