Hey there friends!
Abbey turned 5 last month. FIVE!
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Here are my favorite ways to keep it simple:
Even with a theme, I try to stay away from the super theme specific stuff. Rather than decorating with pictures of Anna and Elsa, I created a mini winter wonderland. Some easy-peasy tulle pom poms and some snowflakes easily transformed our deck. Think outside the box for your decorations. Ignore the big party stores and hit up your local craft stores. The snowflakes came in a pack of 24 in the wedding section of all places! (These are similar!) Thinking in terms of "white and sparkly" instead of "Frozen" really helped me find things in my budget.
I keep food simple at parties. Our local grocery store makes amazing fried chicken, so we usually do that and simple sandwich fixings. Add in some picnic sides (fruit, veggies, chips...) and some lemonade and you are all set! However, I do like to let the sweet treats help with the theme. This time it was cupcakes. I love cupcakes for birthday parties. Everyone get some without the hassle of cutting and passing! Again, I went with white and sparkly. White cake, white frosting, edible glitter and white candy balls .
Due to my previously mentioned lack of cake stands, I picked up a plain cardboard cupcake stand. Easy on the budget, but not all that pretty. A quick addition of one of the snowflakes from the deck adding a nice little flair. This looked beautiful on the gift table!
Another thing that I like to keep simple is goodie bags. How many times have you come home from a kids party with a bag full of candy and toys that just get tossed in the trash? Why waste the money? I made some of this Frozen slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose. I put it in some gift tins from Hobby Lobby and wrapped those in glitter tape . Done! Everyone gets a fun treat to take home for less than $10!
I am a firm believer in the idea that kids are perfectly capable of having fun on their own. For that reason, I like to make sure that birthday parties have a good combination of free play time and fun activities. For this party we had two crafts.
1. Snow painting
This one was easy. Blue construction paper, some rhinestone stickers and some cloud paint. Ready, set, paint! All the kids had a great time creating just like Elsa!
2. Do You Want To Build A Snowman pops
The kids had a lot of fun with this one. Here is what you need:
- craft sticks
- chocolate chips
- carrot noses (starburst, shaped into carrots)
Each child got to build their own snowman. Use the toothpicks to stick pieces on with frosting.
Want some other craft and game options? I've put together some of the best stuff out there in this Pinterest board!