Michael wasn't excited about this new arrangement so I promised him a few things. 1. The party would be simple. 2. The party would be inexpensive. Neither of these have applied to their previous parties so I knew it would be a challenge. I'm usually pretty good at sticking to a budget until the week before when suddenly there are 8,000 items we need for the party and all 8,000 items cost way more than I would ever consider paying had I found them one month prior.
The theme was easy. Jude & Sloane adore pajamas. Sloane adores pizza. I didn't think "Hummus and Pajamas" would bring in the masses so Jude didn't get his say in the food category. I designed the invitations on PicMonkey and texted them to party-goers. If that isn't cheap and easy, I don't know what is. Point for Merd.
They already had plenty of adorable pajamas so I didn't need to buy new birthday outfits. Once again, Michael would tilt his head and say, "Need?" but let's be honest. I ordered their cake from Market Street - if you live in Texas and are near a Market Street, I can't recommend them enough. They are cheap and delicious. We picked up the pizzas from Dominos, using coupons to keep the cost down.
|Cake topper by Ladada Designs|
We still had plates, napkins, straws, and cups from last year's party so we were all set there! We always have a giant number balloon so I kept with that tradition and added six more basic balloons to the order last minute. Come on, I'm no saint. Since the party was at night, I grabbed glow sticks for favors.
And that was it! Pizza, fruit, popcorn, and cake. Seven balloons. Glow sticks. DONE.
The kids had a blast. The weather was perfect so we spent a good portion of the party in our backyard. I don't think Jude & Sloane stopped moving the entire time (except when we sang to them).
Going overboard in the past with food or decorations or party favors or birthday outfits... our kids didn't care. In fact, I think we all had a better time this year because I was far less stressed and far more present, which I know they pick up on as well. Good lesson for me. :)
And so wraps up their 4th birthday party! I'm so glad we did it and am so grateful for the sweet friends who came. I can only hope we're all still close when these kids are celebrating their 14th birthday!