|Thank you so much Birthday Express for this Best Birthday Award!|
Last year we celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday with a “Sound of Music” themed party. I spent months and months working on every little detail and that night as I tucked my little “Megan von Trapp” in I was already thinking about the theme for her 3rd birthday. By the next morning I knew exactly what it was going to be. It was perfect for her bigger than life personality. Then something happened. Frozen. My mom took me and my kids to see “Frozen” and by the enraptured look on my daughter’s face I knew it was all over. “Mommy! I want a Frozen party! I wanna be Elsa! I love her dress! Please Mommy pleeeeeeease!” All of a sudden my big plans were frozen along with Arendelle. A very “Frozen” party took shape and began to grow just like Elsa’s ice castle.
After the movie we marched right to the Disney Store and quickly purchased an Elsa dress, light up shoes, jewelry, a couple dolls, some cups, t-shirts, and a book. Somehow we managed to get all of this out of the store undetected and hid it all at my mom’s house until Christmas. I wish I had known all the stuff that lined the shelves that day at Disney was going to be impossible to find come Christmas (and beyond)…I might have stocked up! The dress is pretty gorgeous.
Early on I knew the party was going to be Elsa-centric so finding snowflakes and icicles and wintery type things was pretty easy in November and December. I went through many revisions for the invitation though and knew the winner when my daughter squealed from across the room, “That’s Elsa’s! That’s my party! I yuv it!”
Vinyl silhouettes of Elsa adorned silver cups.
Snowflakes decorated the straws.
These silver napkins were kind of boring but a snowflake punch gave them a little personality.
I had some really sparkly wrapping paper that I wanted to incorporate so I wrapped a glass vase with it and stuck these glittery leaves in it. Finished off the look with sparkly turquoise tulle and a snowflake.
You would never know that it was pouring rain the night before. We could not have asked for better weather. A perfect sunny and breezy day.
Snowflake garlands and a snowflake chandelier hung from the ceiling.
I have worked with Online Labels for over a year now and really love the quality of their labels. These are weatherproof so they’re perfect for keeping on ice.
I’ve seen a ton of melted Olaf water bottles but I wanted to do something different and in line with our Arendelle Visitor Center so my son (he’s my creative go to in the house) and I came up with Arendelle Spring Water. Online Labels weatherproof water bottle labels were so easy to use! This was my first time using them and I’m definitely sold.
I used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch on these napkins as well and completed the look with snowflake rings as napkin rings.
The food! Always such an important part of any event. The party was later in the day so I served a bunch of finger foods and snacks. I know Olaf Noses are popular for Frozen parties but we call them Sven Snacks! I found mini cheeseballs at Easter time at Walmart but to me they looked like mini snowballs.
We created mini Frost Berry cups with a poof of blue cotton candy on the top. The cotton candy started to melt pretty quickly but the kids thought they were really fun.
I love the combination of salty and sweet and really wanted to use some of my edible glitter so I made Elsa’s Snow Flurry Wands. I decorated them with edible luster dust and crushed rock candy. I set them in a small vase filled with diamond confetti from Koyal Wholesale because, well, I love diamonds, and they add just a bit more bling to the table.
Do you see Elsa’s gloves there? That was my little girl’s idea actually. She said we couldn’t forget Elsa’s gloves so I made sure to include them in the decor. We were going to play a game, “Find Elsa’s Glove” but to be honest, we ran out of time!
I am lucky enough to know some truly amazing and gifted vendors. I asked my friend May of Simply aMAYzing Sweets to create chocolate covered Oreos and Rice Krispy Treats but didn’t give her any direction other than the feel of the party and colors. I had created a color palette that I shared with her but other than that I said just have fun with it. These were absolutely perfect!! I loved the “cracked ice” and the snowflakes were beautifully done. I sent her some of my Original Twirly Clear Sparkle Sticks™ to use and was thrilled when I saw the sneak peek pictures she sent!
My friend Arlene of She Wears the Crown really outdid herself this time! After showing her the invitation and color palette she came up with the idea of making cookie letters and the number “3” with a sparkly crown. I don’t know who squealed louder, me or my daughter. It’s hard to tell exactly from the photos but these were so sparkly and glittery and of course tasted delicious! Arlene is so creative and talented I knew that I would love whatever she came up with.
I am not an expert baker by any means but I do enjoy doing it for my kids. This cake design almost didn’t happen because I could not find the doll anywhere. I was kind of panicking to be honest. When the birthday girl says the only cake she wants is an Elsa doll you’ve got to make it happen! Grandma & Uncle to the rescue! My mom and my brother went to Toys R Us and waited outside until they opened so they could be the first ones in line. When the doors open they made a beeline for the Frozen section and thankfully found Elsa. One big thing off the to do list! My brother said my mom was prepared to go to war if necessary over this little doll. I’m glad it didn’t come to that!
My friend, Jen, of Oh For Cake’s Sake created these sparkly fondant snowflakes for the cake which was my daughter’s favorite part. Actually, the snowflakes are the only parts the birthday girl ate!
I just love this picture of my sorority sister, Tami, helping my daughter make her necklace. I think it is so neat that we have little girls that can play together and that we’re still such good friends. (ZLAM, Tami!)
I made a really cute snowflake hair bow to match my daughter’s outfit but it went missing the morning of the party. I improvised though and grabbed some tiny snowflake stickers I had used on the spoons and forks and stuck them in her hair. She loved it and thought she looked just like Elsa.
This is another favorite picture from the party. That’s my friend, Marisa on the left. We have been friends since preschool. Yes, preschool! She’s my oldest girlfriend, my son’s Godmother, and also a fellow Panda Sister. We Immaculate Heart girls take our Panda Pride very seriously! Here we are, many many years later, and we are not only fortunate enough to remain great friends, but our daughters are only weeks apart. I think that is pretty special.
“It’s Marshmallow!” Big brother decided to take the hits and become Marshmallow. The little kids loved it! My son is such a good sport…he let the little kids take shot after shot and played right along.
The wonderful and creative team at Lollipics made these incredible lollipops for Megan and her guests. This is such a cool product! You upload an image and they create an edible image right on your lollipop of choice. It can be a picture of anything. I took a picture of her in her Elsa costume with this crown designed and created by another friend, Shawna of Shawna Brockmeier Events, uploaded it to their site, chose a lollipop flavor, and voila! A couple days later I got a box of adorable lollipops with my daughter’s face on them in the mail. Such a cool and unique product. The team at Lollipics are really really nice too!
I made a Lollipics tower using a Wilton cupcake holder, styrofoam balls, and snow batting. I wanted them to look like they were sitting in the snow.