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Saturday, June 18, 2011

{real parties} whimsical woodland princess party

this is a big get comfortable!

a whimsical woodland princess party...


Some of you might remember this rapunzel inspiration board I put together for one of our lovely followers earlier this year...
Well, my gorgeous little princess, Indigo, spotted it and fell in love with the idea of having a rapunzel party for her own birthday!

I managed to get a few words in throughout the planning process...and we shifted slightly from a complete rapunzel theme to more of a whimsical woodland princess idea, full of handmade elements, with a colour palette of lavenders, purples & greens.

Since creating the rapunzel inspiration board earlier in the year, I discovered pinterest (omg I love pinterest!) and an updated inspiration board was born with our new ideas included...

and so the planning began!


invitations were clean and simple, but oh, so princessy! A soft lavender background colour, a whimsical script font, and a tiara design, finished with a sparly gem! It was a 'girls only' party, so guests were invited to wear their prettiest princess dress! designed especially for Indigo.

the party...

before I go any further I must include a huge thank you to my sister Jodie and her friend Kylie who came over and spent hours (HOURS...) helping me get everything finished the night before the party!! Without them, them party would simply not have happened! And, I must also thank my husband and boys for so graciously accepting that this was a 'girls only' party, and going out for the day to leave us to it! x

the party table (with the cake table in the background)...
starting with a simple white table cloth and hessian runner... branches ran down the centre and an assortment of lolly-filled apothecary jars, cupcakes, and paper flowers completed the whimsical tablescape

places were set with a princess tiara, name tag, and a little package filled with beads and ribbon for their first activity
to tie the tiaras into our whimsical princess theme, simple store bought plastic tiaras were given a handmade feel with clear crystal gemstones, and felt flowers and leaves (perhaps I could do a tutorial on these?)

one of my favourite elements was the assortment of repurposed jars, wrapped with a paper doily and tied with twine.  For the flowers we created miniature tissue pom poms, attached them to florists wire and finished with a hanging crystal.
cupcakes finished with green icing and an adorable rice paper flower sat upon sweet little cupcake pedestals

the cake table was left quite simple, so as not to compete with the other decor...

baking is not one of my strong after years of insisting on making birthday cakes I caved in and ordered one!! I was so pleased with how well the princess cake from Miss Mauds co-ordinated.  I ordered it without decoration and simply finished it off with ribbon and lavender sugar flowers...and it sat perfectly with the rest of the party!

arnotts rice cookies (another cheat!), topped with green icing and finished with purple sprinkles...simple but delicious!

mallow pops...

the girls loved their personalised drink bottles!

games & activities

at this point I must thank two of the mums who stayed and helped with all the activities!! Andrea and Rebecca, I truly appreciated you jumping in and helping, you are amazing! Thank you! x

on arrival the girls each created their own princess sweet!

one of the things Indigo insisted on having for the party was 'rapunzel hair' we found these little plaited hair ties and for their next activity the girls decorated them with sticky create their own 'rapunzel' hair plait!... they then all loved popping them into their hair and parading their new 'long hair'!

next we sat down to watch a little 'Tangled' while they each had their nails polished and decorated with butterfly decals! 

next they decorated a cupcake with gorgeous enchanted garden cupcake toppers from Jamosie Sweet (a special thank you to Janelle from Jamosie Sweet for getting these done so quickly and perfectly! And they arrived all the way from Melbourne without a single piece broken! ...the most gorgeous edible cupcake toppers, take a look at her gallery! x)
and, of course, no party is complete without pass the parcel...the wrapping was inspired by one of the images from our pinterest inspiration board! Each layer had a unique felt flower hairclip which my sister and I made...which unfortunately I didn't get a good photo of :( 

thank you gifts

and after a fun, princessy party...Indigo's friends went home with big smiles on their faces and a sweet little noodle boxes filled with princess goodies!

(oh, and the best bit for me... dropping indigo to school on Monday to be greeted by her friends who told  me it was the 'greatest party ever!')

