What to do in this event depends on what you're trying to accomplish. If you're going for the 4th girl then don't skip anyone. If you defend one princess you lose points on the other 2's individual rankings ONLY, your total love points increase the exact amount you get for defending the girl.
Save your pots and flowers to burn when you have time: borrow a good eu if you don't yet have one, give the 4th girl a flower, burns pots, only defend the 4th girl and skip everyone else, use all the beans you can, and don't lose. That strategy worked for me.
The only time I really played I had eu 6* for cheap so it was a breeze; eu as lead gives bonus points and higher chance to encounter the 4th girl so it's extremely useful. The only event where you benefit from eu allies is panel iirc, they're needed to beat the best boss. EUs this event are much more scarce (step up, and probably not many ppl are buying).
If you want to rank on individual ranking though, that's a lot harder. You probably need good eu for this. What I see ppl do, correct me if I'm wrong, is playing normally and defending everyone until either you get all the resources or you get the lp 7* then you give the girl with the most love points flowers and burn.