First and foremost, I am no expert. Nope, not even a sliver of expertise. 

Secondly, we have a huge case of the Frozen fever. Ardently. 

And finally my girls wanted a Frozen themed party and in a weak moment, I thought - sure, why not!

When I started researching and wondering about how I could put together a Frozen themed party without having to rob a bank or calling for help from my pinterest kind of mommy friends, I realized that Frozen was one of the most easiest themes to put together. Thanks to some awesome and 'creative on a budget' ideas out there. 

Since I spent a whole lot of time ransacking every pinterest board and rummaging every blog out there, I thought I will collate some of it in one place. 

All of these pictures are from the party and I didn't take anything for this piece. So the pictures are not great. 

Disney's Frozen but Warm party 

Decoration:
  • I got Blue and Purple plastic table covers from Party City for every table and counter space in my house. I think the color that comes closest to Queen Elsa's Disney colors are the Caribbean Blue but because of the glitter going on with her, I preferred Robin's Egg Blue. But I picked up both and Royal Blue too. In purples, I picked the Purple Table cover. I picked a few extras each for a background piece I was going to make. These are pretty inexpensive and very easy to handle. 
On Amazon, I picked up the Disney Frozen Party Supplies. When I set my table and the food bar, I alternated a Frozen plate with a regular blue/purple Party City plate, and the same thing with the cups. What this did was create an awesome setting and complimented the colors. Not to mention, it's easier on the wallet. 
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  • I picked up some Purple Stars Wire Garlands from Party City and held onto the napkins that came with the Frozen Party Supplies. I hung the garland across a wall which I knew would serve as background to pictures. Then I simply hung the napkins on them like clothes on a clothesline. You can get a whole lot creative with this along with some blue/purple streamers and Christmas snowflakes. I didn't have time for any of that though. 

  • I got a bag of Powder Blue balloons to match the table cloths. These I blew up and hung from the wall on thread, in rows.
  • I picked just two Foil Character balloons - the 41" Olaf and 38" Frozen Princesses Balloon. Of the two, I loved the Frozen Princesses and not so much the Olaf. 
  • I used a Powder Blue Gift wrap paper (you could use the Frozen wrapping paper as well) as a runner on one of my display tables. I preferred these to the Frozen Table Cover. (I threw the clear plastic table cover protector on my table; this ensured that my gift wrap can be reused! WIN!
  • And ofcourse nothing is complete without some Frozen Posters. 
  • Finally my favorite. Creating an awesome focal point for display and a great background for pictures. I came across the instructions and pictures for this online
  • Remember those extra Robin's Egg Blue, Royal Blue/Caribbean Blue and Purple table cloths that I picked up from Party City? I picked one of each and tacked them to the wall horizontally (i.e, lengthwise. You can do this vertically too.) I picked the Robin's Blue to be on top, Purple in the middle and Royal Blue in the back.
  • Then cut strips of about 2" from the bottom to about 6" from the top. 
  • When you are done, you begin braiding each set of strips (blue, purple and royal blue). Just enough to hold the braid. I didn't make it too tight and did about 10-12" of braid. This looked like Elsa's braid and when done, looked amazing!
  • Tips: If you are setting this up outside, watch out for the wind. The wind blew the braids out of mine. I then redid them and this time, stapled each braid down at the end of the braid. It stayed and looked awesome. I would use the Purple in the center so that it doesn't overpower the blue. You can staple little prints of the Frozen characters along some of the braids or tack snowflakes and stars. It will all be awesome. 
The Cake:
I looked at so many awesome Frozen Cakes out there and then drew up a design for our cake. For this I bought the Frozen Figure Play Set from the Disney Store. (If you can find it in a store near you, you will save on the $9 shipping costs)
The Play set features all the key characters in Frozen. I used some of them as toppers for our cake. 

We have a few awesome bakers around here but I chose Whole Foods to do our cake because we love their 7 layer cakes. It's an English Pound cake with Butter-cream vanilla filling of any color between each layer. We picked two shades of blue and purple. 

My only other strong contender was having a Blue Velvet Cake - now this too I would have loved. 

The Snacks:
Arendelle Jewels - Frozen Grapes and blueberries! I washed out some fresh seedless red grapes, blueberries, dried them and simply froze them for couple of hours! I was also going to have pomegranate seeds as well. Those really look like little gems. And these taste incredible! Try this now - you will love it. 

