Okay, I'm determined to get a bit caught up on this blog!! This week is going to be full and crazy, so I'd like to know I have things squared away here! ;)
I believe I mentioned before that Oldest Gal chose a Tangled theme for her birthday party. It was very convenient of my girls to all want princess parties in the same year...it made it very easy when it came to party accessories like plates and party favors. ;)
So here is Oldest Gal's birthday table:
Here's a closer look at the "cake", although there wasn't actually any cake on it. ;) You might notice that the gingerbread trees and the Hershey's Kisses bushes from the first two parties made another appearance. :) They were such a big hit before that we decided to do them again.
I thought "Rapunzel" turned out really cute. :) Like the other "cakes", this was made with a Chelsea doll (fka Kelly), the littlest sister of Barbie. Her skirt (underneath the frosting) was a giant banana muffin, as Oldest Gal is not a big fan of cake. Rapunzel's dress was made of candy clay.
The sparkly part down the middle of her skirt was made of decorative colored sugar.
After we took the first few pictures, Mom and Aunt Amy realized they'd forgotten to add Pascal, so they took a minute to do that before we did the rest of the pictures! :)
This is actually supposed to be an iguana, but I figured he was close enough to play the part. ;) He came with the Chelsea doll. This was what gave me the idea to do the doll cakes in the first place. I saw the cute little blonde with an iguana and immediately thought of Rapunzel. ;)
My aunt did this cute braided hairstyle on her to make her look more like Rapunzel. I was very impressed, because I'd tried braiding it and had no success! The hair was super slick and a rather awkward length. Good job, Mimi! :)
Rapunzel's tower was made of various sizes of round gingerbread cookies, stacked up and held in place with a wooden skewer. Then everything was covered and decorated with candy clay.
The top of the tower was a pointy ice cream cone covered in purple candy clay.
The vines were made of candy clay, and the leaves were frosting.
Here's a closer look at a couple of the bushes: Hershey's kisses covered with frosting and flower-shaped sprinkles.
As a fun extra this time, Mimi and Mom made these really cute Pascal banana muffins. They used green frosting and edible candy eyes to make Pascal's face conveying different emotions. Mimi didn't think it was her best work (the artist is always the most critical of her own art), ;) but I thought they were adorable. :)
I bought a packet of Rapunzel napkins from Walmart and used the leftover pink plates from the last party. :)
Oldest Gal's Mattel Rapunzel graced the table, and I used a few of the same sheets of scrapbooking paper I'd used to make invitations to add some color. Also, we bought a plastic tablecloth that looks like a lace one from Walmart. We'd used a similar one for Little Gal's party, and I liked the look so much that I decided to use one for this party too. :)
This time around, I was able to find lots of nice but inexpensive Tangled treats to put in the girls' goody bags. Each bag contained 3 large Rapunzel stickers (purchased on eBay in a big lot), a Disney Princess paddle-ball game (Rapunzel was even on them!), a mini Rapunzel notepad, a Rapunzel stamp, and a Disney Princess ring, all from Dollar Tree, a bracelet (selected from our stash of barely used hand-me-downs), and two Rapunzel crayons. Michael's had sets of Princess crayons in their dollar section that just happened to have crayons with Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White on them, so I bought several boxes at the beginning of the year and used them for all three parties! :) The goody bags themselves were also purchased at Dollar Tree. So for this party, each goody bag including its accessories cost me about 87 cents! I think that's a record! :) The great thing was finding so many party favors at Dollar Tree in packs of 6 or more. :)
Middle Gal decided that the walls needed some decorations, so she drew this Rapunzel poster for her big sister. :)
One of the things the girls always look forward to is getting a birthday balloon. Oldest Gal really loved hers. Unfortunately, it had a very short life span. Before the party even began, she managed to poke a hole in it while pirouetting with her balloon and a CD case.
Now, not trying to be unsympathetic here (although it wasn't one of my most compassionate mom moments, I'll admit!), but if you're going to dance around with a balloon and something that has four pointy edges...what exactly are you expecting to happen, especially when you're holding them right next to each other? I know...I'm such a mom! :}
Thankfully for Oldest Gal, Daddy was able to save the balloon from complete annihilation with some Scotch tape. It definitely didn't last or float as long as birthday balloons normally do, though! ;)
I decided that the living room needed a little something too, so I used my Eugene and Rapunzel dolls to decorate. I also put out my "The Art of Tangled" book (a fabulous read, by the way...I recommend it 100%!).
Pascal even made an appearance! :)
The party was a wee bit crazy (we did have 12 girls under the age of 10 in 1 house, after all!), but the birthday girl had a great time with her friends. As an added bonus, my mom, my aunt, my sister-in-law, and one of the moms stayed almost the whole time, so I even got some fun conversation with other adults in at the same time! :D What more could you ask for? ;)
Oldest Gal got a lot of thoughtful gifts (some of which will be featured in future review posts!). One of the things we got her was a Flynn Rider doll from the Disney Store, since her Rapunzel was lonely. ;)
All three girls love seeing me do my "Doll Set-Ups" for my photography, and they've really gotten into doing it themselves. This is how Oldest Gal set up her Tangled characters:
The Battat baby horse is a stand-in for Maximus, by the way. ;)
Later that night, when I went to check something in the playroom, I saw how Oldest Gal had put away her Flynn and Rapunzel:
Apparently, they're very glad to be reunited! ;)
Hope you enjoyed the post!! I've got a lot more to come, but they may not happen right away. This week is the Ladies Spring Event at my church, so I'll be busy getting all of the last-minute details ready for my devotional. I'll be sure to let all of you know how that goes and share some pictures as well! :)
Also, the week after this one is Middle Gal's Kindergarten graduation, so we'll be a bit busy then, too. I'll be around, though, even if I don't post quite as regularly for a while. ;)
Oh, and A Spicy Muffin (I still have to stop myself from typing "Spice Muffin"!), I'll do my best to get to the 11 Tag if I can, but I can't make any promises. I've been absolutely horrible at tags and blog parties lately...sorry about that everyone! Hopefully this summer I can be involved in some of those a little more!
Talk to all of you soon! :)