When The Elf on the Shelf left after Christmas, we needed a little extra motivation toward best behavior around our house with our three-year-old daughter. Have you seen the movie Frozen? Well, after we saw that movie we were hooked and I knew it would be the perfect birthday party theme! I began planning as soon as I could get myself into the local Michael's to pick up the discounted frosted snowflake décor!
Being a teacher does have its perks in these scenarios. I work with two young teachers who wildly look like Elsa and Anna of Arendelle and were thrilled to come entertain at the party. As soon as my toddler heard that Anna and Elsa were coming to her party in a month and a half she was very motivated to listen to mommy! (And, yes, it really did motivate her that long!)
The party turned out to be a hit. My daughter was in awe of the actual princesses that appeared at our house! She even wore her own Elsa dress from the Disney store and twirled with the “real” Elsa.
The decorations included:
- Tables were festooned with simple white butcher paper covering them and turquoise, pink, and sparkly tulle bows to give a princess feel.
- Tables and our fireplace were adorned with buffalo snow layers to give the frozen feel.
- Decor on walls included large paper snowflake and tulle snowflakes hanging from above, blinking snowflakes, frosted pine garland, and a frosted wreath with a painted sparkly '3'.
- The Disney store was helpful with a placemat that dubbed as a photo of Anna and Elsa on the wall.
- And, don't forget the "Happy Birthday" sign with frosted letter and the "Frozen" soundtrack that we can't seem to get enough of playing in the background.
We planned 2 hours for the party, which was the perfect amount of time for these little humans. As kids showed up the girls were given a tiara and wand and the 2 boys who came got Sven Antlers to wear. Anna and Elsa face painted snowflakes and gave "Frozen" themed temporary tattoos (Amazon.com) to the kids.
I chose a brunch type menu of little bites for the kids.
- Olaf carrot noses
- snowflake crackers and hummus
- PB snowiches
- snowballs (white cheddar popcorn)
- Olaf cheese sticks
- troll muffins
- fruit wands
- yogurt parfaits
- mini quiches
After a royal feast, it was time to dig for the crown jewels in the fake snow. Each child got their own bowl of treasures: rings, necklaces, bracelets, clip on earrings, ring pops, Frozen kaleidoscope (Amazon.com), and toy cars for the boys. They filled their snowflake bags up to take home as favors.
Next we used a snowflake and white painted frame for a photo op. If the kids weren't so shy anymore they used this to take photos with the special princesses.
Next was "Pin the Carrot Nose on Olaf" game. I used my projector at school to trace a large Olaf. Orange carrot noses were cut out of orange construction paper for each child. Once they pinned a nose on they received carrot candy containers with some candy in it. These were going to be used for the "Sven Carrot Hunt" outside (like an Easter egg hunt), but the weather just didn't hold up for it and the kids were already about spent at this point. Oriental Trading Company helped me out with most of the favors and carrot containers if Amazon.com didn't. The quality was just right for a party with toddlers!
No party is complete without yummy cupcakes. I let QFC do the work on these and they had the colors just perfect with fake, edible snow to top them off. I liked the simplicity of them and the kids and adults gobbled them up.
Wow, what a movie that inspired a fun and memorable birthday party, even for us as parents! Perhaps a viewing party is in order again this month! And when we need some motivation I might even have to call in Anna and Elsa for a visit!
About Jessie Miera:
Jessie is a full-time teacher, mom, and wife trying to balance life with what she believes to be three of the most challenging jobs. She has a three-year-old daughter and two dachshunds who keep her busy when she's home. She enjoys working out, getting crafty, and connecting with her support group of friends to stay sane.