New Year’s Day is my daughter Miss M’s birthday so we always start the New Year with birthday celebrations. This year we had a quiet, relaxed day, spending time with family for lunch, birthday cake and Miss M opening her presents. I really can’t believe where the last seven years have gone!
She was insistent on having a Frozen themed birthday party this year, in particular she wanted to wear the Frozen dress up costume that we reviewed a couple of months ago.
We played the usual party games, pass the parcel, musical statues etc but I wanted to find a few different games and after having a google, I came up with these variations on games to which I put a frozen twist.
Musical Icebergs – I cut the edges off of sheets of white paper to make them look a bit more geometrically shaped and these were the icebergs. When the music played the children had to dance around. When the music stopped each child had to stand on one of the icebergs. Then remove an iceberg so that in the next round one child is out until you get down to just one child left who is the winner.
Ice Jewels – For this I had a toy princess ring for each child which I froze in heart shaped silicon cake moulds to create ice shaped hearts with treasure trapped inside. To rescue the treasure, each child had to melt the ice with their hands until they found their ring. This could be variated and I put a little Squinkie car in one for my son.
Dress up as Olaf – I put the children into two teams and each team have to turn one member into Olaf. I bought some value toilet roll which they used to wrap one team member up in, and also add a woolly hat and scarf to them. You could judge one team to be the winner but I decided to let this just be a bit of fun which they loved and then turned the room into a snowball fight afterwards!
Dressing up as Olaf was great fun, there were lots of giggles and excitement throughout. Mister B has now asked to play this game at his next party!
The ice jewels also proved very popular, I wasn’t sure everyone would want to sit melting ice between their hands but they loved it, and it kept them quiet and occupied for a while. I gave them trays to melt the ice over and handed towels out so they could dry their hands during it. They got quite competitive towards the end as their blocks got smaller seeing who could finish first. I’d definitely use this game again.
Overall the party was a great success and all the children seemed to enjoy themselves. I think the small effort in trying some games that were a bit different kept the girls occupied and they were intrigued to find out what we were playing next.
Miss M had a fabulous birthday and party and now it’s all over until next year. She has become so grown up over the last year, I’ve really noticed a difference in her behaviour and mannerisms. She’s also had an amazing year at school. I hope 2015 is another fabulous year for her and she succeeds in all she wants to do!