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How to throw a winter birthday party

Throwing a winter birthday party for your little one? These awesome ideas will warm everyone right up!

By Kate Stewart

How to throw a winter birthday party

Photo: Jodi Pudge

Hosting a winter birthday party

Happy birthday, winter babies!

Don’t despair about being stuck inside for a winter party. Read on to get inspiration for wintery games and festive treats, plus a handy schedule that will help keep you sane and the little sweeties smiling.

Little boy holding a penguin made from paper platesPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Stay on schedule

Keep things moving. If one activity takes less time than we’ve allotted, just move on to the next. 10:00 a.m. Welcome guests at the hot chocolate bar. 10:15 a.m. Enlist parents’ help with crafts assembly. 10:40 a.m. Do a snowball toss. Use three “balls” per turn, so the line moves quickly. 11:00 a.m. Serve little sandwiches as a snack. 11:20 a.m. Freeze dance. Non-dancers can help you with the music. 11:30 a.m. Treats! Serve pull-apart cupcakes and hand out loot bags.

Little girl holding a snowman made from paper plates and cotton ballsPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Make hot chocolate

Find a quick and easy white hot chocolate recipe online to make a snowman punchbowl. 

winter birthday party table with snowman punchPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Serve a snowman cake

Start with your favourite cake recipe or cake mix and make cupcakes. To decorate, frost cupcakes with a thin layer of white icing. Press marshmallows onto icing. Arrange cupcakes in a large circle. Pour orange sugar crystals onto a plate. Apply a thin layer of orange icing to the sugar cone, then roll in sugar crystals. Place cone in the middle of the cupcake circle to make a nose. Arrange the chocolate wafers on the cake to make eyes, and use the chocolate cookies to make a smile.

snowman made from cupcakes formed into a circle covered with mini marshmallows with cookie eyes and mouth and an ice cream cone nosePhoto: Jodi Pudge

Pass out snack-size sandwiches

Whip up ham-and-cheese or jam sandwiches, then cut into winter-themed shapes with large cookie cutters. These are perfect for little tummies!

Mini sandwiches cut with cookie cutters into star and snowflake shapesPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Try this party game

Create “snowballs” by rolling up socks then folding back the cuffs to secure. Have kids take turns throwing the “snowballs” into a basket to score points.

Wire basket with points system sign and white Photo: Jodi Pudge

Hand out snowflake loot bags

Drop a special treat into a brown paper bag. Fold down the top of the bag; fold a doily “snowflake” overtop. Punch two holes through both and tie with ribbon or string. Now you’re ready to hand out the wintery loot bags to all your little guests!

Brown paper bags with white doilies and blue twinePhoto: Jodi Pudge

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