How to throw an easy and inexpensive princess and tea party birthday

My sweet baby girl is turning FOUR this weekend! Since Rowan’s birthday party had to be cancelled last year we decided to make this year’s party all about her and her closest little friends, instead of having a larger gathering that included her friends’ older and younger siblings. I thought about what Rowan loves to do with her friends: play dress-up, play with her dolls, and do crafts. From that it was an easy leap to a ‘princess’ (or fancy) tea party that included dolls! We asked the guest to wear a princess or fancy dress and to bring their favourite doll to the party.

I kept the decor pretty simple. Lots of balloons (helium and plain air), some yellow fans that we hung from the light fixture, and the birthday banner that I made a couple of years ago. I set the dining room table up with the crafts to start, and used our wood chest as a table for the dolls. We have a few play tea sets so those went on the doll table too!

First up was colouring sheets while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we moved into the main craft, which was decorating crowns for the girls and their dolls! The crowns were all cut from sheets of foam and I bought elastic from Wal-Mart so they would fit securely. The girls got to use stickers to decorate and they took their task very seriously!

Once everyone was finished their craft, we moved on to the cupcakes! I cannot properly express how amazing this salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream icing is. It’s quite a bit of work, because you make a salted caramel first and then make the icing but it is worth it!

After singing “Happy Birthday” to Rowan, the girls got to decorate their own cupcakes with sprinkles, chocolate rocks, purple sugar and stars. Decorating your own treat has always been a hit at other parties that we’ve thrown so I was pretty confident that these girls would have a great time, and they certainly did! We also served pink lemonade in plastic tea cups which was a fun and easy detail.

The dolls also had a lovely time at their tea party! Once the girls were done with their cupcakes, they immediately went over to the dolls and started playing.


While there are 6 dolls here, 2 of them were big sister’s and she had a friend’s birthday party to attend so she was only at Rowan’s party for the making of the crowns. This princess tea party birthday was very easy to put together and the birthday girl and her 3 guests had a great time!



7 Comments on How to throw an easy and inexpensive princess and tea party birthday

  1. Melissa Finn
    March 24, 2015 at 11:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Love these ideas! So inexpensive but kids will love it.

  2. Brenda A
    March 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM (3 years ago)

    I love the dolly tea party picture! Though my girls would prefer a party with African animals or dragons, the princess tea party looked like a huge hit (and easy on the budget!)..Nicely done.

  3. Angie Stevens
    March 28, 2015 at 6:17 PM (3 years ago)

    I threw a tea party for my youngest daughters sixth birthday we even had a dragon pinyata

  4. Louanne Baelde
    March 31, 2015 at 10:13 AM (3 years ago)

    Great ideas! Thank you so much!

  5. Louanne Baelde
    April 13, 2015 at 4:16 AM (3 years ago)

    Tea parties are always so much fine! Thank you for the tips!

  6. Amanda S
    April 14, 2015 at 9:53 AM (3 years ago)

    This was a terrific birthday party! Miss C still talks about how much fun her and her Dolly had :D

  7. Stephanie
    May 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM (3 years ago)

    cool I love tea


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