Rapunzel Tangled Theme Birthday Party Ideas

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I just love cute birthday party theme ideas, so when this local OC mom contacted me to share some inexpensive and easy things she did to create a Tangled theme birthday party I was thrilled to share them! Thank you Elle for sharing your amazing party! Here is what she wrote…

“So what mom doesn’t want to throw each of their little ones a spectacularly fabulous, especially memorable birthday party every year? Let’s face it though, it’s not always possible, whether it’s due to a limited budgeted, limited time, or both.


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For Your Next Party: Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit [+ Giveaway!]

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Take some advice from me.  If you end up hiring the Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit for your next party at your house you might want to give the neighbors a heads up. When this 30′ big red shiny fire truck pulled in my driveway last week, my neighbors were worried something happened until they walked over and took a whiff of the fresh garlic, heard the the party music and saw the white canopy set up on the rooftop kitchen!

And Company 77 is giving away a $300 party credit on today’s giveaway, so make sure keep reading and enter below because you would be getting an awesome deal for your next special event!


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Mad Science South Orange County Birthday Parties [+ Giveaway!]

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Do you have a little Einstein on your hands? Or perhaps an inquisitive young Marie Curie?  Do your kid’s eyes light up when hearing the words slippery slime, bubbling potions, or rocket launch? Then a birthday party with hands on experiments by Mad Science South Orange County might be just what the little scientist ordered! And I have a FREE birthday party to give away in this post (that you can use anytime within a year) so please make sure to read more on the details on how to enter.


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Timree Art Studio’s Paint Parties, Cute Classes & Private Lessons

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I had the pleasure of meeting artist Timree Gold of Timree Personalized Gifts and Art this summer at a Smarty networking meeting and I have to admit I was a little star struck as I have been a huge fan of her art and personalized gifts for years now!

When I met her in person it was easy to see why her work is so special and that is simply because Timree the person is special! She actually sparkles. From the twinkle in her eye to her bright smile and bubbly personality, to know Timree is to love her.  And when you look at her amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces you can see her happy personality shining through in every creation.

Timree shared with me that just this last year she opened an art studio in Newport Beach which has been coined the “cutest art studio ever!

When I visited the studio myself last week, I could see Timree’s magic sparkle dust all over it, from the moment you pull up and breathe in the ocean air to the enchanting walk up the good luck steps (you have to go to see the steps for yourself) you feel like you are entering another magical little world.  Visiting her studio is an experience.

There is much to cover about Timree it is hard to know where to start!  From her personalized platesunique gifts and school supplies to her custom murals and special live event painting, there are so many ways to experience her amazing work.

But for this post I wanted to highlight some very special offerings for OC moms and kids – most specifically –  Timree’s paint parties, cute classes and private art lessons.

Weekly Art Classes

Designed for ages 6 years and up, Timree offers weekly classes on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

Starting at the beginning of the month, the weekly sessions are only $175 for 4 classes and your child will receive personalized instruction from Timree and create their own masterpiece on the provided canvas.

I think this would be such an amazing class to enroll your kids in for the Fall after school starts.

Art is so therapeutic and what a wonderful way for your kids to express and channel their creativity while while easing into the hub-bub of the busy school year.

The next session begins on September 6th, so email soon if you are interested as spots fill up quickly!

Private Lessons with TIMREE!

Timree also provides private art lessons that are only $225 for 2 hours.

During that time, Timree will sit with you one-on-one and help you or your child create a piece that holds special meaning to you.

Whether it’s a special piece of art for a bedroom wall (you can bring pictures of the decor or bedding for inspiration) or a very special one-of-a-kind piece of art for a parent or grandparent as a special gift, the goal is to embrace the fun and creativity involved in painting and walk away with a completed painting that holds personal significance.

What an amazing gift for a milestone birthday or anniversary for the person who has everything!

There is truly no better gift than one that is hand made with love and to have personalized instruction from an artist I think is incredible!

Mother / Daughter Classes

On the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 – 4pm, mothers and daughters can attend this special class together and create their own paintings based on one of Timree’s inspired themes. Timree provides not only the canvases, tips and themed-treats – but also a special afternoon of bonding while creating.  The next class is on September 11th and the theme is “basket of apples” to celebrate back-to-school time.  Only a few spots left so sign up ASAP if you are interested! Cost is only $65/pp.

