DIY Frozen Festivities

Ever since watching Frozen, my daughter Annelise has been smitten with Elsa and Anna. Every night, she asks me before falling asleep – “Where’s Elsa? Where’s Anna?” So, of course, for her 3rd birthday party, I decided on a Frozen themed party for her.

It was a lot of fun coming up with different ideas on Frozen inspired decorations and activities and of course desserts!

Frozen Inspired Decor

I decided to work with blue, white, and dark purple colors for the decorations. Elsa’s gorgeous aqua blue dress was the inspiration for all the blue decorations. For the main backdrop, I used two types of blue tulle (a glittery aqua blue and a deeper blue). I simply hung the tulle onto our two curtain rods in the living room. I also hung up white tissue paper balls (inspired by snowballs of course).  I painted a canvas aqua blue and painted Olaf’s sweet quote about love with white lettering. On the mantle, I hung a ribbon banner composed of white, silver, and baby blue ribbons.

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The balloons were purple, pink and blue (inspired by Anna and Elsa’s outfits).IMG_4554

For the floral arrangements, I used purple delphinium and white and purple tulips.

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Frozen Inspired Party Activities

Pin the Carrot Nose on Olaf

I bought an Olaf poster and made his carrot nose out of orange felt. Super simple!

Elsa Crowns

We made crowns using baby blue paper, decorated with jewel stickers. I hole-punched the two ends of the crown and looped thin ribbon through the holes so the girls could tie the crowns around their heads. How cute do these little princesses look?!

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Frozen Inspired Desserts

Snow Cake

I baked a simple coconut cake. The flaked coconut really looks like snow! The great thing about this cake is you don’t have to worry about frosting it perfectly since you get to cover the frosting with the coconut. I made an adorable banner for the cake using blue and white polka dotted straws and a baby blue ribbon decorated with white snowflake stickers.

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Recipe – I used Ina Garten’s recipe for coconut cake.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/coconut-cake-recipe.html

Snowflake Chocolate Cupcakes

I baked chocolate cupcakes frosted with a cream cheese frosting. I created baby blue frosting by mixing the frosting with Wilton’s Sky Blue Icing. Then I decorated the cupcakes with white pearls or blue sprinkles. For the cupcake toppers, I used snowflake stickers that I found at Michael’s.

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Recipe – I followed Glorious Treats blog’s chocolate cupcake recipe as well as the cream cheese frosting recipe.

http://www.glorioustreats.com/2010/12/snowflake-cupcakes.html

Hope this inspires your creativity for a fun-filled Frozen party!

Blessings,

Mimi

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Valentine’s Day Inspired Red Velvet Cupcakes

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No fancy V-day dinner out for us tonight. It can be impossible to go out when you have a newborn and a toddler at home. But I still wanted to do something special for hubby. My husband (and I!) love all things red velvet. So I decided to make my first attempt at baking red velvet cupcakes. I followed the McCormick Holiday recipe I found on allrecipes.com. The sweet cocoa and the richness of the cream cheese frosting make this treat so delectable! I used festive baking cups which I placed into the muffin pan. I also decorated the frosting with red and white sprinkles.

Here’s the recipe for 6 servings/cupcakes:

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Ready in: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup flour

1 tbs and 1 ¾ tsp cocoa powder

¼ tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

3 tbs and ½ tsp butter, softened

1/3 cup and 1 tbs sugar

¾ egg

3 tbs and ½ tsp sour cream

1 tbs and 1 ¾ tsp milk

¼ (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Coloring

½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

¼ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 ½ tsp butter, softened

1 ¼ tsp sour cream

½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

¼ (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food coloring, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into baking cups or muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
  4. Vanilla cream cheese frosting: Beat softened cream cheese, butter, sour cream and pure vanilla extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

It’s a miracle that I managed to bake these cupcakes in between nursing, burping, diaper-changing, and putting Kate to sleep! Thankfully my mother-in-law is here and she graciously helped watch the kids while I was in the kitchen.