Earlier this month we had a big celebration … Esther turned FIVE. Like most little girls she had been counting down to this special day for months. So much so that we had put a ban on talking about her birthday until after Christmas.
As a child there aren’t many times that you get to make BIG decisions but choosing your birthday party theme is one of them. For a while she was leaning towards a Barbie party. Michael Luke and I were almost positive her choice would have been Frozen. Sure enough though with a few weeks to go before the big day she decided her party should definitely be Frozen. I had to pull my mom card at that point to make sure this was our final theme.
After searching around town for party decor it appears we may be riding the Frozen birthday party train out of town. Decorations were few and far between but I found some good stuff and had fun transforming our dining room into her Frozen fantasy land.
Esther and I found the Frozen streamers on sale at Target. Back in December I had an inkling that she would choose Frozen for her party theme so I went ahead and bought these Elsa and Anna plates and napkins. For the backdrop I considered drawing a scene from the movie like I did with Noah’s Belle birthday party but I really didn’t feel like I could execute a good ice castle. Instead I bought a couple of table cloths from Dollar Tree to hang from the ceiling.
I couldn’t find any Frozen cupcake toppers…except on Etsy and I didn’t have enough time for those to arrive. Etsy has lots of cute party supplies though. Maybe I can plan ahead more for Noah’s party this fall and order some decor from Etsy.
I got creative though and bought an Elsa figurine doll for the cupcake topper. I stuck the bottom of her feet into one of Chloe Coscarelli’s chocolate cupcakes and then piped the icing around it to make the skirt of her dress.
The most exciting part about the day for Esther was getting to wear her Elsa dress.
The week before you would have thought we were shopping for a prom dress. She absolutely loved going to the mall and picking out her dress. I don’t know what it is but when Noah and Esther pass a window display or rack full of formal dresses they immediately stop and gawk. I’m afraid it gave me a glimpse into the future!Noah was more than happy to play the part of Anna for the party. I honestly don’t understand all the fascination with Elsa. Sure she gets an ice castle but in the end she’s the one that is single. I guess you could say I’m a part of #teamanna.
We added cute little Frozen touches all around the dining room and living room like this Olaf tablecloth and Olaf doll for the gift table. . Cookies were adorned with Frozen blue sprinkles and flavored with Citrus Fresh essential oil. Flavoring the dough reminded me of my grandmother because she always flavors her cookie dough.
Everyone had such a fun time eating multiple courses at Noah’s birthday party that we decided to do the same thing for Esther’s party. Between each course the kids would dance and singalong to Frozen songs.
We served hot chocolate with melted snowmen (marshmallows). I laugh thinking back to this part of the party because I set a bowl of marshmallows out so that the kids could grab a few to add to their hot chocolate. Many felt like the ratio should be around 50 marshmallows to half a cup of hot chocolate. They ended up needing spoons to finish their drinks!
After singing along to Love Is An Open Door where Hans and Anna realize they are perfect for each other because they “finish each other’s sandwiches” we served ham and cheese sandwiches.We also had Frozen Pops. While these may not be the best looking chocolate covered Oreos they were made with love and PAIN. Let me just say melted chocolate is HOT and BURNS. I’m talking burns so much you need the lavender afterwards to soothe the skin. It was hard to dip those things and I couldn’t get the chocolate at the right consistency so I got the best that I could under the circumstances. Oh, and if you want to recreate this make sure you buy the double stuffed Oreos because the stick does not fit in a regular Oreo.
Parties are fun but dressing up as your favorite princess for parties is even more fun! We had a few Elsas grace our presence that day. Esther asks me occasionally if I used to play dress up when I was little. I really don’t remember having dress up clothes besides cheap dance recital outfits. Do you remember having dress up clothes when you were little?
Esther’s party was so much fun and I’m thankful for our sweet family picture that we captured before the fun begin.
I’m not sure when children grow out of themed birthday parties but for now we are having fun planning one each year!
Oh, and that’s another thing… I don’t remember having decked out themed birthday parties either. They were loads of fun but I think this whole “theme” thing is somewhat new. At the most I remember having Big Bird cupcakes one year with a mountain of icing on top and an Easter Egg Hunt party another year because my birthday fell on Easter. What do you remember about your childhood birthday parties?
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