Paint Parties!

How many times have you have looked for an original venue in Orange County to host your child’s birthday party because you are tired of the same ‘ole same ‘ole?  I know I have! Now you can book your party in the cutest art studio ever and give your guests a magically creative experience.

The parties are designed to be intimate in size for 4 to 14 guests ages 6 + and include:

– 2 hours of party studio time on weekdays after school or on Sundays
– Birthday girl (or boy!) picks the theme for the painting
– Friends all paint the same picture but can get creative with their colors
– $50 per guest / $300 minimum
– BYOT (bring your own treats!)

You can also gather a group of friends for a mom’s night out!  Inquire for more details.

“Timree jeans”

For all Timree’s paint parties and classes she encourages the girls to wear special “Timree jeans” which are fun painting jeans, jean shorts or jean skirts that can get deliciously splashed with creativity.

She told me the girls love wearing their “Timree jeans” and she will personally sign the back.

This art studio is truly one of a kind. As is Timree.  She reminds me of a Disney Princess in the most flattering of ways. I guarantee your girls will be completely enchanted by her and her studio.

For more information or to sign up for private lessons, classes or parties,  contact Timree at timree {at} timree.com.

Follow Timree on Facebook and Twitter.

[Disclosure: Timree is a new Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Look for her banner ad coming up on September 1st. Hooray!]

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Kids Birthday Parties: love ’em or hate ’em?

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I posted awhile back that I was asked to be a co-host of MommytoMommy.TV by Kimberley Clayton Blaine (a.k.a The Go To Mom) and my episode aired last week. MommytoMommy.TV  is sponsored in part by Sony Electronics and features new, lighthearted fun shows every other Friday on current topics for moms.

The topic of my show is kids birthday parties… LOVE ’em or HATE ’em? I think there are definitely two schools of thought on the topic!  I know some moms love to go crazy and decorate to the nines and then others are “over it!” and go super simple. Where do you stand?  Are you on the “love ’em” or “hate ’em” party train? Please do comment, we want to know!

For me, the first couple years, I was soooo not into doing a big party, and we just had family at our parties.  But then last year, for Emma’s 4th, when she really “got it,” I have to admit I got a little caught up in the planning and went a little crazy.  Here was my rundown on our pretend pajama party.   So I have to say I done a little of both!

The day of filming was a ton of fun.  I was really nervous, but everyone at the shoot was super friendly and silly, so it made the day so relaxed.

We shot at the amazing Montage Laguna Beach, my gosh, that property is incredible.  I had never spent the day there before.  It was a day in October, but about 80 degrees, perfection!

We also got pampered as Tera Rae Stephens came and styled everyone’s hair.  She did a beautiful job and is always fun to be around, so thank you Tera!  By the way, check out her fabulous new website!

Melanie from Sensitive Sweets whipped up some darling cupcakes at short notice to be used during our shoot.  And, they tasted as good as they looked!  She can make gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free cupcakes so if you know anyone with OC kids with food sensitivities, she is your gal for custom sweets!

My friend Michelle from Stylish Dish went shopping with me before the shoot to help pick out an outfit.  Love her blog. The ensemble was supposed to include a cute faux dark grey jacket and black tights, but since it was so hot that day, I ended up just wearing the dress. But have worn the jacket a gazillion times since then. Thanks Michelle!

We shot three shows that day, so I got to meet and hang out with two other amazing co-hosts – Sheila from Xialoin Mama and Jessica from Babbaco.  Here is a link to Sheila’s show on “Our Fav TV Shows & Celebrity Crushes” and Jessica’s on “Letting Go of Perfection.” And here we all are…not a bad view, huh?

From left…me, Jessica, Kimberley & Sheila

So here is my episode on kids parties.  It includes a cool idea on how to do video invitations, features an AWESOME Sony video camera (I am in LOVE), ways to make your party eco-chic and three great websites to use in your party planning.  Of course I am ultra-critical of myself, ugh, but I hope you like it… 🙂

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