Monday, August 25, 2014

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget!)

My daughter wanted a Frozen party for her birthday, but scrolling through Pinterest make my stomach began to knot. So much PARTY PRESSURE.

Luckily, my kids don't know about Pinterest. I planned an entire Frozen party with minimal effort and expense, and they loved it. Here's how it's done.

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


1) Hit up the Dollar Store

I got Frozen-themed plates, cups, party hats and balloons ($4 per package). I supplemented the relatively expensive Frozen balloons with regular blue and silver balloons ($1.50 per package).

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


I also got two foil Frozen balloons on sticks for $4 each - these things last FOREVER. We have had a Spider-Man one for 2 YEARS. 

I taped the balloons to the wall in groups, and my daughter set the table with the cups, plates, and hats. VOILA, Frozen party.

SUBTOTAL: $27

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


2) Get some kind of activity

If you live in Canada, check the toy aisle at Superstore / Loblaw's. I found a cardboard castle that kids can both colour on AND play in. Bonus: it starts out white, so it looks like ice. It's $20. I put the stick-balloons in the turrets. Festive!

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


There are lots of things you can do at a Frozen party that won’t cost you a thing!

Fill a bowl with water, stick some plastic toys in it, and freeze it. Let the kids chip the toys out of the ice, Kristoff-style.

You can also put the movie on and have a Frozen sing-along. Hand out small prizes for loudest singer, most enthusiastic singer, and best dancer.

Do you wanna build a snowman? Have an Olaf-building contest in the backyard!

Younger kids love to colour. Find some free Frozen colouring sheets online and hand them to the kids with some crayons.

Create snowflakes, just like Elsa! Get the kids to cut some paper snowflakes. Add glitter if you don’t mind a little mess!

SUBTOTAL: $20 (or FREE!)

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


3) Use what you have on hand

We all have some Frozen merchandise that we've trampled other parents to get our hands on. Use all of that stuff. Put dolls and stuffies on the mantle and table as decorations. 

We had little plastic figurines that I stuck on the mantle and in the castle. These are also good to stick on top of generic cakes - it transforms them into themed Frozen cakes, with zero effort.

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


Check your Christmas decorations, too! Do you have a can of spray-snow or some snowflake ornaments that you can dig out?

I also had this pipecleaner garland laying around, so I tossed it up on the mantle. If you don't have ones of these, they are SUPER easy to make, and cheap. 

SUBTOTAL: Free!

Easy Frozen Party (on a Budget): ideas for decorations, activities, and food!  via Best Birthdays


TOTAL COST:  $27 ($47 if you bought the castle, but that's still pretty darn good.)


So for less than $50, you've got decorations, a festive meal, and a bunch of activities to keep the kids happy. All this with minimal effort and expense. And, more importantly, the kids loved it!



15 comments :

  1. The castle is a great touch! I love that kids are so into Frozen, sends such a great message to little girls about being a strong female!

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  2. Oh my goodness!!! So cute. My daughter loves Frozen (yes I know... along with every other young girl in the world.) She would love to have a Frozen birthday party!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! We too recently had a Frozen party and the ideas out there are amazing but overwhelming as you say. A lot of the merchandise is not yet out in NZ so I made most of it from scratch and I am just starting to download some of the recipes I made etc on the blog, cookies, coconut ice, the cake, as long as it was blue and white the kids loved it! Stopping by from the Monday Funday Linky Party :-) http://justamumnz.com Anna @ Just a Mum

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  4. Wow, great price for decorations and it looks good too! Love the castle - $20 huh?? Awesome!

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  5. Adorable. It's great to see that a fun party doesn't have to be super complicated.

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  6. That's adorable! I loved that movie too, I can totally see how kids are swooning over it! I spy with my little eye a pretty sweet vintage mirror over your fireplace, love it! :)

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  7. I'm sure this party was a huge hit - everyone I know loves Frozen! I like the idea of keeping it lower budget - I don't think kids really care about things being fancy!

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  8. Wow that is really impressive!

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  9. So sweet and so simple! Thanks for linking up at Motivational Monday!

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  10. Did your castle come with instructions? I am trying to put one together right now but there are no instructions in the box!!

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    1. Tracy - it did have instructions. My husband says it was not super easy to assemble. You have to sort of hook the pieces together. Sorry!

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    2. Tracy - it did have instructions. My husband says it was not super easy to assemble. You have to sort of hook the pieces together. Sorry!

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  11. Mine totally did not come with instructions - how frustrating! Some of it is pretty intuitive but there are some pieces that are completely mind-boggling... oy... you wouldn't still have those instructions hanging around? :)

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    1. I am nowhere near that organized, ha ha!

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