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A Chillin’ Good Time! Arctic Animal Birthday Party

During the cold winter months, you may not be able to plan a backyard BBQ birthday party, but there are still plenty of ways to have both indoor and outdoor fun for your little one’s special day. Your little one will love chillin’ with their best buddies in this Arctic Animal Birthday Party.

Invitations

Invite your child’s friends over for a cool birthday party by sending an invitation that includes adorable arctic animals, snowflakes, igloos and icicles. If some of your party games will be held outside, be sure to let your guests know to bring along some warm outerwear. The invitation’s envelope could include snowflake confetti with a snowflake sticker to seal the envelope.

Decorations

You may be surprised at how easy it is to turn your kitchen into a winter wonderland! Now would be the perfect time to shop for arctic-themed party supplies since all of the holiday decorations are on sale.

For a simple wall backdrop for the food table, satin fabrics in colors like teal or white work perfectly. Fake glitter snowflakes and white paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling are great ways to add that special ‘wow’ factor while still staying within budget. Large round 36” balloons in silver, white and light blue can be placed around the party area. Since these balloons are so large, you don’t need many of them to decorate your party. A long cotton pad with sparkles (used for mini Christmas village displays) works great as a tablecloth.

If you are the crafty type, a tall icy glacier or an igloo would make an excellent centerpiece for the party table. This could be made using foam, white glitter spray paint and a few other craft supplies.

Activities

Outdoor activities could include challenges such as:

• snowman building

• search for the missing treasure buried in the snow

• drawing with food coloring and water in squeeze bottles

• sleigh parade (like a bike parade but with sleighs and snow instead of bikes and pavement)

• tobogganing

Indoor fun could include activities such as:

• a movie featuring arctic animals

• a science experiment to make your own snow

• a craft to make homemade snow globes

• making hot chocolate from scratch and placing it into individual jars to take home as a treat

Food

To display and serve your food, clear glass containers and white serving trays fit the theme perfectly. To dress up otherwise standard party supplies, you can use silver rhinestone stickers or silver ribbon.

Some tasty treat ideas include:

• mini cupcake and white icing push pops

• cake pops decorated white with silver sprinkles

• cookies in arctic animal shapes

• cupcakes with fluffy marshmallow topping wrapped in a printable cupcake wrapper and topped with a printable circle that matches your party theme

• milk in individual glass bottles with light blue and white paper straws topped with a printable round circle that matches your party theme

• white powdered donut holes (snowballs)

• blue and white lollipops

• ice cream buffet

• cheesecake in small mason jars

Favors

To thank the little party guests for chillin’ with you, favor ideas include:

• outerwear accessories, like mittens, scarves and hats

• treats that can be frozen after they get home, like freezies

• accessories for making a snowman, like two coal eyes, buttons, a carrot nose and a scarf

These favors could be placed in a light blue favor box wrapped with blue and white polka dot washi tape, a printable circle that matches the party theme and sealed with a personalized favor tag.

Cheryl is a married mother of one. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a strong interest in parties and event planning. She is the owner and writer for Moms & Munchkins (www.momsandmunchkins.ca), which is filled with ideas for family fun, activities for kids,  party ideas, party planning tips, holiday fun,  moms’ night out ideas and more.

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