Dallis’s Frozen Birthday Party- Hawaiian Style

Frozen Birthday Invite - haley mullen I have come back from the dead! Okay, so I didn’t die. I haven’t been able to get on and post, as we have been very busy with my daughters first birthday party. Now that the madness is over, I am very happy that I am able to share the day and my crafts with everyone. I love to throw parties and be creative, but throwing a party for a one year old princess with 250 people was a little challenging. We chose the theme Frozen back when it first came out and my daughter was only 3 months old. This, as crazy as it seems, is a necessity when it comes to giant luau parties. We had to not only book a venue (community center) and band, but we had to let family members know the date asap so that they could plan around that weekend since we had quite a  few family member/friends flying in from out of state and in from other islands. Frozen has now blown into a huge hit with the kids, and it was really awesome seeing everyone (adults and kids) enjoying the party.

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Now when I say Hawaiian Style, I mean huge!! Back in the day Hawaiians through large parties for their babies first birthdays. This has turned into a really big event for everyone here and become a tradition. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is because back in the day it was a really big milestone for children to make it to their first birthdays, due to illness, diseases etc. Now a days, that means birthday are filled with jumping castles, bands, djs, face painting ladies, balloon twisters, food food,…. and more food! I had a lot of fun and months of crafting for her big day. Almost everything from this party was hand made by myself, a family member or friend. I did the majority of the work months before her party, and I received lots of help from people the week of the big bash. I enjoy staying home with my daughter during the day, but with all the glitter involved I usually had to wait until she went down for a nap on this project. I felt crazy crafting 6 months before her party, but gosh am I glad I did. Honestly, I will be okay if I never have to see another snow flake, Olaf, piece of glitter, or balloon for a long long time.

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I made the arch (balloons only), cardboard character cutouts, glittered/decorated mason jars and snow globes myself. I had help decorating all the tables, blowing up balloons, the cake and cookies. My parents once again were amazing help. My mom and Dad built the balloon arch frame and all the stands that held up my characters. My husbands parents and family did all the food. It was amazing, and there was a lot! Honestly, this day could have never happened without everyones help. We are so blessed to have Dallis in our lives, and she is one lucky, blessed, very very very loved little girl. I hope you enjoy all the pictures and can once again find any inspiration you are looking for in her Frozen birthday decorations.

CYMERA_20141003_110520     CYMERA_20141003_110724      CYMERA_20141003_110330     IMG_20140920_173443_807  IMG_20140920_181010_834  CYMERA_20141009_140045IMG_57937732865443   We were having way to much fun dancing away to the music, and I forgot to take pictures of the Hot Chocolate Table and the Kids Table. I brought my Kerig and had cups, packets of hot coco, marshmallows, crushed peppermint and chocolate sticks waiting for the kids. This was a huge hit! We also had an amazing kids table where the face painter/balloon twister was. It was filled with purple and blue glow sticks, Frozen socks, Frozen coloring books, Frozen pencils, Frozen dry erase boards, Frozen Stickers, tattoos etc. You name it, we had it. The majority of these cute items were from the $1 rack at Target. (We don’t have one on Maui yet, so all the items were flown in with us from vacation trips and family coming to visit) Hope you all enjoy, and get some ideas for your very own Frozen inspired party!!   SPECIAL THANKS TO: Shannon, the owner of Sweet Isabels in Avon Lake, Ohio. She made the amazingly cute cookies.  Check her out on Facebook! Danae, the owner of Cupcake762 in Kahului, Hawaii. She made and provided the beautiful Frozen cake. Jolie, the owner of Cirque Jolie in Makawao, Hawaii. She provided hours of entertainment for the kids with her creative face painting and balloon twisting. Our family ❤  Grant and I couldn’t have done it with all the help from our family members with the food and decorations. Thank  you!!! CYMERA_20141107_120847

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DIY Personalized Snowglobes!

Backside of Jar

Backside of Jar

Snowglobes are fun no matter how old you are, and these are easy to make as well! This year we are throwing my daughter a big “FROZEN” First Birthday Party.  I wanted to do something fun and creative, and came with up these  Personalized Mason Jar Snowglobes.

These can we be used for any occasion, and with almost any clear jar and a lid. I chose the smaller pint size mason jars for my project. You can also use any regular size mason jars you have around the house or even cute little baby food jars!

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What You’ll Need:

Mason Jar
Glitter
Water
Super Glue
Personalized Picture
Scissors

What To Do:

1. CHOP CHOP
Most jars are smaller than the average 4 x 6 picture, so I had to cut them down to size. I cut each picture 2 inches x 3 inches. Make sure to trim each picture enough to leave room for the lamination seal to also fit in the jar.
**TIP: I used a piece of card stock in the corrected size to trace over all the pictures.

I had a little assistant on this one :)

I had a little assistance from Miss Dallis on this one 🙂

2. MAKE PRETTY
You can choose to cut out two pictures and glue them facing back to back, or create a design on the other side. Since our theme is Frozen, I cut out little snowflakes and glued them to the colored paper on the back of the photos. After everything was done, I let them sit overnight and dry. If you choose to use two photos back-to-back, test it out with the jar first and make sure that both photos will be clearly visible.

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3. LAMINATION
I took my photos to OfficeM*x and got them laminated. For 24 photos, it cost me $3.64. They came back all laminated on one sheet, so I cut them up and made sure not to cut the seal. If you want a cheaper option, you can also use clear packing tape. Make sure to get all the edges really good to not allow water in.

4. CREATE
Place the pictures inside the mason jars. Add a little glitter and fill it up to the top with water. If you don’t have glitter, you can also use gratted PVC pipe for a snow effect.
**TIP: This is also where you can add some Glecerin if you like. This makes the fake snow fall a little slower, and gives it a really neat effect

STEP 5: Place some Super Glue around the edges on the lid, and screw on tightly. Turn it over, shake it up… and now you have your beautifully hand made Mason Jar Snowglobes. Feel free to dress up your jars with stickers, ribbons and more!

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These are fun for the whole family and can make great gifts for Grandparents, Birthday Centerpieces, Holiday Table Decorations and more!