Monday, July 22, 2013

Rapunzel Princess Party

We had my daughters third birthday this past weekend. I kid you not when I tell you she has been waiting for her birthday since she began to understand what birthday parties actually were, shortly after turning two. She wanted a Rapunzel party and has talked about it incessantly up until the moment when the party began tis past weekend.

I happen to be one of those Mom's that wants her kiddos to have magical memories of events in their life whenever possible. I know that I am so very grateful for my own Mother providing me with such memories. And Birthday happens to be one of those things that I have the ability and talent to add a little of my own magic to, so I do my best to make myself completely crazy in order to bring their expectations (or my own really) to fruition :)

I had HUGE plans for this party, but realized with three kids underfoot, it's difficult if not impossible to do as much as I planned to do. I also forget to consider that outside parties also have variables that I sometimes don't consider...like WIND. Which completely thwarted my intentions of creating the food table and dessert tables the way that I had planned. It was so annoying that I gave up on table clothes because all they did was blow around and make me mad, hot and sweaty!

Because have I failed to inform you how incredibly HOT it was this weekend???? Good thing we were in the middle of an insane heat wave! Think "hell" and then times that by infinity, coupled that with the humidity, when you walked out of the cool, climate controlled environment of the house you were immediately greeted in what felt like a thick, hot wet blanket wrapping every part of you, so let me include it was not a nice hair day...at all!  Thank goodness we had a pool for everyone to cool down in!

I started out by creating her this invitation, that the rest of the party would be based on. Creating printables is one of my favorite things to do, so I was thrilled to make one for my daughter's party! The invite measured 4x6 and was made extra special with the tower and the end portion of her hair extended from the edge of the invitation, in order to give it a bit more depth and add a little fun to it.

I based the cupcake wrappers and toppers off of the invitation as well. The wrappers with the Rapunzel face on it also have the dimensional effect with the top portion of her head being cut out from the top of the wrapper.

I also made the water bottle labels to match, more for fun then anything else. They are more of a prop type of decor and just look nice with all the other decorations.

Next was a banner type of printable, which were simply 3 inch round circles I punched out and placed with yellow circles on strings to hang about. I used plain string, instead of ribbon to hang them because I was "trying" to achieve a certain look. But they would look nice hanging from any type of ribbon or string. These were actually made to adorn the edge of the dessert table, but remember that "wind" I mentioned earlier??? It caused these to just flap in the wind. So I settled on hanging them where I could,  I was determined to display them since I had put the work in to make them!

Last for the printables I designed for the party were the paper lanterns or "floating lights." My daughter always asks to see them, so I thought this a good opportunity to include them in the party. I printed mine on normal paper, but I would suggest a thicker sturdier card stock if you plan to use them outside. Between the wind and the wet blanket like humidity, they did not keep there shape as much I would have liked. We placed them in random spots through out the yard to give an illusion of paper lanterns. These would also look awesome for a night based party using those LED flickering light candles. You could just place these over them like a sleeve and create a lantern effect instantly. (The link to download these are at the bottom of the post.)

Now I has seen quite a few awesome ideas on Pinterest and blogs as well for Rapunzel themed parties, but the one idea I wanted to do so badly was one that just did not make it to fruition. It was the long braid made of yellow yard that I had seen on Paging Supermom. I wanted to hang it through out the party and along the food tables, but realized that trying to make it 20 minutes before the party was not the time to make an enormous, long braid. 

Add in two kids and a baby continually wrapping themselves in the strands of yard because it was "fun", made me almost give up! About halfway through I realized that I could still make Rapunzel's hair but in a simpler way. My Mother helped me string together strands of yarn that we tied off in sections with a bit of purple ribbon. 

As I mentioned this was also supposed to hang on the edge of the food table, but due to the wind we hung it around the yard. I would suggest using a larger ribbon, for more impact in the sections of hair, but this was made literally minutes before guests started arriving, so we used what we had on hand and it worked out wonderfully.

Last but not least I made big tissue paper pom poms that hung on the edge of the house, color coordinating with the party colors of purple and yellow.  These are so easy to make and create such a great decoration that adds to any party.

On to the desserts, my favorite part of any party!! I wanted to make so much more then I was able, but realized that there is only o much I can do in a limited amount of time, while also taking care of the kids.
Naturally I made cupcakes, and used the wrappers I created to display them. Some were wrappers with my version of Rapunzel's character on them and others were of a purple pattern with 2 inch circle toppers placed on top.

Cake pops are a given for any and all events my hubby and I host. I made them a little different then usual. 

Since it was so incredibly hot this past weekend, I cheated in making theses a bit and did a quick dip in the chocolate and placed them upside down in miniature wrappers. I then covered them in sprinkles. I also used color coordinating paper straws  in purple and yellow to pretty them up a bit!!

I also made brownies, which I simply drizzled purple chocolate candy melts on top and scattered purple sprinkles on top. Always a super easy, fast and effective way to coordinate with any party color theme (yummy too!))

I had the most fun creating this last treat. Vanilla Sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. I LOVE making and decorating cookies, I just never really have the time to do it as much as I would like.

 I also based it on the character I designed for the party, but changed it up a bit to fit on the cookie. They were far from perfect, but I adored them and when I asked my daughter's who it was they immediately replied "Rapunzel" so that in itself made me happy!!

Lastly but certainly not least was her cake. She wanted a Rapunzel cake and has told me this Every. Single. Day over the past several months, so I did my best to make her a version she would be happy with.

This was also based off the invitation I made for her. The topper is made from tinted  fondant and the cake is frosted with butter cream using my Fantabulous Vanilla Frosting

The Birthday girl loved it and was thrilled to finally be able to blow the candle out on HER birthday cake!

I also made a fruit salad for those not so interested in the super sweet stuff and I had assorted jars of purple and yellow candy, for some reason I neglected to take pictures of this! All in all the party was a hit and thankfully the Thunderstorms and rain waited until most of the guests had left to wash away the day!!

You can print out the Paper Lanterns from {{HERE}}Hope you enjoyed reading along! And I hope you will find some ideas that will help you with your own Rapunzel themed party! 

For other great princess themed invitations you can check out Birthday Invitations from Zazzle

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