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I can’t believe my baby is 5! I feel like I was just planning Juliette’s first birthday party, and now I am planning her 5th! Time goes by so fast. I don’t know how many more parties we will have at our house, so I wanted this one to be super special. Juliette is at this super exciting stage where everything is about pink, fairytales, magic, and princesses. She has been telling me that she wanted a princess party since her last birthday! I asked her if she wanted to include all of the princesses or focus on just one. This little, almost 5-year-old knew EXACTLY what she wanted. She wanted Rapunzel and that was it! Sorry Cinderella, Belle, and Elsa-but you aren’t invited to this RAPUNZEL Princess Party!
Rapunzel’s Tower was the centerpiece of the whole party, and I have to say it turned out PERFECT! With tons of help from my family, this tower transformed into something special. I started off by going to Trader Joes and buying a bunch of flowers and eucalyptus.
I knew I wanted the whole party to have lots of flowers, starting with the tower. Frieda and Becky (my niece and sister) started creating an archway with the eucalyptus. My mom came in and started taping it with regular scotch tape-super easy! While all of this was going on, my husband was in the kitchen designing the tower. One of Juliette’s birthday presents was the Barbie Dream House. We kept the box that it came in, and it actually turned out to be the perfect material for creating the tower. Brian cut out the long tower, made 2 flaps for the top, then cut out a hole in the middle for the window. Next, Frieda started designing all the bricks with a pencil. We came in and outlined the bricks in black marker, then colored the inside with brown marker. Yes, it was super time-consuming! However, I had the BEST time with my family! We were laughing and joking all night! Next, it was time to create her hair coming out of the tower window. I bought some yellow yarn. Next, Becky cut out a TON of evenly measured yarn and braided it like Rapunzel’s hair. I had some dried flowers, which we put in the braid, and tied in some pink and purple ribbon. Then, we taped it to the back of the window and let it hang down the tower.
Finally, the tower was created! Brian used small nails to attach it to the wall. We then went back and added the white and purple flowers all through the eucalyptus. The next morning, Brian picked up the pink and purple balloons to hang on each side of the tower. These final little touches made this tower the PERFECT backdrop for Juliette’s Rapunzel Princess Party! I fell in LOVE with the finished product!
I love planning fun and creative activities for the kids to do at the party.
- Juliette’s birthday is in August, so it is super hot. This is the second year in a row we have used our water slide for her party! This slide has been a lifesaver for summer and for parties. The kids have a BLAST on this thing!
- I also wanted to incorporate some kind of art project for them as well. Rapunzel is known for her love of painting, so I thought this would be perfect! I found already made canvases with the paint, paintbrush, and palette on the back (AMAZING). This made it super easy for a party full of 3, 4, and 5 year olds! The kids LOVED this and were able to take them home as part of their “thank you for coming” favors! We set up the table under a tree right by the water slide. So it was very easy for them to get out of the water, paint, and not get too hot. We decorated the table with a Rapunzel tablecloth, balloons tied to the table, and a Rapunzel banner in the tree. It was definitely festive!
- I also wanted the kids to be able to dress up. At the painting table beside each of their canvases, I put a Rapunzel ring and of course a braided hair extension! The girls LOVED this. For the boys, we found some cute pirate hats! They were also able to take these home as the final part of their party favors.
I always have so much fun with decorations! This year, I wanted the decorations to be at a minimum. I really wanted fresh flowers to be the star.
- Small vases with fresh flowers on the tables. I also had Rapunzel tablecloths on the kid tables.
- Picture frames of Juliette on the main table and cake table with a big bouquet of flowers on each.
- Life size Rapunzel balloon that my husband had to buy! The kids loved her so much, and she now lives in our playroom!
- Rapunzel backdrop to take photos or have a photo booth! I had all of the props for a photo booth. However, the kids stayed on that slide and painted all day! I did get some really cute pics of my girls in front of the Rapunzel backdrop!
Food and Drinks
There are plenty of times where I really want all of the food to be cute and theme-oriented! This was NOT one of those times!! We had so much going on, that I wanted the food to be super easy! So we had it catered!
- We kept it simple with chicken fingers, fruit and nut roll ups, veggie tray, and assorted fruit. It was super delicious and EASY!
- I decided to go with lemonade for the drinks with fresh lemons in them. I had small mason jars with kid size lids on tops. I bought some cute straws for the jars. Then I bought some adorable little tags, wrote a 5 on each one, and tied them to each straw. These added a festive touch to the mason jars.
- We also ordered a cake with Rapunzel on top, and a yellow fondant braid that wrapped around the whole cake. Juliette LOVED it!
This party was so enjoyable for the kids and my whole family! It was definitely a group effort in making this party a success for my little 5-year-old! There were absolutely some minor stresses, as all parties seem to bring. However, I have found that the little things that go wrong, are the exact moments that my family and I laugh about and remember in years to come! So I have learned through the years to just roll with it! Please comment on any fun party ideas you have for me! I LOVE throwing parties and would love to hear your tips!