Selby attended her first "Princess Party" today. The invitation instructed her to wear a favorite dress or princess gown. A big fan of dress up, Selby's style is typically more funky than frilly, more diva than princess. Nonetheless, she was very excited about the party, and prepared herself with ladylike care. She chose a dress Nana gave her for Christmas (a treasure from Goodwill), gloves from Grandpa (also from Christmas) and a sparkling tiara. I loved her non-Disney idea of what a princess should look like.
I have consciously avoided pushing the "princess" theme on Selby. To me, it conjures up a spoiled, must-have-a-prince, dripping in jewels image that no preschooler needs to be associating with. But it still seeps in from outside sources - school, movies, uh - a trip to Disney last month... So I was a little uneasy about the whole princess party idea. I was pleasantly surprised. The girls came dressed in all manner of unique "princess" attire, showing much originality.The party itself was darling and included face painting, a treasure hunt and a sweetly decorated dining area for the ultimate in princess food - pizza & cake.
So I have a new perspective tonight after being among these little ladies. They seem to have found the perfect balance between enjoying all things feminine & lovely and daringly flaunting their authentic style. A modern day princess spirit I can embrace!