AKA: “Mom bought a whole bunch of stuff that never got used and we should really use that up before buying more stuff for birthday parties” – Party.
So Yes! I had gon e a bit “Over-The-Top” the year before and because I did not have enough set-up time or help, not everything got used. I later found items that I thought I remembered buying but couldn’t find on the day of the party…. so – being that I now had a new born (1.5 months old) and not a lot of time or budget or energy – I figured this was a perfect way to re-use what we already have.
As I have mentioned – Alex loves LOTS OF THINGS! Cars, trucks, transformers, WALL-E, art, sports, etc…..
So this year we decided to splurg and go for the Bounce House – So GLAD we did! We went with a “Cars” themed bounce house – used all of our left over balloons by renting a helium tank, put together a pinata and didn’t do kiddie pools. It was a HUGE Success!
Alex must have jumped-jumped-jumped for the full 7hrs that we had the rental and this was a hit with the older aged kids!
We thengot a WALL-E pinata from our local Mexican Panaderia and filled it with candy, toys and art supplies from the dollar store 🙂
We did our typical BBQ and I even made a San Jose Sharks Hockey inspired cake and cupcakes! (We were going to do the hockey theme – but my thought was that if we couldn’t do it right – it should wait).
For the favors, my mom and I baked dinosour shaped cookies, along with hearts and stars and handed those out with the pinata loot and cupcakes for all.
It was an absolute blast and def. a good way to do a party on a budget since you can pick and choose pieces.
Please remember when looking at the photos, that I did have a new born and was baking until 9+pm at night, since the first attempt basically melted and fell apart… I have grand ideas like Martha Stewart – I just never pull it off! LOL
It was great knowing if I found something on clearance (Robot plate at target for .78 cents – I could get it!)
My Sister wrote a “welcome” sign on the driveway (We had the party and her house)
We set out balls and sidewalk chaulk and bubble wands in the front yard (supervised by an adult)