Christmas is the perfect season for a Frozen inspired Birthday party. Yes, I caved. I wasn’t too crazy for the movie, but my child likes it, so when I asked her to choose between Rapunzel, Queen Elsa or Sleeping Beauty for her birthday party she eagerly said “Anna!” (which I knew she meant Elsa, right?).
I felt like a kid in Disneyland at any dollar store. It was so easy to find anything in snowflakes. I even found a table cloth, white and blue with snowflakes, how awesome was that? While there were huge amounts of christmas decor to build Arendelle, I thought I wouldn’t find any use of it after the big day. So I only bought shiny ribbons, shinny blue and white metallic paper, and other things. If it wasn’t for Christmas decor I would have ended up with a lot of white stuff.
This time I wanted to be better prepared compared to last year’s party, where I felt rushed into completing all the things in my to-do list. This year I started planning two months in advance, not heavily but at least I was actively searching for things to add to the pre-list.
I really liked the idea of snow flake decorated cookies and for that I had the vision to find the famous Pillsbury instant sugar cookie dough. Because in my head I only needed to buy a snowflake cookie cuter (which again, so easy to find anywhere I walked into) and bake away. But, let me tell you that almost at the end of October there was nowhere to be found any of those instant cookie tubs. I was in disbelief. So I had to make my own dough.
I also made homemade white mac and cheese in cupcake liners. I used this recipe.
Bought a fruit platter, small fruit juice for the kids and water, coke and pizza for the adults.
I debated for a long time the idea of making a simple white cake with coconut flakes. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I’d end up exactly like the last year where time wasn’t in my favor. Then almost close to be without a cake, my neighbour stopped by the house and dropped off a cake she baked for the occasion. That was a delicious and fluffy miracle, love my neighbours.
We rented Willingdon Community Center and it was perfect. Spacious, had a kitchen, had a vast quantity of toys for kids under 5 and also the rental cost was moderate. I also liked the details that made an impact like coat hanger (so handy in the winter time where everybody wears bulky) or having little people’s tables and chairs (the cutest).
There was only a tiny hiccup in the place, I felt I was running, literally, from side to side, because the place was huge! So, I didn’t have time for taking pictures of the decor or the food or any other setting (as you can tell), but husband at least managed to capture a glimpse of the cookies’ left overs.
Thumbs Up! I would rent this place again for sure.
Last but not least the amazing Crowned Princess Entertainment, which was the highlight of the party (sorry Milla). When I rented the community center I was seriously doubting if the amenities would be enough to keep all the 4 year olds entertained. Last year the rental facility included a bouncy castle and all of Milla’s friends were busy and happy for hours in there. Milla pictured the same bouncy castle this year and I was worried only the toys provided by the community center wouldn’t be sufficient.
Luckily I heard of Claire and her Crowned Princess Entertainment show around the time I was planning the party and thought it could be fun to try something different and see the reaction of the 4 year olds. I’m glad I went that route.
Claire arrived as Queen Elsa, minutes before the start time, she was super professional. Milla couldn’t even wait for Queen Elsa to enter the place and she was already outside shaking hands with her. That was a big sign she was going to love the show!
Then Queen Elsa gathered all the kids and read to them. I couldn’t believe how engaged and knowledgable they all were about details of the story (I should not sub-estimate them). Then they all sang “Let It Go”, and my heart melted.
Tattoos and pictures followed after the story time, and by the time Queen Elsa left the party we all had a huge smile that made us forget the need of a bouncy castle. Having Claire that day was a great choice.
It’s no surprise half of our pictures were around Queen Elsa. Our friends immediately (almost instantly) uploaded pictures of their kids to Facebook and commented how much fun it was for their kids to meet a Princess, as the hostess that was an awesome feeling!
Until this day Milla still says Queen Elsa, that very one from the movie, was in her birthday party. And I feel I was one cool mama…. even if for only a day. Happy Birthday Milla.
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