How to Plan a Fairy Tale Theme Party

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Princesses, knights, fairies, and magic have long had a stronghold on our collective consciousness, regardless of age. Just look at all the popular movies and series, from "Shrek" to "Frozen," each made either for young and older audiences alike. Whether you are throwing a fairy tale theme party for birthdays, Halloween theme parties, or as a viewing party for a newly released film, here are a few creative sparks to get you started.

Costume Ideas

It wouldn't be a fairy tale theme party without princes, princesses, and magical creatures walking about. Encourage guests to come dressed in costume and partake in pretend activities, whether it's in person or a virtual party. Here are three favorite classic fairy tales that offer an abundance of ideas for costume inspiration:

  • "Peter Pan" characters include Captain Hook dressed in a pirate costume, Wendy in a nightgown, and her brothers in pajamas.
  • "Cinderella" character costumes include a princess in a ball gown, the wicked stepmother, Cinderella's sisters, and her fairy godmother.
  • "Beauty and the Beast" has prince and beast costuming opportunities for guys.

Setting the Stage and Table

Get creative when it comes to party decorations and the sky is the limit when it comes to fairy tale decor. Any fairy tale party calls for lots of enchanting white fairy string lights inside and out. Hang them in trees, from the ceiling, entwined in white organza or behind white sheer curtains, and stuffed in mason jars and bottles strewn throughout the party. Here are a few more whimsical ideas:

  • For a "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" theme, fill a large bowl with polished red apples and place a sign written in a frightening font that says, "Take One, if You Dare."
  • For an "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" theme, create a centerpiece using a large top hat filled with a giant toy rabbit, pocket watches, and oversized flowers like the kind Alice might have encountered in Wonderland.
  • Cover your walls in faux stone, either printed out or drawn, to make it look like the walls of a castle; add faux vines and flowers on the stone walls for a three-dimensional effect.
  • Play waltz music and place jeweled slippers around the party for princesses to find during the night; find faux jewels and beads at a craft store and add them to plain shoes or pumps.

An Enchanted Forest Theme

Fairy tales often take place in enchanted forests. Throw a fairy tale themed party at night in your yard to make the most of magical touches, like the moody light from the moon, the glow of candles, and the sparkling touches of gold.

Fairy Tale Menu Ideas

The menu can write itself if you take cues from the stories. For example, the main character in "Little Red Riding Hood" would have brought a basket of muffins to the party. Alice's party in Wonderland would be filled with tea sandwiches and served on mismatched plates and glasses. Any fairy tale with witches in the theme would enjoy bloody rum punches to drink during the shindig. Here are a few more fun ideas:

  • Fairies love to drink pink fairy fizz made from lemonade and ginger ale.
  • Serve anything braided (cheese sticks, bread sticks) for a classic "Rapunzel" or the contemporary "Tangled" theme.
  • Kings and queens will especially love fruit wands; use cookie cutters to shape fruit (apples, pineapple, and watermelon, for example) slices like stars and place on a skewer.
  • Anything dipped in edible glitter (cookies, pretzels, donuts, and fruits) is a fairy tale come true for all ages.