Birthday Party Ideas


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For three weeks every June our household is one big non-stop celebration.  To kick off the party season, we have my oldest daughter’s birthday, then my husband’s, then Father’s Day, then my youngest daughter’s birthday all within 21 days.  Some years we will also have graduations mixed in. Oh my.

This year we had a particularly busy party season due to a home renovation project I am up to my ears in, so when Shindigz personalized party supplies contacted us about partnering on a blog post, the timing couldn’t have been better. My little one’s birthday was right around the corner and I had not done a thing for it!

I planned her birthday party at a venue where the food and beverages were included, so all I needed were my birthday party supplies.  Shindigz was the perfect site to get all of our party supplies. In fact, I was able to get everything I needed for our party without leaving my house! 

Rainbow Birthday Party Theme

I went on Shindigz and started looking at their adorable birthday party themes for kids and even though it was hard to pick one, these personalized rainbow birthday plates had me at first click.

As I started navigating through the options for a Rainbow birthday party theme, I was able to pick and choose from different patterns to put together a VERY cute table!

rainbow birthday party plate

I am always a fan of the personalized water bottle stickers, and loved being able to personalize these with a festive, “Morgan is 6!”  Even better, when they arrived, I gave my oldest daughter the task of putting them all on (that easy!)

personalized water bottle stickers

Because the plates were so colorful and festive, I went with solid colors for the table cover, napkins and plastic ware forks. And then I spotted the best thing ever…

They even carry party favors!

I love giving a non-candy favor and my girls love crafts so I was elated to find these rainbow with clouds sun catchers. Score! To make it even that much cuter, I got personalized rainbow party favor stickers to match.

And again, I gave little one the job of sticking them on the favors to save time.

rainbow sun catcher party favors

In the end I was able to order the table covers, napkins, forks, plates, water bottle stickers, table top decor, party favors and party favor stickers ALL WITHOUT LEAVING MY HOUSE!

No joke, this was my easiest party EVER!

Easy Funfetti Cake Recipe

Now that the venue was set, and party supplies were ordered, there was just one thing that needed to be taken care of –  the cake.

Sticking with the rainbow theme, I felt inspired to bring a  funfetti cake. Then I had a momentary lapse of sanity and thought, maybe I will ditch the box and attempt to make one on my own? For me, that is big. I am not a baker.

I found this easy funfetti cake recipe on Pinterest of course, and gave it a go.

And dare I say it actually turned out and was delicious?! Baking victory!

easy funfetti cake

Shindigz made party planning so easy I was able to focus on other things, like having fun, versus running around trying to get everything ready.

family My daughter had a rainbow-tacular 6th birthday!

Thank you, Shindigz for making it so special!

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Healthy Classroom Birthday Treat

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My daughter’s kindergarten teacher is celebrating the July birthday kids’ half birthdays in the month of January so we celebrated her big 5 1/2 birthday last week in the classroom.

Her teacher is super healthy, which I love, so birthday treats are not allowed, but I still wanted to bring in something special for her to celebrate.

Last year a little girl in my oldest daughter’s class brought in these cute butterflies with healthy snacks inside to celebrate, so I decided to do the same and share this healthy classroom birthday treat idea.

It turned out to be a fun project for us, and was fairly simple.  Even better, the kids all seemed to enjoy them so that to me is a success!

Healthy Classroom Birthday Treat – Butterfly Baggies

Supplies needed:

1. Ziploc Snack Bags

2. Two different healthy snacks

3. Bright colored Pipe Cleaners

4. Googly Eyes

5. Plain Clothespins

6. Markers to decorate (optional)

7.Glue Gun


1. Take a clothespin and pinch to open. Center one pipe cleaner at base of opening (I put a little glue gun glue on it to keep it in place), and then twist pipe cleaner in a spiral at top to make the antennas.

2. Glue gun on the googly eyes.

3. Decorate! My daughter and I both had fun decorating them together with different designs. She drew a smile for the face, then decorated the body with different patterns, then wrote a {heart} Morgan on the back.
Morgan decorating

4. Once they were all decorated, we filled both sides of the snack sized baggies with healthy snacks. In our baggies, we did 1/2 grapes, and 1/2 Organic Honey Graham Teddy Bears, and then closed baggie, and clipped it in between the clothespin.

And that is the how-to on this healthy classroom birthday treat!  Hope this gives you an idea if you are in the same situation of needing a healthy classroom treat. It would also be great for a class party.

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How to Throw an Inexpensive Birthday Party

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How to Throw an Inexpensive Birthday Party

Over the past 8 years, my kid’s birthday parties have run the gamut from simple to elaborate, expensive to under $80, total which inspired this post on how to throw an inexpensive birthday party. And what I have learned is elaborate or expensive doesn’t necessarily make for a better party.

But it can make for a more stressed out mom.

