I asked the Princess what theme she would like for her birthday party this year, and she said without hesitation that she wanted a Tangled theme. So I started searching the internet and found lots of inspiration and instructions, all of which proved invaluable to this uncreative mama.
This is not something you want to do the night before. I started about two weeks before the party, making banners and preparing the crafts we were doing. And of course, invitations had to be made. I found a template for the invitations here.
I started making a pennant banner like the ones seen in the village scenes in the movie. I traced suns on yellow cardstock, then cut them out and glued them to purple felt triangles. I made slits in the corners of the pennants, then strung them on twine and tied ribbons in between each one.
I purchased paper lanterns from Oriental Trading so we could have the girls color and decorate them. We added the lanterns to our banner. Charles glued flameless tealights in the bottom of each lantern so they would glow. The above picture is dark because we wanted to see if it worked! This is what they looked like after the girls let their creativity flow. Cute, huh? Oh, we wove gobs of yarn through the railing to resemble Rapunzel's hair. It was difficult to work with because it kept getting...well, tangled.
We also made hair barrettes with ribbons and flowers. I bought barrettes at Hobby Lobby. I also got some pretty ribbon that I cut into 12-inch pieces. We wrapped several ribbons around the barrette bar and knotted them. Then we hot-glued silk flowers on to cover the knots. The results were beautiful, but I didn't get a good picture of them! Boo!
Now on to the food! I found lots of inspiration from Paging Supermom. We made the Tangled tower cake with lots of help from my lovely friend Suzanne. She's the cupcake queen around here! Charles put together a wooden base with a skinny dowel rod. I stacked several Little Debbie pecan spin wheels onto the dowel. Suzanne added the icing ivy crawling up the sides. The top is an unfrosted cupcake with a purple candy-coated sugar cone to make the tower.
Homemade artisan bread, strawberry butter, smoked cheese, blueberries, grapes and cherries rounded out the menu. Oh, and jello lakes with candy slice boats! They were a huge hit!
After eating and opening presents, the girls sat down and colored pictures while watching the Tangled movie.
Oh, look! You can see the barrette in one of the girls' hair on the right!
The Princess loved everything about her party. She enjoys playing hostess and spending time with her friends. I had a great time planning and preparing, but boy! Am I glad it's another year before I have to do this again!