Invite children into a land where princesses rule and where they get to come face to face with the true King of kings with this children’s ministry activity…
Imagine a world where princesses live happily ever after in castles, or where pirates battle on the high seas. Nothing grabs kids’ imaginations quite like dressing up for fun in a make-believe world. Here’s an unforgettable event that lets kids combine the delight of a fantasy with the real-life truth of Jesus’ power and love.
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Royal Princess Breakfast
Tiaras, flowing gowns, and sparkly shoes–little girls just love to be princesses. They spend hours dressing up to become little monarchs. In a world that offers them values far different from what God has for them, girls are pressured to wear the latest fashions at a young age and have all the right stuff. Often the world tells them that their value is based on what they have, not who they are. But you can remind girls they truly are princesses–because Jesus is the King of kings. He offers them unconditional love and a home in the kingdom of heaven. Use this royal breakfast to reach out to all the princesses in your community.
Hear, Ye! Hear, Ye! All young maidens are cordially invited to attend the Royal Princess Breakfast!
ONE MONTH BEFORE
• Encourage people in your congregation to give Royal Proclamation invitations to girls they know, such as neighbors, relatives, and friends. Send the invitations home with kids at local day care centers, preschools, and elementary schools. Consider placing an ad for your breakfast in the community section of your local newspaper. For girls in your church, send home invitations rolled in a scroll and tied with a ribbon. Provide extra scroll invitations for girls to give to their friends in school, sports teams, or clubs.
• Recruit royal courtiers to help with your event when you send out invitations. Recruit table sponsors (one for each table of eight or fewer), bakers, trumpeters, a host princess, a knight, maids-in-waiting, storytellers, decorators, a clean-up crew, and a photographer. Email a letter and schedule to each courtier outlining his or her specific duties. For sample job descriptions, a schedule, and royal invitations, click here.
• Gather decorations such as flower arrangements, tulle fabric, white Christmas lights, candelabras, and candles. Create a large, faux tiered cake to display in your breakfast room. Obtain adult costumes for your knight, host princess, and maids-in-waiting. Plan your breakfast menu and either order food in advance or recruit a royal courtier to shop for menu items. Or ask table sponsors to each donate one food item for the breakfast.
Royal Gala Menu
Her Majesty’s Orange Juice
Truly Magnificent Milk
Courtly Cheese Quiche
Majestic Mixed Fruit
Marvelous Mini Muffins
Stately Sausage Balls
Extra Fancy Cake
ONE DAY BEFORE
• Ask table sponsors to help decorate the event room and their tables. Provide linens and centerpieces for each table and then ask sponsors to bring their own china (fancy-themed disposable plates work, too), serving utensils, teapot, and silverware so each table has a unique theme. Provide a small party favor for each princess, such as stickers, a sparkly wand, or a chocolate treat* (orientaltrading.com). Plan for an intimate setting of eight girls at each table so table sponsors can have meaningful conversations with their princesses.
• Transform your entrance into a castle with flowing tulle, white Christmas lights, and artificial flowers. Set up a photo station with a majestic backdrop that includes a chair decorated like a throne, flowers, and candelabras. Roll out a red carpet (or length of fabric) at the entrance of your event area for girls to walk in on.
THE GRAND EVENT
Follow these steps on the morning of the breakfast to make your event a smashing success.
• Have table sponsors arrive 30 minutes early wearing their finest princess attire. Have these hostesses collect a platter of food containing Majestic Mixed Fruit and Marvelous Mini Muffins for their table and fill their teapots with Haute Chocolate.
• Place the faux tiered cake at the front of the room on a beautifully decorated cart. Pre-cut the real cake to serve at the end of your program.
• Play classical music in the background to set the stage for elegance.
• Have your maids-in-waiting greet the princesses as they arrive at the entrance. Before entering the event, have girls each fill out a princess information card, including the child’s name, town, and favorite royal colors, foods, and activities. Include space on the back of the card for address, phone, and email for follow-up purposes.
• When all the guests arrive, have the Royal Knight escort each princess in with a grand trumpet entrance to kick off the royal festivities. As each princess enters the room, have the trumpeter sound a short fanfare for her as she steps onto the red carpet. (You can get a real trumpeter or enlist the help of several people who can make trumpeting sounds.) Have the Knight escort in each princess. He’ll discreetly read from her registration card to announce her arrival: “Announcing Sarah, Princess of Walden, whose favorite colors are purple and pink.” Take photos of girls with the Knight as they’re escorted to their tables. When all tables are full, have table sponsors pray for the meal, and then girls can begin eating Majestic Mini Muffins and Majestic Mixed Fruit while the maids-in-waiting serve the hot menu items.
• After eating, have table sponsors generate curiosity about Jesus and his role as king with discussion-worthy questions such as those listed in the scroll below.
• Have the maids-in-waiting escort girls to the “chamber”-a separate storytelling area-for story time. You can have a storyteller read Gigi, God’s Little Princess (Thomas Nelson) to girls age 3 to 6. Read My Child, My Princess (Multnomah) to girls age 7 to 12. Afterward, have storytellers emphasize that each girl present is a princess in Jesus’ eyes and Jesus is the King of kings.
• Have cake-and eat it, too. Maids-in-waiting can place cake at the table settings while the girls are at story time. After dessert, invite girls to twirl on a dance floor as you play classical music. For your royal farewell, remind girls that they’re God’s princesses and that Jesus loves them.
• Why would you like to be a princess?
• What would it be like to live in a castle with royalty?
• How would you feel if you got to meet a king?
• Jesus is described in the Bible as the King of kings. How does that make you feel about Jesus? How does it make you feel to know this King loves you?
Use these ideas to follow up with every princess and her family after your event.
• Majestic memories–Send or email a photo using a princess template frame to every girl in attendance. Include a thank you for coming to the Royal Princess Breakfast and information about upcoming family events at your church. For a princess photo frame template and thank you, click here.
• Designed to shine-Offer small groups for preteen girls to dig deeper into their relationship with their King and to learn about the Christian qualities worth pursuing as young women. For preschool-age girls, host a princess day once a month where they can come back to church in their princess attire to do princess crafts and games, and remember that Jesus is their king.
Robin Quackenbush is director of children’s ministries at Leptondale Bible Church in Newburgh, New York. She’s also a speaker and MOPS Mentor.
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