I vividly remember this Fancy Nancy birthday party I threw for my 6-year-old daughter. I had three specialty activities for the girls, but the highlight of the party was when my husband started an impromptu game of duck duck goose. They thought it was so fun Emma’s dad was playing.

Note to self.

Now there are years you might feel up to going “all out” and to that, I say, “go for it!” If you have the time, means and desire to put on a Pinteresty Party, absolutely you should do it. I am just saying that you don’t have to.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this recent inexpensive birthday party we had for my daughter (which turned out to be one of my all time favorites) it inspired me to write this post.

How to Throw an Inexpensive Birthday Party 

Host it at a free venue.

A party at home or a park will always be cheapest. Avoiding a venue rental fee is key.

Timing is everything.

If you host your party during a non-meal timeframe, you can serve some simple snacks along with your birthday cake or cupcakes and skip the cost of a meal. Consider a 1 – 3p, 2-4p or even a 930am- 11:30am party time frame and you won’t have to serve breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Keep the guest count low.

The old rule of thumb was to invite the same number of kids as the birthday kid’s age, which really does make a lot of sense. I know this is often not possible, but if you can keep it to a small number of friends, smaller parties can be better all around, for the kids and for the budget.

When kids are “of age” a drop off party where parents drop the kids off at your home can also help as you will not be expected to provide drinks or food for the adults.

Don’t underestimate the festive power of balloons.

Old school helium balloons like we had when we were kids can transform a whole party area. Tie them to chairs, the mailbox, even keep them loose in the living room, and immediately your house will look festive without breaking the bank.

Make your own cake or cupcakes. 

Store bought or bakery bought items will be more expensive than the good ole’ boxed mix from the store. Or, from scratch. Plus, there is something extra special about making your own child’s birthday cake. Or, set up something fun and different like an ice cream sundae bar.

Bring back Old School party games.

Games like musical chairs, freeze dance, duck duck goose, pin the tail on the donkey, relay races, water balloon tosses were all popular for a reason – kids LOVE them! If they are having fun just playing around, no need to organize a game, but if you start to sense a lull, pull one of of these oldies but goodies out.

Pick a simple theme.

A simple theme, like “Princess” or “Pirate” where kids are invited to wear their dress up clothes, or “Pretend Sleepover” or Pajamas and Pancakes, where kids wear jammies can make a party seem even more fun without spending a cent.  Or, chose the birthday kid’s favorite color, and have the kids wear that color, then do all your paper good and balloons same color. Big effect for little cost.

Shop for paper goods at discount stores. 

We have local Dollar Tree and 99 Cent Only stores that can carry great party goods like paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic table covers, all for $1. Sometimes you can even find good themed ones.

Forgo the party favors.

Kids don’t really need them, or, give each child a helium balloon when they leave so they can walk out with a little something.

Send an Evite.

Online invites are cute, easy, more eco-friendly and free!

Set up toy stations.

For my daughter’s recent 5-year-old birthday party, we set out toys in stations: Barbies, ponies, Littlest Pet Shop, etc. Her preschool friends were in heaven just getting to play with her toys.

Remember, the party will be magical no matter what. 

Just having a birthday party, any type of party, where your child’s friends get to come over, bring them presents and everyone sings to them over their favorite sweet, is AWESOME.  And sometimes the simplest things in life can be the best.

Do you have any tips on how to keep birthday party costs down? Have you thrown an inexpensive birthday party? Would love to hear your ideas below!

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Pajamas and Pancakes Birthday Party

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Pancakes and Pajamas Birthday Party

My youngest turned 5 last week and we threw her a small pajamas and pancakes birthday party which turned out to be the easiest, most inexpensive kid party on record for me (around $80 total), so I wanted to share the ideas with you.

At 5 years old, my daughter’s preschool friends pretty much are just thrilled to have a play date. Throw in some balloons and cupcakes, and life is really good.

Here are some of the SIMPLE pajamas and pancakes theme ideas that made it extra fun.

Pajamas and Pancakes Invitation

I found this cute pi’s and pancakes invitation on Evite’s premium line, Postmark under “Kid’s Party Invitations.”

Note: ours was NOT a sleepover but you can change the copy when you customize. We made it clear in the invitation that girls were to wear their pajamas and it was a drop off party from 10am – 12pm.

Cost: Free (somehow I had credits, I think I got them when Postmark launched?)


Pajamas and Pancakes Party Menu 

– Pancakes
– French toast sticks with powdered sugar
– Bacon
– Fruit
– O.J.

My husband was the cook, and prepped these french toast sticks to freeze the night before and baked the morning of. He also made a batch of pancakes and bacon before the party started in the morning so everything was cooked and just needed to be heated prior to serving.

I also ordered donut holes from a local spot because, really, is there anything better than a donut hole?

And who knew that a bunch of 5 year olds would be so crazy for bacon?! We kept hearing “More bacon please!”  Just a tip if you through a pajamas and pancakes party, allot for more bacon per kid than you might have originally anticipated!

