Step 1: Pick a theme...I have taken these ideas either from what our girls are loving in the moment or sometimes what they like. We've had pumpkin parties, rainbow parties, Elmo, princess, dogs, as well as color themed parties. Picking the theme will help you with the rest!
Step 2: Invitation time! I usually get my invitations on Etsy. I find those cards that someone will design, send you a pdf, and you print them yourself. It is super easy and usually costs around $12. I then send it off to CVS to print but if you have a printer at home that does pictures you can even do that! Here is the invite we had for our Frozen party from PartyPrintouts on Etsy.
Step 3: Get your hiney on Pinterest! I get a lot of my ideas from searching Pinterest and making a board of party ideas. You can follow mine if you want. I try to search out food ideas and decor ideas and then find ways to make it myself or make it for less money than some of the other budgets are! The Frozen theme was easy to pull off this year since my daughter's birthday is so close to Christmas. I went to all the craft stores and the Dollar Store to find all things silver and blue and snowflakes!
Hubs did the lights and he even found a set of projection lights which basically made the room blue. The background was a piece of fabric I found at the fabric store that I stapled to the wall and then made the border out of white balloons. We had fake snow from our houses we display so I rolled it out. The silver and blue sparkly spires were from Christmas Tree Shop. I also got the giant snowflakes and crowns at the fabric store too. I made sure I used my union card for any teacher discounts I could get!
Step 4: Cake and Food...I hit up Pinterest again for a great cake idea. I then sent several pictures on to our cake person and she made one that literally looked exactly the same!!
She did awesome! Now if you don't want to use a person to do the cake you could always do your own. I've used YouTube and Pinterest to help me make things like Elmo cupcakes and Princess castles before but this year I wanted to spend more of my energy on the decorations. For food I kept it simple and did a hot chocolate bar thanks to my amazing family! I cut out snowflakes and put them on the cups for an added touch! We did carrots (Olaf's nose), snow covered pretzels (yogurt pretzels), and popcorn cups!
Pinterest which has more than enough things to do!
Do you like to plan parties? Frozen fan?