Kristoff's Ice: I had blue Raspberry Jello cut into rough squares. Tip: I warmed the bottom of the bowl that I used to chill the jello so that it would come off easy when I cut it and flipped it onto a plate. I would have loved to serve this with Vanilla ice cream and some blue sprinkles. But there was way too much sugar at this party that I had to hold off on it. 
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Everything Olaf: I struggled quite a bit with providing the little people with something healthy to munch on and Olaf was it. I had Olaf's carrot noses, Pretzel sticks for arms and some Lite ranch dressing. I had Olives for the buttons and you would also see some Seaweed in the mix. I was planning on a Troll Pasta platter as well which would have been elbow pasta with turkey meatballs served on seaweed. But I realized that was way too much food. 

I bought some string cheese and drew little Olafs on them. This was a big hit with the kids. 

'Do you want to build a Snowman' station: Continuing with the Olaf related snacks, I had a 'Do you want to build a Snowman' station with jumbo, stacker and mini Marshmallows, raisins, googly eyes and pretzel sticks. Using toothpicks we did try to build some snowmen!
Elsa's Magic Wand: These magic wands were awesome. I got some Candy Melt in blue and used a fondue pot to melt the candy and dipped pretzel rods into it. As I let them cool off and harden, I sprinkled blue sugar on it for a little extra glitter. It tasted delicious and looked awesome too. A friend of mine always did chocolate dipped pretzel rods and I just knew this is something I wanted to do. 
Side note: Elsa really did not have a Magic Wand in the movie. I improvised! 


Frozen Hearts: I did the same thing with strawberries for some frozen hearts. This was my first time making chocolate dipped strawberries and it was quite the learning curve. I did both white and blue strawberries. It tasted awesome but was a bit more work than I would have liked. 
Tips: When you wash the strawberries - do it quick and do not allow it to absorb too much water. Dry it thoroughly before you have it dipped in chocolate. Use parchment paper to set it. 
And it takes True Love's kiss to thaw a Frozen Heart and instead of attempting to create something, I simply picked up Hershey's kisses. 
Sven: Now this is my favorite snack. I found this in several places as a snack for Christmas and it just fit perfectly. I bought a pack of Nutter Butter (nuts warning: this contains peanuts), dipped one side in a little in dark chocolate and set a mini pretzel as antlers, touched up eyes and nose with chocolate and viola - Sven! With the chocolate and peanut butter cream, this cookie tasted awesome. It was a party favorite as well. 
I found these anise cookies at Whole Food shaped like possible snowflakes and grabbed them - they were barely 23 calories and tasted nice. I considered drawing a snowflake on them with blue glitter gel icing but knew by then that everyone would get jittery with the sugar. 
Snow Balls: As luck would have it I couldn't find White Cheddar Cheese round puffs anywhere. So BK found something else that fit the bill a little but tasted clean and awesome. We made do but I would keep my eye out for white cheddar puffs for round two. 
'Some People are worth Melting for' chocolate fondue station. I had Graham cookies, Nutter Butter, Wafers, Marshmallows, frozen grapes, strawberries and oranges for this station. I got White Candy Melt which tastes amazing, much better than Nestle chocolate chips and Hershey's chips.  
Fjord frozen drink: this was another favorite. We bought this plastic water dispenser as an after thought. Now I can't imagine another party without it. I printed out some free frozen bottle wrappers and added Christmas Ornaments under the dispenser for this look. The drink itself was so refreshing - it is Raspberry Hawaiian Punch, Sprite and a whole lemon diluted with some ice. I would toss some fresh grated ginger in it too. I loved this drink. 
Drinks: I found these blue individual drinks called Little Hugs - which I thought was perfect. I served these with Poland Spring bottles with frozen wrappers and Pizza for the kids. I had blue fancy fun straws to go along with these - BIG HIT!
The Entertainment:
I found Queen Elsa! It takes very little to entertain kids if you have a wig on but we had this really nice lady from Party for Peanuts dress up as Queen Elsa. She arrived to the music 'Let it Go' and surprised all the delighted kids. She sang and danced with them to popular kids' songs and then painted faces, twisted balloons, did tattoos and sang 'Happy Birthday' for little A when we cut cake and stayed for pictures. If I had anything done differently, I would have had her sing couple of the frozen songs with the kids - that would have stayed with them forever. Little O & A were convinced that this is indeed THE Queen Elsa and wouldn't leave her side. We were thrilled. 
Along with the 'Do you want to build a Snowman' station, these kids were entertained aplenty. 

