We’ve started to make plans for her party, and now it’s all she can think of. I’m looking forward to it, too because I do enjoy giving parties. We always find a theme and then just go crazy – I mean – have fun from there. We’ve had a Bob the Builder party in the past…now we DID go a little crazy for that one since it was the first at home B-day party we had. We had hard hats, my mom made aprons, and I bought these small wood building projects from Home Depot. Paint trays were the serving bowls for chips, etc. It was fun. We’ve also done Harry Potter. I got a bunch of the glasses from the Dollar Store and my dad made wands from wood doweling which I painted black with silver tips. There was also a Jungle party a couple of years ago and last year we had a pyjama breakfast party. Of course, there are always plenty of games to match the theme. I’ve found that if you keep the kids busy during the party then it goes much smoother. I’ve also learned not to waste money on fancy plates, cups, and napkins. That first year was pretty painful watching those Bob the Builder plates with a half eaten piece of cake still on them get thrown away. So I go cheap with that stuff and spend the money on the games. Some years I’ve gone a little over board, but I’m learning to be more frugal. With Ds getting older and his B-day being in the winter, we’ve had his parties away from home the last couple of years (bowling alley and laser tag).
Jungle themed party.
So what’s happening this year? A carnival party! Dd and I have tonnes of ideas swimming around in our minds which adds to the excitement, of course. What’s worse is that we’re having the party a week and a half late. 😦 Her B-day falls in between Mothers Day weekend and the long weekend. Adrian has a big test for his Electrical Master’s course on the M’s Day weekend and, of course, everyone will be away on the long weekend. So it won’t be until the 26th. Ah well, what d’ya do?
I know some people go very simple for birthday parties and will think I’m nuts, but I actually have a lot of fun planning these things. And now that the kids are older they have a lot of fun, too. With this carnival party I got the inspiration from Martha Stewart. This looks like fun to me!
The ultimate themed party…our wedding. Medieval. I do love a good theme.