Frozen Slime

I purchased supplies for this pin a few days ago, but the timing didn’t quite work out. Then today we have been crafting and playing fools. We went to the theater this morning to see Lego Movie, its part of their summer movie program so we only paid $.50 a piece. My kind of deal. So now, Tony is off playing with his buddy, Leo, and the kids and I are putzing around the house.
Chiara loves Frozen! As evidenced by her Frozen themed birthday. I knew as soon as I saw this Frozen Slime recipe, I knew we had to do this!

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All you need is a bottle of blue glitter glue and up to 8 oz of Sta-Flo liquid starch. Both of which I picked up at Walmart, super convenient, you know, working there and all. The starch was super cheap too, so that was a little exciting for me.
The original pinner called for the ingredients to be chilled, but Chiara didn’t want it to be cold. After perusing some other slime sites, more to come on that later, I decided it would be fine at room temperature.
I started by putting the glue in the bowl and just putting small amounts of liquid starch in at a time. Remember that you can always add more, but if you have no more glue to add (which I didn’t) you have to scrap it.

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Once we got to a good consistency, where it would ooze just a little over the sides of my hands, I let Chiara have at it!

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She was having a ton of fun with it, but it started getting a little overly sticky, so we had to pause and add more liquid starch. Too sticky, add starch, too gooey, add glue (or start over).

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Ignoring the face she’s making, we got an awesome consistency that let us stretch it out, almost like looking through a sheet of ice!

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The stretchy fun just never ends!
The site said that the slime should keep for a few months in an air tight container, so we sealed them in some old olive jars that I save for random Pinterest stuff, like this!

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Once Tony got home, he had some memories of how he played with Gak back in the day. So aside from making fart noises with it, he showed the kids how to blow bubbles with the slime. Great parenting at work……

Frozen slime is on the bottom (hopefully you realized this) and the top jar will be covered tomorrow. See you then!
Happy sliming all!!

Frozen Party

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So it occurred to me that I missed a post about baby girl’s birthday. Horrible right?!
What you see above is the invitation I worked up for her to take to school. It took me longer than it should’ve to figure out how to put a picture as the background in Microsoft Word! I had the same problem with Arthur’s invites too! I was really excited about how they turned out though, as was Chiara! She was so sad that I didn’t let her take them to school that day.

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This next step didn’t excite me as much. As with Arthur’s birthday, I purchased a king size sheet for a backdrop. This time I got a white one and had Tony spray paint it with glitter. In retrospect, a teal or light blue sheet with glitter would’ve been better. The glitter refused to show on the white! At the moment I have no future use for this sheet, but I’m sure Pinterest will save me!

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Streamers were easy enough, so I trusted Tony with those. We used a simple blue and white, twined together. He did great with Arthur’s streamers unsupervised and he was once again successful.

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This one was a gift / party wear from her Nana & Papa. I had the thought to put it on the cake as decor, but she was so insistent on wearing it, I didn’t want to make her cry on her birthday! The only way it would’ve been better is if she would’ve agreed to wear her Elsa dress.
I do want to have a short sidebar here stating that the Elsa tiara is the best yet. I’m not even talking about how it looks, even though it is gorgeous. It is by far the sturdiest one, featuring aluminum as a material. Don’t worry! This is not a chincy tiara that will break in a week!
Most of these ideas were self thought up after browsing assorted sites so no original pin to reference. I hope you enjoy any partying you come up with!

Knock Down the Ice Palace

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This was a game that I had loosely been planning for a few weeks, but threw together the morning of the party.
After having done Hit the AT – AT at Arthur’s birthday, I wanted to do a similar game for Chiara.
I used what we had around the house, starting with 15 kid cups from Olive Garden. I had Tony set me up to spray paint in the garage and I used some leftover white, baby blue and teal spray paint.

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I just went crazy, layering the spray paint until I was satisfied with the results. We let them dry and then stacked them up. Using the gaming sandbags I made for Arthur, I let the kids throw away until they knocked over the improvised ‘ice palace’.
This was something I just devised myself, so no link to reference. Have fun!

