Posts Tagged ‘birthday party’

Simple Birthday Celebrations and Traditions

Friday, September 14th, 2012 by by

I like “Big Parties” and I can not lie!

I realize that some kids are introverted, and the thought of being the center of attention, and having lots of kids around them is not in any shape or form considered fun. Also, add to that the cost and time in throwing a party, it can get expensive.

My mother always found ways to make us feel special without having to throw a party.  She wasn’t a baker but on our birthdays she would whip out her Betty Crocker apron and make us our very own cake.  One of our birthday traditions, is my whole family wakes up really early in the morning and they gather around our bed and sing a traditional Mexican song “Las mañanitas.” To this day they still call me early in the morning to sing happy birthday.

Come up with a tradition that you can do each year.  With our kids, we have a Birthday Pancake Cake to honor the birthday boy in the morning! You can even have the Birthday Pancakes Cake for dinner if your mornings are crazy.

You can use these suggestions (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Saving on Birthday Parties – Guest Post from Summit Street Joy

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by by

I am so happy to introduce you all to Lauren from Summit Street Joy.  She is a mom after my own heart.  She has three kids and loves doing things on a budget. I think she might be my long lost twin. Lauren has some great decorating and organizing ideas that we all can use. Today, she is sharing some of her tips for saving money on children’s birthday parties. Little C is turning two in a few weeks so I will be taking notes.

I am super excited to be guest posting today.  My name is Lauren and I blog over on Summit Street Joy.

It’s a place where I write about thrifting, crafting, and budget decorating as we journey to make our little house into a joyful home.  I would LOVE for you to stop by, and to follow, if ya like :)

I am the blessed mommy to three littles: ages 5, 3, and {almost} one.

With two still in diapers {ahem, yes, you read that correctly – my 3-year-old is yet to be potty trained, despite my desperate attempts at training, begging, and bribing: don’t judge ;)}, saving money is the name of the game in our house!

Call me old fashioned, but I think we can celebrate the lives of our kids without breaking the bank.
- Set a budget. I know, I’m such a party pooper. But seriously, I had to start with this one, because as I know from personal experience, if a budget isn’t set in place right off the bat, the little costs of a successful party add up quick.  Even if you think you’re being frugal, the receipts when it’s all said and done won’t lie. Decide up front what you’re willing to spend and go from there.  (Oh, and be sure to check out Vicky’s article on the Importance of a Budget for more help on this one.)


Another Year Older

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by by

OHhh boy! Our first born will be turning SEVEN YEARS OLD next week! I just can’t believe it. And guess what?! We aren’t having a birthday party for her. Well, we are, but not a traditional one. We have my cousins coming down to visit, and they are a little older than her, so we can’t really have “kid” birthday parties anymore (except with our youngest). Plus I wanted to do something different.

Well, a few years ago a roller-skating rink opened up. On Wednesdays, they have $1 days! So we will be taking the family for a skating day! Super cheap, regular price is over $7 to enter and more for the skate rentals.

Then… Also on Wednesdays, it’s a dollar to go to the movies! SCORE! Not only will it save us money, but she will still have a blast!

So don’t be afraid to go out of the box for the family birthday parties! Even when you have a party in your home, you end up spending money, and the trash just builds up. Check out some ideas at one of my favorite blogs HERE.

But fear not, take a look at these gift ideas from Although these are gift ideas you can totally turn them into a fun birthday party. Here are just some of the ideas I got from that site….

Make an art box. Grab a shoebox and prime the outside with white paint to cover the logos and give you a blank slate. Paint the birthday boy or girl’s name on the lid, then fill the box with various art supplies! Small coloring books and mini canvases, packs of paint and brushes, colored pencils and markers, stickers a plain woodcut initial for the child to decorate are just a few things you could use to fill the box. You definitely don’t need to fill the box to the brim. Any fun assortment would work!


A Party in Pictures

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 by by

Naomi had her birthday party today.  What can be said about a party for a two year old?  There were pools, bubbles, a sprinkler, music, food & drinks, cupcakes (of course), some really good friends, a few decorations, and a lot of heat and fun!  I’ll let the photos do the talking, because I. am. beat!  (Sunshine and a good time will do that to you.  As will setting up a party with two excited little ones and a baby who is only happy held. Thank goodness there was lots of help cleaning up.  Thank you soooo much!)



Birthday Celebration

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by by

Haven was so excited to get to go to her friend’s birthday party. Mia is her best friend at school. She absolutely loves Mia. This was a cool birthday though, because it celebrated Mia’s birthday and her sister Natalia’s birthday.

One of our other good friends Rachel – her birthday is next!!!

The birthday party was at a mini golf place with go-karts. Haven had so much fun running around with the girls playing mini golf.

