This sweet little soul turned four yesterday. He’s our youngest. Oh, I have so many feelings about him getting older. Today I’ll spare you a mushy gushy mommy post and instead share the creative side of his birthday.
We had a party with his friends from school. I wanted some stylish yet boyish aspects to his party, but needed to keep it budget friendly. Hi, recession. Truth be known, I think it’s far more fun finding clever ways to create style without spending a lot.
So about these tags. To save some bucks, I used supplies that I already had. Yep, I’m a paper junkie. All I used were brown paper bookmarks, twine, a hole puncher, a little imagination, and my printer.
How to make:
1. print out your names in the font of your choice
2. cut them down to size
3. tape them with double sided tape to stick on. I think a better idea is printing them on adhesive paper then cutting down to size
4. punch your holes at the end of bookmark and cut the twine
5. tie with a bow
What I like is that once you’ve opened your gift box, you can save the tag as a bookmark or label for your child.
Back to the party favors. Let me first tell you that I’m totally obsessed with party favors. When hosting, I like for kids to leave our party happy with a little container of goodies. And it’s hard to find favors that are both budget friendly and playworthy. Candy is not an option. It would be cruel to the moms to load up their kids on cake and send them home with a bag of candy. Oui? Plus, the idea of trinkets in a cute container seems very retro to me. Love that.
Each box varied, but had three surprises from these little items I picked-up:
– individual party play dohs from target
– soft soccer, baseball and footballs from target [right here]
– crayons from the dollar tree that actually looked very anthro-ish
– glam dress-up rings and bracelets from wal-mart [for the girls]
– pig flashlights from michael’s
– adorable small stuffed animals from IKEA for only 49 cents each [right here]
I started getting pretty excited when I saw the boxes coming together. Obviously I need more excitement in my life. Chinese to-go boxes from Michael’s gave it just the look I was hoping for.
A patient friend helped me organize and stuff our little gift containers. Thanks, Kim!
They turned out pretty cute.
We covered the tables in paper and I quickly scribbled faux placemats on with a marker. Thanks Laura, for the idea!
Before the happy party goers arrived.
Polka dot cake by Publix. Holla’ to Tom in the bakery department, he rocks. Anyone who can listen to the creative rantings of a crazy mom and still make the cake turn out beautiful is a baking genius.
unny, it looks like some of the kids are missing from the group shot above. I guess they bolted during the singing part?
Or maybe they were on the jumpy thing we had outside…it’s fair to say that the bounce house with slide was a much bigger hit than any aesthetics I attempted to add to our simple party. Ahhhhhh, kids. It’s refreshing how easy they are to please!
Now we have a very happy four year old…who slept very well that night.