There comes a time when either your budget can’t swing a bounce house/gymnastics birthday party or your kid is just sick of going to them (first world problems, I know). How about an old-fashioned, frugal party at home? When it is time to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, this is what it looks like outside our window
So, no backyard birthday parties or going to a park to play for us. I hope those with summer birthdays realize the budget-friendly party hand they have been dealt! It is possible to have a fun, memorable party at home that even Mom and Dad can enjoy. One of our best parties was the Barbie Movie Party. My daughter and I made almost everything for the party. Let me show you what we did and feel free to adapt to Star Wars, Superman, or whatever the flavor of the month is at your house.
First we made invitations by hand. My daughter was in the rhinestone-sticking department and I handled the paper cutting. We made invites that fit in business size envelopes that we already had. We invited about 6 girls. That is maximum kid capacity for our home.
We heard many raves about the invitations! Next my daughter and I made a tissue paper flower for each attendee to take home as a party-favor. Find how-to instructions on the web. Each flower takes less than 5 minutes to make.
We fancied up some water bottles for a party drink. Simply cut thick patterned paper, like scrapbook paper, to fit in a band around each water bottle. Then use clear packing tape to cover the entire band.
The final home-made detail was the Barbie Doll Cake. You can either buy a Wilton cake pan to create Barbie’s gown, or find instructions on the web for making it from a mixing bowl. Ask your friends – someone has to have a pan you can borrow! I really recommend buying a Barbie torso cake pick at your local craft store. Don’t try to fit an entire Barbie doll in the middle of the cake. If you want your cake to look great, dress the cake pick in a Barbie-doll shirt you have around the house. This means you won’t have to decorate around her, um, chest. We decorated her gown simply. Remember, you have 7 year olds coming to your house and this isn’t a Pinterest contest! All the dots and squiggles I created can be done with a Ziplock bag with a hole cut in the corner. If you have a Barbie cake, you have yourself a party!
- Arrival – decorate your own Goody Bag at the dining room table
- Play Musical Pass the Barbie – When the music stops, if you are holding Barbie, you’re out. Continue until you have a winner. Extra points for the hostess who plays a Barbie music cd from the library!
- Watch Barbie movie on living room floor while eating pizza and drinking from fancy water bottles. Check movie length. “Barbie Magic of the Rainbow” fit our schedule best.
- Cake, presents
- Dance around living room with tissue paper flowers before pick up. This may have been the highlight of the party!
- Take home your goody bag – we like to put in some home-made sugar cookies. I avoid cheap junk that gets thrown out the next day.
My daughter and I had so much fun working on the party details and using things we had around the house to make a unique party! I do admit that I have a family legacy when it comes to kid’s parties. My mom was always very creative. . . one year we had a taffy pull! That was in the days before personal injury lawyers had been invented 🙂 Truly, there’s only a handful of years when you have a chance to have a fun kid’s party. Before you know it, birthdays with friends will consist of a request to be dropped off at the mall or the movie theatre. Carpe diem my friends!