Finally getting a chance today to show you the pics from Faith’s Frozen birthday party last weekend! But before I do, a little back-story about what I wanted to do…and a lesson…
I think Faith and I had decided on a Frozen party as soon as we saw the movie over Thanksgiving weekend last year. Earlier in the year, as I usually try to do, I started a Pinterest board and began compiling inspiration and ideas. I found a lot of great ideas, some of which I used, but wanted to put my own spin on things. Faith wanted to buy the Frozen plates and the Frozen cups and the Frozen-character everything, but I always enjoy bringing the party theme in through less-predictable and more original ways. Most of the parties I saw were going completely with the winter/snow theme. Obviously. So I had a grand idea to do a half-and-half table…half winter, half summer…with a blue to green ombré tablecloth (that I would DIY, of course)…and one side would have icy blue looking treats and the other side would have bright colored, flowery, summer looking treats. Olaf would be sunning himself on the summer side on something that resembled sand, and Elsa would be hanging out on an icy-looking cake on the winter side. Genius, I tell you. Genius.
Well, Faith didn’t like the idea. But by God I knew it would be adorable and I knew in the end she’d love it and it would be great on the blog and I can’t do these themey parties with all the fun trimmings forever and…
…and then my husband told me that she said, “It doesn’t matter what I want…Mom will do what she wants anyway.”
I felt like the worst mom EVER. As it turned out, she started to get a better idea of what I was trying to do and she did start to like the idea, but lucky for
her both of us I got too busy and ran out of time. And besides that, I was hung-up on the idea about having that many sweets anyway. I saw some cute ideas for healthier snacks that went along with the theme, but I really wanted this to be a simpler (and shorter) birthday party. Just cake, a couple games, gifts and done. Cake is enough sugar and kids don’t always eat that much anyway. Low-cost, low-stress. That’s what it became about. And something Faith would love. This is my year for simplifying, so what a great time to do just that with Faith’s birthdays.
All my grandiose ideas for food and decorations and ombré tablecloths went out the window. The cake lady we used last year was too busy that week so we found another (more local) person after a couple recommendations from friends, and got a cake for half the price (yay!). I ordered Frozen plates and cups (I NEVER get the themey stuff and honestly it drove me a little nuts, but I survived) and a tablecloth, and some easy hanging snowflake decorations. Less than two weeks before, I created an invitation on Staples website and picked them up two days later. We had two activities planned, and invited half the amount of girls as usual. (Faith’s class only has 9 girls, so it’s tough inviting some and not all, but since she also has a good friend in a nearby town that we like to invite, and the last two years it’s been to chilly to be outside, it gets to be a bit much in our small house and I decided to limit this year.
Thank goodness I pared back and let my daughter have her party and just LET. IT. GO. The morning of the party I had to teach Jazzercise. I had not cleaned house and set up the night before as I intended because I was too beat. I’d had something every-other-night that week and was just spent. I was supposed to get a call from the cake lady Thursday or Friday to pick up the cake because she anticipated running out of fridge space with all the graduation cakes she was doing that week. I hadn’t heard anything, so Saturday before I had to go teach I called her. It was 7:00 am, earlier than I’d normally call anyone, but I hadn’t heard back from an email I sent a day or two earlier, and the party was at 1:00. Amazingly I wasn’t panicked, even when she called back to say that she had overlooked my order and it wasn’t done. Fortunately she was able to finish it in time, and literally baked, frosted, put on fondant and snowflake decorations in about 3 hours! And the whole time I was cool as a cucumber. Amazing feeling the day of a party! I taught Jazzercise from 8:00-9:00, came home and showered and picked up a bit, went to get the cake and some water bottle labels that I wound up running out of time to make, and got home in time to finish cleaning, decorating and doing hair/make-up before our little guests arrived!
So the photos you are about to see are not filled with amazingly original ideas, or necessarily Pinterest-worthy images. But I saved time and money, was calm on my daughter’s party day, and she and her friends had fun. Mission. Accomplished.
So now that you know the whole story…the photos! First, the invitation…
|Invitation, front and back|
My original plan for the invitations was similar to this. I did the photo shoot with Faith and was going to develop the pictures as a card, like I did, but my intention was to come up with more clever wording, and to draw ice/snow coming out of Faith’s hand. Since I wound up not getting to them until about the time they needed to be mailed out, I skipped the DIY ice and went with quick and simple wording.
|Frozen Scavenger Hunt from Bombshell Bling|
|Clues by the clock|