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!).  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?