Don't worry. This is a positive post!
No rants, no raves.
These are just some simple things I've noticed as a party princess that will help make your event even more magical.
1. It's okay if your child is shy
When royalty arrives, I'm completely out of context. Little ones are probably thinking something along the lines of: "How is Rapunzel standing in my house?" "I was expecting a gift when I opened my eyes, not a person" or just "Idon'tknowhowtofeelrightnowsoI'mgonnahidebehindmymom."
And this is okay! Expected even. Some children come running up and give me a huge hug. Some take time to warm up. However your child responds is who they are. But I promise, they always come out from hiding, smile and laugh, and join in on all the fun.
So don't worry. Not for a single moment.
2. My name is [insert character name here]
If you're trying to get my attention, calling me 'Cait' won't work. Because that's not who I am. I'm Rapunzel.
I'm not being rude or ignoring you.
But if you say my name and I don't respond, it's because I can't. It would spoil the magic!
So if you can't remember the character's name - which is fair cuz there's a lot of them - just come over, touch my arm, and ask/inform me of whatever it is.
3. My costume is special
Yes, there's the general rule of 'don't wear something special to a children's party' but we kinda have to.
Red juice and sticky fingers? Those terrify me.
Ok, an exaggeration but you get what I mean.
My wig was commissioned and styled just for me. My dress was handmade to fit my body.
They're custom items created to withstand the fun but aren't items that are quickly and easily replaced.
Especially not before my other event later that day. Or next weekend.
So it's easiest if food is consumed before or after my arrival and arts/crafts stay in a separate area.
Nothing too big to stress about, but if I see a lollipop and a stained mouth, that's the kid I'm shielding myself from with Beauty's book. (This works by the way and is totally in character. Don't ask how I know.)
4. Royalty doesn't drive
I arrive magically by horse-drawn carriage of course.
So parking around a corner or in a more hidden area so no one sees how I actually appeared is my go-to method.
Oh, and this goes for after the party too. Keeping your kiddos contained so they can't see me leave? Eternally grateful for that, so thanks.
5. Magic is for everyone
Including you! You're cordially invited to play along.
Address me by the character's name, ask me questions, tell me something special about your child - bring me more into their world!
Your participation adds a lot of magic to the experience.
It also goes a long way to inform the other adults that will be in attendance that a princess will be arriving. (Keeping it a surprise for the wee ones, of course!) That way they aren't confused and stumbling around how to interact with me.
The more people that help create the magic, the better your event will be.
And that's it! Super simple, right?
Have a magical day!