After the food and sugar, we settled the kids down to the Frozen movie while the rest of us ate and mingled. 

Next time, I intend to skip Queen Elsa and have games instead. Top of the games list would be - Pin the nose on Olaf
I thought up some more games - 
Bowling with a green ball and call it 'Rolling Trolls'
Tangle the kids in some white yarn and call it 'Sven's tangled Antlers'
A 'Treasure Hunt through Arendelle' with clues from the movie 's scripts. 
Have them play tag and call it 'Big Snow man Marshmallow and Little guy Olaf'. 

I am still tossing ideas through the corridors on my head. 

Food Ideas:

I am not sure I found a lot of food ideas in keeping with the theme. We served Pizza for the kids while the adults had another spread and cuisine all together. 
But if I wanted to stay with the theme I would do some of these:
  • Troll Pasta with pesto sauce and meatballs made to look like the trolls or Arendelle star Pasta in Alfredo sauce. 
  • A 'Finish each other's Sandwiches' station with a good spread or make-your-own sandwiches. 
  • Definitely some salad 
  • Waffles and fruit: I would do just the waffle with nutter butter Sven and a Banana Olaf on the side. 
  • Plain Cheese pizza in various sizes put together like Olaf - maybe?
  • Pilaf and Meatballs with salad - that sounds awesome!


I guess that's all from me. I can't thank the ladies linked up here for their fabulous ideas and BK for his patience and help. I loved every minute of the planning and the thrill on the little faces!

Look at these awesome Frozen Parties for more ideas:

http://www.ramblingrenovators.ca/2014/04/a-frozen-5th-birthday-party.html

http://athriftymom.com/disney-frozen-party-ideas-a-day-filled-with-fun-disneyside/

http://www.itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.ca/2014/03/27-party-ideas-for-disneys-frozen-movie.html

Free Frozen Invitation, Food Labels, Bottle wrappers and Banner Printable.

And much more... Have a warm Frozen Party!

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The girls shopping on my dime!
Recently we were out shopping and Little O was running around like wild...

Nice Lady at store to O: Hey little girl..you are so cute.

O: thank you

Nice Lady: It's that your sister? She is so cute too.

O: thank you. Look at my mommy, she cute too. 

Me: *tears* *blush* Awww... that child!


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I was scolding Little O for fighting and kicking her cousin. 

To which she replies: 'I not kicking him Mama, I only lift my leg and keep it on him.' 

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Another time that I scolded her to hurry up...

She picks up her toy phone and says, 'Police, my mama is shouting at me'. 

Me, *ashen faced* sees ahead into the future in an instant. 
 
 
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Already reading on the pot!
The delights of Potty Training. It is a delight, right?

I started potty training lil O, a few months after she turned two. She understood the concept immediately and loved the potty - not the one I got her but the porcelain one. 

The things I learnt potty training a willful little girl...

