Our Daughter's DIY Princess Party (Not in a Pack), Part II

DIY Rapunzel Party

Last week, I wrote about some of our inspiration and preparation for our daughter's Rapunzel-themed birthday party. To recap, we wanted to give our four-year-old the party of her dreams without purchasing everything from a princess party pack. So, we enlisted the help of Pinterest and our Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and made it magical. Read on to see what we did.

Laying out our decorations in the Silhouette Studio program

Peeling the suns off the mat

We created sun buntings using our Silhouette, and purchased piles and piles of purple and yellow card stock to making buntings galore. Seriously. I think there were at least a dozen 10-foot buntings. 

I'll admit right here that without the Silhouette Cameo our decorations would have been muy minimal because the amount of precise cutting required to make these buntings would have been impossible. The machines software is easy to download, and the program is really easy to work with. For example, re-sizing objects, printing text, creating different geometric shapes is all easy-peasy, and the machine makes quick work of the designs you create. I think it's fair to say the Silhouette was the shining star of the party.

Birthday bunting with detailed type cutouts

One of the best activities we had at the party was a photo booth complete with props. We found some great photobooth prop printables from Oh Happy Day and printed them on heavyweight card stock. We then programmed the Silhouette to cut out the props so that we didn't have to! We hot glued the paper accessories to sticks and were good to go.  

Photo booth props

In addition to all of the paper decorations, we created candle holders, and yarn braids to mimic Rapunzel's golden hair. The party's theme was clear, but it wasn't conventional, which was exactly what we hoped for. And, most importantly, it was a huge hit with Ayla. When we asked her about her favorite part of the party, she said, "I loved all the decorations." Success.

Candle holders

Here are a few more images of all the decorations. Most of them were taken in our house the day before the party. I played around with a few arrangements so that we would have an idea of how to set things up once we arrived to the party room. We actually took very few pictures at the party because we were busy celebrating!

Rapunzel party favors

Jello Boats


Thank you to Silhouette America for providing one Silhouette Cameo for review. I was not compensated for editorial coverage, and all opinions are mine alone. 

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Ari on Jul 11, 2014:

Did you make the paint label your self?

nati24k on Jan 28, 2013:

Woah!!! I need that printer! <3

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