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3rd Birthday Princess Themed Party

Updated on September 12, 2014

Princess Birthday Theme Ideas For Your Child's 3rd Birthday Party

Throwing your daughter a 3rd birthday party? Why not plan a princess themed party for her 3rd birthday? You can decorate according to her favorite princess or take a more general approach.

There are many items to consider when planning a princess themed birthday for your soon to be three year old. Here are a list of things you will need to think about in order to create your Princess themed birthday party: number of guests to invite, duration of the party, invitations, decorations, food, whether or not to make the cake yourself, activities and games to play and finding the perfect gift for your little princess.

Below find ideas and advice for planning your child's princess themed 3rd birthday party. Explore suggestions to help create a memorable and fun birthday party for your little princess.

Birthday Party Checklist

1. Pick a theme

2. Decide on number of guests

3. Send out your invites a couple of weeks in advance.

4. Get your party decorations

5. Pick an activity and have games ready

6. Order cake and pick it up the day of or day before the party

7. Create your party agenda

8. Don't forget the present

9. Allow time the day of the party to get everything ready

10.Have your camera ready to take photos of the party to remember the day

Create Your Castle Cake for 3rd Birthday - Making a princess themed cake can be easy

The cake is an important part of any birthday party. It is synomous with birthday, and can make a beautiful statement. You really have two options when it comes to finding the perfect princess themed cake for your princess' 3rd birthday: purchase from a bakery or create your own.

If you decide to purchase the cake to save time be aware that the more elaborate the cake the more expensive the price tag. If you don't enjoy baking or your schedule is hectic this option might be the right one for you.

If you choose to make your own cake, and you have limited baking experience, trying a test run cake is a great option to work out all the potentional problems before building the final birthday cake for you child's 3rd birthday. Your hard work will be worth it when you see the look on your little princess' face when she lays eyes on her cake for the first time.

Wilton Castle Cake Pan Set, 32-Piece
Wilton Castle Cake Pan Set, 32-Piece
If you want to make a breathtaking castle cake than purchasing a kit can make the job easier and turn your ideas into a work of art. Remember: If this is your first time making a designer cake try a test cake well before the party and read the instructions carefully to make sure you have everything you will need. This Wilson castle cake kit includes: 3 different sizes of turrent towers, removable peak pieces, 6 lattice windows & 1 paneled door. See one mom's finished birthday cake using this kit. Here is another customers opinion on the Wilton Romantic Castle cake kit: "The finished product looked great, and several people have already asked me where they can buy the set. I know that I'll be using mine again!" Customer review by W. Flissar (AZ Mom).

Princess Gifts for Girls Third Birthday - Find a present for your 3 year old princess

You can follow the princess theme for gift ideas or you could opt for something different. If you want to follow the theme there are a lot of products and toys that come in princess themes. You can find anything from dolls to trikes.

Pick a specific time for the Princess to open her gifts. You might want to wait for the party to wind down to open the gifts, if your little one can hold out until later, that way you won't be asked to put together toys that might need assembly in the middle of the party. It will also give your 3 year old a chance to play with her toys by herself, and give her something to do when the guests leave.

Barbie Princess Happy Birthday Doll
Barbie Princess Happy Birthday Doll
A great gift for your child on her third birthday is this special princess Barbie doll Happy Birthday edition. Dolls encourage creative thinking through role play. Your child learns a lot through out the day and seeing how she talks or interacts with her dolls can show you her understanding of the world. This Barbie doll is dressed in a special gown with tiara. She comes with a tiara for the birthday girl as well.

Famous Princesses for 3rd Birthday Party

Walt Disney Princesses

Snow White


Sleeping Beauty

Jasmine "Aladdin"

Tiana "Princess and the Frog"

Rapunzel "Tangled"

Ariel "The Little Mermaid"

Merida "Brave"

Other Princesses


Elizabeth from children's book "The Paper Bag Princess"

The Disney Princesses

Decorate Your Princess Themed 3rd Birthday Party - Decorations to emphasize your birthday themed party

Decorations help create the atmosphere of your party. Pick a few key decorations like plates, cups or centerpieces but do not overdo the theme. If you add a matching tablecloth the theme can become over powering. You can pull your theme together by pulling solid colors out of the decorations you have chosen for your party.

You want the decoration that you have chosen to pop and not get lost in the chaos of an overdone party theme. Beside solid color decorations may come in a little cheaper than licensed merchandise.

Make Your Own Princess Party Hats for 3rd Birthday

Homemade party hats for third birthday

Why not make your own princess hat for the birthday girl and her guests? It is a relatively easy project to make and you can create lots of fun and interesting designs. The basics you will need to create your hat is a hot glue gun, some poster paper (various colors), and string. Additional items would include; cloth, sparkles, tulle, ribbon or what ever you would like to use to decorate you hat.

You can find step by step Princess hat tutorials at the following:

How to Make a Princess Cone Shaped Hat for Halloween or Dress-up Fun!

Make Rapunzel from Tangled's Crown

Tiana's Tiara from The Frog Princess

Make Your Own 3rd Birthday Party Decorations - Princess Themed Party Decorations

Are you crafty? No need to go to the store to find all your decorations. All you need is your printer to print out templates, insturctions, and artwork. Have fun creating these princess craft projects for you child's 3rd Birthday Party.

