On February 15, my oldest daughter turned five years old. Or, as she likes to say-a whole hand! When we decided to have children, we thought we’d never have to have a super “big” party, we’d just invite family and close friends over, and on the “big” birthdays (5, 10, 13, 16, etc.), we’d throw the kids parties for their friends.
We 100% failed to take into account that when you add up our family and close friends, the total tops thirty. And I adore our home, but a banquet hall it is not.
So we have to be creative and find a different venue for Corinne’s parties, since she was born in the middle of winter. (For all the details of her birth, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.) Ashlynn’s parties can be outside in June!
And, of course, there always has to be a theme to the parties! I adore party planning and organization, so I never really mind.
So far, we’ve had two “My First” parties, puppies and kitties, Minnie Mouse, Tinkerbell, and Cinderella. Looks like we may be heading toward Scooby Doo for this June. But for her big #5, Corinne wanted Rapunzel from the new(er) Disney movie Tangled.
That newness was the kicker. There’s pretty much nothing out there for Rapunzel yet. A few decorations, no balloons, no cakes. Crud.
So I got creative! Using Pinterest, my Cricut, and my own brain, I created virtually all of Corinne’s party decorations. It was SO much fun!!
First, we needed sun banners. I used paper placemats from Pat Catan’s and cut them into triangles. I cut a sun stencil from a pattern I downloaded from Google images, and dabbed it on with yellow paint. Then I simply folded and stapled them over twine. Total cost: about $5 for ten banners!
I also found simple paper lanterns at Pat Catan’s. Since lanterns are such a focal point of the movie, I bought five and hung them from the ceiling. Total cost: $5
This is something I do at almost every one of my girl’s parties. I love to take a picture from each one of their birthdays and display them to show how they’ve grown. It’s always a favorite! This year I put them on purple cardstock and cut out a yellow sun with my cricut, as well as placing the age inside the sun. (The “sun” was actually the outline of a flower from my Tinkerbell cartridge, which made perfect sense because of the flower in the movie!) Total cost: $1-2
A sure-fire hit for an indoor party is to blow up a few balloons and toss them around. The kids (and sometimes adults) love playing with them and it’s pretty much zero work! Total cost: $3
There are no Rapunzel cakes!! Since we didn’t have the extra cash for a customized one, we just went with purple and yellow to match the party colors. Corinne loved it and it tasted yummy! :)
Treats and Games
Party hats look just like old-fashioned princess hats! We bought a pack of plain colored ones, and then I braided lengths of yellow yarn and stapled them to the back of the hat. Everyone got to be Rapunzel! These were adorable and a fantastic hit! Total cost: $6
Corinne loves the scene when Pascal wakes up Flynn by sticking his tongue in his ear! We got regular party blowers and sticky back craft foam. Cut simple trapezoid shapes and add googly eyes and a sharpie smile and Ta-Dah! Pascal!! Total cost: $5-6
Paper Lantern Craft
I try to always do a craft at Corinne’s parties since they are indoors. It gives the kiddos something to do while waiting for everyone to arrive. This year we made paper Chinese lanterns! Fold construction paper in half horizontally, decorate, then roll vertically and staple! Just like Rapunzel’s! We placed out markers, crayons, and stickers to decorate. Total cost: $4
Pin the Nose on Flynn
Ok, I have to admit this was my favorite. I found the template on disneyfamily.com, blew it up, and had it laminated. Then the kiddos were blind-folded, spun and pinned the nose on! (I found random noses on Google images) So much fun and hilarious!! Total cost: $12 because I had to go to OfficeMax to get it laminated and they charge WAY too much!
We also had just a general cupcake pinata. I used the pullstring kind because quite frankly I did not want small children swinging sticks. Total cost: $20 (candy and pinata)
It was a fantastic party and everyone had loads of fun! I hope you grabbed a few ideas, and if you need any more details, don’t hesitate to comment and I’ll get back to you!