Sunday, February 16, 2014

Disney Frozen Birthday Party

 Annabelle turned 6 today! She requested a Disney Frozen birthday party. Here are the invitations; I made them on the computer and emailed them to her friends parents so there was no cost involved:
Party preparations: I printed out a picture of Olaf and then tried my best to free -hand it much larger so we could play, 'pin the nose on Olaf'.

Annabelle invited five girls her age so I ordered 5 Frozen paperback books on to give as party favors and we printed out and stapled three Frozen coloring pages to go along with the books. The books were on sale for $2.60 each plus free shipping so not a bad price at all! I'm always trying to come up with party favors that don't include sugar since I figure they get enough with cake and ice cream.
We celebrated Annabelle's birthday the day before her actual birthday, so Saturday, since Sunday is always a special, Sabbath day for our family, reserved for church and Christian-type activities. We had her open her family presents Saturday morning as well because I knew she was getting a couple of things from family members that she'd want to have for her party like the Anna shirt and the Frozen soundtrack from Granny. But just an FYI, is a free website that allows you to search and save specific songs and you can create playlists so that's normally what we use and play during themed birthday parties. For example, I made a 'Star Wars' playlist for Charles birthday last month.
I also needed her to open the Frozen character play set so that I could put the figurines on her cake that was mostly done :).
Here's the cake. You can find a picture tutorial I made for this cake here.  I made the 'ice' candy, fondant and frosting on Wednesday, baked, stacked and frosted the cakes Thursday, put the fondant on and did the buttercream writing on Friday and then Saturday I put it all together and added the toppers and border. If you had time, you could make the entire cake in a day but I can only spend at the most two hours a day on a cake which coincides with Nora's afternoon nap. I've tried working on it while she's up and it's impossible. She climbs up to where my work area is and tries to stick her fingers in the cake and frosting and if you move her she'll just come right back; no other distraction works. And since this is the only thing I got done on those three days during nap, our house cleaning and cooking was neglected so we ate lots of quesadillas those days and cleaned a lot once the kids were in bed.
The trees I bought from Michaels and then sprinkled some powdered sugar over top to give it a snowy look.

Scott and I made paper snowflakes for the girls to decorate during the party. Scott is quite the snowflake maker. He totally outdid mine! :)
When the girls first started to arrive I had them color Frozen pictures until everyone was there. For all my kids parties, I like to have some sort of individual art/craft project going while people are arriving to keep them busy.
Then we moved to the snowflake decorating table where they used markers, glue and little pieces of paper cutouts to decorate their snowflakes; I had just ransacked my arts and crafts supply drawer beforehand and pulled out anything I thought they could stick on their snowflakes....which wasn't much :).
Once they got them looking just the way they liked they brought their snowflake over to Scott who used rubber cement and glitter over a baking sheet to add some sparkle.
The girls loved this activity and it took the most time, probably around 30 minutes.

Elisabeth and her friend Emily, who is the older sister of one of the girls at the party, helped with a lot of the activities. Here they are helping run Pin the Nose on Olaf.

Next up was cake, ice cream, fruit and presents!

We did what we usually do when opening presents: we turn it into a game by having all the girls sit in a circle around Annabelle and then they pass around a soft, toy cupcake while listening to Frozen music and when the music stops, the person holding the cupcake gives Annabelle their gift. Essentially, Hot Potato.

Then we played another one of our favorite party games. But this time we gave it a Frozen twist. I told the girls there was too much snow in Arendall and they each would have a turn getting blindfolded and collecting as much 'snow' or cotton balls as they could. We counted up the cotton balls at the end of each persons turn and kept score on a sheet of paper. We don't normally do prizes for games, just a 'good job!' and a high-five, but since I had leftover Valentine's candy that the kids had brought home from school that I wanted to get rid of,  we let each person pick out a piece after one of the games.

By the time we finished that game there were about 5 minutes left of our two hour party and I didn't think we'd have enough time to play, "Elsa Says" and the girls were really wanting to play with Annabelle's toys so we just let them play until parents arrived.
Happy Birthday Miss Annabelle! You are such a darling sweet girl! Oh, and for the record, this morning, on her actual birthday she opened one more gift from us, a nice art kit, and we had german pancakes per her request. Then tonight she chose dinner, which was hot dogs (Elisabeth and I had leftovers since we're not big meat people, and Scott made a really yummy cornbread so I had that too) and we stuck with our family tradition and went around the dinner table and each family member told one special memory with Annabelle or something we love about her. It's not hard to come up with reasons to love Annabelle. She is such a sweet tempered, friendly and loving little lady. We are so grateful she was born into our family six years ago!

And we'll end with a video: Typical Evening with the Smiths. We like to sing and dance together a lot in the evenings and this is us singing to Let It Go from Frozen; we sang this the night of Annabelle's party. Totally typical, kids dancing together, baby Nora trying to be involved by turning off the cd player multiple times :), and Jane really belting it out!


Anonymous said...

Great theme. We just saw for first time this weekend! Great work!!

Angela said...

Love it! You're such a good mom, Elisa, creating such wonderful memories for the kids. Elizabeth is getting so grown up looking and her hair is so long! She'll be 12 before we know it:( what a fun party too for sweet Annabelle. Her card should be getting there soon. I did get it in the mail on time but the "big" snowstorm interfered with outgoing mail!

Shayla Taylor said...

I love your kids E! William is excited to meet Charles - he especially loved the guns during Let it Go.

Kotali's Mommy said...

OMG, what amazing and thoughtful ideas! I will definitely be copying you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Shannah Mort said...

Where can I get the figures you put on top?

Meow Opre said...

I am no more a kid but I honestly had so much fun when I decided to have a mini party of this theme with my sis and cousins. I just can't imagine how kids would go crazy to have such one too! I was searching for my Frozen Birthday Party ideas to add to my collection. I am thankful to come across this post. :)
God bless!

Kierstin said...

Thank you for planning my party. Emmy (turning five on Saturday) wants a Frozen Party and I remembered this post. Thanks for the post. We love following your family via the blog and all the wonderful things you share!!

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