I love hosting birthday parties “on the cheap”. I whole heartily believe in keeping things simple for Isaac so that he appreciates all that he has in life … without the expectation of the “more, more, more” attitude that seems to prevail in our society. So, I make it a goal at Christmas, Easter, and his Birthday, to keep things as simple and homey as possible. And I have alot of fun with it. So does he.
As for decorations, I usually post baby pics around the birthday table … reminding guests of how much Isaac has grown. But this year, Isaac’s Auntie had the wonderful idea to trace Isaac onto brown packaging paper … let him color himself in with crayons … and then post it on the door for the party. Another way to show how much he has grown. And he absolutely loved it!
The party was a wonderful success. Mommy and Daddy got him this great tea set made from recycled milk jugs. And although his grandparents doubted it at first – Isaac loved this gift just as I knew he would. He also received other wonderful gifts that totally made his day … Legos, Playmobil, Tonka truck, Melissa & Doug Jumbo Blocks, etc. His Auntie even gave him the pet turtle that he has been longing for.
We enjoyed immediate family: 2 sets of Grandparents, Auntie & Uncle, and 3 cousins. A lovely, manageable gathering of our closest loved ones (although we wish Uncle Jamie & Aunt Amy were there too).
As for party games … we all went out and played in the mud after. Buckets & spoons were all that was required … and I have never seen kids laugh so hard. Again — good times “on the cheap”. Very easily done and oh so appreciated by all.
I hope you find some inspiration to create your own frugal get-togethers. What matters most seems to cost the least 🙂
P.S. To see all of Isaac’s Birthday photos, click here and then click on the thumbnails to see each picture.