6 cheap ways to give your soiree royal flair

6 cheap ways to give your soiree royal flair

July 5th, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

If the excitement over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby has you (or your kids) longing for your own crown and throne, funnel that energy into throwing your very own royal soiree.

Be it a child’s birthday party, a summer tea party, a “Fancy Nancy” theme party, a bachelorette party or a fancy spin on the Fourth of July, here are some tips for giving your celebration the royal treatment.



1. Colors count. Go glittery gold, with rich accent colors. We love this table set-up on Catchmyparty.com, which literally frames the cake with several oversized gold frames hanging on the wall behind it.

Save money by picking up some old frames at the thrift store and spray-painting them gold. Pick up gold spray paint at Toolup.com for $6. Check these ToolUp deals for money saving coupons.

2. Let Pinterest inspire you. Of course. Find a variety of decoration, food, invitation and activity ideas.

3. Instead of messy cake, serve elegantly styled cake pops. Use metallic frosting and intricate detailing. Find metallic “food mist” frosting at TheBakersKitchen for only $4.99. This mist is easier and less messy than airbrushing.


(Dress My Cupcake)

4. If you opt for cupcakes, pick the right cupcake wrappers. You can find almost every design possible, but a few of our fancy faves include:

5. Decorate all sweets with edible pearls. The Etsy shop FondantFlower sells a variety of different edible pearls that look like real, shiny costume jewelry, starting at $7.99.

Or find light pink Wilton pearl sprinkles at many mainstream grocery stores, like Kmart, for $4.49. Get 4 percent Cash Back when you shop at Kmart via ShopAtHome.com.



6. A royal cheers. Pour the kids sparkling grape juice and enjoy some prosecco for yourself. Splurge on a stunning piece of stemware, like this Vera Wang princess wine glass, $45, at Macy’s.

Pick up a special cup for your kids, too, like this Pink Princess Pimp Cup (yeah, maybe don’t tell them the name), available at Homewetbar.com for under $25.

Got a younger kid (or an aversion to buying something called “pimp)? This cute princess sippy cup from Diapers.com will round out the party perfectly.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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