It’s being a while since I have done a weekend review post where I share our family events. But have you ever dreamed of being one of those Disney princesses or any other kind of princess? My girls are always playing dress-up and princesses. Who is to say, we are not princess in our own way. Well, according to man’s definition, I guess there are certain qualifications. But when the whole pretend princess play at our house becomes a little too much, I try to teach my girls that they are princesses in their own way. And that they do not have to always dress up or pretend to be a Disney princess to actually be a princess. Really mom?! At two and four – nope we totally do not understand that concept! After all, I probably did not get it until I was well into my teenage years. You know – that person we so dearly admired and wanted to be “just like them!” Anyone with me? Think back for a moment; I am sure someone will come to mind.
In any event, some of the ladies of our church wanted to host a Princess party for little girls from age four up to fourth grade. I was asked to be Princess Tiana. That one from the movie “The Princess and the Frog.” Thankfully, no real frog for the party! Not that there was not anyone else to ask, but each person who acted as a Princess was special in each own way. I knew my little girls, especially the 4 year old, would be ecstatic to see mommy play a princess:)
The main reason for the party was to point little girls to Christ. We wanted them to know that they could become daughters and princesses of the KING (Christ). Yes, we think creatively like that. Actually, Michelle (who played Ariel) is so very creative in that area. She is super talented when it comes to acting and speaking. Both she and our Senior Pastor’s wife did amazing by putting this together!
The party was only about 3 hours long but it was a lot of fun for everyone! Some of the activities of the day included:
- listening to a short presentation of the Word of God from someone who played the queen
- making tiaras – people bow to Kings and queens and every person will one day bow to Christ
- nail painting – princesses love to look beautiful and Christ can make our hearts beautiful
- light snack (pink popcorn, cookies, grapes) – When we eat we get hungry again but Christ can fill us up
- singing – the Princesses sang “A Dream is a Wish” from Cinderella and a few of the other Princesses sang songs relating to their movies
- Autographing (fake, of course) – Mine was something like Tia (no Disney copyright violation)
- and taking lots of photos and having fun
It was such a fun party and so very tiring. All of the little princesses who came were a little over two hundred. Not mention, their mommies and daddies, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, guardians, dogs, cats, and everyone else they brought with them as escorts! They were all dressed in a princess gown of their choice! They had so much fun! Many of the parents told us that they were thankful for such an activity. It was very well coordinated.
So if you are a person who loves to watch other people’s photos, you’ll probably enjoy this post.
Note: I couldn’t snap the photos because I was part of the act. So while they may not be all the best, I am thankful for the bits and pieces I gathered from others and from the one who had my camera. There is someone else who took many photos for me but I have not yet collected them. So for now, I hope you enjoy these!
So unto the photos. . .
The ladies in our church are pretty TALENTED! Our costumes were made by 12 different ladies from our church. Each one made a costume. Mine was made by a young lady (barely 30 years old). The white under the costume is her wedding gown redone! Then she added the green parts of the costume. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Kudos to these talented seamstresses!
I did my girls hair pretty!
Getting ready at church. My youngest daughter (2 years old) got to be at the party but the activities were not geared for her age. So she walked around with a babysitter. The baby was with a babysitter there, too, but he was not very happy:=( Hubby had a graduation event at his job all day so he couldn’t help. But we made it through:)
This little girl in the Rapunzel costume – her sister played Princess Elsa (you’ll see her in the photos below).
Brianna (just finished her Freshman year in college) is my assistant. Actually she is Tammy from Creative K Kids niece. Each princess had a helper. Here we are standing in one part of the church’s lobby waiting for the little princesses (kids) to arrive. We greeted and did autographs. Again, NOT the real autographs, of course. Don’t want to violate Disney’s copyright laws.
People every where! And this is just a sample. The church’s auditorium was packed!
Making an entrance on stage. The costume was too long so I had to hold it up so I would not trip down the stairs.
Me, being goofy to one of my friends down below (I know – a goofy princess). I was leading a group of girls up to a classroom to make tiaras. Each princess (and their assistant) had a group of girls they were responsible for during the activities. The church has a large school, over 1,000 kids from 3 years old all the way up to high school. So some of the classrooms are also used as Sunday school or other activity rooms.
Met some of your other princesses!
Princess Belle! Played by Andrea (you can catch a glimpse of her hubby and little son in the corner there). She also works at the school. Isn’t she stunning?! That dress!
Belle with my daughter.
And other little princesses.
Princess Aurora! Played by Tina – a good friend of ours! Tina works at the school, too.
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin! Played by Karina. She was home on vacation from college. Her dad did some amazing photographs. See the link below to view them if you wish! Such a pretty and very sweet young lady.
Snow White, Mulan, and Pocahontas! Snow White was played by Cindy, a very talented young nurse. Mulan was played by Megan; a young college student who plays the piano exceptionally well and sometimes helps to coordinate the church’s Christmas music programs. She was just too cute with that little fan “thingie”. And Pocahontas was played by Leng. She is actually a deaf young lady who attends the Deaf ministry at church.
Ariel with Snow White! Ariel was played by Michelle. Remember Michelle in the opening of this post? Yep, the one who coordinated this party. She is the children’s pastor’s wife and is just a spectacular woman!
Ariel singing “Under the Sea” and another song! Sorry about the blurry shots here, too.
This is Katie VanderKooi – one of our super talented pianist! And I guess musician all around! She also teaches music at the school. I mean, just by her last name you can tell how talented she is.
Hello Cinderella! Played by Kaitlin. Such a very sweet young girl.
Telling her story.
My daughter wanted to be dressed like Cinderella so I bought her this pretty dress. Here she is with her little friend Sophia and her sister and of course, Cinderella.
Rapunzel and Flynn! Rapunzel was played by Angela who is a music and voice teacher at the school. Such a voice I tell you! She also made the crown I am wearing. And Flynn is played by Jason from our church who recently graduated from College. Both of his parents work at the school – his dad being the Administrative Assistance.
Princess Anna! Yea – what girl doesn’t want to see Princess Anna?! Played by Courtney – she is our senior pastor’s daughter. She is in 11th grade, I believe. Her costume couldn’t be more exact! My daughter loves her because she babysits her from time to time.
And let’s not forget her famous sister, the Ice Princess! Elsa was played by Paetyn – I think she is in 11th grade, too. Doesn’t she look like Elsa? I have always thought that she sort of looks like Elsa since the movie came out. All her sisters (in real life) are beautiful! Remember her little sister in one of the opening photos with my kids? Yep, beautiful!
Tiana, Mulan, and Jasmine!
And some more randomness!
More Autographs. We did them both at the beginning and at the ending of the party.
Your mob of people again!
Just a few after shots with my kid.
We are looking up at the balcony on the top floor at the professional photographer.
And here are all twelve of us – I wrote our names by each of us. About five of us are married and three of us with kids. The others are either in high school or college. It was fun and the gospel went out but it was also very tiring!
And now to ruin all the fun happy princess photos – let’s get back to reality here! We were all so tired from that day, the girls passed out on the couch for hours of nap-time. Of course, little baby J was awake so I had to keep awake, too.
Are you awake and refreshed now, kiddo?
I hope you enjoyed the photos. And even don’t ask what I did because I have no idea. Basically, I was just walking around smiling, taking photos with little girls and pretending like I knew what I was doing! Ha!
What do you think? Doesn’t every princess sort of had the appearance of the real princess? Have you ever played a princess in something like this event before? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!
To see the real crisp shots and everything from the party taken from the professional photographer (Princess Jasmine’s dad) visit this link. . . Princess Party, 2015! You got to check out the queen in her purple costume!
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).