Our beautiful ice princess turned four so we had to celebrate! This post is only two months late so you still care, right?
I started party prep literally months in advance. In my defense, April was a busy month: Amelie’s birthday party, a week later was her actual birthday, then Zack was gone for a conference, then it was Easter and then we traveled to Minnesota (first family vacation and we survived).
Anyway, Amelie was taking note of the numerous trips to Michaels to gather birthday supplies. She started asking me daily “Is today my birthday?”. I’d have to say “No, it’s four weekends from now – that’s a long time…” or “Not yet, honey. Another week!” She was very patient – I would not have been.
On party day, she came downstairs for breakfast to me frosting cupcakes and knew it was finally here! She bolted upstairs and got her Elsa dress on. She was ready!
Let’s back up and start with the homemade invitations:
I used mini cards and envelopes because I hand delivered our invitations. Although it was a “Frozen” theme, I didn’t want everything to be too Elsa-y and leaned more toward a general winter wonderland vibe. Hence the snowflakes!
(A little politics reference because seriously, what in the world is going on with our country? It’s insanity out there!)
The back (details):
I couldn’t resist this lace washi tape to seal it up:
As for decorations, my inspiration were these paper plates that I picked up at Target after Christmas. (Yes, I started planning Amelie’s birthday the day after Christmas.) I thought a navy, white, and gold theme would satisfy the “Frozen-ish” theme but was something I liked too.
I figured after Christmas would be the perfect time to pick up party decor for cheap and assumed I’d have difficulty once April rolled around when everything is Easter related. I was concerned Amelie would be totally over Frozen by the time her birthday arrived – and she kinda was because Moana was her new current obsession – but she didn’t seem to mind switching gears back to Frozen. She still pulls out that Elsa dress occasionally!
I kept out a few Christmas decorations (like the banners and stars below) when I was packing up from the holidays. That way I didn’t have to go digging through our many Christmas bins the morning of the party.
I kept everything in a little drawer in Cade’s closet so I could acquire party supplies over time (and use a new 40% coupon every time I went to Michaels). Everything was easy to find, organize and put out on party day!
I bought these tissue snowflakes from Amazon. Worth it.
For food, we served a brunch of quiche, fruit, caramel rolls that my MIL made (omg, they were amazing), bacon (of course) and hummus and veggies.
Zack made two different kinds of quiche (which were in the oven) and I used that as an excuse to make cute label cards for them:
If you can’t tell – he whipped up a bacon, brussels sprouts and gruyere and a sundried tomato, spinach and goat cheese one. They were delicious!
This year, I made the cupcakes myself and topped them with tiaras.
The frosting looked a mess but the tiaras helped divert attention. It was a fun surprise to discover the tiaras weren’t all the same design.
Daddy let the kids eat the left over frosting for breakfast while us grownups worked on the food and cleaned house. That kept them pretty busy for a while…
Back to decorations. I could not pass up an opportunity to use the lace washi tape and a picture of this girl!
If it looks familiar, I used an old pic from Christmas. I printed the photos through the now-closed company – Sticky9. I loved the paper finish yet Polaroid shape. I hope I can find a company that does something similar because I think they are so sweet. These pictures also doubled as the thank you cards for later on! See? I have moments of efficiency tucked into the chaos of my brain.
Zack got fancy and served Tipsy Palmers. They were yummy!
But of course, coffee was a necessity. Coffee is life!
I don’t love the look of the mismatched mugs even though I love them individually. I think I need to add a set of white mugs and a mug stand to my party serveware collection.The jug of Coffeemate is far from classy too but I’m still learning.
I hit up Trader Joes and grabbed a few bunches of white flowers to sprinkle throughout the house.
I love fresh flowers. Love.
I like to grab carnations and put them in stout little vases. I think they are so pretty that way! They weren’t exactly white but oh well.
More snowflakes for the front window:
And for the (new!) hutch too.
As you can see, the hutch had the treat bags and I added in a few of Amelie’s Frozen accessories.
I picked up these popcorn style treat bags from Michaels and liked how the Anna and Elsa peeked out at you.
I took a few of these photos the day before because the morning of the party is always hectic. But on the day of, I added a snowflake cake stand with more cupcakes.
The smaller “snowflakes” are actually flower doilies from Michaels but I thought they looked ok?
The chipboard snowflakes were a Target after Christmas score and I prettied them up by adding the inside snowflakes to match the treat bags.
Speaking of treat bags, those were fun to put together.
I included: the Frozen sticker book (which you see peeking out), washable paint and sparkly washi tape in Frozen-inspired colors, and Frozen temporary tattoos.
Each treat bag had the same stuff but different variations so that way, each sibling “pair” wouldn’t be bringing home double of everything.
These little tubs of paint were so perfect the Easter Bunny was inspired to pick up more colors to stuff into Easter eggs a week later…
I admit the washi tape isn’t very toddler friendly but they are such sparkly fun!
The treat bags were just under $5 each so I thought that was a good place to stop. We kept the party small, like always, and that helped keep the cost down. Plus, I’m an introvert and parties make me nervous. Small parties are better. I’m so awkward.
I wish I had gotten a group picture of the kids. Amelie and her friends Parker and Lexi were dressed as Elsa and Anna. Toddlers are rarely cooperative when it comes to photo ops but this group is especially shy. In hindsight, the prospect of cupcakes would have probably been suitable bribery. Next year…
The birthday girl blowing out her candles.
She felt uncomfortable during the birthday song, hid her face in her hands and looked pleadingly at her Daddy. She got such sweet gifts but her favorite was the magic paint with water book. Once she opened that, it was all over. She was obsessed!
Unlike last year, it was a beautiful spring day! The kids ate outside and played on the deck. Considering the theme, a little snow would have been nice? Of course we got snow two days later…
Happy birthday to my Ice Princess, my love, my everything. She is an amazing little four year old!
Check out what we did on her actual birthday this year. Step aside Elsa, Moana is the new girl in town!