Tanya x
styling & photography - tanya from the candy tree
printables - the candy tree
apothecary vases - sweet little birdy
cupcake toppers - jamosie sweet
cupcake cases and rice paper flowers - glad tidings, canning vale, wa
helpers - Jodie, Kylie, Andrea & Rebecca...thankyou again! x


  1. I love the whole purple and green theme!! Gorgeous! Plus the cupcakes on the cupcake pedestals are a fantastic idea ♥ Well done!

  2. Hi. Looks like a fabulous party! I love the idea of the children decorating their own cupcake on the day ~ 1 less thing for Mum to do beforehand. Also I love the mallow pops - so simple but yum and fun.

  3. Rebecca TrounsonJune 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Those little cupcake toppers and the invitations are TO DIE FOR!! My miss 4 will be 5 next month and want's a princess party and is obsessed with Tangled too! This has given me some stunning ideas! Thanks so much for sharing..I'm all excited to start planning now!!

  4. How absolutely gorgeous! Its hard to just pick one thing but first thing that stands out is obviously the tiaras - and i LOVE all the little details, so the mallow pops and little crystals hanging from the flowers made me look twice!! Everything was amazing and such a great entertaining idea for the little princesses!!

  5. I adored it all! But the "princess bracelets" would be my favourite activity and all of the table decorations are just amazing. You have one very lucky princess!

  6. OK, I lOVE that you focussed on the entire party and all the activities were in keeping with the rest of the theme. I had a giggle as I read though the activities - especially the hair pieces! Design wise, I love the understated elegant colour palette, especially the use of the white. My two fave bits, were the use of the branches - I use branches all the time, both in my pre-school and in our parties - we have a pile at the front door that we collected today! And the other thing is the lovely noodle boxes with the party tag as party favours. Thanks for sharing with us all! So very SWEET! Jane xx

  7. Everything about the party is beautiful and I love how you used lilac and green with the natural rustic hessian! A nice change from pink! Most of all I adore the activities you planned - so thoughtful and fun..even I want that pearl bracelet! Well done such a special day that will be remembered for years to come. Have signed up to you blog as loooove your party!

  8. Such a sweet palette--even without the usual pink! Lovely whimsical details...all the way to those too-cute cupcake decorations and the Rapunzel braids!

  9. I love the simple elegance which lets the handmade touches stand out. My little princess has her room in purple & green, so I am a big fan! My fave touch would have to be the rapunzel hair peices, just gorgeous!!!

  10. It's all so pretty! Love the cake! and those princess bracelets.... their nails were my favourite. xo (thanks for featuring my toppers)

  11. The colour scheme is just beautiful and I love the simplicity of the cake table.

  12. Love this Party! So much inspiration!

  13. This is stunning love purple and green together!

  14. I love everything about this! I am getting married next May and these are actually the colours for my wedding!

    Its so pretty but elegant at the same time- well done:)

    Sahni Leila

  15. Everything! but i love the way your thought processes work :) I thought the nail polish and cupcake decoration was spot on ;) I know Tillie would have adored that... and the hair plait ;) Love the colour ways reminds me of our lavender after the rain x G

  16. Rebecca TrounsonJune 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I have to ask, where oh where did you find the hair plaits? Miss 5 has seen this and sooo wants them for her party in a few weeks. Can you please help?? Thanks

  17. Thank you all for your gorgeous comments!! I can't believe I forgot to do the draw on Friday..have had a crazy week!! Have done the draw and there is a winner! I'll be emailing you very soon!

    Rebecca, I found the hair plaits at Red Dot would you believe!! $2 for a 2pk! x

  18. Rebecca TrounsonJuly 2, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Thanks heaps!! I'm in Vic so don't have a Red Dot, must keep looking! Thanks again for the reply!

  19. I love that the girls decorated their own cupcakes - what a cute idea! All of the decor is just beautiful too!