Monday, April 23, 2012

It WAS a Party!

 This was the official "clean up the place" before you have six girls over.

The castle was made by my wonderfully talented friend Laurie.  It was close to seven feet tall.  Hint:  Use a projector to blow up the image you want.  The part that I wouldn't have done so well with was the filling it in. I could have done it but it would not have been this cute.  She used chalks and I had it laminated at a school supply store for $6.00 and that included the sun as well.  So much fun for little girls.  I made the poster from a link I can't find.  I just imported it into a software program that makes things poster size and printed it out on 4 pieces of paper.  I modpodged it onto a poster board.  A woman that threw another party said she had it blown up to poster size for around $3.00 at one of the copy places.  That would have been nice to know before I pieced it all together.  I thought it turned out great though.  Here are few posters that you can download though neither is the one I used, but close.  I can't find mine. Sorry.  Here are those links:  Flynn or flynn.
 I had seen this marvelous cupcake tree done with those ugly brass chandeliers that look like an octopus.  It had been painted pink and all the electrical wiring removed so you could put the cupcakes on each arm and a mini cake in the middle.  I searched every thrift store for weeks.  Finally, my driver (Mr. Finn) said he wasn't taking me to anymore when we were in front of DAV.  I went in hoping that I could find one.  Really, is that too much to ask?  I got the same answer in every store, "Oh, we always have them, but  not right now."  Whatever!

So... my imagination went to work when I saw these candelabras in black.  They seemed perfect and the cupcakes wouldn't fall off by accident.  See that giant spike.  Genius!
 Could you just die?  Look at how cute that turned out!  I was beyond excited.  Miss Boo decided on yellow frosting and I am so glad she did.  Seemed perfect.  Those cupcake papers are from Joanne's.  I thought they were exactly what her party needed.  Believe it or not, but they were bought a year ago with her party in mind.  And they stay firm.  NO sagging.
This is the party area.  Not overly fancy, but it worked and we were able to have a fun party in 1 1/2 hours.  The cake wasn't on the pedestal yet, but you get the gist.
 I found these boxes at Michaels when they went out of business a year ago.  Knew I could do something with them for her party.
 I downloaded different images off Google Images and modpodged them on the boxes.  I found a "Tangled" font online and used it for the "go, live your dream" on top.

 The modpodge gives them a painted look.  Miss Boo asked me if I had painted all the boxes myself.  Bless her little heart.
 Alright.  Here's the cake.  Finally.  I had seen this "ruffled" look on someone's blog and loved it.  This is my version of it.  I learned a few things, but I think it turned out o.k.  She was thrilled with it, so I was happy too.
 I could have done without the thing behind Rapunzel, but Miss Boo insisted.  I love how it all turned out well.  Did you know it costs $4.00 per 5 inch tier of chocolate cake at your local grocery store bakery?
 Not for this ultra conservative Mommy.  I just make an oval cake and used a bowl to cut out the 5 inch rounds I needed.  Popped them in the freezer for about an hour and then dirty iced them.  Worked like a charm.

I made flower rings from pipe cleaner.  So easy.  I learned how to do it on this website.
 The sun pendant in the back was a picture.  I cut it out with an Xacto knife and used gold paint to sponge it on purple felt.  If you want the file, please let me know and I will send it to you.

I don't have a good picture of the paints, but I used rectangle boxes that I got at Michaels on clearance.  I used the same technique as the oval boxes.  Found some paints at the dollars store.  Cut them to fit the box and with a little hot glue, they became Rapunzel Paints.  I have some labels I attached to the bottom that say that.  Once again, these were all wonderful ideas of others that I used.
 The girls were able to paint when they got to the party.  I posted this one on because the words written on it made me laugh.
 They played "Pin the frying pan on Flynn's nose".  That was so much fun.  Once again, if you need the file, let me know.  I will send you everything I have on the party.  Images, paint pages, games, etc.  I don't have a lot of the links available because I have been downloading things into a Rapunzel Birthday File for over a year.  You can leave a comment with your email address requesting a copy of the file.
 Miss Boo wanted long hair and braided for the other girls.  She was a lot of fun.
I bought the topper at our local grocery store bakery.  It is a kit they use for their cakes.  It was five dollars.  I wouldn't have had to spend the money if I could have found the miniature Rapunzel I bought last year when Sears was going out of business for $3.00.  Sad news... found it yesterday in the top of my closet.  Go figure!
 She said she had the best birthday ever.  It was great to hear the other girls talking about how much fun they had.  They all went home with their own Rapunzel hair, paints, boxes of goodies and art they painted.
 I love the hair.  So easy to make.  I just crocheted a head band with a flower and then attached two strands of yard doubled over to every other crochet hook in the band.
My little helper.  He was horrified that I put this picture on, but I needed to use his head to tie those braids and he is so PATIENT.  Not too mention, he is really cute!

It was a fun birthday.  Can't say I will ever do one with so many details again, but it was worth every second of work to see her face.

Love that little girl.  She challenges me daily, but brings us so much joy in other ways.  She is very smart and equally artistic.  It amazes me how much she works with both sides of her brain.

Oh... I found all the jello jigglers the morning after.  I completely forgot them in the fridge.  Oh well, I enjoyed all the jello flowers and hearts.  Can you believe my kids don't like jello jigglers?  Are they really my children?

This link will take you to Disney Family Fun.  They have some really fun things for a Tangled Party.

I also used this website for ideas on the party.  This is where I saw the idea for hair and improvised with what I had on hand.  It was a great way for me to use all those orange buttons I got at Walmart in the Clearance section.  Who knew orange would work so well.


Will and Marcie Davis said...

Oh my gosh!!! Pinning this to Pinterest RIGHT now!!! Love this idea!!! And I'm sure one of my girls will want this party idea some day so I would LOVE LOVE LOVE those files if I can get them from you! You are seriously the BEST Mommy EVER!!! SO talented!

Shannon said...

After your painting/decorating post, I thought you should go into interior decorating. Now I think you should open a party planning business! This is AWESOME! Will you plan my next party? ;)