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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Anna's Rapunzel Birthday Party

My little girl is turning 4! (Actually this happened quite some time ago.  I'm only getting around to posting about it now!) ...and this year she has requested a Rapunzel party.  I could not have been any more excited.  I loved this movie and it was the first movie we had ever taken Anna to see in the theatre.  Now, I am not a fan of doing a party store birthday party.  I would rather not go to the party store and buy every matching themed item they have, throw it all up in the house and call it good.  I like to create one of a kind party pieces.  I like a challenge.  So, here is what I came up with...
First, we worked on some decorations.
I made this door sign by cutting the Rapunzel sun out of foam core and then spraying it with gold glitter paint.  I attached a glittery purple 4 and a purple ribbon and I had the perfect welcome to our Rapunzel party.
This is the front walkway going up to our house.  I found some printable  Flynn Rider "wanted" posters online and printed off a bunch.  We put them on trees and anywhere else had space.

You can print your own Flynn Rider 'Wanted' posters here.

When each child entered the house, they received either a Rapunzel hair or a Viking helmet.  I made these Rapunzel hairs myself.  They were a lot more work than I thought they would be, but I think they were well worth it.
Here is a great tutorial on how to make the Rapunzel hair.
 In the second picture you can see a different version of the Rapunzel hair.  We had a few ladies under 2 years old and I didn't want the really long Rapunzel hair being any kind of choking hazard or getting stuck around their necks.  Therefore, I made baby Rapunzel hair and attached them to dollar store yellow headbands.  This worked out great!

The backyard was adorned with not only a bunch of Flynn Rider "Wanted" posters but this amazing Snuggly Duckling sign made by by my husband.  I told him I thought we 'needed' one and voila! A perfect replica of the Snuggly Duckling sign!

Here is our awesome magical glowing flower.  I bought a lily at the craft store and just painted it with gold craft paint.

We also bought a bunch of flowers in the clearance section at the crafts store and put them wherever we could find room.  Rapunzel loves flowers...and apparently Pascal does too!
The food was fun to do as well, but of course the cake was best of all!  Here are some photos of the Rapunzel tower cake.  It was almost 3.5 feet tall and was an exact replica of the one in the movie.  If you want to know more about how I made this cake and see more pics, check out my blog post Best Rapunzel Tower Cake Ever!

(...and can you see the cute banner I made at the top of the first cake pic.  It reads 'Best Day Ever'.)


Aside from the cake, we also had Rapunzel paint brushes, or rice krispy treats dipped in colored candy melts and then put on a stick.

Because there might not have been enough cake! ;)

I also made these fancy water bottle labels. They read 'Anna's Best Day Ever'.

We kept the activities simple.  We had a lot of little kids and families, so we opted to move away from traditional party games.  It worked out fine because it was a beautiful day and everyone wanted to spend most of their time hanging out and playing with their Rapunzel hair in the treehouse.


Here is Penelope hanging out in her baby Rapunzel hair.

We did plan one activity.  I bought a bunch of canvases and paint and each child was able to paint a canvas to take home with them.  I bought some pizza boxes at our local Cash n' Carry so that parents could take the painting home in their cars without having to worry about wet paint.

Here is my sweet girl blowing out the candles.

At the end of the party, each child received a Flynn Rider satchel (sewn by me) filled with all sorts of goodies. We included Rapunzel paints, a crown, a viking rubber duckie, princess crayons, a small chameleon, a ring pop, a necklace and a small mirror and comb.

Everyone else got these cute Rapunzel inspired sugar cookies. I never do decorated cookies so I was pretty proud of how they turned out.



The day after the party, I took my little Rapunzel to the park and took some birthday pictures of her.  I had her wear her new Rapunzel hair and this cute Rapunzel inspired apron skirt I made her for the party.
Happy 4th Birthday to my sweet girl! Hope it was the Best. Day. Ever.



Twinkle Star said...

I love all the attention to detail! I'm the same - I don't like store bought parties either, my kids have 'mummy handmade specials' too lol!

I'm currently planning my daughter's next party and Rapunzel will be featuring, so thanks for the inspiration!

Estelle xx

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