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“Before the Ball” Cinderella Inspired Party

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cinderella dish station

For her daughter’s fourth birthday, Karen Ayars took a super creative spin on the ever-popular Cinderella theme with this wonderfully unconventional “Before the Ball” Cinderella Party, or as she cleverly worded it… Be4 the Ball. ;) An adorable “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” awaited the princesses while they finished all of their “chores”, including laundry, Madame Tremaine’s breakfast, sewing the stepsister’s clothes & more! There are so many darling details in this fairy tale of a party, but I’m especially loving the amazing soapy dish bucket cake & bubble gum measuring tape!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Breakfast-in-Bed cake decorating station with chef hats
  • Dish, soap & brush sugar cookies + soapy dish bucket birthday cake!
  • Bubble gum measuring tape (with edible marker writing)
  • Spools of licorice & “Spool of Thread” Push Pops
  • “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” complete with Disney princess dresses & makeup station

cinderella's chores

cinderella sewing station

cinderella party

outdoor candy buffet

cinderella table place setting

dish cookies

cinderella laundry

cinderella step sister breakfast

cinderella cake decorating

cinderella party activities

bubble gum measuring tape

spool of thread push pop

cinderella dress up

cinderella and the prince


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Karen

A lot of details went into this one. I wanted to make this party feel like the true fairy tale. I didn’t want to focus on the part that we always see focused on when talking about Cinderella.

The invitation asked the girls for help. My daughter was turning 4, so nothing more perfect than Be4 the Ball. When the girls arrived, there was a chalkboard specifying the chores that had to get done before they could go to the ball. They had to sew the stepsister’s dresses (with real sewing machines as you can see in the pictures and with the help of the moms, of course), make the stepmother breakfast (the decorating the cake station), do the laundry (when they reached inside the hamper there were cookies of “dirty clothes”.) And only then, after they had done it all they went to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to get ready for the ball. All the little girls wore rags the entire party… and then after they went to the boutique they changed into gowns. More detailed descriptions are as follows:

  • Measuring tape made out of gum and edible marker for the mending stepsister’s clothes station
  • Drizella’s Old Beads made with pearlized gum balls (the one she throws away and the mice gather to use for Cinderella’s dress)
  • Push-up pops that I made into a spool of thread for the sewing station
  • 6 real working sewing machines for the little girls to “mend” the stepsister’s dresses
  • On the kid’s main table, the “plates” were turned into a clock for when it strikes midnight mention
  • Madam Tremaine’s Spool of threads on the spool holders made of licorice candy
  • The Favors: “loads of dirty clothes” wrapped in white sheet with a handmade doll on top. The favors were a Cinderella and a Fairy-Godmother doll
  • The real looking plates, utensils and cups that are ALL amazing delicious cookies
  • The “dirty” spoons and bowls covered with chocolate
  • he soap and brush for doing the dishes, also cookies
  • The “dirty clothes” cookies that were inside the hamper when the little girls had to open it to do their “laundry”
  • The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that they went to after they finished their chores
  • The invitation that was done in a piece of cloth to look like a rag and went inside a paper bucket with a mop and Gus Gus the mouse
  • The “buttons” on the sewing station that were actually candy buttons and I did paint little dots in every single one of them with edible marker so it would REALLY look like buttons
  • The prince (the father) that danced with all the little girls, but at the end picked THE ONE he had fallen in love with. His Cinderella.

And she lived happily ever after… The end. ;-)

So, anyhow that was the party. The kids had a ball (literally!!), it was truly magical.

Vendor Credit
By |2018-02-12T13:42:11+00:00December 27th, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Charlene McGuire Melson December 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I'm curious, what exactly did they do for the mending stepsister’s clothes station?

  2. Abby Ray December 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Cute party. I love the Cinderella theme–though you should have printed a banner or two.. Try here: http://www.celinasignsbannersbillboards.com.

  3. Maria Safari January 4, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Hermosa decoracion , super original ! me encanta

  4. leah January 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Wow! This is the most creative party I have seen in awhile. Adorable. I am also curious what they mended at the sewing station. Did they make something? Looove all of the details, and that cake!

  5. Brady January 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    What a fun surprise to be browsing through Hostess with the Mostess and see the fabulous Before the Ball I did party printables for! Fun stuff!

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  7. Babs Ellinwood July 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Memories for a lifetime … be prepared to top this or better yet to continue the story forever !!!

  8. KaMeisha January 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    My daughter wants a Cinderella party for her 4th birthday. I will definitely incorporate the BeFOUR the Ball. GREAT IDEA! My daughter’s party will not be as detailed, but we will have Cinderella to appear and surprise the birthday girl and guests with a tea party. I will have aprons and vests for the guests to start off with, and then they will transform.

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