Fairy Princess Party Fun

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Nine-week-old Magnus Albrecht slept blissfully in a corner of the Glass Slipper, a historic building in the heart of Powell that has been converted to a tea-party space. And sleep he did while his sister Ava, turning 5, flitted about with nine of her besties in pretty costume dresses and fairy wings.

The best part of the Fairy Princess Birthday Tea Party? I mean, besides the scrumptious cake from nearby Bachman's Cake Shoppe, the goodie bags pre-assembled by Glass Slipper CPO (Chief Princess Officer) Stacey Haney, and the 79 costumes in the playroom upstairs. The fact that Mom and Dad Albrecht (aka Dawn and Adam) didn't have to do anything other than show up that day.

"Don't think that wasn't a large part of this decision," said Adam, as he followed the thundering herd of pre-kindergarteners around the place with his Flip Cam.

So how exactly does one throw a Fairy Princess Birthday Tea Party? Here's how it's done at the Glass Slipper, but maybe you can find a few ideas here to create some magic fairy dust of your own.

What Do Fairies Do for Fun?

  • Drawing while waiting for everyone to arrive, and decorating fairy wings after tea time
  • Dress-up in fancy costumes - most of the dresses were found at children's consignment shops and accessorized with hats, bead necklaces and fairy wings
  • Story time and then hunting for fairies with tiny magnifying glasses and little houses to put them in
  • Fairy Princess Ava added her handprint, name and date to the eaves of the Glass Slipper's play room upstairs
  • Limbo dancing with a ribbon-and-pink-tulle-decorated pole
What Do Fairies Eat and Drink?

"Pink tea" (lemonade), PB&J tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs and cake, all served on dainty, mismatched china with cloth napkins.

What Do Fairies Take Home with Them?

  • A Princess tote bag with fun little goodies like elastic hair bands, press-on sparkle earrings, a lollipop and a Sillyband bracelet
  • And Fairy Princess Ava received a glass slipper keepsake of her own
The Sources:
  • The Glass Slipper, 77 W. Olentangy St., Powell, 614-433-9171; glassslipperteas.com. Theme parties (generally for girls) start at $229 for up to 8 guests. The price includes all food and drink, costumes and goodie bags. The teahouse also provides adult teas for bridal and baby showers.
  • FunExpress.com for party supplies. This is the bulk supplier arm of Oriental Trading Company, the popular online provider.