Snowflake Cake and Frozen Party Snacks

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This was the cake I made for Chiara’s Frozen birthday party. I do want to start off by saying I suck at smoothing icing. My mom even saw this picture and asked why I didn’t smooth it all the way. My response: I did my best. She says she’ll show me how to do it right the next time I see her. I can’t wait as she’s the one who taught me how to decorate cakes to begin with!
I started off with the 3 circular pans and a vanilla cake mix the night before. The next morning, the day of the party, I made up some of my awesome icing and got started decorating. Biggest layer on the bottom,  a layer of frosting, tinted to that beautiful color using a little of Scooby Doo Teal. Who knew that would yield a Frozen blue?!
As I stacked the layers, I kept the back of the circles flush so I would have more room to put her name. Once I reached the top, I used a toothpick to shape the snowflake design I wanted. Once I got something I was happy with, I traced it with white icing. Then I just iced her name and how old she was. Gorgeous all over, according to the birthday girl!

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The only other Frozen snack we agreed on for the party was chocolate drizzled popcorn.
I probably shouldn’t have used the extra butter popcorn we keep on hand, but it was still good regardless. I popped a bag of our popcorn, and dumped it into a bowl. Then I melted down some of the white chocolate morsels I bought for this purpose and drizzled it over the popcorn.
I drizzled it over the popcorn while it was in the bowl, but I think in the future I would lay it over a tray to ensure better coverage. It was still good regardless. Chiara would’ve sat and ate the entire bowl had I let her!
Enjoy the snackage and feel free to post pictures of your own Frozen food!

Pin the Nose on Olaf

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This idea was from Pinterest, but sadly the picture didn’t link to anything. It seemed pretty self explanatory.
I got my Olaf from a school project that my son brought home. I did something similar for my son’s birthday. I layered the Olaf over several sheets of scrapbook paper and put packing tape over the front (poor man’s laminate), so it can hold up to noses being stuck on it.
I don’t claim to be super artisitc, but I made myself a stencil of a nose shape that I was happy with and cut out around 12 of them.

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Arthur did alright and managed to get it on Olaf at least. The girls, not so much. They both put it on the wall next to the door. Oh well, they’re only 4! It was a fun, Frozen themed game that tied right in with Chiara’s birthday, so I’m calling this a win!
Olaf pictures can be found online to print off yourself, you could pull one out of a coloring book, or, given the simplicity of his design, you could draw an Olaf on a piece of paper. Then all you need is tape and a blindfold!
Play on everyone, play on!

Snowball Playdough

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This was a fun little pin I found for Chiara’s birthday.
We decided, well I decided, to throw a Frozen themed birthday party for Chiara this year, and what makes a better party favor for preschoolers than playdough?
I do want to preface this with the fact that my crockpot is old and it may be slowly dying. Your playdough may ‘cook’ faster than mine did.
You start by mixing together in your crockpot:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tarter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
The original directions say to use medium heat. That was a problem for me as my crockpot has high and low. I went with high. You throw everything in the crockpot:

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Then you stir it together until it looks like this:

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If you want to add and food coloring or dyes, now is the time to stir those in as well. Then you let it cook. It took about a half hour on high, stirring every five minutes or so. This is part of what led me to thinking my crockpot is dying!
You’ll be able to tell as you move through this process when it’s done because it will begin to resemble traditional playdough.
I didn’t add any dyes, but I did want to add glitter, something that you do once it’s cooled.

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Here, I just threw some glitter on a plate and rolled it around until I was satisfied with the sparkle. Chiara really enjoyed helping me out here too!
Afterwards she insisted on ‘testing’ the playdough.

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She had no complaints!
The original pinner did provide lovely, printable tags, but as I am still without a printer, I just used the tags provided with the jars and hand wrote on them. Just to make sure it was clear what I was going for.

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Not very fancy, but again, it’s a party favor for preschoolers, so we had no complaints!
Have fun making it and even more fun playing with it! It is all edible ingredients, minus the glitter, but it tastes nasty! Yes, I tried it, don’t judge me!