We finally had Nixon’s
5th birthday party!
Because of the holidays
and the arrival of
her little sister the party was
delayed a couple of months.
For an entire year she has been
planning her birthday party.
She made it very clear she wanted a
Rapunzel party at her house,
everyone to spend the night and
dress-up like princesses.
She also wanted everyone’s nails
& make-up done.
She insisted (even though her
birthday was in December)
that she was not 5
until she had cake and
blew out her candles!
After a few weeks with a
new baby I decided
a slumber party with
4 and 5 year olds
was not the best idea.
So I convinced Nixon that the
girls could come and stay
really late, until 9 o’clock!
(that’s almost midnight!)
My plan was to do a very
simple party at the
house. We invited a
several little girls
from church and our
Unfortunately, a couple
of her friends
were not able to make it.
I started by making this
simple but cute invitation!
I was most excited about the
topiary I made out of
cupcake wrappers even
though it turned out a little
While I made the topiary Haley
hot glued cupcake wrappers to
a cardboard 5.
It turned out way cuter than my topiary!
Because the party started
out as a slumber party
I decided for party favors I would
make all the girls Rapunzel pajama pants.
JoAnne’s ran out of Rapunzel fabric so a few
“Nixon wants to say
for making her birthday so much fun!
Enjoy your Princess PJs tonight
& SWEET DREAMS
to everyone! “
Nixon in her new PJs!
Nixon showing what she would
look like sleeping
in her new PJs!
We had fun decorating!
I have accumulated a lot of princess
decor so I did not have to buy much.
I finally used my new Cricut
I got for Christmas!
For plates I hot-glued plastic knives to black
paper pates to make frying pans like the ones
Rapunzel uses to hit Flynn Ryder
with in the movie “Tangled”!
Nicole came over earlier that afternoon
and saw I was a little overwhelmed
(Lottie had been sick all week)
so she took my Rapunzel hair and
Haley made candied marshmallows
served in a frying pan.
Nina bought cookies from LuLu’s Sweet Expectations.
Her sugar cookies are a-mazing!!!
(Jared ate most of them)
I made jello boats with corona sails.
(from when in the movie
Flynn Rider and Rapunzel
go out on the boat together)
I attempted to make a ham and cheese braid.
I am not a cook but this time
I completely blame our
oven for this failure!
I could not get the inside to
cook so Jared ended up
going to McDonalds and getting
chicken nuggets for the kids.
The cake was wonderful!!!
In fact, Nicole and I agree
it was the best we have ever had!
We also got it from LuLu’s.
We also served purple grapes, purple gummies,
and grape koolaide.
When the girls arrived we
had an art project for them
just like Rapunzel
painted in her tower.
Instead of letting the kids paint freely
I found a cute Handprint Princess Crown idea.
We couldn’t leave Lottie out
of the painting!
The finished paintings!
Handprint Princess Crowns
After the girls painted they
lined up to enter the
We transformed the girls bedroom
into the Princess Parlor where Haley,
Erica, and Ellie were waiting
to transform the girls into princesses.
They entered and chose
their favorite dress
They visited “Rapunzel’s Hair Station”
Haley braided the girls hair and
gave them each a flower.
Nixon was very specific
that Rapunzel had flowers in her
hair and they needed them too!
Ellie was in charge of make-up.
Erica painted the girl’s nails
at “Cinderella’s Nail Station”.
The girls also got to accessorize
with a crown, bracelets and rings.
Most of the night was spent
in the Princess Parlor!
Isla putting on her own makeup!
Nixon adding a little more shimmer!
Hadley really liked the bracelets!
All the girls looked beautiful!
Lottie even got a crown!
After getting all dolled up,
the girls lined up for their beauty walk!
Snow White a.k.a.
All the princesses!
After they all were
transformed into princesses
it was time to eat!
Nixon’s favorite- grapes!
Isla liked the marshmallows!
Time for cake!
(and Nixon to blow out her candles and
officially become 5 years old!)
She picked out her candles!
Nixon wanted to eat Rapunzel!
After eating the delicious cake
it was time for presents.
As you can see she loved all her gifts!
In the movie “Tangled” every
year on Rapunzel’s
birthday they let lanterns
go in the sky.
I saw many ideas to imitate this
but I was afraid to use real fire
in a neighborhood so I decided to
tie glow sticks to yellow balloons.
We went outside and sang
Happy Birthday to Nixon
and let our “lanterns” go!
The kids loved it! Unfortunately my
camera did not work to get a picture
of the lanterns floating into the air.
Thankfully is was a rare February night and
it was about 70 degrees outside!
After we came in the girls discovered
what they like more than
getting makeovers was to give them!
Erica was a good sport and allowed the girls
to do her hair and makeup!
I got my turn to become a princess!
Isla did my nails!
Nixon, Maggie, and Libby fixed my make-up.
I think the girls are going to need a few
make-up tips before they become teenagers!
The girls had a wonderful time!
At the end of the night the
girls climbed into their
sleeping bags to watch
the movie “Tangled”.
They had popcorn, m&m’s
and juice as
they enjoyed the movie!
We ended up with our 1st
overnight guests ever!
Libby and Ava decided to stay the night!
I think by the end of the night
I fulfilled all of Nixon’s
birthday wishes but I was only able
to do it with the big help of
Haley, Nicole, Erica and Ellie!
Jared and I are very thankful
we were able to
give Nixon the birthday party
she wished for.
I asked Nixon what
her favorite part was?
She said it was everyone
singing Happy Birthday to
her and watching
the lanterns go up in the sky.
(all the girls were talking
about the lanterns after the party)
At the beginning of the party she told us,
“I didn’t know my party was going to
be THIS fabulous!”
That of course made us smile.
It’s easy for me to get a little stressed
about the details
when planning birthday parties.
I had to remind myself that day of why I
was doing this and it wasn’t about having
the perfect party or even the cutest but it
was about giving Nixon a special day.
Hopefully we gave a party that made her feel
as loved and as special as she really is.
We are also happy we
can now officially say,
Keana Gentry says
Julia, I just LOVE it! What an awesome party!!!!!! I bet the girls had the time of their lives and will always look forward to events at the Cartee house!
Julia I love this idea and am totally saving it for when Kate gets older! My favorite photo was the one of Nixon waiting in line for the princess parlor – she looks so excited and happy! 🙂
The Cartee's says
I can't figure out how to reply to individual comments even there is a button to do it??? So…
Keana- Thank you! I hope you are doing good! It's been forever!
April- Thank you! Nixon had a wonderful time!