It is so much fun to pretend to be a princess for a day. So how can you use your daughter’s natural desire to look pretty and act dainty to bond and get to know each other? Have a “princess party,” of course! “But, Merissa,” you ask ” how, exactly does one go about having a “princess party?” Well, you have to look the part- like a princess. You can’t be hungry. And you have to be invited to a ball. Don’t worry if you were not invited to a ball, though, because you are going to throw one. So slip on your glass slippers and get out your fairy godmother, because here is the most comprehensive checklist for the perfect princess ball.
STEP 1: Dress up in a pretty dress.
What kind of princess does not have a frilly gown? Get out the pretty princess dresses and model them for each other. It is important to have the perfect gown for the perfect night of ballroom dancing. If you do not have a princess dress or costume laying around, grab one of your pretty blouses and a scarf. Have your daughter put on the “dress”and the wrap the scarf around her waist. Another great way to make a pretty dress is to wrap a shimmery piece of fabric around her and use safety pins to make it stay.
STEP 2. Do each others hair and make- up.
What is a beautiful dress without a fancy hair- do and some make- up to accentuate your look? Put your little princess’s hair in a dainty braid and wrap it into a bun. Or, if you have time, you could curl her hair and put it in half pony tail. Paint some glitter on her eyelids and a little bit of blush. Then add some pink sparkly lip gloss to complete her look.
Now that she is almost ready for the ball, it is your turn to get all gussied up. Let your daughter do your hair and make- up. Make sure you tell her thank you! Give her just the right make up, and help her put it on your face. Be sure to let her do most of the work. With opportunity comes practice, and with practice comes ability. (She will get better with practice). But for now, you have a ball to get ready for and you mustn’t be late!
STEP 3. Paint nails.
It is always fun to paint your nails. Sometimes there is not enough time, but if you have time before the ball, you should. Painted nails is a great way to complete your look. Hey, how many balls will you be attending, anyway? Probably not many, so don’t miss out.
STEP 4. Have the “pre- ball” meal.
What is a ball without a meal? Whip out the peanut butter, the bread and the jelly and work together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Then cut the sandwiches into the shape of a crown. Take out a whole carrot and use a paring knife to “whittle” it into a carrot flavored scepter. Enjoy!
STEP 5. Dance until the clock strikes twelve.
Now for the moment both you princesses have been waiting for. It is time for the ball. Get out some dolls and stuffed animals for your “dates.” Put on some pretty princess party music, and dance the night away. Use your favorite mix of songs, but make sure that everybody has a turn to choose a song.
Okay, okay, so it might be hard sometimes to do all of these things in one day, but it is important to pretend with your daughter and the kids you take care of. Pretend is the way they learn to deal with real world issues. And what little girl wouldn’t love to be a princess for a day? The little girl I babysit is four years old. She is an all out girly girl. She loves pink and dresses and make up. When she did a really good job of helping out and obeying last week, we had a princess party. It is a great way to reward your little princess, too. It is well worth the effort, and we had a blast!