Sometimes, you want to party small. That’s what we did for my niece’s 3rd birthday party. (Miss M is technically my great-niece, but that makes me feel super old, so let’s just drop the “great,” shall we?) Like every other girl her age, Miss M is completely taken with Frozen, so that was the obvious theme for a simple party at home with family and close friends. We created this Frozen party on a $200 budget.
Oh, and did I mention that party was being held the day after my Witch’s Tea Party, 2 hours away from our house, and during half-time of the Georgia game? Ha! I also had a really limited set-up time, so none of my “prep the night before” or big installation ideas were going to be possible.
(I hope you can see past my photography! The light was giving me fits; the party really was cute in person and not nearly so dark!)
- With easy transport, quick set-up, and limited budget in mind, I planned to style only the dining table and a party favor area.
- Hit the craft store pre-Christmas sales. Michaels and Hobby Lobby came through like champs with everyday 40% off pricing on Christmas decor that worked perfectly for our Frozen theme. Here’s our Hobby Lobby cart!
- Pick a few key items and use them throughout your party. For me, this meant snowflakes. You’ll get great mileage from one purchase and keep your decor consistent. I used the snowflakes on both tables and my chair backs.
- Just because you’ve picked a popular theme, doesn’t mean everything has to have a licensed character on it. I only used three licensed items: the art piece, Jelly Bellies and the Jelly Belly dispenser.
- Start with a white tablecloth and top it with a pool-colored organza topper.
- Instead of a traditional centerpiece, use your cake as a centerpiece. (Double-duty stretches your budget.) My SIL had a beautiful crystal cake stand that fit the Frozen theme perfectly.
- Scatter Christmas ornament snowflakes around your tabletop. I used light blue, lavender and white.
- I know it may sound crazy, but if you want a party with a custom look, you have to walk past most of the licensed items at the party store.
- Instead, we chose heavy-duty white plastic plates with a silver-edged scallop and pool-colored polka dot plates and napkins.
- Choose a great quality fork–even if it’s plastic. Nothing’s worse than a wimpy, bendy fork.
- Stick to your party colors: white, pool, purple and silver–that’s what makes all the non-licensed items work like they were meant to be together.
- Again: think double-duty: the snowflake wands helped to decorate our table, as did the party activity silver crowns and snowflake stickers.
Party Favor Table
Since we weren’t having a dessert table, I made an existing sideboard into a party backdrop and party favor area.
- Guests took home Jelly Belly dispensers with special Frozen Jelly Bellies and Chickabug tags. They also took home their snowflake wands and the silver crowns they decorated.
- The favor table was very simple: white table cloth scatted with snowflakes, teal sequin Christmas trees, Frozen art and more snowflakes, dangling from the plantation shutters. (Just tie the snowflakes to the shutters with white thread.)
- I also added a new bunting from my shop. I love this one so much! Organza ribbon in Frozen colors plus icicles.
- Party styling and photography: The Party Teacher
- Ribbon and icicle bunting: The Party Teacher
- Printables: Chickabug
- Plastic bottles: Bird’s Party Shop
- Cake: Columbus Corner Bakery
- Organza topper: Tablecloth Factory
- White and polka dot plates, napkins, white forks: Party City
- Frozen Jelly Belly dispensers and dispensers: Party City
- Silver crowns, star wands, white snowflakes, ribbons on wands: Michaels
- Lavender and pool snowflakes: Hobby Lobby
- Frozen art: Hobby Lobby