That is how I can describe your interest on my blog about Princess Theme Party. You can read it here.
Let’s make an extension from my previous blog. I love princess things… every girl must have the given right to be a princess.
You are here for two reasons : “Budget” and “DIY”
There are lots of cute and whimsical things that can get you side tracked. Especially, when you look at toddler and children’s clothes.
Let’s get real! Cute and whimsical won’t last much after all the party is done.
When all the guest leaves, you are left with decorations to clean up, new toys to put away, make room for new things, and think of the way to get rid or put away old things.
In the end, I consider “cute and whimsical” things as more money down the drain and more work for you!
I am speaking out of experience. Let’s not get side tracked! Focus! You can do this!
Budget = Things you can use more than once!
- Set a realistic budget for your party. (try only using the budget you already put away )
- For example: I like to feed my guests, nobody leaves my party hungry! 65% to 70% of my preset budget will go to food and all the things we will need to serve the food. ( this includes cake and ice cream) 15% on stuff for Princess. 15% on decorations, invitations, thank you notes, games or craft, and favors.
- Look in your child’s closet ( broken toys, pretty clothes your child has out grown, hair accessories,or jewelery you can upcycle)
- Look in your craft box, closet, or stash of things you bought on clearance thinking you will use someday.
- Get some ideas online, ask your princess what type of princess she wants to be. Most likely, a young child will call out a name from Disney’s Princess. The older girls will want to try out new things related to princess. For example, my daughter asked for princess stuff with hot pink things.
- Look for texture, details, colors, and fabric combinations when you are looking at pictures.
- Ask yourself: Is it age appropriate? Is this what is in fashion now? Will those colors go with my daughter’s complexion? Will it be a comfortable fit? How and what can I use to get that look in my daughter’s outfit? Will it cost too much to get that look? Do I have enough time to make this work? Do I know anyone who can help?
- Make an idea board or sketch out a party design.
- Now, you are ready to go out the door and go shopping in stores. Leave your cards at home ONLY TAKE CASH! Why? You are on budget, you don’t have extra funds in your budget for unnecessary extra value things on clearance.
- Check out the consignment stores, Good Will, Arc., or Dollar store before going to the mall.
Pictures of Inspirations
I like the hat and ribbon accent on this outfit. I was thinking of using cotton shirt and sew on some tulle around shoulder, add a skirt using tulle, and use a ribbon to accent the outfit.
This can be a tank top and skirt outfit. add golden shimmer paint for accent on the shoulder strap and a log ribbon around the waist. I can also add thin strips of tulle below the golden shimmer.
I liked the idea of long flowing dress. This will be great for a party with family but not so versatile for a child who wants to play outside.
I like the messy tulle and big flower look. I can even upcycle the table-cloth! I would make the hem shorter.
“…and she wore DIOR because Dior is divine.” Well said, Eloise! I love this shade of pink and two layered skirt.
Next group of pictures are for showing how a simple accent can complete the garment.
Matching lace around the top of leggings.
Different shades of flowers .. thinking of using round tulle for this look with chunky yarn.
Combination of different shape, size and color tulle on the hem.
Uneven layered hem, contrasting shades of tulle, and printed fabric under layered tulle.
My sister and I used to call this ” car wash ” skirt and I am glad it’s making a come back.
The big bow! I love it!
Love, Love, love the big flower!
- Set the limit of $15 or less on the outfit. If it costs more, you might as well go to the mall and get one on clearance.
- Consider using the outfits your princess has outgrown and add to the details on your upcycled outfit.
This is a great dress to upcycle!
Use the preexisting simple dress and add details on it.
I see felt flowers, buttons, ribbons, or round tulle.
I’ve seen these style of dress often at Consignment stores. (check for coupon before you go)
There are still more information to post… I decided to make this three part blog. My next blog will focus more on DIY tutorials.