Your baby is about to turn one in the middle of these cold, wintry days! Never fear, there are some darling themes you can choose from that match the season perfectly. One of them is the quintessential snowman. If you live in a snowy area this may particularly appeal to you, especially the story of Frosty the Snowman, who, when he comes to life, exclaims each time, “Happy Birthday!”
Send a snowman invitation. This can be very simple to put together using white construction paper, and decorating with the traditional black coal eyes, buttons for the body, corn cob pipe, a carrot for the nose. You can use different colors of papers/markers for the invitation, or actually use buttons for the body and eyes, cotton balls for the body, etc. On the reverse side, list out the party details.
Dress up your birthday kid in a snowman outfit.
Snowflakes and snowman all over the party room would be a lot of fun for the decorations. If you have snow outdoors, build a real snowman to welcome your guests.
You can choose just about any colors to match this theme. It would be a good idea to have pearly white as one of the colors to give the feel of snow. You could blow up a sea of pearly white balloons that the guests make their way through after they arrive, much like trudging through the snow. Also, older kids will have fun playing with all of the balloons.
If older kids are attending:
Have them make their own snowman using construction paper, markers, crayons, etc. The kids could also cut out and decorate snowflakes as another craft idea.
As a tasty activity, have the kids decorate an ice cream snowman. Scoop out three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Have the kids decorate their snowmen with M&Ms for the nose and chocolate chips for the buttons and the eyes, long pieces of black licorice could be used for the top hat.
Read the book “Frosty the Snowman” or watch the video.
Play Pin the Top Hat on Frosty the Snowman.
Play “Melting Snowball” like Hot Potato…wrap a package in white tissue paper.
Have an Inside Snowball Fight. Divide the kids into two teams and have them hide behind a “snow fort,” a large cardboard box. Give each team a bucket of snowballs, i.e. ping pong balls, and they must throw them through the other teams fort. If the ball hits the ground before making it inside the fort, it does not count. The team with the most balls inside the other team’s fort, wins.
If there is snow on the ground, and you want to go “all out” recruit some adults and take the kids outdoors to make your own Snowman.
For the Menu:
Powdered Donuts, carrot noses with snowman dip (ranch dressing), Snowman Face Crackers (using cream cheese and olives for the faces), sandwiches cut into different circle shapes and placed together in a snowman shape, Hostess White Snowballs, Rice Krispie Treat Snow Balls, Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and top it off with Betty Crocker’s darling Snowman Cake (picture from Bettycrocker.com).
For the first birthday party, a little favor that would be fun is to make your own picture snow globes with a picture of your big one year old kid! Older kids may enjoy a snowman soap, stickers, coloring book, snowman bath toys, etc.