Before I had children I thought of how awesome it would be to create these memorable parties for them each year. These parties would be so special and my kids would in turn feel special on their big day. So with that vision in mind, starting from their very first birthdays, my kids have always had a special birthday ‘event’. These are hosted in our home and everything is done/made by me. I started out thinking this was a more cost effective way to have a birthday, but over the years I’ve become more and more skeptical of that line of thinking, LOL.
Anyway, in January my daughter turned 8, and like almost every little girl I know right now, she wanted a Frozen themed birthday party. We have all been absolutely bombarded with merchandise from this movie but you’ve got to admit it’s a great movie!
I always start the party planning process by meeting with my client (kids usually have a very clear vision of what they would like). Of course I can’t always do everything but I do my best to create the feeling that they are looking for.
For this party my daughter wanted Elsa (because it’s all about her powers!), Anna, and Olaf. She wanted things to look icy and she wanted to have Frozen games and food and of course a cake with Elsa and her castle. No small order, but with planning and a lot of creativity I managed to put off what my daughter described as her best birthday ever! I’ll take that as a win any day <3.
Next I look for inspiration… enter Pinterest. This resource has literally changed my life and for events like this it becomes an invaluable tool. Things I found on Pinterest inspired almost everything I did for this party. Having said that I definitely added my own spin on things usually because of cost restrictions or supply issues. Check out My Pinterest Here to see my pins for this party and more!
I start off by painting the focus of the theme on our big front window. Now my daughter wanted Elsa but there are limits to my freehand creative abilities so she settled for Olaf :).
Next I wanted it to seem like it was snowing. I used a low heat glue gun and glued cotton balls onto fishing line and then hung them from the ceiling. I mixed those in with a bunch of other spiral and fan type white hanging decorations to create a winter wonderland feeling.
Then I stuck a blue tablecloth from the Dollar Store along one of my walls (No I didn’t mark my walls with tape or tacks I just used the natural static from the plastic, it was awesome!). In front of that I layered life-sized printed figures of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Finally we used some of the Frozen toys my daughter already had as little feature spots around the room along with her big Frozen castle.
For the party treats I took typical kid party fare and gave it a Frozen spin by naming them various things from the movie. The kids loved it!
Olaf Noses - Cheezies
Olaf Arms - Pretzel Sticks
Kristoff's Ice Cubes- Jello Cubes
"We Finish Each Others" Sandwiches - Tea Sandwiches (cream cheese and cucumber, PB&J)
Frozen Water - Blue Raspberry drink mix and 7Up
Anna’s Frozen Hearts - Strawberries dipped in White Chocolate
Snowballs - Powdered Timbits (little donut balls from our local coffee shops)
Pass Olaf: A Frozen take on hot potato. I had the kids sit in a circle then I played music and the kids passed the Olaf toy around the circle. Whoever was holding Olaf when the music stopped got a treat. Of course the music stopped for everyone ;).
Photoshoot: With Anna, Elsa, and Olaf figures. This was a blast. I took photos of each guest with the birthday girl and then the entire group. They loved it, although the spots beside Elsa were tough to get, LOL.
Wanna Build a Snowman: For this I used a sectioned bowl and filled it with chocolate chips (eyes), candy corn (nose), large marshmallows (body), small marshmallows (arms/feet), stick pretzels (arms/hair). Then I let the kids at it. They built Olaf at first and then it moved into snow dogs and snow girls. When I saw this on Pinterest and thought they would never stay together, so I included the icing and toothpicks’ for the kids, and it worked out great!
Freeze Dance: This is a classic and the kids always love it. It’s simple, I blasted the theme song form the movie; "Let it go", and the kids danced around. When the music stopped they had to 'freeze'. I mixed it up a bit by telling them to freeze in an animal pose or with their funniest face… the options are endless and very entertaining, LOL.
I found this amazing idea for making candy that looks like ICE and then using it to decorate the cake. It wasn’t perfect, mine came out just a bit sticky but it was just fine for the purpose of decorating the cake. Then I just added an Elsa clip doll and we ended up with a great little Frozen cake.
Frozen trinkets from the Dollar Store ie: lip balm, pencil, eraser, Frozen zipper pencil case. We also made GAK.
Sorry this post is so long. There was just so much I wanted to share :)
I would love to hear if you decide to try any of these ideas. When you see the magic in your children’s eyes when they see their ‘dream’ party, it makes it all worth while.