SweetPea's 2nd Birthday - Tangled Themed

SweetPea's Second Birthday was yesterday. Everything went so much smoother and was less overwhelming than last year. I invited only close family and friends. We provided snacks but not a meal, of course the time was at two, which coordinated with her nap wonderfully. It was actually on her birthday too, which I love.

I have to thank Pinterest for this party. I got most all the decoration ideas from there. The cupcake tower, though, I found on Disney.go's website. And it was super easy. And you might remember, I am NOT a cook. And I definitely don't bake! :) But I proudly will say I made the tower and cupcakes all myself.


Tent Effect - The tent effect was created using 2 $1 plastic tablecloths from Dollar General, cutting them in half, and pinning the ends to the ceiling.

The 'flag' banner was created using the Printables found HERE, rubber cementing construction paper to the back, and threading them together with twine.

The balloons were a favorite party decoration. I was unaware that they would make for a great game as well. :)

The Cupcake Tower - 'Our Cake':

The cupcake tower was seriously easy. I was afraid. And only tried to make it the day of. I told my husband that if it didn't work out, he was making a grocery store run for a sheet cake. :)
Here's what you need to make it:
5x5x5 Styrofoam Block
2 wooden skewers
1 white cupcake wrapper (& one brown if you want the added design, I feel it took away from it)
6 Pecan Swirls
1 waffle cone
Candy coatings and purple food coloring
Green icing
Green construction paper
Rubber Cement
Stuff to make cupcakes - I had Betty Crocker's help with this
And here's what you do:
1. Rubber Cement the green construction paper to the styrofoam block. And take the two wooden skewers and stick them in the very tightly together in the top. Make sure you stick them far enough down where they will hold weight but not so far down where they won't hold all the elements of the tower.
2. Place the Pecan Swirls on the skewers. The first top down and then alternating the rest.
3. Place a cupcake in a white wrapper on top.
4. Melt candy coatings according to directions adding drops of the purple food coloring as you go. Thoroughly coat the waffle cone then put a little candy coating on top of the cupcake so when you put the waffle cone on top when they dry they will stick together.
5. Use the green icing to create the green vining around the tower.

And you're done! Easy Peasy, right? Then , if you are better at decorating cup cakes then me, you can make your cupcake look more like flowers. But the concept got across and everyone loved it.

Sweet Pea's Christmas List: Linking Up with Toddle Along Tuesday

Sweet Pea's Bday is December 9th so Christmas and Birthday presents kind of run together. If we thought about it when we planned to have her, we would have probably planned when her birthday was a little better. We don't mean for them to get mixed together, they just kind of do. We don't have time to completely recover her birthday and then Christmas comes.

Her first Christmas she was only 2 weeks old, so we didn't worry about Christmas presents PLUS it snowed...in Georgia...her first Christmas. ♥ Last Christmas, we didn't buy her that much because we knew others would and she wouldn't know the difference. Is that bad? And she wouldn't have had time to enjoy Santa stuff anyways.

This year, all that changes. We still aren't going crazy with the gifts. We are buying her a big present this year and we are making sure she is going to have time to enjoy it, but besides that these are some ideas maybe for others. *wink*wink*

1 - Carter's 2-piece pajamas: Sweet Pea needs pajamas and loves Elephants and Daddy would get a kick out of these.

2 - Classic Disney Princess Rapunzel Doll: $10 yesterday at DisneyStore.com. PLUS FREE Shipping so I snagged it for her. (shhh) But she does love Rapunzel. She also loves Leaf Frog but with Scout and friends not the frogs, Elmo and Cookie Monster, and Curious George.

3 - Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPad devices: She loves playing with our iPhones and the iPad. Issue? She can get rough with them at times. Especially with the iPad. I love for her to play with it because it has educational games and can keep her entertained in a tough spot. And Fisher Price made this awesome toy.

4 - Rapunzel Classic Doll Collection 5pc Accessory Set: $8 yesterday at DisneyStore.com. PLUS FREE Shipping. I snagged it too.

5 - Little Tikes Deluxe 3-1 Tricycle - Girls: We are buying her this awesome cool 3-1 tricycle. This is going to be her big gift. Love the idea of handles and straps while she is young and that it converts!

6 -Disney Princess Toddler Helmet Value Pack: Everyone needs a helmet! :)

7 - Rapunzel Jewelry Box: And I did not buy this jewelry box, but saw it when I was getting pictures for this post. I just love it. But she may be a little young for it.

8 - Minnie Mouse Beauty Set: I also bought a Minnie Mouse Beauty Set for her yesterday, although it's not pictured. :)

{Edit - Add} 9. I also love this Disney Princess Sweat Suit outfit too. ♥ Found at DisneyStore.com in Disney Parks section.

So my question is for you, what do you plan on getting your little one? Also if you or your child's birthday is close to Christmas, how do you avoid smushing them together?