Yesterday, I attended the second birthday celebration for my grand daughter. The entire party was frugal and used handmade decorations and games already owned. Since my grand daughter adores Minnie Mouse, and the Mickey’s Clubhouse program, the theme of the party was Minnie Mouse. I thought I would share with you just how my daughter-in-law pulled this off to help you pull off the dream party for your child.
First of all my son’s home is small, so inviting a lot of people into the home would be a snug fit with the floor being the main seating. Instead, since my daughter-in-law teaches the local library story time for pre-schoolers and is on the library board she was able to use the spare room in the library with an attached kitchen at no cost. In my hometown, the municipal building has a large meeting room with kitchen that is free for all non-profit activities, you may have something similar.
Games and activities were simple. They brought my grand daughter’s slide (Christmas present from Grandpa), and her basketball hoop (first birthday present from another Grandma). Each was labeled with a different character, such as Pluto’s slide.
Using a small picture of Goofy from a coloring book as her guide my daughter-in-law was able to draw Goofy on a poster board to play stick the hat on Goofy.
My son’s co-worker and close friend brought a bean bag toss board he has had for years, and my daughter-in-law made bean bags using her bathroom washcloths.
A very good friend used newspaper, tissue paper to build a Minnie Mouse pinata and a child’s shovel was used to beat Minnie up. This was the only activity which was reserved for the little ones only. Grown ups had plenty of fun and especially the basketball hoop!
Table decorations were simple. A lollipop tree, and planters filled with grass and homemade Minnie Mouse heads on sticks.
My son did insist on buying the cake already made from the local store. To have the characters on the cake would have cost considerably more, so he designed the cake with large pink polka dots to represent Minnie’s dress. Because the trademark characters weren’t used he saved $12.
The food was simple, Mickey clubhouse sandwiches using some cooked ham and cheese slices, hot dogs kept warm in a slow cooker (for the theme song which is called Hot Dog), a vegetable tray made at home to save money, and a few chips. The children turned down the offer of a small glass of pop (a treat for them) in preference of water, good kids 🙂
Paper plates and cups were used today but to save money there again they were plain plates and cups with embellishments added for the theme, much cheaper than trademark items again. A little dabs of paint created dots around the rim of the plates and the cups had a paper Minnie head attached to it. For anyone wondering, yes my son made sure to recycle anything that was recyclable.
When all was said and done, the total cost for games, decorations, and food for all came to $60 and that includes the insisted upon store bought cake and ice cream.
I don’t have too many pictures to share as my daughter-in-law’s best friend was photographing everything again this year. When she offered to send me copies of everything, I simply sat back and enjoyed the day with family and little girl who had her dream birthday.