Biggest Boy's birthday party was Saturday and I am so amazed he is already four years old. He is such a sweet, smart, amazing child and I wanted to give him a great party, on a dime. I'd estimate I spent between $115-$130 for the entire party, including invitations, food, decorations and his gifts. Did this party rise up to my motto of "Simpler is Better?" Maybe not so much. But it was frugal, so I gave myself a pass.
Our theme was an "Arctic Birthday Blast" and I've decided it was the smartest theme I could have chosen at this time of the year. All the decorations that I actually bought, fake snow for example, is readily available only around Christmas and I got lots of things on super-duper clearance as late as last week. I actually got a strand of white lights (with the white cord) for 80 cents at the Lobby. Gotta love it!
We had snowflakes everywhere!
And a "Polar Bear Toss" game...
My winter mantel , which I showed you here yesterday, was one of my favorite things about the decor, because I can keep it around for a few more weeks at least.
How did I make those snowflakes, you ask? Good question! And here's where I have to give a shout-out to my awesome Hubs who gave me this for Christmas:
I know! I was shocked and impressed and really, really excited. I also used it to make this banner:
And the name tags on these goody bags, and lots more. I plan on covering everything with vinyl any minute, so more on that to come.
Inside the goody bags we had Arctic Animals flashcards, sparkly playdough in two colors (yep, the Silhouette did those labels too), a magnifying glass, and a foam snowflake. I think our sweet little guests will have fun--and if you belong to the one little gal who couldn't make it, don't worry...we saved you a goody bag!
We had a snack buffet with polar bear and walrus cupcakes--this is definitely the fanciest I have gotten with decorating a cupcake, and I think they turned out cute.
|What's that? Why, it's Polar Punch.|
It was fun and festive and frugal. Most importantly, my Biggest felt so special, and that's why we do it all, right fellow Mommies?
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