Disney Princess Party Game Poster (1ct)
Disney Princess Party Game Poster (1ct)
The featured game is quick and easy to play. It comes with 12 stickers featuring Disney Princesses and 1 poster. This game is like pin the tail on the donkey princess style. Your 3 year old will close her eyes and try to place the princess in the castle window. This is a fun and easy game that requires no planning. Just set it up and go.

Activities and Games for 3rd Birthday - Princess themed games

You want to have a couple of activities or games chosen to keep the party fun moving. Whether you are planning a pool party or a trip to the build a bear workshop you will need a game or two to punctuate any big activity.

For a third birthday you do not want the games to be to elaborate or take too much time. Children at that age have a limited attention span and if you are dealing with a couple children of the same age it may be difficult to capture everyone's attention.

Be careful not to over schedule the party as children will often find ways to entertain themselves; especially, if there are other children around.

Cake Decisions

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Plan Your Child's 3rd Birthday Guest List - Invitation Ideas for your princess birthday

Sit down a write a list of all the adults and children that will be invited to the party. Decide if this will be strictly little kid party or if it will be more of a family things. Ask your little one who they would like to invite. It is a great way to include your princess in the planning of her third birthday party.

If this is to be a children's party decide if you will include the children's parents or if you plan to take on a group of three year olds yourself. If that is the case I would try to keep the guest list to a hand full of children. It is hard enough to watch one child never mind a group of children who can all zoom off it different directions. It will help make the day less stressful.

Knowing the types of people and the number of people is important in determining how many invites, plates and other items you will need to purchase. You do not want to end up purchasing too much or not enough decorations or invitations

Disney Princess and the Frog Invitations (8) by Hallmark
Disney Princess and the Frog Invitations (8) by Hallmark
Invitations should be sent out a couple of weeks in advance of the party in order to give your guests ample time to make arrangements to be in attendance at your child's 3rd royal birthday. Invitations set the tone of the party and can indicate what the guest will expects at the party. Your invitations are the first look your guests will get of your party plans. If you would like your guests to come dressed as a princess or if you will be providing tiaras for them, write it clearly in the invitations so no one is surprised at the door and feels left out. Make sure you include all pertinent information like time, date and duration of the party. This will clearly define your agenda, and will indicate when you would like any young guests to be picked up.

Make Your Own Crown

Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk
The featured Disney Princess Dress-Up Trunk includes costumes for Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White. It is a 21 piece set that includes: 4 shirts, 3 skirts, 2 headbands, 1 tiara, 1 choker, 3 bracelets, 1 pair of earrings, 1 necklace, 3 rings and storage trunk Size 4 - 6x but does run a little small. Perfect for the child who loves to dress up like a princess.

Dress Up For Princess Themed Third Birthday - Get your princess costumes for 3 year old's birthday

Does your princess enjoy dress up? A fun birthday party idea is to get the guests to come dressed up as their favorite princess or their own interpertation of what a princess looks like. The guests will look cute and beautiful in any pictures you take. It will be a great memory to look back on especially when you little one has grown up.

If your hosting the party you might want to consider dressing up too! Your daughter only turns three once and this will be a memory the two of you can share.

Remember: After the party you can put these costumes aside for you child to play dress up or you can set them aside for Halloween. It is a great way to recycle your princess dresses.

Disney Princess 3rd Birthday Customized T-Shirt - Birthday T-Shirt

Four Princesses Disney by disney

Don't want to dress in costume? Try customizing your own princess t-shirt for your daughter's 3rd birthday.

You can add a birthday message, your child's name or even her age. Put the emphasis on the birthday girl to make her day extra special.

Decorating a Child's 3rd Birthday Party with Wall Decals - Princess themed wall stickers for a princess birthday party

Wall decals can be used to create a princess themed party. They are easy to peel and stick on your walls to transform your home into a princess birthday party wonderland.

The great thing about wall stickers is that they easily come off the wall and, in most cases, can be reused. These princess decorations can later be moved to your child's bedroom or playroom to dress up plain walls.

They add visual interest to your walls and help further you princess theme and mesmerize your 3 year old princess.

RoomMates RMK1525GM Princess Rapunzel Peel and Stick Giant Wall Decals,Multicolor
RoomMates RMK1525GM Princess Rapunzel Peel and Stick Giant Wall Decals,Multicolor
Disney's last animated Princess, Rapunzel, makes a great wall decal choice. Just add her to you walls to create the perfect princess birthday party theme for your child's 3rd birthday. The Rapunzel Wall Decal includes18 decals all together and features no sticky residue left behind. They are easy to reposition.

Celebrate with a Princess Themed 3rd Birthday - Did you find what you needed to create your little girl's party?

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    • profile image


      9 years ago

      great ideas!

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      9 years ago

      Hmmm... I want to have a princess party just so I can have that cake! Lots of great princess party ideas!

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      10 years ago

      I want a breathtaking castle cake for my next birthday!

    • AdeleW profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow, that cake is just fantastic. What a brilliant lens.

      If you are in the UK, we stock a wide range of kids fancy dress outfits at as kids just loving dressingup!

    • balancebydesign4u profile image


      10 years ago from Arkansas

      Lots of great ideas! All of my granddaughters love princess anything - so when birthday times come around, I'll come back to this lens!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; I'm the only princess around here!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      Oh, this sounds like a lot of fun! I love all of the ideas, especially the hat and cake!

    • jmsp206 profile image

      Julia M S Pearce 

      10 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely princess themed lens. Any little girl would love this one!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      10 years ago

      An ideal theme for a 3 year old - my niece was gaga for Disney Princess when she was 3 (and still is now she is 4!). Lovely lens!


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