My daughter wanted a Frozen themed party for her 5th birthday, so Frozen we did! Luckily the weather was a perfect 75 degrees, not too hot and not too cold. At the beginning of April in Northern California, you can never be sure that the weather will be nice for an outdoor party! But so far, we have been lucky for all five of her birthday parties.
As with previous birthday parties, we chose the theme and began planning right after Christmas. I began searching Pinterest for ideas for decorations and I went to Hobby Lobby right after Christmas when all of their Christmas decorations are 50% off. At Hobby Lobby I was able to purchase some blue/teal colored floral decorations. We put these on the tables in vases purchased at the dollar store. I also purchased a pack of white glitter snowflakes (25 per pack – these were in the wedding decorations section, but were also 50% off). I also purchased some blue plastic table covers (the blue was similar to Elsa’s dress color) while at Hobby Lobby. Here are some pics of the table decorations and snowflakes I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Some of the other decorations I used at the party were purchased from Amazon. I purchased a falling snow backdrop to hang on the walls and I purchased a “Happy Birthday” Frozen backdrop that included a “Happy Birthday” sign, and small and large Anna and Elsa backdrops. I also purchased a plastic table skirt that matches the table covers to put onto the food and drink tables. We hung some of the snowflakes purchased at Hobby Lobby from the table skirt as well. Here are the links to the items purchased:
And here are the pictures of those decorations:
I of course also had to make some of the decorations myself. I already posted about the foam icicle decorations and the foam snowflake decorations I made for the party. The icicle instructions can be found here and the foam snowflake instructions are here. I hung the icicle decorations from the gutters on the house and from the pool fencing using clear packing tape. I also drew Olaf on posterboard that I purchased at the dollar store, and then I painted him and cut him out to use as another decoration. Instructions for drawing Olaf can be found at this awesome website. The last DIY decoration was a sign for Wandering Oakens Trading Post. For this, I used a 1×12 pine board and used a vinegar and steel wool solution to age the wood. I then drew the letters on the sign. I planned on cutting out the “and sauna” portion and hanging it from the top section of the sign as it is in the movie, but I ran out of time.Â Here are the pics showing the decorations I made:
I made two signs for the party, one we put at the entrance to our house and one we put above the table where the kids would be making a Frozen snow globe. To make the signs, I purchased poster board at the dollar store. Then I found pictures online and printed them off onto full size label paper. I also found a website where you can type in your text, and create text that looks like the Frozen Font. I created the text I wanted for my sign, copied it into a Word documented and then printed it on full page label paper and then stuck it to my sign. Here are the two signs I made:
I wanted to turn my backyard into a winter wonderland, which of course requires snow! Since we are lacking in the real stuff here in California I figured if I wanted snow, I was going to have to fake it! So, I searched on Amazon, and sure enough, they do have fake snow! The product I purchased is called “SnoWonder Instant Snow”. It’s a bit expensive at $49.95 for 25 gallons of snow (although we did mix it up following the instructions and we didn’t seem to get as much as we were supposed to as you can see in the picture below – the package we bought it supposed to cover 16 square feet 2 inches deep in snow). But once you do mix the powder with water, it really does look like real snow and the kids had fun playing with it. Here’s the link to the SnoWonder:
We hired a character to come as Elsa for the party. As with last year, we hired a performer from The Cinderella Company (Ashleigh was the performer we hired and she was absolutely wonderful!) Elsa told the Frozen story, singing a few of the songs from the movie, which all the kids joined in on, and then she did a magic show where she made ice. After the story and magic show, she painted all the kids faces and then sang Happy Birthday to my daughter. All the kids were entranced by her! Here are some pics:
While kids were waiting to have their face painted, we had them build Frozen snow globes using canning jars, water, glitter, and a small Frozen character. They then decorated the lid of the jar using ribbon and glue. To make the snow globes, the kids used sandpaper to roughen the surface of the inside of the lid of the canning jar. Then, an adult applied super glue to the bottom of the Frozen character and attached it to the middle of the lid (I purchased 4 sets of 4 characters – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf – on Amazon for just under $10 per set). While the glue was drying, the kids added glitter to their jar and then filled it with water and screwed the lid with the character attached onto the jar. (Some people add baby oil or glycerine to the water, I forgot to purchase these, but the water by itself worked just fine). The jars used for the snow globes were Nakpunar 8oz canning jars. I purchased these on Amazon for $17.99 for a set of 6. These jars worked well because there are no decorations or brand names on the glass, it is completely clear on all sides. Also, the lids seal well without any glue and the characters I purchased fit well inside them. The glitter we used was Treehouse Crystal glitter purchased at Hobby Lobby. The ribbon used to decorate the lids was also purchased at Hobby Lobby. Here are links to the items purchased on Amazon:
And, here are some pictures of the snow globe craft:
Lastly, the food for the party. For the lunch food I ordered a meat and cheese tray from our grocery store along with some sandwich rolls. I made pasta salad, and then I made a fruit and veggie tray with baby carrots, olives, apple slices, grapes, strawberries, and raspberries, along with a fruit dip and a veggie dip. We also had some pretzels and chips. For desserts, I made a two layer cake (using cake mix from boxes- rainbow sprinkle cake for the bottom layer, and chocolate for the top layer. I made buttercream frosting and colored it blue, and I purchased sugar snowflake decorations to put on the cake. I also purchased a Frozen candle set to top the cake. I made cupcakes using yellow cake mix, and then used the cupcake frosting in a can to decorate them (made frosting the cupcakes SO easy (and was tasty)!! I also purchased snowflake rings to put on the cupcakes for decoration. Here are the links to these items on Amazon:
Here are the pics of the lunch food, desserts, and drinks:
It was a super fun party, one my daughter will hopefully remember for many years to come!