Amount of Time: 10 to 20 hours
Budget: $100 – $500
Number of Guests: 10 guests or less
Age of Children: 4 to 8 years old
Special Notes: This is a very popular party for girls ages 4 to 8. The nice thing is there are many variations on this theme, i.e. you could have a tea party with the dress up, or you could make it more specific and play “wedding” withe the dress up. It could also turn into a “Glamour Shots” party. So, there is a lot of twists you can do on the theme depending on your child’s interest.
This party can also be done on a very good budget. Yes, you can hire people to come in and provide the dressup clothes and a make-up artist to do the kids’ fashion show makeup, or you could provide the dress-up clothese by going to thrift stores and picking up the clothes for little money and having the girls make themselves up, or having adult volunteers help with this process.
Cut out bright colored-card stock in the shape of a dress. On the inside of the dress, put all of the party information on it. You could also do the same with a wide-brimmed hat.
Choose your colors and decorate the party room with balloons and streamers in these shades.
Feather boas can be strewned around the room as a further decoration.
The party table can be a white tablecloth and primary colors that have been chosen as the theme for the table ware. You can sprinkle confetti on the party tables, have candies that look like baubles in the center of the party table. You can decorate the birthday kid’s chair with satin ribbon.
As a centerpiece, use a fancy purse or several and tie balloons to them.
Make your own fashion runway by laying down either some inexpensive fabric or rug pieces. Decorate the parameters of the runway, with groups of balloons. It will make it look festive.
Provide beads and jewellry string and have the kids create necklaces and bracelets to wear at the party.
Provide plain wide-brimmed hats, and have the kids dress them up using plastic flowers and satin ribbons. They can wear these at the party.
Make paper hats.
Decorate plastic sunglasses.
Hire a facepainter to make-up the girls’ faces or a makeup artist to professionally make-up their fashion faces.
Provide makeup for the girls to “do up” their faces and also hair accessories. This can include: lip gloss, blush, eye shadow, perfume, and hair clips, etc. Make sure they have a space to put the makeup on with mirrors on hand.
Provide dress up costumes for the kids to put on. Make sure to have everything from high heels to purses, etc. Once they are all dressed up, play fancy music and have a fashion show, having the kids take turns up and down the runway. If the parents have not stayed for the full party, invite them to attend the fashion show portion of the party. Make sure to announce your models as they walk down the runway too.
Make sure to snap a photo as each girl walks the runway. This can be used either in the thank you notes or as a goody, i.e. place the photo in a frame as a party remembrance.
Play “Pass the Purse” as you would “Hot Potato.”
Have suitcases full of different dress-up costumes and have relays seeing how quickly the kids can dress up in the outfit, run with the suitcase in their hand back and forth. First team done wins the race.
This theme is quite popular and goes along with a tea. You could serve the following:
- Small tea sandwiches cut into little shapes
- Frozen grapes
- Little fruit tarts
- Small scones with jam and cream
- Pink Lemonade punch, use the frozen kind and substitute Club Soda for water and place thic slices of lemon in the punch. Serve this in clear, plastic champagne glasses.
Provide plastic purses full of lip gloss, mini-makeup compacts, small mirrors, jewellry candy, ring pops, hair clips, plastic sunglasses, bubble bath, etc.
Make fashion show frames sticking on foam hats, makeup, high heels glues onto a plastic frame. Place the picture of the guest on the fashion show runway.