Certain parts of the year are busy with birthday celebrations for our family – spring & fall. Our usual routine has been to make a big deal about the birthday boy or girl on their birthday with a dinner and dessert of their choosing. My husband and I take them out to lunch, too, either on the day if it’s a weekend or the closest weekend to their birthday. The special lunch gives us a chance to spend time together with the birthday boy/girl which we normally don’t have.
Since we haven’t been able to afford birthday parties at special places for my children’s classes, our usual routine has been to have a big family party and invite a few close friends. We usually have the party on a Saturday afternoon/evening starting around 3 p.m.with dinner served at 5 p.m. My husband cooks most of the dinner while I handle the decorating, set up, shopping, and food prep. Usually family members bring something to help with the food, either an appetizer or a side dish. A few times, I’ve had help with the dessert, though I prefer to handle that myself.
Since my daughter’s birthday is December and my middle 2 son’s birthdays are in September and October, their family birth celebrations revolve around Christmas and Halloween. For my daughter, I’ve been using the Nutcracker theme which I can then incorporate into my Christmas decorating. The Nutcracker ballet is a favorite tradition for me, and I’ve started taking my children to see each Christmas as long as I can find affordable tickets.
To do a Nutcracker theme which flows into Christmas, I use real candy and candy ornaments that I’ve found at Walmart. I’ve also found that sparkly ribbon and tulle are inexpensive ways of creating a girly, frothy atmosphere without spending too much. The first time I did the Nutcracker, I focused on the elements found in the ballet like the soldiers and the mice. The next time, I focused more on the winter wonderland.
Since fall is a favorite time, and Halloween is one of our favorite holidays to decorate for, it’s been easy for me to do a Halloween-themed party for my middle boys. I’ve had a learning curve with the size of the cake however. The Wilton half sheet cake pan I have requires a double batch of cake mix and really a triple batch of icing on the outside.
For the decorations, I use the fall decorations I put up during Labor Day weekend and add in some Halloween ones. I found some cute filler decorations for jars on clearance at Pier One a few years ago. I also have a large piece of Halloween fabric which has served as a tablecloth. Target has had some Halloween party decorations which go well with my other ones. I usually stick to jack o’lanterns with a few scary black cats thrown in here and there, and of course, candy corn. Black and white ribbon ties everything together.
Next week I’ll share how I save money on party supplies.
How do you handle birthday celebrations for your kids?
Thrifty Thursday Rewind
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