for claire's second birthday, she requested a little mermaid theme. i couldn't bring myself to have three birthday parties in a row with an underwater theme. (claire's first was under the sea and landon's fourth was an octonauts party.) so, frozen it was!
my favorite part of every party is definitely the dessert table! we usually use our sideboard to hold our desserts and since we still don't have anything up on that wall of the dining room i almost always fill that space with streamers of some sort. for every single party, it seems. (i think i'm starting to hate streamers?) anyway, this year i used streamers that i cut and hung at my sister's bridal shower (and then painstakingly folded them and saved them) and then taped up a few light blues one for a peek-a-boo effect. my mother-in-law let me borrow some of her christmas decorations so i used some snowflakes for the top of the streamers and then while shopping at hobby lobby, i noticed they had all of the christmas stuff out now too so i picked up a couple strands of sparkly bead garland to hang in there. and then i picked up some more silver snowflake glitter garland and laid that out on the food tables. i really love the way it turned out and have thought about how i could keep this in our house. one option i'm considering is to hang it up in my room, above my soon-to-be refurbished vanity. (it's still hanging in the dining room because there's nothing else to put there and i love the way it looks. c;) i found a frozen poster that i got for about $3 that we hung in the living room by the presents and even though it's still there (i'm lazy, alright!), we have plans to hang it in claire's room eventually. c;
i went a little crazy at jo-anne fabrics with all the frozen decorations. c: the cupcake stand, the little olaf candies on the cupcakes, and basically all of the toys in the gift bags were from there. i found the frozen themed table cloth at fred meter's, as well as all the plates, cupcakes and napkins. (if you can't find frozen stuff at your local stores, this site has some great options. i got all of landon's octonauts decor there.)
i decided to ask for help with the actual food of the party, that way all i had to focus on were the desserts. my mom brought potato salad, my mother-in-law brought chips and dips (three different kinds). we supplied the hot dogs, buns and condiments, as well as the drinks.
claire requested a pink chocolate cake for her birthday. i didn't know how i was going to manage that so i made cupcakes instead. so, i made strawberry cupcakes with a blue vanilla frosting (the BEST store-bought frosting ever) and tie-dye cupcakes (best box-mix cake ever) with a chocolate frosting. when my in-laws visited california earlier this year they made a stop at the jelly belly factory and ended up bringing us home the frozen set of jelly beans. they're so cute! i found some frozen blue sixlets somewhere (i think hobby lobby or jo-anne's but i'm not sure. i got them a loooooong time ago.) then my sister (she's the best party helper c:) came over the night before and helped me put together the snowmen, which are marshmallows held together with pretzel sticks, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons and some of those orange slice gummies for noses. it's kind of hard to tell in the picture but the jello is actually two different jello flavors layered on top of each other, to mimic ice. i found the recipe here, on pinterest obviously. since then, i've made that same combo twice and then just last week, i made a lime-cherry combo because that's what i had on hand and my kids loooooove jello.
the week before, justin and i had taken the kids up to OMSI (we recently purchased a family year-pass) and while there, they had some flubber stations set up. i took a picture of the recipe and then my sister made it for me while i was making the jello. we colored it frozen blue and added some white glitter to it, hoping it would look sparkly but you couldn't see the glitter and it just got stuck on you. i forgot about it (like i always seem to do at parties - forget the activities that i actually have planned for the kids!) until justin remembered it right at the end. the kids that were still there seemed to really enjoy it and my kids loved playing with it every day after, until it got to the recommended time of keeping it. i also made some snowballs out of really fluffly, soft, white yarn and set up some baskets with pictures of olaf, sven, and the trolls on them for the kids to throw the snowballs into. i had planned on making it a contest but then completely spaced getting prizes so i just had it out if they wanted to play with it. i got the baskets at hobby lobby in their spring section where everything was 60% off so i ended up only paying about $10 for three really nice baskets that claire now stores her stuffed animals in and we keep all the octonauts/paw patrol characters in the other.
we didn't really get any good pictures of the birthday girl, unfortunately. she looked super cute in her elsa gown. sorry all i've got pictures of are the decorations, and not even all of them, at that. justin always hangs streamers from the ceiling and he has definitely mastered the art!
i think i still haven't shared anything from landon's party in april so i really need to get on that! thanks to everyone that came and shared in celebrating our baby girl - we love you all!