Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Tangled 4th Birthday

My youngest critter turned 4 years old yesterday and we celebrated on Sunday.  We didn't have a big event planned with a ton of people.  I just wanted to surprise her and I think I succeeded.  If you have children and/or have seen the movie Tangled, this should all be pretty familiar.
The lanters on the window were 2 for $1 at the dollar store.  I was pretty happy to find those.  The window panels are actually inexpensive Ikea sheers that I layered over white curtains.  (I got the sheers on eBay because I didn't have time for the trek to Ikea.)

The banners were printed from a free template I found here.  I just cut them out, punched holes in the corners and connected them with a $1 ribbon.  The little dress was a gift for the birthday girl but it did not fit the adult mannequin so I pinned it on. 

The tower consisted of a birdhouse I painted with craft paints, a wrapping paper tube covered with grey paper and moss I already had, a cardboard base covered with green paper and a ton of hot glue.  In all honesty, it collapsed the next day but I only intended for it to be temporary.  I may reinforce it with a wooden pole and base screwed together if the kids are interested in it enough to play with it.  The hair coming out of the tower was a few strands from the larger braid on the table.

I did buy some tablecloths as well, but I was really surprised by how inexpensively you can get them online.  They're intended to be purchased in bulk for weddings, but you can buy them individually for only a few dollars in any color you want.  I'll also be re-using them for my other daughter's birthday in a couple of months so they were definitely worth getting over the plastic or paper tablecloths from a party store that are nearly the same price.

Speaking of that braid ... I purchased 4 rolls of yarn that came bundled from the craft store. I spent a couple of hours one night unravling it all around 2 chairs spaced a few feet apart. Then, I cut one end, tied the other end and braided it. The flowers are just 4 dollar store flowers that I took apart and hot glued on.  The table lanters are just craft paper with a sun I painted on.

In the kitchen ... I printed a sign from the pub in the movie on cardstock.  I had a couple of extra pieces from the banner so I just attached them to the chairs.  I didn't get a chance to take a picture, but I left out a crown and wand for each of my princesses in addition to Tangled activity pages from Disney that I tied together with ribbon found here
Since it was Superbowl Sunday, we had snacks before pizza for dinner (birthday girl's choice).  Some in cast iron pans, of course.  The toothpicks were made from the same template pages as the banner above.

The cake with Rapunzel addition.

It was a wonderful day and I had two exhausted but happy little ones at the end of it. 

Happy Birthday Sydney!


  1. I love it! The colors are so pretty and the table is beautiful. You really did some creative things with the theme. I wish I were that creative!

  2. SO cute!!! My lil one would loooove this. Rapunzel from Tangled is one of my favorite princesses. Much stronger than the princesses from my day.

  3. Wow! Fabulous. Happy birthday Sydney :o)

  4. It's been awhile since either of my girls were that age, but it all looks just deightful...I'll bet your Sidney was thrilled!

  5. You did a spectacular job! My girls would have screamed with delight!

  6. OMG , you are the best Mommy EVER!!!!

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  8. Great information! Thanks for sharing, I am just starting my research! You did a great job!!!

  9. what site did you use to purchase the table linens? Thanks!


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