Friday, May 4, 2012

Everything Rapunzel

For the past week, all things were Rapunzel as we prepared for my daughter's Tangled birthday party.  Our home was filled with music, frying pans, floating lanterns and lots and lots of hair!

In lieu of balloons this year, we decided to add some floating lanterns to the decor.  I was able to purchase those great lanterns at to match the streamers perfectly.  They were a fun addition.     
As the children arrived for the party, they were given either a flower clip or a Flynn Rider belt to wear
With 10+ children attending, it was important to keep them busy and active throughout the party, so while we waited for the all the guests to arrive, the children decorated floating lanterns (purple gift bags) with stickers and jewels to hold their all their prizes and goodies.   
 In addition there was also a paint wall for the kids to paint and decorate just like Rapunzel did her tower.  I found some great Crayola paintbrush markers that work perfect for this activity.  No spills and easy to use. 
After everyone arrived, we started the party with games!
Game 1:  Pin the Hair on the Tower
My daughter decorated the tower with flowers and plants we cut from magazines.  She even added a picture of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.  
The children were blind folded and spun around and given strips of hair to connect Rapunzel to Flynn.  

Game 2:  Dreams
Next we headed to the "Snuggly Duckling" where the children shared their dreams for a special prize. 
Game 3: Snuggly Duckling Freeze Dance. 
While playing the song "I've Got a Dream" the children danced until the music stop where they had to freeze on colored squares on the floor.  There were asked a color related question (i.e. What color is Rapunzel's dress?, What color were the floating lanterns?) and who ever was on the corresponding color got to choose a prize.  To ensure that all children got a prize, our last question was what color is Pascal?  
Game 4: Hair Toss
To master Rapunzel's hair tossing skills the children had to aim and knock over a stack of blocks with her hair (a bath towel).
 Game 6:  Frying Pan Pinata
Instead of using the traditional stick, we used, Rapunzel's choice weapon, a frying pan to hit the pinata.  We had to set up some rules before starting to ensure everyone was safe (a clear boundary  of where children should be while waiting for a turn and to hold the pan with two hands).  This was the children's favorite game and was lots of fun. 
 Game 6:  Floating Lanterns
Using a parachute the children pretended that the yellow balloons were floating lanterns and helped them float  into the air.  This game was so easy, but so fun for the kids. 
 Lastly, we had a nice family dinner and celebration.  At the end of the evening we launched a real floating lantern.  Those can also be found at as well.  Even though it wasn't dark it was still fun to set it off.
It was a great day to be a little girl in our home!


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