The only problem? She turns six on November 24....meaning, we have had well over seven months of birthday party planning from a very excited soon-to-be six year old. Now, I know I can be a little crazy in the birthday party planning department, but Allie's sixth birthday party was definitely not on my radar last May (which was extremely troubling to Allie because it has been of utmost importance to her since she turned five).
Anyway, my birthday party planning lunacy kicked in around mid-October when we officially decided on a Tangled birthday party theme with Allie's favorite princess, Rapunzel. After lots of brainstorming and looking for ideas online, I think we came up with a pretty awesome party.
Ready for some pictures?
First up, decorations. We decided to host the party in our basement family/play/game/craft/exercise/laundry-folding room. The space was pretty full of furniture and toys, so we cleared out as much as possible to make room for the dozen 5-6 year old girls that would be coming to the party.
Here's what we came up with:
|This was the sign Allie made to hang by our basement stairs.|
I actually don't think the pictures do it justice. It looked so amazing! The time I spent sponge-painting those flags was well worth the effort. Ben was the mastermind behind hanging them all (which took a lot longer than I anticipated), but I'm fairly certain that he felt the same way when it all came together.
I think the most fun part of the entire party was watching the girls' faces as they ventured downstairs and took their first peak into the room. Allie was completely thrilled and was more than willing to pose for a few pictures amidst all the Rapunzel decor:
We planned to begin the party by making paper bag luminaries...reminiscent of the floating lights/lanterns in the Tangled movie.
I was a little concerned that the craft would be too overwhelming, but it went off without a hitch.
After the craft, we divided up into two groups for games. I made name tags prior to the party, ones with pink flowers and ones with purple flowers, so that we could easily divide into two groups. Ben took one group and supervised a game of toss the bean bags into the frying pan (a frying pan because Rapunzel's defense weapon of choice was a cast iron frying pan) and I led the other group in a rousing game of pin the braid on Rapunzel. Unfortunately, we didn't get many pictures of the games because both Ben and I were a little preoccupied at the time. I did manage to get a shot of both the pink and purple groups after playing pin the braid:
Bingo was next up on the agenda. I managed to find a website that generates free bingo cards and call cards (with words or pictures or a combo of the two) and I would highly recommend it. It was great to have a game that all the girls could participate in at once instead of having to wait for a turn.
Our last game (which I have no pictures of) was a pass the present game. I wrapped 15 fun-size packages of M&M's in one small box, nestled in another wrapped box, nestled in another wrapped box, and another, and another....you get the idea. I think when it was all said and done, there were about 15 layers of wrapping on that box. We then had the girls gather in a circle where they passed the present to each other to music from Tangled
After all the girls were happily sugaring themselves up with M&M's, we gathered round for Allie to open her presents.
Since we didn't have a lot of time during the party, we read through the girls' birthday cards afterward and it was so fun for Allie to see all the pictures they drew and read their kind words. She is really excited to get started on thank you cards!
Cupcakes followed the present opening:
In short, the birthday party was a blast. Upon leaving, one girl even told me to make sure that I send her an invitation for Allie's birthday party next year. I'm not sure how we are ever going to top this party, but I think Allie and I are already up for the challenge come next year!