*Set the Scene*
What better way to set the stage for a FROZEN party, than with an ICE CASTLE? I did just that for my niece’s sixth birthday party. I had no plan in mind, a bunch of boxes, and a little free time. I started cutting and forming the castle using separate boxes and shapes to create a 3D appearance. I painted both sides with interior wall paint, that was mis-tinted and sold at a discounted price, from a local paint store. I tinted it with blue acrylic and applied it with a roller. Roof pieces were cut and painted, with a darker shade, but not glued or taped on, until set up time. I took into consideration that the ice castle had to fold down to fit in the trunk of my smaller sized sedan (all but the tallest tower). The final outdoor display was placed under a 10′ x 10′ canopy.
Snowflakes and an icicle strip were hung around the entire structure. I spread out cotton batting for the snow, sprinkled it with soap flakes and glitter. The faux snow, sparkled and looked just like the real thing, even though it was 90 plus degrees outside. See my precious niece as “Princess Elsa” poised and ready for her party.
Details for the inside of the ice castle were painted with an illusion of a second story in mind. I chose not to get too elaborate. On both sides I created cut outs for photo opps.
We handed out blue tutus, snowflake wands, princess tiaras, Sven antlers and foam ice axes to guests. The antlers were cut out of manila folders and spray painted and finished off with faux fur.
We played a rock TROLL memory game. I formed the rock trolls out of spray foam insulation. Once completely dried, I spray painted them with a granite finish and attached googley eyes and other accessories with hot glue. I made matching sets using different colored foam noses, teeth, even mustaches. I hot glued raffia to five of the heads to make them appear more “frozen” like and kept these five facing up. Even the very young can participate in this game, making it a good choice for parties with varied aged guests.
We played a snow ball toss game using plastic balls sprayed white and glittered to knock down stacked plastic containers (in a pyramid) for the “ice blocks”.
SnowGak was handed out as a party favor, as was individually wrapped blue dipped pretzels, dipped marshmallow pops, and blue rock candy pops. Each guest also had the opportunity to select from a blue candy bar.
*The Food Table*
The Elsa cake that we made and found HERE created a festive centerpiece.
The Olaf(ish) looking piñata rode shot gun and provided some laughs for other drivers during my 3 1/2 hour drive to the party. I missed not seeing that smile next to me on the ride home. I’m happy to report that the ice castle was donated to an after school program, where other children will be able to enjoy it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or ask any questions about this party. I hope that this post has inspired you to try your hand at creating your own ice castle for your princess. I’d love to see the results! ~Cathy