Over the past few weeks, everyone in our family has been talking (and singing) about our new obsession - FROZEN the movie! If you haven’t seen it – go, go, go! It is a heartwarming story with beautiful music, funny characters and all the magic you’d expect from Disney. We’ve had the soundtrack on repeat in the car and the house and our kids are going nuts over the fun Olaf and Elsa toys we now own.
Nat had already been planning a road trip to visit Holly (and see cute Ivie) so we decided to throw a fun FROZEN party for our kids and their friends while we were together. It didn’t take the kids long to find the toys when we went to Walmart for party supplies. Bella loved the Toddler Elsa doll, and Anna of course, chose Anna! The dress-ups were also SO cute, and we found FROZEN books, playsets, and other figures, too. These are hot items for Christmas, you guys!!
Putting together ideas for the decor, food, and activities was so fun! We rarely get to work together like that since we live so far apart…we may have had a few late nights that included more talking and laughing than crafting. Using items from Walmart and pieces Holly already had, we created a magical and icy setting for our little party guests. Holly’s Snowflake Throw was the perfect backdrop for our wintry tablescape!
When hosting a party for young kids, it’s a good idea to keep the food simple. The partiers snacked on a cheese ball and crackers, white chocolate snowflake pretzels, and powdered doughnut “snowmen” with orange Starburst noses. We also served pre-scooped (to save time!) vanilla ice cream “snowballs” with silver, blue and white sprinkles, marshmallows and white chocolate chips as toppings.
For the activity, I really wanted to do something the kids of different ages would like that wouldn’t make too much of a mess. This Epsom salt paint fit the bill! It’s so easy to make – just stir equal parts of Epsom salt and very hot water together. Then paint with the solution on black paper and wait for it to dry (this is when the magic happens!) The solution actually crystallizes and looks just like ice crystals! The kids loved painting and seeing the results as the water dried and the parents loved that it was pretty mess-free.
The party game we planned is a simple twist on an old classic. We started by making sparkly Elsa crowns and Sven the Reindeer antlers out of craft foam and ribbon for each child to wear.
Then the kids all got a carrot nose (cut from an orange foam sheet) and we played “Pin the Nose on Olaf!” Our talented brother, Bryan was nice enough to draw Olaf for our game – isn’t he adorable? One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Anna puts the carrot nose on Olaf…so we let the kids (blindfolded) take turns trying to do the same!
To make the miniature Olaf, I used Crayola Model Magic to form his head and body. Before the pieces dried, I added the hair and arms using thin black cording from the jewelry making section of the craft store. I let all the pieces dry overnight and then assembled them the morning of the party. I used small pieces of wooden toothpicks to attach the head to the mid section and body, and secured each with a little drop of hot glue. It was pretty simple to put on the finishing touches… stiff orange felt for the nose, tiny black buttons, and googly eyes attached with Elmer’s glue. Then I used a circle of white felt and a couple spoonfuls of the really fine fake snow to complete the look! There isn’t any water inside, just the snow
Luckily, the fun didn’t stop once our FROZEN party ended. Our little girls had so much fun afterwards playing with their new dolls. (Especially Holly’s daughter Anna!) I love that we have something to remember our magical day and visit to Aunt Holly’s house by!
What do you think? Did you love the movie as much as we did? Who is your favorite character? We are big fans and we love that it’s something the whole family can enjoy together.
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