I used to be all about Pinterest parties with Quin, our first born. I LOVED planning them. When Audrey came along, we threw fabulous parties for her 1st and 2nd birthdays. Quin decided he wanted a party at Main Event for his 8th Birthday. It was SO EASY! That’s when we started renting a party space or having the kids parties out of the home. We discovered that it is so much less work, less stress, and way less expensive to just let someone else host and throw a fabulous party for you. I mean, Just bring a cake and balloons and they do the rest, YES PLEASE! But, I do love creating and party planning. Especially for my kids.
So…I could not say no to Audrey when she decided she wanted to throw her birthday party at home this year. She had this whole thing planned in her mind. She wanted to heat the pool to 90 degrees…like Oaken’s Sauna, have a snow ball fight and snowflakes everywhere. She wanted a Frozen II cake and all her friends to come play. Truth is, I got even more excited about her party than she was as I was planning it.
I found so many fun ideas. We weren’t able to execute them all because of the wind. It kept blowing away our decor, so we went with less is more decor. I saved some of the ideas that we weren’t able to follow through with on a Pinterest board. Everything turned out great, In my opinion. Thanks to all the mommas who shared their ideas. Here are some of the highlights & pictures from the party. I have linked the decor that we used.
I found a cute idea for an invitation online. I don’t remember where. I took the idea, added our own flare, and created a fun Frozen winter wonderland invitation on Canva. I downloaded the Ice Kingdom Font. I uploaded the invitation into paperless post and sent out the invites. You can order actual invitation directly from Canva. It was east to manage the guest list and send reminders. You can send up to 10 invites for free.
I had so much fun scouring Amazon for Wintery party decorations. I used a ton of snowflakes, tissue paper, and 3D snowflake cutouts. We added a pink seven balloon into the mix as well. We used a Turquoise, Purple and White color scheme with pops of pink.
We had simple snacks for the kids. The kids made marshmallow snowmen. We put out jumbo marshmallows, carrot sticks, pretzel sticks, yogurt ranch dip, cookies, chocolate covered snowflake pretzels, peanut butter chocolate Chex mix, mandarin oranges. All the sugary goodness. I am usually more about the healthy treats but…not this time. I made some cute little signs on canva for the table.
We made a “Frozen Lemonade” Recipe. It was so easy to make and looked great on the table.
FROZEN LEMONADE RECIPE:
1 Gallon Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Blast (any Blue Variety)
1 Liter 7 up
1 can Frozen Minute Maid Lemonade (or any brand from the freezer section)
We had a cake made from the local bakery. The cake topper broke on the way home but I used some icing to glue it back together. LOL. Hey, whatever works. I was hoping the snowflake was made of sugar glass. it was still pretty and covered in sparkly edible glitter. We had a vanilla cake with a butter cream frosting and butter cream filling. They colored it to give it a little more fun.
The Center Piece of the party was the SNOW!!! We found faux snow to make this a true Winter wonderland. We live in Texas so our kiddos don’t see snow often. It was a HIT!! Snow fights, snow angels, and snow sliding galore. They played in it almost the entire party.
It was dry but cold. It was a weird foam ball like consistency. It felt wet but wasn’t. It would squish between your toes but not messy. It was called SNOWWONDER. We ordered the 180 Gallon option from amazon. The snow comes in a powder. You add 1 cup of the powder to a gallon of water in a bucket and it transforms into faux SNOW! I bought a 500 sq ft painters tarp in white from Walmart and my husband staked it down. It was slippery. If you want it to be less slippery I would recommend a textured tarp. There was an assembly line set up to get all of this snow onto the tarp before the party. It was fun to make. We set it up about 45 minutes before everyone arrived. It does not melt.
We also had some fake snowballs for the kids to play games and have a snowball fight. I found them on Amazon. They are indoor snowballs. Soft and light but you can throw them.
I think it is safe to say that the party was a success and we all had SNOW much fun!
I hope that you found some inspiration. I am grateful to all the mommas who shared ideas and I am so grateful to be able to pay it forward.
Here are the links to some of the main decor:
Happy party planning! Have fun!