Why I do My Kids' Parties. Alternately titled "How Being A Pack Rat Saves Me Money"
I love love love to do my kids' birthday parties. I have them choose a theme no less than 4 months in advance. Knowing ahead of time lets me get on Pinterest, browse clearance sections, borrow things from others, and have the time to make items. A year before this party I needed new table clothes. I chose two that I loved for spring/summer (our table is L O N G) that also matched Rosebud's first birthday theme. Since then I used them for daily dining, as well as 2 more parties.
Our boys have summer birthdays, so often we are out of town and don't do as much of a planned "party". Instead we're swimming, hiking, at camp, or doing other fun things. They don't seem to mind.
The cute buckets/silverware rolls were from a birthday my sister-in-law did for her daughter. She was kind enough to give me what she had left and I put them to use!
Balloons? Pinterest. They're red balloons that have cardstock (which I of course have tons on hand from former projects) glued to them and permanent marker "seeds". Make them the night before, the glue takes a LONG time to dry.
Her apron is a bit droopy here, but she was happy to BE Strawberry Shortcake. My mom got her the dress at a resale shop and made the apron. You can't see them in the picture but she has green and white striped adult knee socks that I had bought on clearance after last St. Patty's Day. I sewed the heel out of them, and on her they were way up her thigh giving the illusion of tights. Her hat was more money than I'd usually pay for a birthday outfit, but the dear friend who made it sells them for their adoption fund*. I consider it helping them to adopt AND getting a fun accessory. Halloween costume for Rosebud? Check.
So WHY do I do my kids' parties big? Because I LOVE it. Birthdays are special no matter if you have a big bash at a kids' party location, do a simple dinner and cake, or a theme birthday at home. Every family is different. I know several people who see my parties as a pain in the neck. Something they'd never ever ever want to plan and do. Some people think my parties are too expensive (trust me, as I've shown you they are WAY cheaper than they appear), too time consuming (probably true), or too excessive. I don't think celebrating my kids once a year is too excessive :o) Overall it is a creative outlet for me and how I show each one they are special.
*If you'd like to order a hat (she has SO SO many styles to choose from, anyone remember LMM's Sock Monkey party hat?) please contact me or leave a comment. I'll hook you up!