Cost: $40 

Pajamas and Pancakes Decor 

Ridiculously easy. Birthday girl and I hit our local Party City and she picked out these Summer Lovin’ rainbow plates, cups, napkins and table cover.  I found the  cute rainbow napkins at Target.

For the centerpieces, I filled 3 mason jars ($1.50 ea at Michael’s) and stuck a Dollar Tree silk flower in each.

The morning of, I got a batch of helium balloons filled at my local grocery store and tied one to the back of each chair.

Cost: Approximately $30




Pajamas and Pancakes Games and Activities

Here is where I went Old School. Big time.

Games included:

– Make your own fruit look necklaces (supplies needed: Fruit Loops and string.)
– Duck, Duck Goose
– Musical Chairs
– Balloon dance (basically let a garbage bag full of balloons loose in the living room and let them go crazy.)

Don’t underestimate the power of our old childhood games. Girls had SO MUCH FUN.

Cost: $7


Pajamas and Pancakes Party Favors

So I am on the “ban party favors from kid’s birthdays” wagon, but we did end up with left over donut holes, so I put those in little baggies to send home with the kids, along with one of the helium balloons.

Cost: Nothing additional.

All in all, a great party. Kids LOVED wearing their jammies, breakfast food is cheap, and birthday girl didn’t have to wait the whole day for her party to start.

Thanks for reading!!!

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Earth Day Party Ideas!

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Earth Day Party Ideas

Have you ever thought about how much trash and waste goes into a birthday party?

Why not give your next party an “Every Day is Earth Day” or an “Earth Day Birthday” theme? A green party theme is a ton of fun and there are so many ideas you can play off of.  It might even be fun to throw a party for the earth and make it an Earth Day Party!

Here are some earth day party ideas for an eco-friendly bash – whether it’s for Mother Earth or your sweet little one!

Eco-Friendly Invitations

Of course the most eco-friendly invitation is one that is paperless.

Create an emailed invitation for your eco-chic party on a site Echoage.

If you want to take the idea further and reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping, Echoage allows you to pick a favorite charity (you can opt for one focused on environmental projects) and guests can make a donation in lieu of gifts. This is the greenest giving of all! 

Brainstorm on invitation wording like a party that will be “Out of this World.” Or “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. Join us for an Earth Day Birthday Party for…”  Or, “The Best Friends are Sustainable Ones. Celebrate with us at an Earth Day theme party for…”

Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Playing on the Earth Theme, pick a color palate of browns, white, green and blue for a global-flare.

Opt for reusable plates and silverware versus paper.

If that isn’t practical, consider purchasing party supplies from Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supply company that sells items that are compostable and biodegradable. even sells Greenware disposable cups that are 100% made from plants!

Eco-Friendly Food / Drinks

When shopping for food and drinks, think local. Shop your local farmers’ market for local produce and veggies.

Make your own mini organic pizza crusts, and let kids top theirs with a choice of toppings (including local organic veggies and cheese.)

Serve homemade lemonade with fresh lemon slices in reusable cups.

Eco-Friendly Party Activities 

* Have kids first make their own pizzas so those are ready to pop in the oven when the time comes.

* Planting Station: Buy mini terracotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint ahead of time.

Set up a table with colored chalk so kids can decorate their own pot to take home. In center of table set up soil and seeds, and help kids scoop their own soil into their pot and then plant their flower seeds of choice. Send their decorated pot home as their party favor.

* Make your own binoculars.  Let kiddos make and decorate their own set of binoculars out of SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid bath tissue rolls to take on their nature scavenger hunt.

* Nature Scavenger Hunt: Let kids explore around the backyard or take a walk around the block as they search for various items found in nature.

* Go Green Story Time: Read a favorite eco-friendly children’s book.

Eco-Friendly Dessert

Playing off the nature theme, have the kids make their own earthy “mudpies” using homemade organic chocolate pudding and toppings with such as whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, gummy worms, smashed up organic chocolate cookies, etc.

Or, make an farmers’ market fruit cake like the photo above!

Eco-Friendly Thank You’s

Take a picture of your child with each guest and send them a sweet emailed thank you with a sentiment like “Thank you for being a sustainable friend.”

As you can see, you can have a ton of fun with this green theme. And events like this can spark many teachable moments about the Earth and our care of it.

Resources: EchoageSusty PartyHomemade Pizza RecipeHomemade Lemonade RecipeFruit Cake Recipe on Family FunHow to Make Paper Tube BinocularsHow to Make Terracotta Pots with Chalkboard PaintEco-friendly Children’s BooksOrganic Chocolate Pudding Recipe,  Worms in the Mudpie Recipe

Photo credits: Forks from Susty Party, Fruit Cake from Family Fun, Terracotta Pot from Scissors and Spatulas, Worms in the Mudpie from Raspberri Cupcakes

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