Zehira is 5! She insisted on a Rapunzel party. Below is the only photo I took of her the day of her party (I'll tell you more about that in a bit). She's wearing her mama made Rapunzel dress. I ran out of time so I had to skip the ribbon ties on the front of the dress (I'll add them to the dress sometime this week).
It is so hard for me to believe my baby is 5! She told people for months "I've been 4 years old for a very very long time. Yeah, I've been stuck on 4 forever". She's no longer stuck on 4 and very happy to tell the world she's now 5. She had the "best day ever" (just like Rapunzel) she celebrated with family and friends.
Before I share all the party details I should thank Class A Photography, he did an AMAZING job capturing this special day! I suggest if you're planning a big party hire a photographer and do that FIRST before any other birthday plans! I WILL remember this for all my future parties. I had my camera and thought I'd take photos myself. I was party planning on a budget and own a nice camera so I thought DIY photos wouldn't be too hard (I was wrong). I was so busy the night before and the day of the party (I was a walking zombie running on 2 hours of sleep the day of the party) I would have struggled taking my own photos. I don't think I would have had time parties move at such a fast pace I never had a chance to finish my sandwich. Trust me this will happen to you if you go as DIY crazy as I did! I snapped under 10 photos with my camera (all before the party started) around photo #10 my camera battery went dead! I was heartbroken and frazzled to say the least. Mike Maxwell saved the day for me. Mike is the father of 3 children at the party and he jumped right in to save the day for me (I will forever be grateful for all his hard work). OH! He's on facebook so go take a look! He's from NEPA if your wondering.
This was a very big DIY party (reason I'm posting it to my "craft blog"). I made over 200 paper flowers to decorate tables, chairs, and walls. The photo below shows some paper purple and yellow flowers with pink paper roses in a jar.
I made centerpieces from twigs painted white, with paper flowers attached, stuck in a mason jar. My cousin tied paper flowers and some tulle on the back of every chair (having helpful friends and family is the key to a good DIY princess party).
The hats I made from scrapbook paper. I had some Martha Stewart velvet baby paper on hand. I turned the velvet baby prints to the inside of the hat to use the solid, stripe, and dot side of the paper (used what I had to keep cost down). I made them a lot larger than normal party hats. I embellished hats with tulle and or tissue paper. A friends daughter decorated small picture frames (with window markers) to label who the table was set for.
We had 2 princess tables.
A table for prince and knights. I used inflatable swords for the centerpiece for this table.
A large table for kings and queens (parents)
a candy/cake table
An activity table,
And a gift table. I wanted to have a skirt on this table but I ran out of time.
I have so many more photos I think I need to split this party into a few parts. The party decorations were very thrifty (but took forever to make). I spent under $20.00 on tissue paper. To make my flowers I made them just like the jumbo flowers but I cut the paper packs in quarters so I got 4 flowers to every ($1.00) pack of tissue paper. I then cut the fourths in fourths to make the tiny flowers on the back of chairs and on the twigs ($.25 a piece). The tiny flowers I made 16 out of ever pack of tissue paper. Some flowers I didn't put as many sheets of paper in and that gave me even more flowers for the money.
The tulle I bought online by the bolt and the same for the table coverings. Hats I made with what I already had. I love how it turned out. Tomorrow I will blog about the food and candy buffet.