Recently we hosted a Princess Party at our church. We had over 800 people attend the event. 60% of people were not regular church attenders. We received a lot of positive feedback after the event about how much people enjoyed coming to the event. Here are some of the things we included at the Princess Party:
Decorations. Keeping with a low budget, we used rolls of table cloth material to decorate the room to give it the princess look. We used tree stumps with a dowel drilled & glued in the center to help hold the draped material. We purchased the frame from IKEA.
Food. Yummy treats are always a great thing to include in any party!
Activities. We had nail painting, crafts, coloring sheets, cupcake decorating, bouncy castle, & our indoor playground.
Photobooth. Families could get their photo taken at the photobooth. Pinterest has all kinds of ideas on ways to dress up a backdrop for a Princess Party. We had princess dresses in various sizes for kids to put on for a picture, as well as other royal props that they could choose from. Photos are uploaded to a website where families can download full size images a few days later.
Princesses. Adults in princess costumes freely roamed around the party. Parents could take pics of their kids with each of the princesses. We purchased princess dresses, a knight costume & a king costume online from Amazon & Ebay.
Families pre-registered for the event online through our church website. This helped us know how many people to expect at the party so we could plan accordingly. We charged $5 per family to help cover the cost of the event.
Volunteers helped run each activity center. We replenished supplies as they got low, and changed garbage bags as they filled up.
We played music in each room. Songs from Disney movies made up our playlist.
We showed a video on the TV’s and screens in each room to give people a glimpse into what Sunday mornings are like at our church. The video was 7 minutes long, and looped for the entire length of the party.
We handed out a flyer as each family arrived at the registration table. One side was information about the party and each of the activities. The other side had details about our Sunday morning services for kids & adults.
The party was on a Saturday, from 1-5pm. It was drop in style. People could arrive when it was convenient for them, and stay as long or as little as they liked. They rotated to the activities at their own pace.
If you have any questions about the event, feel free to post them in the comments below.
I love this idea! Besides the video loop about your church services, did you have anything with a message? Like goodie bags with Bible verses inside or signs that say “you’re the daughter of a King”?
Hi Mac, Our coloring pages were Queen Esther but other than that, we just focused on the video advertising and inviting them to the next big event at our church (Easter).