  1. Show and Tell - they understand best when they see it and you know how these kids are, they love imitating you. No amount of explained helped O. Show her once and she is all for being just like mommy. 
  2. Take it slow. When little O saw that I wanted her to pick this skill up immediately, she simply refused. She wanted to pee in the other bathroom, she wanted the door shut, she wanted the whole paper roll... so I let her be or pee. 
  3. Stock up on roll of toilet paper. Oh boy, do they love those. One time, she almost had the whole roll wrapped around her hand! 
  4. Stock up on disinfectant and wipes, there's poop everywhere. I went cold turkey with her and put her in underwear right away. She peed everywhere and pooped everywhere too. It kind of worked because she didn't like the icky feeling of it running down her legs or pooling at her feet. (sorry for grossing you out - I had to clean all that up, so take a deep breath). She didn't like it began to want to use the bathroom when she needed to go. Win!
  5. Bite your tongue. There are times when they will go without an incident and then there are times when accidents happen, sometimes willfully. When O is busy playing, she will not pause to go use the potty, wipe, flush, wash her hands, dry them and return. To her, that's a lot of work. I try not to scold her for the mess. Sigh! What I make sure is that she has it easy - easy to remove clothes, reachable soap, step stool to reach the wash basin, toilet seat down.
  6. They forget. Keep reminding them that they need to use the bathroom. They forget, that's all. When I ask her sometimes, 'Do you want to pee'?, she will stand there as I ask and pee for me. Argh!
  7. Stayed tuned for the drama. You know what these kids will do? They will watch themselves pee, poop, what to touch the poop, want to watch the poop and not flush, will wipe and want to save the toilet paper, what to put their hands in the toilet, stick their head in the toilet... you name it, they will do it. Try to resist yelling at them for it. They haven't been to the bathroom much before so let them be. Take pictures of them do these stomach churning things and we'll show them when they are 16! 
  8. It's really not a big deal. People say that you should reward successful potty moments. But what I do is, not make it such a big deal. I do say, 'Good Job and Great Going' but I do not go all out and dole out stickers or hugs or treats. Because these little people understand that if this is what happens when you are good, then something bad may happen when you are bad. They feel worse when an accident happens. Atleast O is sensitive that way. So I just remind her to use the potty when an accident happens (yes, sometimes I end up scolding her because accidents happen at the most inopportune moments!) and give her 'Hi-Fi' for a success. That's it, no big deal.
  9. Stay out of it. When your little one wants to go to the bathroom, let them and you stay out. Treat them like little people. Let them go and get out of their clothing(s), put up or down the toilet seat and climb on, go, flush, wash etc. Don't go over to enhance or critique their performance, assess how they did or give them step by step instructions. You already showed them how, now step back, let them take care of their business. When I treated her like a grown up, she was better than when I take her to the bathroom. 
  10. Drink some wine. Your child is fine and you are doing fine. They will get their sh!t together. (Did you see what I just did here?!). 
Do share your funny potty train crash stories. I would love to hear. 

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It's summer here on the East Coast and everyone especially the kids know what that means - Park, everyday. EVERY.DAY. 

My 2 and half year old gets out of Day care.. that is playing the whole day and the first thing she says is, 'Can we go to the Park?' with a ready-to-brawl look in her eyes. 

Ofcourse, I pick my battles. 

I love the park as well. BUT... there are some things that should not happen in the park. And these annoy me to no end...

  • The Swing-n-Slide Playsets on the playground or the park are meant for kids. You know... the little people below age 15? Yeah, those people. Not for fully grown adolescents or adults. Period. 
  • Every one should know how a Slide works by now. Let me show you with this little picture I drew. It's very simple really. 
  • If you or your child has a cold or a virus with visible or invisible symptoms, please don't pretend it's not there. You should get the hint when you see the other parents cowering and running away from you with their kids. 
  • Parents, you know how kids are right? If you bring snacks to the park, be ready to handle a stampede or gawking kids. And if your kid spills it, you know you will unleash the wild side of these kids. And ofcourse we other mommies are going to hate you because my kid is now clamoring for a snack, of which I have none - Thank you very much! 
  • Ok, big kids old enough to have phones, what are you doing at the playground? Really, what? And you are sitting still on the swing staring at your phone while there are little kids staring right at you. Please go home. 

  • Parents, while you were posting for the world, to see how awesome your kid is at the park; that little genius of yours is eating mud. Also they are bothering other little kids whose moms may or may not be trained in Taekwondo. 
  • Disruptive kids need helicopter parents. I saw this one child, age 6/7 pour a bottle of water down the slide while other kids waited their turn and then had to turn back down. I saw this other child who stuck gum onto the seat of a swing. I saw another child throw stones. Where are their parents? Rather you control your child before someone else steps up. Sorry but needs to be said. 
  • While having said the above, I do understand kids will be kids. Push may come to shove. Pleases may get forgotten. Someone may go out of turn. Fair play may remain an ungrasped concept. That's all right as along as someone is around to help. 
  • Please do not liter. Seriously. 

So rants aside, it is so much fun to see your little one find such joy while learning life's little lessons of fair play, sharing, dealing with unfairness, picking themselves up from a fall, making friends, finding challenges and having fun.
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Also please leave me a comment with any other thing that annoys you at the park.