Tangled Birthday Party

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tangled Birthday Party

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Like many girls, Minnie is a HUGE Rapunzel fan!  She has been so excited to have a Tangled party themes for her 5th birthday. Here is what we did for our tangled princess birthday party: cake, decorating ideas, games, and more!Tangled Birthday Party Ideas #birthday

Tangled Birthday Cake

Tangled Birthday Cake - Tower cake
I have to say the cake was the trickiest I’ve ever made! The reason it was so difficult was the weight of the tower. I started out making a rice krispie tower (covered with fondant), but it was too heavy and fell over – leaving me with a hole in my cake! I should have taken a picture so you know those kind of disasters happen to all of us, but I was so frustrated at that moment I wasn’t thinking about that.

The finished cake  is 6.5” round cake on top of a 8.5” round cake on top of a round cardboard cake platter. I frosted the entire base with green butter cream frosting.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • 1 cup butter – I use Target brand salted at room temperature
  • 2 cups Crisco (I use the blue box)
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 1 teas butter flavoring (in a jar by vanilla)
  • 1 teas pure vanilla (not imitation – Wilton sells clear vanilla great for a pure white cake)
  • 1/2 teas almond extract (in bottle by vanilla – this gives it that wonderful “ooh what’s that flavor”
  • 2lb bag powdered sugar
  • 1 TAB meringue powder – this makes it fluffy & great to decorate cakes
  • 1-2 TAB milk (as needed to achieve desired consistency
Mix all ingredients together in mixer until smooth. Tint as desired. I like these true color food coloring or these all natural ones.

The flower, leaves, hair, tower covering, roof shingles, etc. are all edible & delicious! I used Marshmallow Fondant. The tower was from this set & I added fondant to alter the shape, and to cover the tower & ice cream cone roof.  

Homemade Marshmallow Fondant Recipe

  • 1 regular size mini marshmallows (12-16 oz)
  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 2-3 Tab water
In microwave safe bowl melt marshmallows & 2 Tab water for 1 minute; stir. Continue 30 seconds at a time stirring until it is completely melted (about 2 1/2 minutes)
Add powdered sugar & stir. Use Crisco to GENEROUSLY grease counter & hands (take off any jewelry). Knead fondant dough until it is smooth (adding 1-2 TAB more water if needed). Feel free to use the entire 1/2 cup of Crisco, but no more.  After 5-8 minutes you can add food coloring as needed and wrap in plastic wrap. You can use immediately or keep wrapped for 7-10 days. When ready to use you can microwave it for 5-10 seconds to get it pliable again.  When making flowers allow them to harden before placing on the cake.

Tangled Birthday Party Decorations 

Tangled Birthday Party DIY Lanterns

The party room had simple DIY flags strong across the room. In the middle I had 9 DIY lanterns hanging up. I used 2 pieces of yellow printing paper to make the lanterns. The square ones (folding horizontally) were our favorite. I hole punched the top for the string and hung a glow stick across the string to light them up. It was so beautiful!

Tangled Birthday Party Snuggly Duckling Sign

We turned the dinning room into The Snuggly Duckling with this super cute DIY sign on the doorway. The table had a simple white table cloth and some cardstock duckies on the table announcing the daily specials.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food
The little guests were just served cake & Lemonade punch as the party was strategically from 3-4:30pm. For the family, we served dinner including - Tangled up Pasta (with tomato & Fettuccini sauce), Berry Spinach Salad, and homemade Braided Bread. It was simple, cheap, and DELICIOUS!

Tangled Birthday Party Games

We played lots of fun Tangled themed party games.

Maximus' Apple Picking Game

Tangled Maximus Apple Picking Game
First off we played Maximus’ Apple Picking Game. The kids got to pop balloons. Inside the balloons there was a sticker per guest (9). The stickers I made using this nifty machine had a Tangled Picture & number and were to tell us what activity we were doing next.  The kids loved being part of deciding what came next!

Tall Tangled Up Crepe Paper Game

Tangled Party Game - tangled up in hair
All Tangled UP! The kids got all tangled up in yellow crepe paper “hair”. Originally they  were in groups to tangle up, but at the end we tangled the tangled groups up all together.  The kids thought it was GREAT!

Tangled Frying Pan Balloon Bop Game

Tangled Party Game with DIY Frying Pans

The kids followed directions to find their own frying pans (simple DIY using black paper plate & black plastic spoon with tape). Then they found their “lanterns: (balloons with glow sticks inside). Then they played a game – help Rapunzel & Flynn keep the lanterns floating in the air! The kids LOVED the frying pans & this was a lot of fun for them to get out some energy.

DIY Tangled Pinata Party Game

Frying Pan bat & Flynn Rider Pinata
The last activity was a recycled pinata! We had a pinata from an earlier party that hadn’t burst so I attached a Flynn Rider Wanted Poster (find one in Tangled Preschool Pack) and tada – free pinata! The kids used a frying pan to hit it! This was loads of fun. I had bags of party trinkets for each kid in the pinata – made it way easier when it actually burst open! Plus then I used some boy stuff for the boys in stead of tangled brushes & what-not!

Tangled Birthday Party Craft

simple DIY Pascal Party Craft

I precut craft foam to make these simple DIY Pascal Party blowers as a craft. I got the pink blowouts from Amazon. Then it was as simple as gluing, taping, and drawing for the kids (ages 3-7).

Rapunzel Birthday Party Favors

Tangled Glitter Scnented Playdough Party Favor
Finally, before they left I sent them home with some braided homemade playdough. I used this simple no-fail recipe here and tinted the yellow hair with lemon flavoring & added glitter. I used a packet of grape playdough to make the flowers smell like grapes.  It was a huge hit and so simple to make!
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Looking for some educational fun to go along with your Tangled Party? Go grab my {free} Tangled Preschool Pack here.

Tangled Gift Ideas 

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Minnie had an amazing birthday – I can’t believe she is 5! Where does the time go!!!

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  1. Love the Repunzel "icing" hair! So cute! Renee

  2. Adorable! I am pinning as my 4 year old is saying she wants a Rapunzel birthday already (birthday isn't until October)!

  3. amazing birthday party:) thanks for sharing
    Loan Against Gold

  4. Love the lantern idea so much we are doing it for my daughter's birthday party. I am testing them now and have a question. What did you do so that the weight of the glow stick does not cause the lantern to 'cave in' on itself? I'm finding it difficult to keep the shape. Thinking maybe the glow sticks I ordered are too heavy. My husband is thinking of ordering plastic tubing from the hobby shop to help keep its shape. Thanks!

    1. Came up with a solution! My hole punch is 1/8". Perfect for a bamboo skewer to go through. I cut it to size, tied the string around it on the outside of the printed paper so the paper doesn't slide off and then hung the glow stick along the center of the bamboo skewer. It gave it a different look since you see the ends and the tie but a bunch of 5 year olds don't see those details! They are awed by the 'glow'.

  5. Oh, this is a lovely birthday party! I really loved that cake! By the way, I also found a Disney themed birthday party here.