I'm sure I've mentioned this vacation is also a celebration of our daughter's 10th birthday. Since her birthday gift from us is a full 6 days in the happiest place on Earth, we obviously decided to forgo the usual spectacle that is our kiddo's bday party. (Oh, if I were rich, her parties would be RIDONCULOUS! Finances are the only thing that reign me in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE party planning!) However, after a summer full of invitations to other kids' birthdays, the hubs was planting the bug in my ear about throwing some kind of little gathering so that Trin can celebrate with her friends, too. Which is why on the weekend before we leave for Disneyland, I'm prepping for a birthday party. It won't be anything near what her other birthday parties have been, but I'll admit, that's been a hard pill to swallow. Not because I want to spend tons of money & eat the stress of planning a huge to-do, but because I don't quite know HOW to do this on a small scale.
Trin's first 4 birthdays were relatively simple. There were a few little crafty things thrown in, but for the most part, I stuck to easy themes. (Disney Princess, Blues Clues, butterflies, and Cars, in that order.) You know, the kind where you can just pop down to the local big discount store & pick up almost everything you need, perfectly coordinated? Piece of cake. Then came her 5th birthday, which pretty much sparked an insatiable need to do something equally or more awesome each year. The theme for her 5th birthday was Willy Wonka. We had a sleepover with 10 kids the night before, then threw the party at a local Family Fun Center. Her invitations were 1/2 lb Hershey's chocolate bars. I took off the brown outer wrapping, flipped it inside out, then glued it back on. Before gluing it back in place, I included a gold velum "ticket" that had the actual party info printed in Wonka font. On the outer wrapping, I glued a little piece of paper w/ "You're Invited" in Wonka font & glitter around the border. The goody bags were brown paper bags w/ purple Wonka hats attached to the top, full of exclusively Wonka candies, and a ribbon tying them closed. I even went so far as to make lickable wallpaper. I melted down suckers, then blobbed that onto some colorful bulletin board border. Yep, I'm crazy.
|The gloves I made for Trin's 7th bday party|
|Goody cups from Trin's 9th bday|
I had envisioned simple Disney-inspired decorations for this year's party at home, but as always, Trinity had other ideas. She opted for a Paul Frank Monkey invitation. Now, I may be white trash, but I've got enough class to know that you can't have one style of invitation w/out coordinating the party decor accordingly. So we're making monkey-face cupcakes and using streamers and a table cloth that match the colors of the invitations. The hubs & I are still arguing over goody bags. (Cutting it close, I know....the party is tomorrow!) He thinks we should make some, I think we should skip it due to financial constraints. He'll most likely win. He always does. And he's always right. Okay, well, most of the time anyway. We're kicking around the idea of a silly string fight in the yard, but otherwise we're just doing simple cake, ice cream, and presents. I keep reminding myself that it's okay that I'm not going all-out on this year's party b/c we're spending a week in Disneyland for crying out loud. It doesn't get much better than that. Still, I have the urge to pull together a last minute extravaganza, so it's a good thing I have limited access to our Disney fund or we'd be nuking ramen in our hotel room all week.