Birthday Parties on a Budget

 

 

Unfortunately, birthdays don’t know whether or not your family is on a budget, they come every year regardless.

Here are 3 creative ideas that Real Simple shared on the Today Show that are easy on the budget but still fun for everyone! The video gives you a visual and instructions on each different theme and how to

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041445/ns/today-parenting/#44639347

[sorry the video wouldn’t load directly on our page but the link will take you to the quick 4 minute video]

These pictures can give you further ideas of what she is talking about.

   

This link to their website gives you step by step instructions on how to make the next birthday party you throw come to life! The instructions are to the right of each picture: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/birthdays/kids-birthday-party-ideas-00100000064145/index.html#8

 

 

The Circle Party is my favorite.

Real Simple says the Target audience is 2-4 year-olds

(from the Real Simple website)

Simple shapes are something toddlers clearly understand (in addition to “candy,” “toy,” and “That’s mine”). A circle party is all-around fun for them and a no-brainer for you. Think Cheerios, polka dots, bubbles, balloons—anything to keep the party rolling. Activities should be short and sweet, as kids this age would rather run free than sit still in circle time. Word invitations “From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the dot.” (By then, you’ll be ready to send those sugar-crazed four-year-olds home.)

Food

Round fare can be a square(ish) meal. Start with open-faced jelly sandwiches on bread circles (cut with different-size cookie cutters) and clementines. Grown-ups can snack on Froot Loops or cherry tomatoes. For the main course, serve pizza bagels or turkey sliders. Round out the menu with jelly beans and retro satellite wafers (from $2, oldtimecandy.com). And it’s a safe bet that the parents will appreciate a little bubbly.

Doughnut Cake

Think outside the box with a tiered doughnut cake (no baking required!). To build it, stack doughnuts and doughnut holes to form a pyramid-shaped tower, then sprinkle the whole thing with candy confetti. At serving time, if you want to sweeten the deal even more, fill the hole in each doughnut with a ball of ice cream (scooped in advance and kept in the freezer).

Decor and Favors

One word: balloons! And lots of them. Dot the walls with colorful construction-paper circles, and cover the table with a polka-dot tablecloth, plus matching plates, cups, napkins, and straws. (You can decorate everyday drinking cups with plain round pricing stickers from an office-supply store.) Before the guests roll home, hand out goody bags stuffed with a bottle of bubbles and a lollipop.

Activities

Rustle up some bubble wrap for tidy (if noisy) fun, or create a ball pit by filling an inflatable kiddie pool with lightweight plastic balls (try Fun Ballz, $20 for 100, amazon.com). A battery-operated bubble machine (like the Gazillion Typhoon Ultimate Bubble Machine, $25, toysrus.com) will save you from blowing a wand and keep the kids running around in circles. (Plus, it will help them burn off some energy after that doughnut cake.)

Happy Planning!

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