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“Tangled in Fun” Princess Birthday Party

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Ready to get all tangled up in birthday FUN? Good… because this gorgeous Tangled inspired birthday party that Laila of Two Tiny Loves created for her daughter is exactly that – colorful, whimsical, and filled with tons of beautiful & creative movie-inspired details!

Some of my favorite elements include the clever layered bricks “tower” that was used to display the food, the fabulous DIY yarn ball chandelier hanging from the top of the tent, and the creative yarn “Rapunzel braids” that adorned the brick tower AND each of the favors. Also loving the “modern princess” vibe of the paper printables that Laila designed herself, as well as the pretty handmade birthday hats and princess wands. And of course there’s the amazing princess tower cake that definitely deserves a shout out – I think it would be more properly described as an “edible work of art”! Check this out:

tangled princess birthday party cake

pink purple and yellow yarn ball chandelier

Read on for lots more playful Tangled birthday party pics + creative details…

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tangled birthday party food display and party favors

tangled birthday party food display

tangled birthday party drinks and straws with custom flags

tangled birthday party wands and floral centerpieces

tangled birthday party favors with braids and birthday pinata

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tangled birthday party cupcakes


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Laila…

Being a graphic designer and having just launched my own line of party printables on etsy, I put a lot of thought and effort into planning my daughter’s second birthday party. I had everything ready to go and when I showed it to my little Nicole, and told her it was for her birthday she said “mommy no, cesi Punzel party”, which in Nicole’s lingo means Mommy no, princess Rapunzel party”. So I was back to the drawing board and having to throw the one party I was never thrilled about doing: a princess party.

I thought long and hard about how I could incorporate the theme without having it be the Disney princess everywhere. I also was in a dilemma since lilac is probably my least favorite color ever. So i made the executive decision to use brights instead of the pastels seen throughout the movie. I knew that the most evident way to convey “Tangled” was to do braids so I came up with the idea of braiding yarn around the party favors and enlisted in the help of talented Yoli from Yoli’s Bowtique to create bows with bottlecaps with Rapunzel on them. For the boys we did flat bottlecaps with Pascal on them. I used the oversized number 2 piñata I ordered from Abita Achie on Etsy to stand and decorate the back part of the table designated for the party favors. I wanted Nicole to be and feel like the princess so I made a little sign that read Welcome to Princess Nicole’s second birthday party and purchased a tank top that read birthday princess for Nicole to wear with her favorite petti skirt.

I am lucky enough to be surrounded by talented people. Chef Vicente Navarrate and catering designer Joanna Navarrete from Table Catering helped me come up with the beautiful food table and the unique menu for the party. I hand braided a 6 foot braid that was tangled around the custom built tower that held the food for the adults. Under the tower were 4 squares of real grass adorned with fresh cut flowers. The kids food table was decorated with a Melissa and Doug Castle set and the wooden dolls that match the castle. I ordered a mini version of the Summer Wind Collection and Summer Wind II Collection from Dainty Delights. The cookies which I named Rapunzel’s royal cookies were scattered inside the castle for the children and parents to find and eat.

We live in Miami and throwing the party in our backyard is always a risk since we never know when it’s going to rain here. I decided to rent a tent and proceeded to use the Chandelier Tutorial on HWTM to make the balls that I strung from the middle of the tent and made into one big chandelier. I then did a 12 yard pennant banner of the patterns I used in the invitation in the three colors in my palette and strung it from one side of the tent to the next. I knew I wanted to incorporate the sun, so I created a purple sun pennant banner that I strung from 3 sides of the tent. Each banner was 3 yards. I decided to use yellow linens for the adult tables and purple (plum) ones for the kids table. I worked with a florist who helped me create the perfect small centerpieces for the tables and food tables. The tables were finished with tea light lanterns from Recession Home. There were 18 lanterns per table and those tables glowed once the sun started to set.

I ordered small crayon rolls from Felt Like Celebrating and I made a personalized flag with every kids name on it, used as place card. I made party hats for the boys and crowns for the little girls. Each child also got a personalized straw (to make it easy for the parents to know who’s drink it was). Knowing that entertaining two year olds can be a little bit rough, I decided to make coloring mats for each one of them. I illustrated Rapunzel and Pascal (each on a separate side of the mat) and wrote Princess Nicole’s second birthday party, the date and art by on them. Once they were done with one side, the kids were able to flip over and draw the other. I also handmade little wands for each of the kids and put them in small cube blumeboxes which I wrapped with ribbon and a sun and placed them next to the drink tables. For the kids, my mother in law found sparkling peach juice at the grocery store that looked like small champagne bottles. We made labels with crack and peel paper and put the bottles on a square cake stand besides the food. The water bottle labels where adorned with sun labels.

