Zee’s 3rd Birthday: Kids’ Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

When you move halfway across the world to a place where you don’t know any other parents with young children and your kid’s version of playtime is nursing and chewing on everything in sight, throwing a birthday party seems silly. So for my daughter’s 1st and 2nd birthdays, we were either with my Mom in Southern California or in Disneyland. By a few months prior to Zee’s 3rd birthday, however, we had made a number of good friends with whom we wanted to really celebrate her birthday for the first time with a themed Frozen birthday party with a visit from Arendelle’s royalty.

We had the party at our home, which unfortunately is on a steep hill and does not have a yard. Still, the kids had a lot to do.

You almost couldn’t tell that my daughter wasn’t feeling well that day and that nobody had much sleep at all the night before.

Entertainment

Though throughout my pregnancy, I repeated over and over again that I refuse to ever turn my home into a colorful mess of toys, in reality that is exactly what happened. The living room has officially been claimed by Zee as her space to play. We have a toy kitchen, a mini market, a few small ride-on toys, and a lot of random little toys all over the place.

            

The kids seemed pretty entertained, even though it was arguably a bit chaotic.

The trampoline we bought a week before the party was also a big hit.

Unfortunately, this specific trampoline was a bit too large for our living room and I didn’t like the insufficient padding along the poles.

The kids also danced with each other a little bit as songs from the Frozen soundtrack played in the background.

Anna and Elsa were a big hit with my daughter and the kids.

We go to Disneyland often and she’s always happy to meet the princesses, but they have so many royal visitors that they never have the time to stop and chat.

So we made time for Anna & Elsa to sit with her for 15-20mins while she chatted with them and showed them her toys.

Afterwards, they sat with the kids to tell an interactive story and sing songs.

They also made time to take a picture with each of the guests before the birthday song and cake.

Cake + Sweet Treats

The cake had three tiers in three different flavors.

We had each family bring home a large slice of cake from the bottom two tiers and froze the top tier to have at another date.

           

There were a pretty wide variety of sweet treats.

This was her first time she had ever had her own cake pop..

her own cupcake..

and tried vanilla frosted animal crackers.

Fortunately, she had a banana just before her party started. It may have been the healthiest thing she ate before dinner that day.

Food

We served a variety of savory foods ranging from sliders to pizza to Swedish meatballs along with cheese and crackers.

We also served “Melted Olaf” yogurt cups with candy corn noses and pretzel sticks for arms along with Olaf cheese sticks, drawn by my stepdad Robert.

Party Favors

I bought white paper bags in bulk mostly because I think they’re more versatile and extras can be used for Zee to color/draw on when we send gifts to grandparents. (Because let’s face it – the only people who would appreciate that would be her parents and grandparents.) I cut the snowflakes off of some decoration I had bought for the party and decided not to use.

The bags were filled with a variety of items: play-doh, bubbles, coloring books, crayons, stickers, Frozen-themed freeze dried fruit, and fruit snacks.

Decoration

So, putting aside all of the snowflakes on the windows and the draped teal colored sparkly fabric we used on the tables, this was absolutely my favorite bit of the decoration. It took me 3 hours to do this, which is admittedly a little bit.. sad.

We also had silver burlap, lots of balloons, crystals, teal fabric, and used A LOT of our Christmas ornaments to decorate the table.

Personal Thoughts

Overall, it was a great day. We were so grateful to have had so much help from my friend Rechel, my Mom, her husband Robert, and his best friend Ernie. We were also very grateful to have our friends and Zee’s friends over to celebrate that day.

Although Zee was feeling under the weather, she was pretty happy throughout the entire party and she continued to talk about it for an entire year until she had her Moana themed 4th birthday party a few days ago. Every time we went to Disneyland or met the princesses on our trip to Disney World, she would talk about how Anna & Elsa went to her birthday party.

Ahhh.. to believe in magic again.

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Photos taken by Ross Marlowe.

Zee is 4: Kids’ Moana Birthday Party Ideas

Zee is FOUR. I guess I should get some kind of prize for every single day that I managed not to totally screw up this whole parenting deal. It’s a good thing I don’t do to kids what I do to plants.

AND HEY, guess what? I did win! I won the love of my life.

This party had it’s bumps, honestly. We had to switch dates one day before the party, lost our original picnic spot, and half the guests were no longer able to make it because of the last minute change. Also, the cake fell apart and they completely forgot about the cupcakes. However, in the end, we made it all work and it came together pretty nicely. Just look at my kid’s face. I mean, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Entertainment

We made sure the kids and parents had enough to do to keep them entertained.

Aside from the leis that we handed to everyone that came, we provided the materials for anyone interested to make their own floral necklaces and bracelets.

We also filled a wooden planter with sand and seashells for kids to find their own “treasures” and take them home. The planter was a handmade gift from my father-in-law.

              

I found some Moana-themed temporary tattoos online and the ever prepared Moana brought her own blue colored water and a sponge to apply them onto the kids’ wrists.

           

Obviously, the star of the party was Moana herself.

              

Moana was able to do so much in 1.5 hours. She chatted with the kids, told a story, did some magic,

put the temporary tattoos on the kids, played some simple toddler games like “Maui Says,”

and then guided everyone (parents included) in a group hula dance. There was definitely a lot of giggling.

Party Favors

We found these great beach buckets with shovels at the Dollar Tree and decided they would make great party favors. We also bought bubbles and blow-outs then stuck homemade Moana stickers on them to have them match with our basic theme.

Food

My daughter’s birthday party is the one day per year that she gets to eat a bunch of sweet treats without some sort of compromise or extensive negotiation. And we had plenty of options for her.

             

For food, my visiting mother-in-law bought teriyaki chicken and Kalua pulled pork from Ono Hawaiian BBQ, cooked Jasmine rice at home, and bought 3 pizzas. I also made a pineapple cole slaw to go with the pulled pork and Hawaiian rolls. The chicken teriyaki was a favorite so we ran out of it quickly. There were also rainbow fruit skewers (not pictured).

We made jello “boats” with graham cracker sand (not pictured).

And upside-down pineapple cupcakes.

After a bit of a mix-up and a 40min delay at Safeway, lesson learned: pick up this kind of stuff the day before.

               

BUUUUUT, look at these awesome Kokomora cake pops!

Decoration

A lot of the themed decoration was printed at home on cardboard paper or on full sized label paper, including the banner. However, we also did the standard balloons, plastic table covers, raffia table skirts, and a tiki bar.

My personal favorite purchase was the teepee. It’s $95 on Amazon but I managed to get it in practically new condition from a Dad on Craigslist for $30. And yes, I am completely aware that teepees have nothing to do with Moana or Polynesia, but hey, they’re awesome.

Personal Thoughts

It’s been 5 days and she’s still talking about her party multiple times a day. I meaaaan, she was talking about her 3rd birthday party until the day of her 4th. Parties like these are a ton of work for everyone involved, but I was lucky to have had assistance with set-up from my Mom, her husband, their friends Ernie & Connie, and for the first birthday ever, my in laws. I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without help. Zee’s genuine appreciation and joy makes it all worthwhile though. Plus, I’m going to be milking this period of her life where she’s still so enchanted by the sheer magic of themed birthday parties for as long as I possibly can.

You know, just in case she goes through that phase where she decides she’s too cool for everything in a few years.

Yep, bugs are pretty darn magical too.

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Photos taken by Ross Marlowe.