Eating cake and opening presents only last so long. At some point during a kid's birthday party, you'll want to get the guests moving.
If your child's party has a princess theme, engage the kids in these princess party games for a royally good time.
- Having a Ball. Cover the floor of a room with pink balloons filled with regular air, not helium. Hand each child a magic wand and tell the kids they must keep the balloons in the air. The wands can be purchased (compare prices) or made ahead of time (or as a party-time craft) from paper towel tubes.
The game can be noncompetitive--just have the kids keep playing until they're tired of it--or you could make it a contest by having kids sit out if their balloon touches the floor. The last princess (or knight) standing wins.
Mirror, Mirror. This game works well when you have at least eight or so children at the party. You will need one chair for every child, minus one. For example, if there are 15 kids at the party, use 14 chairs.
Arrange the chairs in a circle so that the seats are facing inside. The player who is "it" stands in the center of the circle, and the other kids sit in the chairs facing her. The "it" approaches one of the seated children and says, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" The player who is approached must come up with an answer, such as "The fairest one of all has a pet dog" or "The fairest one of all is wearing tennis shoes," and then anyone with a dog or wearing tennis shoes must stand up and scramble to find a new seat.
The players cannot shift to the seat next to them, should it become vacant. They must move at least two chairs away from their original spot.
In the meantime, "it" should try to sit down in one of the vacant chairs. Once everyone finds a spot, the one player left standing becomes "it" and must then approach a seated player and ask, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"
There's no definitive end to the game and no winner. Repeat as long as the children are having fun.
As you explain the instructions, be sure to tell the kids that pushing and shoving or pulling players out of their chairs isn't allowed.
- A Fin-Legged Race. If your child's princess party has a Little Mermaid theme to it, hold a fin-legged race. Divide the kids into teams of two and tell them they're mermaids and must "swim" across the ocean (your backyard) to reach the shore and become human. Tie their inside legs together with ragged strips of green fabric. The team that reaches the finish line first wins.