A few weeks back, at the end of April, we celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday party with a Frozen party….
Now if you’re a mom you will know the complete stress of planning parties. They pretty much become all you can think about for a few weeks prior to the actual event and cause endless sleepless nights and stressful days running around all over the show trying to get all the bits and pieces you need to pull off the perfect party!
It’s not for the fainthearted… And I am a far more relaxed party planner than many moms out there! Some of them are craaazzzy!
Fortunately I’m not one of them. Yes I find the whole experience completely exhausting but a small part of me does enjoy pulling everything together but most importantly seeing the day thorough my child’s eyes… As expected they know nothing of all the panic behind the scenes, show up and love every minute!
And ultimately THAT is why we do it
At the end of the day, us moms usually look back feeling shattered, ecstatic that it is all over for another year but quietly proud that we actually did it and can live to tell the tale.
So here is my tale… the Frozen themed party 5th birthday party for my Princess Abi x
To same time and my sanity I asked my best friend’s mom, Rose, to make the cake. She makes the most delicious cakes around plus her little fondant characters are the cutest! Olaf, Elsa and Anna were definitely a highlight!
I tried to keep the entertainment low key and stuck with traditional games like the ones we used to play at our own parties. I don’t have an endless budget for a variety of princesses or ponies so we kept things simple. My sister-in-law is a makeup artist and offered to do makeup when the little girls arrived. This proved to be a hit – the sparklier the better!
We then had “Pass the Parcel” and a few rounds of “Freeze” aka Musical Statues of old! Prizes were random sweets and some Frozen themed Easter Eggs I came across on special in Hyperama plus a Frozen lucky packet and some colouring-in books I found in the Chinese shop near my house. As you can see – very basic!
Then it was time for a treasure hunt. We were fortunate enough to host the party at my in-laws and they have the most magical garden. I wanted to encourage the kids to run and explore the space and this was the perfect time to get dad involved. He hid the clues and ultimately the “treasure” basket – all the party packs – and then led the little ladies (& one lad) around the garden.
It was too sweet watching all of them in their princess party frocks running down the overgrown paths. Aside from a few tears when the party girl missed out on discovering the treasure herself it was a great success and resulted in a few peaceful minutes while they all dived into their party packs – again I kept this to a few sweets and treats. A fizzer, lollipop, chomp and sweet bracelet plus a few Frozen stickers and collectible cards for each child!
Then it was cake time – always the highlight – followed by some present opening… something I used to leave until all the other kids had left… I decided to relax that rule this time as the kiddies are all a bit older and they were all so keen to hand over their own present with pride. It was actually quite cute watching them get so excited for Abi with each new gift she opened.
Venue: Granny’s garden
Invitations: Toys R Us
Napkins & Plates: Toys R Us
Décor: Table cloth, streamers, tree & decorations from a friend; mirror & candlesticks from home
Balloons: King Cake
Feather boa: King Cake
Party packs: Wrap n Pack
Stickers: Colouring-in book from Chinese Shop
Cake: Rosemarie Higgins
Princess Elsa Dress: Star Dot Toys, Steenberg Village
P.S. If I get my act together I’ll try to share some photos of our previous parties over the years. Lord knows I’ve planned a few. 13 at last count. And another one coming up in October. Eeeek. Best I get cracking now!