With the extreme temps and record snowfalls, there is a good chance that your children are going a little stir crazy by now. It might even feel like we are stuck in an eternal winter, like the characters in the Disney movie Frozen. Why not liven things up, and put together a Frozen themed party for the kids for very little money. Many of the items that we used are probably already in your pantry.
Consider going to the dollar store for party supplies such as table covers, paper plates and napkins. Different shades of blue and white make a great color scheme for a Frozen party. The pails in the picture were in a pack of two, also at the dollar store. They are the perfect size to serve carrots for Sven the reindeer, and Icicle pretzel rods for the kids.
Olaf is one of the most endearing characters in the movie. Kids would love to make their own snowman using different sizes of marshmallows and a few types of candy. You could even set up a snowman making bar where the kids can chose from building supplies such as fruit leather, pretzel stick arms, candy eyes and M&M buttons.
The ice candy served in the photo looks exactly like ice, but tastes like rocky candy. All you need is 3 and 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 and 1/2 cup of corn syrup, and a cup of water. Stir the three ingredients on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue boiling the candy mixture until it reaches a temperature of 300 degrees or hardens into brittle threads when dropped in cold water. Pour the candy mixture on a greased cookie sheet, and allow to cool. Once it has hardened, break it the candy into smaller manageable pieces.
Give the kids some printer paper and scissors, and have them make snowflakes to use as decorations. Have a contest to see who has the most creative, or most detailed snowflake.
An Olaf gift bag is also easy and inexpensive to make by decorating a bag from the dollar store with scraps of white, black and orange cardstock.
Foam cups can be found at the dollar store, and are great for party. Draw Olaf's face in the front of the glass, and write the child's name on the back.
Planning an impromptu party on a budget is not that difficult to do with the dollar store, and a little creativity.