A Very TANGLED Birthday…

First, pardon me if you read this blog purely for my discussions on books and writing. The following post has absolutely nothing to do with either, but I still want to share.

As well as being an enthusiastic writer and avid reader, I’m a mom and a lover of entertaining and all things Disney. This weekend I threw my daughter a killer fourth birthday party. The theme? Tangled, of course! I won’t bore you with dozens of pictures of my daughter eating cake and opening gifts (though she really is very cute :)), but I thought it would be fun to post a few images of the details, which (in my oh-s0-humble opinion) came together so well.

First, Kingdom Flags, which I made out of purple felt and suns die-cut from yellow card stock. I strung them all along my fence, then hung the leftovers in my daughter’s bedroom, which she LOVES.

I dangled tons of “floating” lanterns from the ceiling of my kitchen and used what was left of the purple felt and suns to make a cloth for the cake table. And, gotta have lots of balloons.

These flowers were only $10 dollars at the local Farmer’s Market. Love!

My brother and sister-in-law trying out the coloring station, where I set out Tangled coloring pages and lots of crayons. Other entertainment? Swing set, wooden play castle with Princess toys, bounce house, and paddle ball.

The Birthday Girl rockin’ her Rapunzel t-shirt (and Rapunzel and Pascal Jibbitz in her Crocs!)

My daughter doesn’t have thick enough hair to French braid, but she still wanted to wear lots of flowers in it. I made these by doubling up paper flowers, adding jewels, and hot-gluing them to little bobby pins.

I’m a fan of snacks and finger foods. I served (healthy-ish) wraps, mini corn dogs, Swedish meatballs, veggies, and lots of chips and dips to munch on.

I put kid-friendly snacks outside too. Fruit snacks, peanut-butter-and-jelly crackers, and colored marshmallows (or, edible floating lanterns!).

This was my vision, but definitely not my handiwork. My town has the BEST bakery and they did a lovely job decorating the cake (and oh-my-gosh… was it yummy!).Β  Though they’re hard to see, I added Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder toys to the grassy area.

And, my girl and me post-party. We had so much fun!

Throw any good parties lately? Any tips to share?


20 thoughts on “A Very TANGLED Birthday…

  1. Erin Bowman says:

    Ahhhh! I LOVE this. I had a Disney Princess themed birthday party every year as a kid…at least until eight or nine. If I were turning four, I’d want this party as well. Looks like you all had a blast πŸ™‚

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Erin. We definitely had a great time! I think we’re working our way up to a Princess party every year too. Last year was Tiana, this year Rapunzel, and next year we’ve already decided on Snow White. Silly girl!

  2. Erin L. Schneider says:

    Holy cow, what a par-tay!!!!

    You did such a fab job decorating, Katy – I’m sure this is one b’day Claire won’t soon forget! And I love how you did her hair – you are so crafty!!

    FYI, my birthday is May 1st – and I love Despicable Me (cause it’s SOOOOOOO fluffy!)…feel free…just sayin’. πŸ™‚

  3. Caroline Tung Richmond says:

    LOVE! You did such a great job, Katy! Seriously, I’m blown away. And the flowers in Claire’s hair! Too, too cute.

    When I was taking Rowan to the car after our dinner last week, she looked at me and said, “Are we going to Claire’s birthday party?” Haha. I think she just wanted a piece of that yummy-looking cake!

  4. Emy Shin says:

    That looks like such a fabulous and fun party. You did such a wonderful job with it! The flowers in your daughter’s hair are the prettiest.

  5. Alison Miller says:

    ohmygosh – you are super mom! I love it! And I love seeing your pics!

    I did an American Idol party for my daughter for her eighth. That was fun. And for her eleventh I took her and five friends for pedicures. No more Disney parties though. I miss them.

    • katyupperman says:

      Eek… I have NO idea what brand it was! I used an Accu-Cut Roller Die Cut Machine at a Ben Franklin store in Bonney Lake, WA, but can’t say for sure what brand the specific die was. I suppose you could call them and ask. Sorry! I wish I could be more help!

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