Another Throwback Thursday classic that I neglected to post in all my home renovation frenzy. In my last post, I detailed all the behind the scenes work- invitations, decorations and activity prep. Now, I’ll tell you how the day actually went. I couldn’t have been more pleased! I scaled down on the guest list a little after last year’s rare freezing temps forced our party inside, and I discovered just how chaotic a kid’s bday party can be. Fortunately, we were blessed with beautiful weather and the perfect amount of guests.
As guests trickled in, I sat them in the dining room and allowed the kids to work on beautifying their Rapunzel hair or viking hats. This activity was a hit with both the kids and parents. In fact, I had a hard time getting them to stop and actually eat lunch!
Speaking of eating. Party food is very important, and I wish I had better documented this part. If memory serves me correctly, on the Snuggling Duckly menu that day was:
- Snuggly Duckling Snacks (fruit, cheese and crackers served in a frying pan, of course)
- Spinach dip and pita crackers
- Pascal’s pizza
- Baked Ziti
- Rapunzel’s Baked Braids
- Magic Flower Punch (Lemonade)
For dessert, we had:
- Rapunzel’s Licorice Braids
- Mother Gothel’s Macarons
- Rapunzel’s Favorite Hazlenut Pie
- Princess fruit snacks
But first, I allowed the kids to run off some steam. This is essential to avoiding party meltdowns. We started off inside by pinning the nose on Flynn Rider. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, before Flynn meets Rapunzel, he is a petty thief and complains they never get his nose right in wanted posters. I was able to snag this Flynn Rider Wanted poster from Amaye Clyne on Deviant Art. I then took it to Office Depot to have it made into an engineering print. (FYI- I took it to Fedex Kinkos first and they absolutely refused to print it for me because it is a Disney character. It’s a birthday party people!) I then printed a set of noses from everyonecandraw.net. Would you believe that one of the boys pinned the nose right in the center on the first try!
Next, we went outside and played “Catch the Chameleon.” I found multi-colored glow in the dark lizards at the dollar store and bought several packages. I scattered these all over the backyard and the kids had to collect as many lizards as they could. This was in reference to start of the Tangled movie where Rapunzel and Pascal play hide and seek together.
Our last activity was to get “Tangled Up” in Rapunzel’s hair. I gave the kids several rolls of yellow streamer and watched in amusement as they wrapped each other up in it. Leave it to the boys to add a slight safety risk to this game. I caught one of them wrapping it around a friend’s neck. Thankfully, streamers are easy to rip off!
Finally, it was time for cake and the end of a long and exciting afternoon.
On the way out, we took pictures of all the kids in a cardboard cut-out Flynn Rider poster that my husband made using a second copy of the same engineering print. I thought the pics would be great to print out with Thank You cards. Unfortunately, I never got around to printing them, but they were kinda silly. For favors, we sent all our budding new artists home with watercolors. All in all, it was a great day!
Until the next party- Juliette’s Frozen 5th!