This is Haven and Mia! :) Two cuties……

Miss Haven driving her first go-kart!!! She did awesome after she figured out pushing the pedal and braking! Not saying I’d let her drive my car yet, but she did well!

Decorations for a Diva

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 by by

I think one of the most fun things about a party is the decorations. For Eve’s Puppies and Poodles party, we bought a standard “party kit” with balloons, streamers, table cloths, and confetti, but I wanted to have a more personal feel. After looking at various party stores and online for something that would fit both the theme of the party and my daughter’s personality, I decided that it would be best to make our own decorations.

Our bill at the craft store came to $32.49. Much less than had I bought the signs, party bags, and high chair decorating kit from a party store. We could have spent even less had I planned better, since I only used about half of the paper that I bought. The final price also includes a hot glue gun and glue sticks, because I couldn’t find the one that I already own. I already owned the Cricut and cartridges that I used. For lettering, I used the Story Book cartridge, and for graphics, I used the Paper Pups cartridge.

We have a hidden drive, so a sign was needed to indicate where the party is for the guests who have not yet been to our house. I bought a half sized piece of white poster board and a thin dowel rod. Using the Cricut, I cut out letters in black card stock to be four inches tall. (more…)

Birthday Bonanza!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 by by

This week is little Evelyn’s first birthday. I cannot believe that my baby is getting to be such a little lady. To celebrate this big occasion, I’ll be doing a birthday bonanza here on my blog! All of my posts this week and into next (getting a late start with the holiday) will be about all things birthday. Cakes, cupcakes, decorations, clothes, and more!

Eve’s birthday party will be in the theme of “puppies and poodles.” I chose this theme because my daughter is in love with dogs. Any time she sees a dog, or an animal that remotely looks like a dog (squirrels, cats, horses), she laughs hysterically and squeals “Doggy!” When looking for dog themed party items, I noticed that they all seemed very boyish. The dogs all looked tough, and the backgrounds were blue and red. That doesn’t fit Eve’s personality at all. She is very girly and soft. So then I found items that were themed with poodles, and it was mostly on clearance! So I took a bit from each theme and came up with “puppies and poodles,” which I think fits her perfectly.

Stay tuned for lots of party planning ideas for this theme as well as general party planning tips and stories!


Star Wars Birthday Party: The Numbers

Monday, May 9th, 2011 by by

photo by Karen
30 inflatable light sabers were blown up by Jeff while sitting in the car in the Target parking lot.

72 chocolate cupcakes with Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire decorations were baked by my mom.

23 of Bob’s closest friends bounced in the bouncy house at the indoor playground.

3 shoving matches broke out in the bouncy house at the indoor playground but none resulted in blood injuries or insurance co-pays.

2 Jedis were tipped 15% for their non-union acting and spectacular swordplay.

6 minutes were spent with Bob trying to work out the logic of how Anakin and Darth Vader could be in the same room at the same time if they are the same person.

29 boxes of Ewok Food were distributed.

5 extra large cheese pizzas and 28 juice boxes were consumed.

1 more annual appearance by the Princess Leia caftan.

And 1 extremely happy 5-year-old Jedi.

It was a good day.

2 for 3

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 by by
That is our number for canceled birthday parties. The 1st birthday had to be canceled, and it took almost 2 months to reschedule.

Last year went fine. Then come this year. Sofi had a fever last weekend. I was geared up to cancel. I thought the other 2 would get sick. Nope, nothing. They are healthy. So why are we canceling?

I’m sick. I’m running a fever. I haven’t been sick with a fever since mastitis.

So the party is canceled.
This sucks.

Strawberry Shortcake Party!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by by

Our little Diva turned 2 back on January 20th and in celebration we decided to throw a party well fit for a little diva of course!  It wasn’t too difficult to come up with an idea for the theme since she fell in love with the a group of strawberry shortcake books her Nana has gotten her over the past two years.  I really wanted to do a vintage Strawberry Shortcake party but I’m just not creative enough so I went with whatever I could find and in the end it was a fun set up with lots of great friends and family!

We rented out a roof top social room and did our best to turn it into a fun atmosphere perfect for a birthday party!  Here you see the guest tables all set up with pink and red tablecloths purchased from the dollar store and decorated with bunches of red, pink, and green balloons!  I found these little strawberry-esque baskets at the dollar store and lined them with pink tissue paper….they made perfect little baskets for chips and other party snacks! You’ll also notice I added some very in expensive (like 20 for a dollar) white paper doilies under the balloon bunches and chip baskets to give it a nice little elegant touch and add a splash of white!

Here you can see the gift table/party favour table and the food table to the side! Again…everything was very inexpensive. We used another dollar store table-cloth on the gift/favor table and strung some pink and red streamers across the front! (more…)