Rapunzel Turns Five! {Tangled Birthday Party Ideas}

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From the day she first watched the movie Tangled (after confusingly meeting Rapunzel at Disney World before she knew who she was), my daughter’s one wish for her birthday was to ‘see the floating lights, just for 24 hours.’  No pressure, right?  My daughter’s birth was the single best and worst day of my life.  So when she shared her wish for a Tangled birthday party with the whole ‘floating lantern’ thing, I knew I had to step up to the plate BUT do so without stressing out the family or going too over the top.  Stop laughing at me.

Contrary to what my family probably thinks, I fully embrace the semi-handmade concept.  Who has time to bake complicated cakes from scratch or stitch birthday dresses or craft lanterns out of wax paper?  {if it’s you, please, don’t tell me.  I’m jealous.}  Here’s what we came up with : a few (reusable) Tangled themed craft projects, an embellished store bought cake, and several other inexpensive touches that will only make it look like you went over the top without you having to actually become crazy party lady.

Easy & Fun Rapunzel and Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

No really, STOP LAUGHING AT ME.  😉

Princess Invites

Of all the pieces of the party, the one thing that got the most compliments were these gorgeous tri-fold custom princess invitations that I was given by Pear Tree Greetings.  Plus the birthday girl LOVED them.  These are keepsakes for sure!  We were able to customize the text, photos, initial, and more.  Love love love!

Rapunzel Tangled Girls' Birthday Party ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Girls' Birthday Party ideas

Party Decor

Rapunzel’s Hair Wreath: I’ll post a tutorial later this week, but I made a Rapunzel braided wreath for our front door.  I found the idea on Pinterest with no blog source so I had to figure out how to do it myself.  It’s not difficult, but does take a good hour of unwinding, braiding and hot gluing.  WORTH IT!

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Kingdom Flags:  This was another DIY craft project I made with my daughter.  I cut purple cloth and we stamped it with a chunky foam sun stamp in brilliant gold.  Then I sewed them together in one long string to make Kingdom Flag Bunting

Rapunzel Party Decor

Rapunzel Party Decor

Princess Goblets:  I will not make a ‘pimp cup’ joke here.  I WILL NOT.  These are PRINCESS GOBLETS.  For PRINCESSES.  Anyways, they’re simply clear plastic cups from the Dollar Store covered with Dollar Store stickers.  They make juice look fancy.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Centerpiece:  The base was our Rapunzel Hair Crown from the Disney Store.  I ran it down the center of the table and hoped no one would get grossed out by {fake} hair on the table.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Then we tucked faux flowers along the braid, including these fun large yellow ‘magic flowers’ that were $1 at Michaels.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Since we had extra flowers from the wreath, I collected them into a clear glass bowl.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

We also included a wooden castle adorned with Rapunzel’s signature hair that my daughter had painted earlier this summer.  It’s a fun project idea for princess loving kids.  Got the unfinished wooden castle at Michaels and my little artist gave it her own stamp.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Another Pear Tree product I was able to review were these paper party decorations.  Aren’t they great?  They’re perfect for celebrations such as birthdays, graduations, retirement, and so much more.  They filled in our centerpiece nicely and I scattered the rest around the table.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Floating Lanterns:  Obviously we couldn’t have a Rapunzel party WITHOUT THE FLOATING LANTERNS.  I purchased them both in stores when I saw them and also online for the more unusual shapes.  We probably had 20 inside the house and outside over the front door.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas
Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas
Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas
Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

We added our kid-crafted foam lanterns to the mix as well (find the kids craft lantern tutorial here):

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Decor

Yellow streamers (a.k.a. Rapunzel’s hair) were draped down the hall, through the kitchen, and around the dining room.  We kept looking for Rapunzel to swing down and scream ‘BEST. DAY. EVER!’ at any moment.

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

And look who greeted the guests outside?

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Dollar Store flower pinwheels led the way.

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Rapunzel Birthday Cake

Do you have any idea how many over the top Rapunzel cake ideas there are on Pinterest?  TOO MANY.  My daughter never asks for anything, ever, so when she said she wanted a cake with floating lanterns I knew that’s what I had to do.  I showed her some of the {totally over the top} cake photos and she didn’t really like any of them.  WHAAAAT?  She wanted lanterns against a night sky.  Not a tower, or lots of hair, just lanterns.  Against a night sky.

So I had our local supermarket (Giant in PA) make their standard Tangled cake.  They jazzed it up by making it more purple and even put on edible glitter.  Here’s the fresh-out-of-the-box cake from the supermarket:

Rapunzel Tangled Party & Decor Ideas

First I took off the plastic sign.  For the lanterns, I purchased Duff Cake Decorating Wires (affiliate link).  There’s mixed reviews as to whether it’s safe to use wire in a cake so I used coffee stirrers as a barrier between the wire and cake (I should have trimmed them more, but truly, the kids were awestruck and didn’t notice the cake stirrers).  Then I hung ‘lanterns’ made from sheet fondant.  In hindsight, I wouldn’t have splurged on the fondant I would have just used paper.  No one needs to eat the lanterns.

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

We also added Flynn, Pascal, and the boat figurines–we mixed together a few sets that she got for her birthday.  Here’s the Rapunzel and Flynn figurine set with the boat and this Tangled set has a Rapunzel holding her hair (affiliate links).

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

Again, terrible photo.  But the cake and the lanterns were a hit for sure.  I mean, really.  Check out her face!

