There were a few things I knew I wanted to do. Instantly, I decided the cake MUST be the tower. I knew I wanted to incorporate the glowing flower and I knew I wanted a few games and activities for the kids to do. Belle also insisted on a Pinata.
I found a wonderful website Super Mom Moments that was a great starting point. I used their file for the pennant flag decor, the Flynn game (altered slightly), and used their recommendation for the floating lanterns.
I also found frying pans for favors. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the favor baskets...I got behind that morning and totally forgot to catch a shot of those...oops...I guess I can't remember everything sometimes!
I guess the best way to do this would be to take you through the day. I'll start with the decorations.
|Near the top you can see one of two strings of pennants I made for decor. Also in the picture is a "boat" I made, because my daughter decided she needed a boat to sit in to "see the lanterns."|
|I also thought it would be a cute addition, and photo opportunity. I think it turned out well enough...for a last minute addition.|
|Close up of the Pennants. The PDF from the Super Mom site converted and cut from MTC very well. These pennants were modeled from the pennants seen in the village on Tangled.|
|This turned into decoration as well as our game. Flynn's wanted poster.|
Coloring the 3D Pascals didn't go as well as I had thought. I only had a few kids color the two pieces and none of those got assembled before they left...these came from the Disney Family site. I guess the best laid plans...I did make one with Belle prior to the party just to see how hard they were to do. She loved it!
All the kids really seemed to love decorating the flower pots. I bought some plastic pots from the Dollar Tree, 20 for $2 isn't half bad. I cut some floral foam into small cubes and hot glued them to the bottom of the pot and spray painted all the pots white.
Then I had to figure out the easiest way to decorate these pots with 4 year olds. I was at a complete loss until I took Belle to a make and take thing at Michaels where they let her use the foam sticker things to decorate a easter egg hunt bucket. After seeing how easy this was for her to do, all the coloring/painting ideas went out the window and I bought 3 different shape styles of foam stickers. I ended up with a letter set--so the kids could put their name on them (letter search and spelling practice!)--small shapes and larger shapes.
After the kids finished decorating the pots, I took them over to another area of my carport where we added dirt and they got to pick which type of flower to plant. After topping the pot off with dirt, they took it to another parent that watered each pot and put them on a table for "safe" keeping.
The fun part, for me, came when I ran outside with a hand full of fake yellow flowers. They were painted with gold glitter and glow in the dark spray paint. While the kids were distracted with cake, I placed one flower in each pot--the Magic Flower grew!!! I had one 5/6 year old kid fuss because the flower was fake. LOL He thought the seed wasn't real! After we explained it to him, he was skeptical, but believed that, if taken care of, the seed would grow.
I know the planting of flowers doesn't go with the theme too well, but I wanted to incorporate the glowing flower...the kids liked it, though. :)
|Belle's completed pot with flower.|
|Here is my daughter trying to "get the nose right."|
I researched how to make a pinata on several sites, and pretty much came up with the same instructions. This is what I did.
|I used a mylar (spelling is evil) from the Dollar Tree and used a mixture of flour and water to adhere my strips of newspaper.|
|Once dry, I removed the balloon, and used newspaper shaped like cones to make the rays. I bent these slightly to get the shape I wanted and taped them to the circle.|
|Then came another coat or 3 of newspaper to cover the cones and give more shape to the sun.|
|Here it is dry, just before painting.|
|Ta-Dah! We now have a golden sun. Thank You Krylon Spray paint!|
|Of course, Belle got the first swing, but isn't it beautiful???|
I hate that I didn't get a picture of the favor baskets, but I can at least tell you what was in them. I bought plastic baskets at the Dollar Tree (Can you tell I love that store?). I would show you an image of those, but they no longer have them up online. Inside each basket I put an empty Tangled treat bag for their pinata candy, a small slinky, a bouncy ball, a glow braclet, an 8 1/2 X 11 inch laminated Flynn wanted poster and playdoh (so they can play the game at home), and two plastic frying pans, since that thing was all over that movie.
|So Adorable!!! I painted these with some Krylon texture paint. Krylon states that their paint is non-toxic once dry.|
|I went ahead and gave them both since I got the two piece set for $1 at Michaels.|
Last but not least, is the cake. I promise I saved the best for last! I know this has been a heavy post, and I promise, if I am still doing this next year, Belle's next party will be spread out over several posts!
I am still in love with this cake. I knew I wanted to make a tower, a big tower! So I decided on a 3 to 4 FOOT tall tower. I made most of it ahead of time and with PVC pipe and Styrofoam because it was a lot of work and I knew I wouldn't need that much cake. The only thing that was cake was the area that could be considered the living quarters. The only thing I hate about this cake is the bottom. I wish I had had the time to finished it off a little better, but I was literally piping leaves on the vines 2 hours before her party started! I also would have wished to add some flowers to the vines, but I guess this is what happens when you let time get the best of you! On to the pictures!!!
|First, I glued the PVC pipe to the table and covered it with fondant...I bought lots of new toys for this one!|
|Here is the basic structure before fondant, and I have a dummy cake in place of a real cake for now.|
|Here is after I added the detail "wood work." If you look real close, you can see a little Jasmine doll I was using for sizing things out...I ended up putting one of the little Rapunzel dolls in the final cake.|
|Initial covered roof.|
|After adding the "gables" (I think that's what they are called). You can also see that I've added some dusting to the stones.|
|I just love this picture of the details.|
|Another detail shot.|
|The roof now has shingles and the bottom has RKT for the "ground."|
|I absolutely love the roof...yes, each shingle was placed on individually by hand!|
|It was a very long night...|
|Here is the completed cake.|
|The blue window is styrofoam covered in fondant.|
|"When will my life begin?"|
|I think it turned out great!|
Thanks for bearing with me! More to come later this week or next Sunday for sure!