By: Michelle Alejandro
I love throwing parties for my little girl, Isabella (or Bella as we call her), and every year as her birthday rolls around we gear up for a fun afternoon with family and friends—with a special theme of course. When Bella was younger I veered away from character parties and, instead, created themes like a Garden Butterfly Party and a Vintage Filipino Fiesta Party. But as Bella grew older, she fell in love with characters like Princess Sofia and Sesame Street and began requesting for character themed events. Well, I couldn’t let her down and focused instead on creating classy and pretty events for the characters she requested.
This year, she asked for a Frozen party, because; let’s face it, which child has not fallen in love with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang? So my challenge was creating a “frozen” theme in a stiflingly hot summer environment. I started off with a color palette (my go-to first step for creating any theme) and chose a very “cool” color selection of turquoise, light blue, white, and silver.
FOOD AND SWEETS
The food was catered by Q’s Kitchen (my mom’s home-cooking party platters service) and she put together a delicious spread of easy-to-eat food that kids love including corn dogs, French fries, chicken strips, egg rolls, croquettes, and sandwiches (to name a few). And we partnered this with sweets commissioned from both 4 and 20 Blackbirds Bakery and Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse. The dessert table, styled by my friend Regina and myself, included Meringue Mountains, Olaf cake pops (by The Lollicake Factory), cupcakes, frozen heart pie pops, chocolate covered rice treats, wafers, donuts, Oreos, and Frozen candy canes and icicle rock candy. Plus, you can’t have a Frozen party without frozen sweets, so we brought in Ice Pops Manila for their delicious fruit flavored popsicle stand (a big hit with both kids and adults alike!).
I strongly believe in physical invitations. While electronic ones get the job done and are great for real time R.S.V.P.s, there is still something about receiving an invitation that sets the tone for the entire affair. With that in mind, I wanted to guests to know exactly what kind of afternoon it was going to be (chilly and sweet) and commissioned snowflake cookie pops from Happy Ever After Sweets, which I sent out as invitations to the little princesses.
The best part of a kiddie party is the fun activities. Make Believe Productions came in to host a rousing singing and dancing storytelling session by Elsa and Anna (which enthralled the children) and when the singing and dancing was over, the kids took part in a Frozen scavenger hunt, and a snowball toss game, and a “Find-as-many-rock-trolls-as-you-can” game (we created rock trolls and hid them all over the backyard). When they weren’t playing games they were also invited to dress their own Anna and Elsa handmade felt dolls at the station put together by Ant’s Pocket.
To make the kids feel even more like they were a part of the Frozen world, we invited everyone to come in costume. The little girls loved that! They came in their princess best. Bella and her best friend Sami wore gorgeous Elsa and Anna costumes made by The Pumpkin Store, which creates amazing kiddie costumes.
As it was a party in the backyard we needed to be sure to decorate accordingly to create a fun Frozen landscape. But I also had to be practical which included renting a giant white tent (we hung snowflakes on the inside) and air coolers to keep everyone cool. I made sure the color palette was evident in all the decorations. We put together pom poms, lanterns, honeycombs, and over 100 snowflakes cut from white cardstock paper and put them all over the venue. I also made sure to use blue tablecloths paired with blue mason jars, white flowers, homemade snow globes and silver and blue Hershey’s kisses as centerpieces. For the kiddie tables I made small white wooden tables and commissioned Handicrafts Atbp. to make wooden snowflake stools that also doubled as part of the children’s giveaways.
Michelle runs Peanut Butter and Glitter
Photos: Michelle Alejandro
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