Both of my girls have summer birthdays so in the past I've had the luxury of being able to trek a few kids to the post swimming pool, or come up with a quick "summer" outing or "vacation" to grandma & grandpas to check the birthday party block. Last year my oldest became wiser and begged for a birthday party. I'd seen the birthday parties my daughter(s) had attended and I was not going anywhere near the cost that had been incurred. Instead I turned on my creativity.
For Wrena, she was turning 10. That meant she had a bit of "kid" still in her and we didn't have to go "pre-teen" quite yet. When I think of what I'd want someone to do for me if they threw me a party, I immediately think of Oprah's Favorite Things. Wrena's favorite thing is noodles. Yes, noodles. She loves noodles and would eat them at every meal if I allowed her. We decided to throw a noodle party.
Using noodles as our theme we made handmade invitations using clipart of noodles found on Google. Inside the card we put little strips of crinkled paper resembling noodles. She hand delivered them. At the party we served noodles - plain, with red sauce, and with white sauce. We made cupcakes with a noodle decorating the top. For our activities we dyed noodles in different colors and made noodle crafts and we had "noodle-wars" with the pool noodles from Wal-Mart that we also gave as party favors. We also did take-out boxes filled with her favorite noodles and a recipe for how she prefers her noodles (i.e. cooked al-dente with spray butter and shaved parmesan). It was a hit - for both she and I - she had fun and celebrated her favorite things and I loved the price tag!
Now I know that not all kids birthday parties can be so inexpensive but there are ways that experts (i.e. other parents) say you can save quite a bundle. See if any of these ideas/tips make your party rock:
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