Birthday parties don’t need to be pint-sized gala affairs. In fact, you’d be surprised at the simple things that pack the most punch.
It’s been awhile since I hosted a birthday party. You know, a real one, like with fifteen sugar-hyped kids and lots of cake and stress. And hours spent gluing tissue paper and solid gold painted wings on the dinosaur pinata so that it can be a dragon. And staying up till 2 am, sewing knights capes for all the kids.
Once upon a time, I went full bore on that kind of thing.
I think I’ve almost fully recovered.
It wasn’t until debt reared up uglier than a dragon that I came to my senses and realized that my kids really did not care what the pinata looked like or if the cake was baked from scratch. We didn’t have the money to pull it off in the style to which I had become accustomed.
But, my kids didn’t mind.
Kids are like that. Some things — usually the ones that most suprise us — are important. And others — those that we stress over — really aren’t.
Here are some quick and easy ideas to make birthday parties simple and fun:
- Use these budget birthday party ideas to help you plan and check out these 12 ways to save on birthday parties.
- Decorate your own cake. This tutorial will show you how. Need creative inspiration? Check out the birthday archives here at Life as MOM for some pretty cool cakes for both boys and girls. Think Angry Birds, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Rapunzel and Merida. We’ve got all those and more. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, use number candles for your cake.
- Make your own pinata. It’s cheap. It’s creative. And the kids just love it. Just make sure to set rules so that no one gets hurt.
- Consider outsourcing. I’m always amazed at what JessieLeigh comes up with for parties outside the box — and the home. She’s able to pull it off in winter, no less. Manicure and Pizza Party? Hockey party at the ice rink? I’ll take it!