Disney Princesses... All Grown Up!

I'm the first to profess my love for all things Disney. I love the movies, theme parks and characters - especially the Disney Princesses! Oh yes, Belle and the gang hold a soft spot in my childhood... and my parties! The magic of Disney means never growing up. And never growing up means you can throw a two penny Disney Princess party any time you want. Lots and lots of blogs have parties dedicated to Disney's Princess posse, but here's my twist on a standard Disney theme!


Invitations
Check out punchbowl.com (the Two Penny preferred e-invitation maker) and create something sweet and special. Like this:

A tea party theme (inspired by none other than Alice, of Wonderland fame) works perfectly for your grown-up Disney Princess party. Food and attention to detail is what makes this party a true hit.

Drinks
Since it's a tea party, serve appetizers and, well, tea. If you're in the middle of a heat wave, a nice pot of boiling earl grey probably won't hit the spot, but fresh iced teas will! Dress up plain iced tea with mango, mint, or raspberries for the perfect afternoon refresher. Lipton has plenty of recipes here, and for an extra (grown-up) twist, add a bit of vodka. Have some juices and spahhh water on hand for the non-tea partiers. Pink umbrellas would be an excellent touch here, but they're purely optional.

Food
Keeping the Disney Princess theme in mind, here are some appetizers inspired by each of the ladies themselves. Be sure to serve them on silver and gold platters and bowls, and if you have the time, print out labels for each princess and place it next to each snack. Again, it's all about the details:
  • Belle (Beauty & the Beast) - Since bookworm Belle is from France, brie and french bread is the perfect snack. Can't you just picture her eating this while she's reading a book in her provincial life? 
  • Ariel (The Little Mermaid) - Goldfish crackers. Sounds simplistic, but you'll need a few bland things to throw in here and there. Think of it as a palette cleanser!
  • Jasmine (Aladdin) - Hummus and baked pita chips. The genie would be oh so proud. 
  • Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) - Crab dip. Very New Orleans-y. Weeeell, and they go with the pita chips!
  • Mulan (um. Mulan) - Chinese Cucumber Salad. It's crisp and fresh. A perfect warm weather treat.
  • Pocahontas (again, um. Pocahontas) - Roasted Corn Salad. Ahem, it also goes very well with pita chips.
Once the main appetizers have been noshed on, it's time to bring out the big guns... Snow White, Cinderella and Princess Aurora (also known by her street name, Sleeping Beauty).
  • Cinderella (Cinderella!) - As an homage to her gorgeous "only-till-midnight" ride, serve a decadent pumpkin pie. Store bought will do just fine.
  • Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) - If you've seen the movie, you'll know that two of her fairy godmothers can't seem to agree on the right color for her 16th birthday cake. Serve multi-colored cupcakes in their honor. 
Snow White (Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs) - By now your guests will be stuffed to the max with cake, snacks and tea, why not send them home with a party favor? Enter Snow White. Candy Apples wrapped in cellophane (or kitchen plastic wrap) and tied with a black and white bow will be the fairy tale ending to Alice's Wonderland Tea Party.


Ice Breaker Game
In case your guests don't know each other well, a game of Disney "Who Am I?" always seems to do the trick. Using Post-it notes, write down the names of princesses, villains or other Disney characters and as your guests arrive, stick them on their backs (or foreheads, whichever looks sillier!). Guests approach each other asking yes-or-no questions about their characters. Am I a person? No. Am I an animal? Yes. Am I a lion? Yes. Am I Simba from The Lion King?! Ding ding ding!

Music
Skip the sugary sweet Disney music and go for something sassier. Here's a playlist to get you started!

1) Why Can't I? by Liz Phair
Liz Phair - Liz Phair - Why Can't I?

2) Take it Off by The Donnas
The Donnas - Spend the Night - Take It Off

3) You Can't Hurry Love by Diana Ross & The Supremes
The Supremes - Diana Ross & The Supremes: Anthology - You Can't Hurry Love

4) Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink, Mya & Missy Elliott
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & P!nk - Moulin Rouge - Lady Marmalade

5) Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani and Eve
Gwen Stefani & Eve - Love, Angel, Music, Baby - Rich Girl

6) Someday by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - Someday

7) Around the Bend by Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Fruit - Around the Bend

8) That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing - That's Not My Name

9) Irreplaceable by Beyonce
Beyoncé - B'Day - Irreplaceable

10) Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage
Garbage - Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains


Be sure to send pictures of your party! Best ones will be posted here!

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