Best Kids Parties: Rapunzel

My Party

Name: Amelia (4)
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Amelia has loved Rapunzel ever since she got her Rapunzel dress at Disney World. When we finally saw the movie Tangled, she watched it over and over again, so it wasn't very surprising when she chose Rapunzel for the theme of her first birthday party with friends.

So that the party wasn't too princess-y, we decided to have an art party, since Rapunzel spent so much time painting in her tower. I created the invitations from a similar invite I saw on Pinterest - a silhouette of Rapunzel's tower with a braid hanging out the tower window. I even put a picture of Amelia in the window just for fun.

Decorations included: yarn hair braids all over the house, a purple birthday banner with Rapunzel sun details, paper flowers, and a photo banner with photos of Amelia since birth.

Food included "paint" cake balls, "paintbrush" krispie treats, Rapunzel cake (it was my first time making a doll cake!) and rainbow fruit skewers

The main activity was painting canvases. The final product is a barrette holder - a canvas with ribbons and hooks on the bottom to clip barrettes and hold headbands. I used painters tape to create initials for each child coming to the party, which were applied to the canvases. I staple-gunned ribbon to the bottom edge and screwed small hooks into the bottom. I also stapled a short length of ribbon to the top edge so the canvas could be easily hung. To protect the ribbon during painting, I stuffed all the ribbon into the back of the canvas, covered it in saran wrap and taped it shut with painters tape so the parents could unwrap it later. The kids painted all over the canvases and when the paint was dry, we peeled off the tape to reveal their initial! It was a fun activity.

To decorate the princess hair braids - I made a long braid and tied it back on itself to make a loop to put over the child's head like a headband. I hot-glued bows and flowers onto the headband. I also made tons of barrettes using ribbon clippie barrettes, metal french clip barrettes and lots of silk flowers - which I plucked off the stems and sewed or glued on. Each girl got a braid to pin their barrettes on and then wear for the party.

For favors I sewed tutu bags and used sticker foam letters to put the names on each bag. The goodies included: Tangled paints, a princess puzzle, sweets, Rapunzel brush, bracelets, temporary tattoos, paint-chip notebooks.

Source List:
• Favor bags (sans tutu) from Oriental Trading
• Paint-chip notebooks from Campfire Designs on Etsy
•Canvases & paint supplies from Michaels
• Yarn & flowers for hair braids from Michaels

What fun - thanks Jennifer! Readers, see more photos of Amelia's party here.

(Images: reader Jennifer)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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