My 6 year old and one of her friends decided two months ago that they desperately needed to have a princess party, I of course conceded after about 5 minutes of “please, please, please, please, please.”
As soon as the yes was uttered I had two squealing little girls on my hands in the middle of OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and almost instantly realized how much of my love for party planning and organizational style had rubbed off on the little one.
“Do you have a pen Brigette? We need to make a list.”
“I’m not sure, can it wait until we get to the car?”
“No, I don’t think so, I don’t want to forget.”
A list! A girl after my own heart. We found a seat and pen so the girls could get to work. After five minutes of going back and forward about the correct spelling of “jumping on beds” the girls were ready to continue exploring the museum. The final list consisted of the following:
Jumping on the bed
Plan B (yes, they had a full backup plan just in case I couldn’t get them all of the above)
Mickey Mouse pancakes
Outside of their list of requests they wanted it to be a complete surprise for everyone involved, so they didn’t want to hear about the exact plan. They were so adamant about the surprise factor that they didn’t even want to tell the third guest what was happening until she got there!
To keep in line with their lust for surprise I did follow their list of requests but added a few items and got creative with the execution. For example: instead of just giving them everything they needed to play dress up I created a map to various items. Since all of the girls could read I made sure to include at least one written clue and written directions to accompany the pictures on their map. You could easily adjust the activity to work for children who are not proficient readers yet or make it more difficult by adding multiple stops (clues/maps leading to more clues/maps) for children who are a bit older. Once they finished their treasure hunt they returned to their “Kingdom” to put on their princess attire, do their make up and design their castle (butcher paper on an entire wall with crayons).
After they were satisfied with their outfits they decided to write and perform a play. This wasn’t a planned activity but ended up being the most fun! They even enlisted our roommate to stand in as their king so that everything was perfect.
Next we moved on to cupcake making. They didn’t want to risk ruining their princess outfits so they put on PJ’s early and headed to the kitchen. My grandma purchased a BabyCakes cupcake maker for X last Christmas and it proved to be perfect for this occasion. Since we weren’t using the oven we were able to have everything set up and ready to mix on the counter. Once the batter was ready the girls poured it into the BabyCakes maker on their own and closed the lid, waited for the light to turn green (similar to a waffle maker) and pulled the cupcakes out. We could have used a standard cupcake pan and the oven, this just gave the girls a greater sense of independence. When the cupcakes were plated we set them aside to cool overnight and it was princess movie time in their kingdom!
There was a birthday party to get to at 11 so we didn’t get a chance to decorate the cupcakes but they didn’t care. Understandably so, who doesn’t love ooey gooey chocolatey goodness?
Overall the girls thought it was a huge success. I would have to agree, the cost was miniscule and they stayed entertained for their entire stay. They are already planning their next overnight themed adventure!