Rooney had her very first real birthday party this year.
We have always just celebrated with family,
since she hasn't really had any school/daycare friends.
Also, I didn't really have any mom friends and it was just easier.
I love a good theme, so we started with that.
It took a while to get her to choose just one but she landed on her favorite book.
This Is A Very Serious Book
I designed her invitation using Word and had them printed at Staples. It ended up costing about $7 and was fun to have something unique and personal.
I really wanted her party to be special and unique and Pinteresty but we were also on a really tight budget. We live in southern Georgia, so even though it was February, we had her party at a local park because it was free and eliminated the need for expensive party games.
It didn't rain, which was a huge blessings, but it still really windy and chilly. The kids loved it but next year we may fork over the money for an indoor location, or just host it at our home.
To keep things budget friendly we hosted the party in the afternoon, outside of normal meal times and offered clementines, veggies and dip, PB & J cut into shapes, chips, and cupcakes.
I also wanted to offer a favor that wasn't junk or junk food so I picked up these packs of bubbles from Walmart and they were a HUGE hit. I don't think any of them actually made it home because all the bubbles got used up at the park.
I learned a few things about party planning for kids:
1. Balloon arches aren't that hard to make and much more affordable than helium balloons
2. Kids don't care about the food but PB&J is always a winner
3. Using a frosting tip with store bought icing is an inexpensive way to get fancy cupcakes
Birthday girl was thrilled, I was thrilled - successful party!
I'm already looking forward to her next party
but not before I cry over the fact that my baby is FIVE.