We’ve had a lot of fun Bug birthday parties over the years. Lady Bug picnic for her first birthday (of course!), a rhinestone cowgirl rodeo for her second, waterslide party for her third (she’s pretty fearless), an over the rainbow pool party for her fourth, a puppy paw-ty for her fifth, and a Paris-themed pool party for her sixth. While she’s definitely our twirly-whirly girl, I thought we had grown beyond the princess party. 

Imagine my surprise when that’s the theme she asked for this year?

She wanted to invite her girlfriends and over and party like a princess. And that’s exactly what we did.

Inspired by the ‘real’ Cinderella (the Disney movie released in 2015), girls joined us for a few hours of primping, food, dancing, and firefly catching. Dressed in their princess finery. Some opted for Princess Kate over Elsa. Others, like BabyM, opted for a t-shirt and tutu. 

Cinderella Birthday Party Menu

We kept the food royally simple. Pink lemonade and water infused with fruit for drinks. Popcorn for when the girls arrived. A pasta bar for dinner (butter noodles, noodles tossed in marinara, and noodles tossed in alfredo sauce) with a green salad and fruit wands. 

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Cinderella Birthday Cake

Of course, a Cinderella-themed party needs a cake fit for royalty! Thanks to Flavor Cupcakery for bringing the vision to life! We ordered a ‘glass’ slipper from Etsy for the topper and used a birthday number sparkler from Becket Hitch for a candle.

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Cinderella Birthday Decor

If you’ve seen the movies, you know that butterflies are a theme. The Bug wanted an outdoor birthday party, so we decided to set everything up under a huge tree on our backyard. We hung paper butterflies made from blue and turquoise glitter paper from the branches. (Hint: use fishing line and it looks like they are magically flying!)

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Simple white table cloths with mesh glitter runners and butterfly glitter made everything look magical. Rather than flowers as a table centerpiece, we used balloons tied to star weights inside of large tumblers. It was cute, but they decidedly needed to look more enchanted. Battery-operated twinkle lights did the trick!

(We used our own kitchen and dining room chairs. Looked ‘more royal’ according to the Bug!)

Cinderella Birthday Attire

We asked all of the girls to come dressed in their princess finery. For some, that meant they pulled out their Elsa costume or Ariel nightgown. For others, they researched modern-day princesses for inspiration. The Bug? She wanted the real deal gown from Chasing Fireflies (and Grandma happily obliged!). It needed a little more fluff, so we altered the crinoline I wore under my wedding dress to fit the Bug. Made it the twirliest dress ever — and she refused to take it off even when all of the other girls changed into comfy clothes and piled into our living room to watch a the movie!

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Cinderella Birthday Activities

What more could pint-sized princesses want than a little primping? Our favorite hair stylist, Miss Jess from La Clinica Salon and Day Spa, came and set-up a princess bun + braid bar (no heating tools required!). A family member painted everyone’s nails and all of the girls beaded their own bracelets. That was the end of the organized fun — the rest of the time they ran around the yard, caught fireflies, swung in the hammock, and danced to a playlist the Bug put together. Everything from the Hamster Dance to Just Like Fire.

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Cinderella Birthday Goodie Bags

I’m not big on goodie bags. But I love incorporating an element into the party that partygoers can take home. For this party, we worked with Cheeky Designs, who is producing a new t-shirt line available exclusively at Wee Chic Boutique this fall. They created a sparkly tank with one of the Bug’s favorite movie quotes: Have Courage and Be Kind.

Words to live by.

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Charming Cinderella Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

A wish-filled evening for our very special girl. Happy 7th Birthday, Bug!

PS: Many thanks to Laura Black for the gorgeous photos!