how do you throw a “frozen” party for your newly minted 5 year old, without it being a “frozen” party?!
first things first, remember that my kid, luckily, doesn’t really care about elsa plates and olaf cups. she wants to see her friends, have fun, eat cake and get presents. sooo…that means i got to have a little leeway with the decor.
all around the porch were huge paper snowflakes in shades of blue and white. (martha has an easy tutorial for cutting snowflakes) i filled our west elm planters with plates, forks, napkins and supplies. (great way to make more room for food and drinks!) above it hung a $2 target paper banner.
the turquoise faux mason jar beverage dispenser held “melted snow” and beside it was a bowl of “snowman snack” (mini marshmallows, pretzel sticks, orange candies and chocolate-covered raisins). i used green and blue paper dixie cups for little hands to fill with the snack mix. lesson learned: next time pre-fill the cups so that kids aren’t digging into the bowl for their snack…fishing out just the candies and leaving the pretzels. and yes, there were two very large spoons to help, which went mostly unused. next time, i’d make a big batch of the mix, but only use half of it at a time, that way i’m not left with a huge bowl of food that’s been dug through and not quite appetizing anymore!
to keep the kids cooled off we borrowed a little pool, sprinkler and slide. we also filled as many water balloons as our hands could handle. lesson learned: start filling balloons earlier! we had a huge stack of towels for drying kids off and kept one by the back door, in hopes wet toes would get dried before coming inside. for the pizza picnic and breaks from splashing, we laid out several large blankets in a shady spot of the yard.
final wintery touches were fairy lights and pale blue cupcakes in snowflake liners with little pearl candies on top. the party favor/craft was clear acrylic ornaments from a.c. moore with permanent markers in all shades for decorating.
all in all, an awesome time! i feel so very lucky to get to share these milestones with good friends and family…especially family that will arrive an hour early to help and go on last minute ice runs!