I know I’m not alone when I say my daughter is obsessed with Frozen. For her, it became an obsession well after the movie had come out. But from the first time she saw the movie, her love for Anna, Elsa and Olaf hasn’t skipped a beat. It has been months that my daughter has been telling us she wanted to have a Frozen-themed birthday party and over the weekend we made it happen. Now, I get to share all of my favorite ideas to help you throw a memorable Frozen-themed party. I’m also going to show you how my daughter and I made her an adorable Elsa hair braid.
With Frozen II hitting the theaters in just a couple of months, there’s going to be no shortage of Frozen-obsessed kids filling movie theater seats. That also means the Frozen craze will be back. For my daughter, she was late to the game, but her obsession is never ending. It doesn’t take a new movie to ignite her Frozen fire. Just this past weekend, she had a Frozen-themed 4th birthday party.
First things first, what is a Frozen party without a princess (or queen)? Before I started any other planning, I had to make sure my daughter looked the part. I looked online and in stores, but couldn’t really find what I was looking for. It seemed like all of the Elsa costumes I came across had long sleeves. Since we live in Florida, I just didn’t want to put her through the torture of wearing a long-sleeved dress in ridiculously hot weather.
Then on a whim, I did a quick search on Mercari (buy/sell gently used items) and found the perfect Elsa costume. It was a boutique Elsa-like dress with a glittery cape that attached to the back with buttons. Plus, it was sleeveless – just what I was looking for.
The best part? It only cost me $13 (included shipping), which is cheaper than many of the Elsa costumes I saw while shopping around. My daughter instantly fell in love with the costume and I already know my $13 will be going a long way. She’s already asked to wear it for Halloween too, haha.
To take the Elsa costume one step further, I decided to do a DIY Elsa Hair Braid. With minimal supplies, my daughter and I turned some yarn, some sparkles and a head band into Elsa’s braid. We actually made this the day before her party and before she knew I had gotten her an Elsa costume, so once she saw it all together, her face just lit up!
- White yarn (I used an off white color.)
- Blue or greenish-blue yarn (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Blue and white rhinestone gems
- Small snowflakes
- Small hair ties
1 – Loop and cut the yarn to the desired length.
You need 3 strands to create a braid. I used 2 strands of the off white color and 1 strand of the blue. To determine how long I wanted the strands, I kid of gauged it by placing a string of yarn over my daughter’s head and then down to the length I wanted. Keep in mind that when you braid it, the length will draw up, so make the length of the strands longer than you actually want them. In all honesty, I wish I had gone longer, but was still happy with how it turned out.
Then I just looped the yarn around my hands over and over until together each strand was about 20 strings thick (10 full loops). If you want a thicker look, feel free to add more. Then cut both ends of the loops to create hair ends. Repeat for all 3 braid strands.
2 – Use the small hair ties to tie off 1 end of each strand. Then use an additional hair tie to tie all 3 strands together on that same end. This will be the starting point of the braid.
3 – Before starting to braid, run your fingers through the yarn to ensure the strings are separated and there are no tangles. You don’t want to run into knots as you’re braiding. Once you’ve done that, braid the strands all the way down. Then use another small hair tie to tie off the bottom. Cut any longer strings to make everything even.
4 – Now it’s time to decorate. We used rhinestone gem and foam snowflake sticker sheets. I let my daughter place the stickers where she wanted, and then I went back and hot glued them down so they wouldn’t come off.
5 – The last step is to hot glue the final braid to the headband. I had a velvet headband at home and simply cut the velvet exterior off, exposing the plastic headband underneath. Then glued the braid to the plastic. After a few minutes of dry time, it was ready to be worn!
Once the look was complete, it was time for decorations. We kept it simple with just some balloons. The birthday girl requested a Frozen balloon and she got what she wanted, plus some additional blue and white latex balloons to add to the theme. That said, if you want to go all out or just want more, here are some of my favorite Frozen party decorations.
- Frozen Happy Birthday Banner
- Anna & Elsa Winter Wonderland Photo Opp Backdrop
- Frozen Happy Birthday Photo Opp Backdrop + Props
- Disposable Frozen Tableware (plates, napkins, cups, cutlery)
- Blue/Purple/White Pom Pom & Streamer Kit (This kit can easily be reused for a different party theme in the future too!)
- Snowflake Table Cover
- Frozen Birthday Balloons feat. Blow-up Olaf
- Elsa Airwalker Balloon
- Blue/White + Confetti Balloons (I used these same balloons in a different color scheme for my son’s DINO-mite birthday. They are so much fun!)
Next was the cake! After going through a list of options with my daughter, she decided on an ice cream cake and I mean, what’s better for a Frozen party than an actual frozen cake? But to make it actually Frozen-themed, I purchased a Frozen cake topper set.
Did you know you can actually buy cake topper sets at Walmart, without ordering a cake? I just happened to ask during a routine trip to Walmart and saved money by doing it that way.
Want to take a more DIY approach to the sweet treats? Check out some of these ideas, and don’t forget the snacks and other food too!
- Frozen Sprinkle Cookies via Love on a Plate
- Elsa Barbie Cake via The Keele Deal
- Snowflake Shaped Sugar Cookies
- Frozen No Bake Mini Cheesecakes via Down Redbud Drive
- Powdered Sugar Donut Holes – Snowballs
- Frozen Rice Krispies Treats feat. Elsa’s Braid via Living Life as Moms
- Hershey’s Kisses – A Kiss to Melt a Frozen Heart
- Frozen Cupcakes via Dancing Through the Rain
- Rock Candy Sticks – Elsa’s Ice Crystals
- Chocolate Fondue Station with Marshmallows
Frozen-Inspired Food & Drinks
- Blue Jello Squares – Kristoff’s Ice Blocks
- Hawaiian Punch Polar Blast – Ice Castle Punch
- Hawaiian Punch Whitewater Wave – Melted Snowman
- Olaf’s Snack Station – Carrot Sticks (his nose), Pretzel Sticks (his arms), Blueberries (his eyes and buttons), Marshmallows (his body)
- Frozen Hot Chocolate via She Saved
- Sandwich Ring – Princess Anna & Prince Hans Sandwiches (“We finish each other’s…sandwiches!”)
- Meatballs Topped with Parmesan Cheese – Troll “Rocks”
- Crunchy Cheetos – Sven’s “Carrot” Snacks
Last, but not least, are the activities. I’m going to be honest. We didn’t do any Frozen-inspired activities. Instead, my daughter wanted to hit the pool and slip ‘n slide, so we took a Frozen break to enjoy some water fun outside. But here are some fun Frozen-themed activities perfect for any Frozen party.
Fun Frozen Activities
- Frozen Trivia & Coloring Sheet – Really, Are You Serious?
- DIY Frozen Pinata – One Crazy Mom
- Frozen BINGO – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- DIY Frozen Slime – Mama Likes This
- DIY Frozen Bubble Wands – Two Sisters
- Pin the Nose on Olaf (You’ll have to create cut-out foam carrot noses).
At the end of the day, we pulled off a pretty successful Frozen-themed birthday party. The birthday girl got all the details she requested and gift-wise probably made out better than Christmas. Now, I have to start planning the next party. When you have 3 kids, there’s always some kind of event planning to be done.