OK, I admit, I tend to go a bit overboard with my parties. But she's only a baby once and I just get so excited when she gets so excited! Lily is obsessed with Rapunzel so for her 3rd birthday it was only fitting that the princess had a Tangled-themed birthday party! No matter how big or small your party is, you can always get creative and hand make almost everything. Click through to see what I did and how I made it!
First we needed the dress ...... and of course, a princess bouncer. Yes, I just gave you a speech about hand making everything and no I did not hand make either of these. Let's not get crazy.
Moving on ....
7 am and I'm setting up (with baby Olive). If you haven't seen the movie, Tangled, it takes place mostly outside and since Rapunzel was locked in the tower most of her life she had never felt grass until she was let out. Hence my fake grass. I bought rolls of astroturf at Ralphs. Totally random, I know. Last year at Easter time they had 15 ft rolls in the Easter aisle. I was going to pick up a few and then they went on sale for only $5! So I packed a bunch of rolls in my car, my husband looked at me like I was insane, and I shoved them in my closet until it was party time. When it came time to set up I used wide double sided tape and taped the grass down to my cement so it wouldn't curl up on the edges.
You want to keep your colors consistent when your planning a party. Try to use one basic color to tie everything together and then accessorize with everything else. My main color was purple and I used purple linens for the table. I bought all the little flowers at Michaels and hot glued a wooden clothes pin to the back of each flower so I could then clip them to each chair.
Tangled wouldn't be complete without the flying lanterns. I got these paper lanterns online and used clear filament string and a giant ladder to hang them all. I tied the string to the corners of the roof and then hung each lantern from the string.
I could only do a couple lanterns per string because they were weighing it down too much. I even cut little suns out of purple construction paper and used double sided tape to stick them on the lanterns.
The Entrance Sign
My Mom and Dad own a printing company so they made this special sign for Lily : )
The party favors were simple. I wanted to keep it practical so I gave everyone a Tangled water bottle that the kids would actually use. I placed one at every setting and I used yellow plastic plates to give the purple a contrast.
These are plastic pots that I filled with flowers. I couldn't incorporate every character from the movie so instead I printed out pictures of everyone and taped them to wooden skewers and stuck them inside the plants. Now it feels like everyone's here! The little flowers on the table were made with a flower shaped punch and construction paper.
Get creative with your serving platters. Anything can be turned into a bowl. I filled this faux birds nest with yellow Sixlets for the table. Again, I was going for a more nature-inspired looked.
Alright, I told you I get a little crazy when I party plan. I originally wanted to build a little tower but I got lazy towards the end so instead I took a door from our house and hung Rapunzel's hair over the door. I made the braided hair with yellow poly rope from Home Depot. It took quite a bit of time to braid the hair because it kept getting tangled but eventually we got there and then I tied it with a purple ribbon and glued little flowers and then wrapped the hair around the dessert table for a bigger effect.
I tried to put the desserts in more rustic looking bowls and platters like I said before. Each item was then labeled with a chalkboard sign. The cookies are in the front and there are flower suckers in the back in a little plastic flower pot.
I painted chalkboard paint on this wood crate and used a paper butterfly to embellish the corner.
I was given this little picked fence box for my first baby shower so I lined it with fake grass from Michaels and stuck my donut sticks in the grass. It held it perfectly.
The Chocolate pudding cups. Aren't these adorable?! I just love these. And they are so yummy!
Here's a close up of the pudding pots. Don't these look exactly like little plants?! You would have no idea they were dessert. I did a post on how to make these here.
My mom and I make the cake every year. It's a tradition. We love cooking and this is something we can do together as a family. Lily has already started cooking with me and I think it's amazing. If you're kids don't cook you should get them in the kitchen with you. Little ones love to help. Even if it's just stirring the batter or pouring sugar into a bowl, they really feel like they have accomplished something big. This is a simple white cake recipe (here) with cream cheese frosting (here) and fondant flowers (that I purchased at Michaels).
We used food coloring gels to color the cake. The recipe makes two 9 inch rounds so I doubled the recipe and separated the batter into four bowls then used different purple gels until I could see the contrast between the batters.
It was delicious!
And well ..... a Tangled birthday party wouldn't be complete without a special visit from Rapunzel herself! Lily was beyond excited to say the least.
Happy Birthday Lily Bell! XO