Idea No.

12016

Winter Wonderland -5yr- Freeze Dance

Award

Date

September 2005

From

MARSHA in PENN, PA   U.S.A.

Honorable Mention

Winter Party

MY LITTLE BOY TURNED FIVE YEARS OLD ON 12/22/04. WE HAD A WINTER WONDERLAND BIRTHDAY BASH.  HE WANTED TO INVITE ALL 24 PRESCHOOL CLASSMATES ALONG WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE ENDED UP WITH 36 CHILDREN AND 55 ADULTS.

WE RENTED THE LOCAL HALL AND SENT OUT THE FOLLOWING INVITATIONS ON SNOWMAN PRINTER PAPER WITH SNOWMAN ENVELOPES:  "TWAS JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE LOTS OF EXCITEMENT STIRRED BUT IT WASN'T A MOUSE, IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE AS CODY SCHMIDT TURNS FIVE, PLEASE SAY YOU WILL JOIN US BUT HAVE YOUR MOM OR DAD DRIVE, SANTA WILL COME TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU, SO MAKE YOUR LIST AND BRING IT WITH YOU, THE PARTY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY DEC. 5TH THAT'S JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND SANTA MIGHT BRING YOU A GIFT, FESTIVITIES WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT ONE AND THERE WILL BE LOTS TO GET DONE, PLEASE RSVP TO JOIN IN THE FUN BY CALLING CODY'S MOM". 

I SET UP IN THE HALL TWO OF THOSE OUTDOOR 6 FOOT AIR BLOWN SNOWMAN, THEY WERE EVEN BLUE AND WHITE WHICH WENT PERFECTLY WITH OUR THEME. MY SON'S LOVES BLUE AND SNOWMAN ARE WHITE.  I CREATED A FIREPLACE BACKDROP FOR SANTA TO SIT IN FRONT OF WITH CHRISTMAS  STOCKINGS HANGING FROM IT. I BOUGHT 2 SETS OF SCIENCE FAIR CARDBOARD CUTOUTS AT WALMART TAPED BOTH TOGETHER AND ATTACHED FIREPLACE PAPER, CUT OUT "YELLOW FLAMES" FROM CONSTRUCTION PAPER AND HUNG THE STOCKING WITH VELCRO. THE FIREPLACE ENDING UP BEING 5FT X 4FT FOR THE BACKDROP SINCE WE WERE TAKING PICTURES OF THE KIDS SITTING ON SANTA'S LAP TO PUT INTO PHOTO FRAMES.  I ORDERED A BIG SILVER SNOWFLAKE HELIUM BALLOON WITH BLUE AND WHITE BALLOONS IN A  CLUSTER AS THE CEILING CENTERPIECE.  TABLE CENTERPIECES WERE 12INCH FIBER OPTIC CHRISTMAS TREES WITH CERAMIC SNOWMAN AT THE BOTTOM. WHEN YOU WALKED INTO THE HALL TABLES WERE TO THE LEFT & RIGHT WITH THE DANCE FLOOR IN THE MIDDLE SO I PLACED BALLOONS IN FRONT OFF ALL THE TABLES. I BOUGHT BLUE SNOWFLAKE BALLOONS BUT HAD THEM BLOW UP A WHITE BALLOON INSIDE OF IT, IT WAS PERFECT! ALL THE TABLECLOTHS AND SKIRTINGS WERE BLUE AND WHITE SNOWFLAKE PRINT ALONG WITH ALL THE PLATES. 

WE HAD THE KIDS MAKE FOAM CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY ARRIVED AFTER PLACING SNOWMAN NAME TAGS AND JINGLE BELL NECKLACES ON EACH CHILD, WE PLAYED "HOT SNOWMAN"(JUST LIKE HOT POTATOE) I BOUGHT 8 BEAUTIFUL STUFFED SNOWMAN AT THE DOLLAR STORE FOR PRIZES FOR THIS GAME.  THEY PLAYED PIN THE STAR ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE.  I CUT OUT 2 CHRISTMAS TREES FROM GREEN POSTER BOARD, ATTACHED THEM WHITE POSTERBOARD AND TAPED CANDY CANES AND LITTLE PACKS OF GUM TO THE TREES, EVERYONE WAS A WINNER IN THIS GAME, WE USHERED THE KIDS TO PLAY THIS GAME AFTER THEY GOT "OUT" PLAYING THE HOT SNOWMAN GAME. (SINCE WE HAD 36 CHILDREN!) THE KIDS ALSO LOVED PLAYING THE "FREEZE DANCE".  WE PLAYED FROSTY THE SNOWMAN MUSIC AND THE KIDS WOULD DANCE UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPPED AND THEY WOULD FREEZE IN POSITION. 

AFTER ALL THESE ACTIVITIES THE KIDS HAD PIZZA AND DRINKS.  WE ALSO HAD LUNCHMEAT TRAYS AND FINGER FOODS FOR THE PARENTS.  I ALSO MADE A SNOWMAN PUNCH WHICH WAS VANILLA ICE CREAM BALLS IN BLUE HI-C PUNCH. ALL MY SERVING TRAYS WERE BLUE AND WHITE SNOWMAN WHICH IF FOUND AT WALMART AND FUN PARTY STORES.  WE HAD 2 OPEN BARS, ONE FOR THE KIDS WHICH WAS RUN BY MY NIECES AND THEY SERVED MINI 80Z POPS OR HUGGIES OR MINI BOTTLED WATERS TO THE KIDS, ONE BAR WAS FOR THE ADULTS WHO NEEDED IT BEING IN A ROOM WITH 36 CHILDREN ALL UNDER THE AGE OF TEN. 

THE BIRTHDAY CAKE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WINTER WONDERLAND SCENE WITH SNOWMAN ALL OVER IT.  THE KIDS HAD CAKE AND ICE CREAM. 

WE THEN OPENED TONS OF GIFTS. THERE WERE TOO MANY SO WE ENDED UP DONATING SOME GIFTS ESPECIALLY THE DOUBLES TO THE LOCAL SALVATION ARMY. 

FINALLY IT WAS TIME FOR SANTA TO ARRIVE. WE PLAYED SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN WHEN SANTA ENTERED THE HALL.  THEY WERE SO EXCITED.  THE KIDS LINED UP TO SIT ON SANTA'S LAP, WE TOOK POLAROID PICTURES AND SANTA GAVE THEM EACH A GIFT, WHICH WERE SPIDERMAN AND STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE PUZZLES FROM THE LOCAL DOLLAR STORE, I COULDN'T FIND SNOWMAN ONES! THE PUZZLES WERE WRAPPED IN SPIDERMAN AND STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER SO SANTA KNEW WHO TO GIVE EACH ONE TOO.  WE PLACED THE POLAROID PICTURES IN SNOWMAN FRAMES FOR THE KIDS TO TAKE HOME.

WHEN EACH CHILD LEFT MY SON HANDED THEM A CLEAR BEACH BALL THAT HAD A BLUE SNOWMAN INSIDE OF THE BALL AND TOLD EVERYONE THANK YOU FOR COMING TO HIS PARTY.  MY SON'S PRESCHOOL TEACHER TOLD ME THE KIDS TALKED ABOUT CODY'S PARTY UNTIL EASTER TIME. THEY HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME AND WE DID TOO!

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