Tillie turned 7 back in August but we were in Victoria so she didn’t actually get her party til September!
A request was made for a Winter Wonderland Party with snow! Hmmm we live in Queensland where it never snows plus by September the temps are reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius. It was a huge ask …..but I reckon I managed to pull it off….
First off were the invitations. I decided to let Tillie get creative and make her own. We just used card, glitter, sequins and some jewelled stick on snowflakes that I managed to find. Did I mention it was September and no Christmas/winter stuff was out in the shops yet!
They actually turned out really pretty and Tillie was very pleased with them
Next up decorations, I knew I would have to make most of my own, and so I resorted to those good old paper snowflakes! Did you used to make them at school? I have to admit I forgot how to do them ( I forget every year and have to ask google!)
Whats even better about these is that you can just let the kids do them (do you see a bit of a pattern unfolding!)
Paper, scissors, glitter and glue …voila
I also made some beaded snowflakes which I LOVE – they are so easy to make and look beautiful. You can buy the wire frame from craft stores or ebay and you just add your own beads – use some pliers to turn in the ends and make a loop to hang them up
They looked lovely next to the crochet snowflakes I made. I stumbled upon these snowflake lanterns at Bunnings so I bought them all!! And I had a couple of small Xmas trees in the garage that were perfect for the table
Of course the party just had to be fancy dress and each of my daughters had very elaborate ideas for their costumes. Its very cute that they have so much faith in me and my sewing skills. We decided on the Snow Queen for Tillie, Snow Tinkerbell for Lexie, Abby Bominable for Lottie, a snow ballerina for Bea and Jack Frost for Tommie.
Bea’s was pretty easy as I had Lexie’s bridesmaid dress which was white and sparkly – perfect.
I crocheted a little snowflake crown to go with it
For Lexie I kind of made it up as I went along! I bought some green poplin on special for $3.99 at Spotlight and some fake fur which I got 30% off due to some dirty marks on it. I bought enough for Lexie and Lottie’s costume and it was $6.
I basically wrapped the material round Lexie and cut it so that it fit comfortably round her hips, I folded the material in half and sewed it to make a tube. Then I made an elasticated waist band at the top ( I read various blogs online to see how to do this) I cut zigzags round the bottom with some pinking shears. For the cape I literally drew the shape onto some material, cut it out and stitched on strips of fur. I think it turned out rather good ( just dont look closely at the hems)
Now for Abby Bominable! I managed to find some fabric in Spotlight that pretty much matched the dress on the doll
I did the same as with Lexie but sewed the fur round the top and bottom. Then I made some cuffs and anklets with the rest of the fur
For the birthday girl I showed her many many pics and ideas but non were good enough – finally we came across a picture of one she liked and thankfully it was soooo easy to make. I bought purple poplin, snowflake voile and white tulle from spotlight
I measured some elastic around Tillies bust then sewed it together on the sewing machine. I cut the fabric into strips about 3 inches wide and 60cms long then I tied the strips around the fabric
I also made her a crown using purple wire and beads. I measured round Tillies head with the wire and cut it at the right length. Then I threaded beads on and tied the ends of the wire with pliers to secure. I got more strips of wire and bent them to create points and curls then I attached them to the base of the crown using my pliers. I added a bead to the top of each point and a snowflake charm to each curl
Here is a close up so you can see what I did
I actually enjoyed making the costumes and the hard work was all worth it when I saw how happy the children were
For the food I made snow globe cookies
I melted a packet of white chocolate melts in the microwave. Then I dipped oreos into the chocolate (I used a whole pack) I left them to set then decorated with icing pens. To finish I sprinkled with edible glitter. I let the kids decorate some too. These biscuits were a big hit everyone commented on them and there were non left at the end!
For the cupcakes I made ice cream cone cupcakes. Thinking about it they would have been more fun at a summer party but we had fun making them so that’s all that matters.
Again these were simple to make I used my fool proof cupcake recipe which is
4 oz self raising flour
4 oz castor sugar
4 oz butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
Cream the butter and sugar til light and fluffy, add the eggs and vanilla then beat til combined, finally fold in the flour. Spoon mixture into ice cream cones and bake at 200 degrees celsius for about 20 mins
I cheated and bought ready made icing – piped it onto the cooled cup cakes and added sprinkles. Just one tip for you these cupcakes fall over really easily so carry carefully!
I attempted to make cake pops. Its the first time I’ve ever made them. They cracked and I forgot to keep them in the fridge so the chocolate melted and the cakes fell off the pops. But they tasted good lol!
I ordered purple lollipops from the The Little Big Company they looked great on the table
For a savoury snack I made meatballs and pasties
I also had a milo bar with marshmallows choc chips, candy canes and sprinkles to put on top of the whipped cream
I got the cute little chalk boards off ebay and I will be able to use them at future party’s
For entertainment we played the penguin shuffle – the Daddy penguin had to shuffle carrying their egg (a balloon) to their partner – the Mummy penguin – then race back to the finish line
We played pin the nose on Frosty. I cut up old sheets and just glued the fabric on, I printed off some carrot noses and laminated them then put double sided sticky tape on. If I was to do it again I would make the main nose out of fabric as the kids could feel the laminated nose and cheated! Oh and I also wouldn’t glue it to the floor either!
I made snowflake cookies and put them out on a table with some icing so the kids could decorate their own
I found some make your own xmas decorations in the garage – perfect another activity table sorted just add glitter and glue!
We had a make your own snowman table
Skewer sticks, marshmallows, icing pens and mini oreos
The activity tables were very popular
For the finale we played musical snowmen. I played Let it snow on the ipod and whilst the kids were dancing Gavin secretly switched on the snow machine
I know I know a bit extravagant but soooo worth it to see the children’s faces and I will use it again at Christmas. ..every year…for ever!
Finally was the cake. I made four batches of the recipe I used for the cupcakes in separate bowls. Then I coloured each one a different shade of purple
I poured them one at a time in to a large round cake tin – I think it was a 24cm. Then I got a scewer and made a marble effect in the mixture
I made a smaller plain cake to go on top.
I iced both cakes in white butter cream. I cut out a hole in the top cake and filled it with blue jelly. I made a polar bear out of fondant which I have never done before
He sat on the top of the cake holding his fishing rod (tooth pick and string)
Last minute Spotlight got some Christmas stock in yay! So I managed to buy some sugar santa’s, snowflakes,reindeer and snowmen to stick on. I stuck a purple lollipop on either side and it was finished
I didn’t manage to get any pics of the party bags but I just let Tillie decorate some plain white paper bags. I filled them with Christmas themed erasers and pencils and the girls all got a crochet bracelet which I made from all of these tiny hearts
Are you wondering what happened to Jack Frost???
He had lots of fun that’s for sure!!
I was so happy with the party – it was a lot of hard work but my beautiful daughter is worth it
Love you Tillie xxx