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

Rapunzel and Tangled Cake

Party Favors

Since it was a small party, I didn’t mind splurging a bit on the party favors.  Can you believe how cute these ‘satchels’ are?  Obviously a sun symbol would have been better but considering I found these bags premade for just $2 each I was NOT complaining!

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Each satchel contained a hair brush, chalk, crown (got them in a pack of 6 at Michaels), and a Pascal party blower.

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

We tied them together with another Pear Tree goodie, personalized favor tags.

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Pascal Party Blowers

The directions came straight from the Disney website (along with some other fun Rapunzel party ideas and coloring pages if you want some activities).  Please note where it says ‘USE ADHESIVE FOAM’.  Apparently I don’t read well because I skipped over that part and ended up clipping the foam pieces with clothespins while they dried.

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

The kids didn’t care how I made them, they seemed to love them regardless!

Rapunzel and Tangled Party Favors

 I had a few kids crafts ready to go, but we were short on space, it was a hot day, a skunk had sprayed our house the night before, and the kids were having just too much fun running up and down the stairs to distract them.  In other words, the seventy bazillion toys in our playroom were the only extra activities needed that day.  Though nothing was able to overcome the smell of skunk on a 95 degree day.  That was NOT supposed to be part of the fairy tale.

Rapunzel & Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

Many thanks to Pear Tree Greetings for providing the invitations, paper party decorations, and favor tags.  I was not compensated for this post, but did receive those products free for review.

If you’re a Tangled fan you can guess what I’m going to say next… my daughter thought her Rapunzel themed birthday party was the BEST. DAY. EVER.  From the Rapunzel cake to the Flynn-themed satchels to the floating lanterns and Tangled craft ideas, it was all worthwhile.  But next year?  This tired semi-handmade mama is taking the kids to Chuck E. Cheese.  😉

Easy & Fun Rapunzel and Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

{Rapunzel Turns Five! Tangled Birthday Party Ideas is linking up with: Monday Funday | Crystal & Co. | The 36th Avenue }

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27 Comments

  1. Um you rock!!! This is awesome. I know I am going to wait until mine is 3 or 4 to go all out. It seems exhausting but you made it look easy! Beautiful!

  2. I love everything about this party! Especially the wreath and the goodie bag idea with the cute little tags of your daughter…what a special event!

  3. SO cute! I LOVE the braid on the front door – I can just see the girls getting so excited when they come to the door for the party!!

  4. Carrie, You did a really incredible job! What a great Mommy you are. I love that you made sure her every wish was granted. Awesome. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! : )

  5. OMG! These ideas are so cute! Your daughter looked so happy so it made all the planning well worth it.

  6. Super, super cute!! I love everything about this party!! Incredible!! I love the bags!! You did an incredible job and the smile on your daughter’s face says it all. Love it!!

  7. Oh my gosh – these are all so adorable! You have really raised the bar!! LOVE all these ideas but that invite is stunningly cute! Happy birthday to sweet princess!! (And, why do I think that you won’t make good on that threat to go to Chuck E. Cheeses next year??)

  8. This is amazing. What a special moment you have captured. Your photos are beautiful and your talent is remarkable. Great job!

  9. These ideas are so cute! I am going to adapt something like this for my twins for their next birthday. Thanks for sharing such great photos easy. The photos make it easy for us to copy your great ideas.

    1. Hey Catherine! They are from a store in Oaks PA called NEST. I don’t think they have a website, but perhaps you could call and see if they’ll ship them?

      1. Thank you Carrie!
        Love that the goodie bags can function after the party, I’m planning my son’s party and want to be more green with the gift bags.
        Catherine

    1. I actually found it on eBay by searching ‘chunky sun stamp’. I couldn’t find who makes it but you should be able to find one that way.

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  11. Hi, did you post the tutorial for the Rapunzel Hair Wreath??? If so, could you shake the link? I can’t seem to find it.

    1. Hi Jennifer! I never posted the tutorial– time got away with me. Basically I took an entire thing of yellow yarn (the thicker the better), unwound it around the backs of two chairs (see photo), and tied it all together on one side (at one of the chairs). Then, I cut it on the other side (at the other chair), which created a super long ponytail. Braid the ponytail. Then, you’ll hot glue that around the wreath and let the end hang over a hook or nail on the door. Glue some plastic flowers onto the braid, and you have a Rapunzel Wreath!

      1. Hi Carrie! Your postings are amazing and an inspiration!!! I can’t wait to make the Rapunzel wreath! =) Can you tell me where I can find the photo showing the two chairs and how you wrapped the yarn? Thank you!!

        1. Hi Melissa! I actually never followed up with a post about how to make the wreath. Ooops. For the wreath, I placed two chairs about 10 feet apart with the backs facing each other, tied one end of the yarn to one chair, and literally walked around the chairs until I was dizzy unrolling the yarn around them. I can email pictures if you’d like, just shoot me an email at makinglemonadeblog at gmail dot com and I’ll dig them up for you!!

          1. I would love for you to email me pictures! My daughter is having a Rapunzel party in July. Love all of these ideas.

  12. So many great ideas for a Rapunzel party! We are having one for our 5 year old and this was a great place to start. Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is probably the cutest birthday party I have ever seen. Can I come to the next one? 😀
    My niece wants themed party. What was the hardest thing in making Rapunzel themed party? Can you share cake supplier?

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