Something you should know about me is that I can be a bit controlling when it comes to organizing or decorating for parties. I like to know that I have complete creative control over how everything will look and how the event will flow; and it is really hard for me to let go of this control. So at the beginning of the year, with my pregnant belly ever-expanding and my daughter’s fourth birthday fast-approaching I was really undecided about what to do to make sure that her special day was extra special (my due date was just a week after her birthday). This Frozen party post is in collaboration with Oriental Trading. I received product in exchange for my honest opinion and sharing it with all of you!
learning to let go
Mike and I had never thrown one of our children a birthday party at any type of event place before this last party. As much fun as I knew my kids would have, I just couldn’t bring myself to let go of control and leave the prepping and party to someone else. However, my husband is a wise man and helped me realize that trying to throw a party (that would have to be outside in February because our house is too small to host a large group of rambunctious kids indoors) just a couple of weeks before my due date might not be the best idea.
Finally something clicked and I realized that in the end all that mattered was that my daughter have a fun birthday party. That’s it. Not the fun themed activities I had planned. Not the fact that someone else would be dictating what time we played and what time we ate cake. Not a camera full of Instagram-worthy party décor shots. JUST the fact that my daughter had a fun birthday party with her friends.
Guess what? She did–she had such a fun time at her birthday party (her very first party with friends and not just family) and was beaming with pride and excitement all day. She was thrilled to see every friend that came and every element in her party room and didn’t complain once that we hadn’t played with pretend snow or jumped in a Frozen-themed bounce house or consumed blue cotton candy. She was just a thankful kid who had fun despite the fact that her mother hadn’t been in complete control.
finding the perfect balance
I knew that my daughter wanted a Frozen-themed party and cake, but how was I supposed to give her that at a some type of party or event place with generic decorations? Luckily, after speaking to a local indoor playground center I learned that I might be able to have a little bit of say in things after all, especially since we wanted to book her party for a weekday when they were much less busy. So once we had reserved our party venue (still with a little bit of reluctance on my part) I got to planning the part that I could control a little bit–the party décor.
I turned to Oriental Trading and discovered an array of Frozen-themed paper goods, favors, and décor, as well as some more generic snowflake items that I added in. I might not have had much say in the bright murals on the walls of the party room (you’ll notice they’re cropped out of the majority of the pictures… don’t get me wrong, they were gorgeous, but fish and Frozen don’t really mix, unless you’re talking about fish sticks) but I was able to cover the brightly colored tables with a light blue plastic tablecloth (easy cleanup!), bring in my own paper goods and table decorations, string some snowflakes up over the windows, and added the snowflake wands to the fronts of our party favors.
It all turned out for the best because not only did the birthday girl have an amazing time, but the weather did end up being about 10 degrees colder than average that day and it rained later in the afternoon. Plus, it ended up being just a week before our newest little bundle of joy joined our family and my body had had it by that point. So once we left the party venue I was able to go home to a clean house and put my swollen, pregnant feet up to rest a little–bit win-win.
A big thank you to Oriental Trading for giving me back a little bit of control and helping my daughter to have the Frozen party she’d been dreaming of. I would also like to thank Funfinity in Auburn, California for being so flexible and accommodating with us. And of course, thank you to everyone who came and helped to make the birthday girl feel so loved and special!