I also hired Rapunzel to come and sign and play games with them. She did face painting and danced around with them. Talented baker Brantley Jaramillo from Sweet Brantley’s Cake Designs worked on the tower cake. She incorporated my bright colors. The cake was also purple on the inside once it was cut! How adorable were the little lanterns hanging from it and all the detail in the tower? I was in absolute awe when I saw it!

The bounce house had a sign that read the adventures of princess Nicole and her little lords and ladies which was inspired by the little books in Charlotte’s Princess Soiree on HWTM. The invitation has 3 layers: the flat 5 x 7 invitation, a fold-over purple pattern, a ribbon and sun set on top of that. They were sent in purple envelopes with wrap around customized labels that read Lady or Lord and were addressed from Princess Nicole.

We had a lot of fun at our bright and festive party!

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By |2018-02-12T18:15:34+00:00April 17th, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Giulianna April 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    What a beautiful party. My daughter is asking me for a princess party and this is PERFECT for her. Thank you for posting this.

  2. brantleyjaramillo April 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Seriously incredible, What a fabulous party!

  3. Jay April 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    what an amazing looking party. Great job!

  4. Amy Luna April 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    love this

  5. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com April 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    This party is AMAZING! Well done. That CAKE… I can’t get over how spectacular it is. We did a Tangled theme party too but on a tighter budget. You can check it out here:

  6. Kerri April 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Looks incredible… I LOVE the creativity! But, what’s so wrong with featuring the kids’ favorite character? Seems like a lot of moms are opposed to the “commercialized” parties, but I don’t really understand that. Isn’t that where the inspiration ultimately comes from? And isn’t it supposed to be about the kids anyways? It’s disappointing to read the intro paragraph… “having to throw the one party I was never thrilled about doing: a princess party”. Geesh… Sounds more like a burden than a celebration of the kids special day. I’m throwing a Tangled party for my 4YO in a few weeks (as chosen by my daughter, not me), and while I will be getting creative with some of the decor & favors, commercial Rapunzel will certainly have a presence. I’m really not trying to offend… I just don’t understand (honestly!).

    • Aisha April 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Like Laila some people just prefer to think outside the box and skip the “party in a box”. That’s okay :)

  7. Kelly April 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Wow – this party is so festive and beautiful! You did an amazing job bringing this theme to life!

  8. pennaragon April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    here’s the thing, Rapunzel was actually featured in the party to a certain extent… But Laila (as a designer and mom) wanted to do exactly that, think out of the box and do something different than what is already out there… Nothing wrong with putting a little “twist” in a theme or personalizing as well. :) Commercial or Customized… it’s all about the thought behind it. <3 <3

  9. Windy City Novelties April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The deep purple and bright yellow look really good together! I love the hanging decorations coming down from the middle of the tent. I think it goes with the theme and color theme of the party. Looks like a little girls fairy tale come true! Great Job!

  10. Kerri April 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Good feedback ladies… I understand. I like to think of myself as a creative person, and enjoy tapping into it for parties or otherwise. I’m all about thinking outside the box… guess I was just saying that I don’t understand the strong opposition to the “commercial” aspects. My daughter and I are working on some super cute projects for her party… and enjoying the hell out of it!! haha Especially at her age, she’s really into crafts.

  11. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Fabulous party!!!

  12. elena May 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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  13. arianakirk May 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I would love to know what the bottle favors are

  14. lailaplant May 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Hello Ariana,

    The favors were princess water bottles purchased at the disney store (the tin ones). The boys got toy story ones. :)

  15. Amy February 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I know its been awhile since you did this but could you please tell me how you make the sun wonds!!! My daughter wants those the most for her party and i have looked everywhere but its say in the paragraph that you hand made them!!!

  16. tiareads March 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’m with Amy. You are super crafty & I love it! I want to know how you did the wands & party hats…basically anything with that sun design on it. :)

    • lailaplant March 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Hello, I created a die cut from scratch and used my die cutter to make the suns and backing patterns. I think it would be almost impossible to cut them by hand. I used spray paint to cover the dowels I used for the wands and then just used hot glue to assemble everything together!

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