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Happiness Isn’t Measured in Dollars: Fun and Frugal Birthday Parties

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The U.S. economy is steadily expanding but for many workers, paychecks barely keep ahead of inflation. During these financially challenging times, smart moms and dads carefully monitor household spending.

A birthday party needn’t be an extravagant affair.  You can create a fun and fabulous event for your child at a reasonable cost.  Here are a few tips from playparty.net.

1. Sharpen your pencil; be realistic. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on the party. Then, stick to your budget.

2. Use your home or another low-cost location as the party venue. For example, the neighborhood park is free and offers plenty of space for the kids to play.

3. Consider scheduling the party on a week day. Ask prospective vendors if they offer discounts for events held between Monday and Friday. (Hint: playparty.net’s Mid-Week Discount saves you $50.)

4. Before selecting a time for the party, think about the type of refreshments you’ll serve. Does your budget permit you to provide a meal? Or are snacks a better fit? Meals are appropriate for parties held between 11 AM and 1 PM or between 4 PM and 6 PM. If the party is scheduled for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, snacks may be sufficient and acceptable.

5. Send invitations electronically if you have email addresses for all of your guests or their parents. (Hint: Check out paperlesspost.com, evite.com and punchbowl.com.) Not only will you save on postage and stationery, but on-line services make it easy to track RSVP’s and send reminders.

6. Try to prepare most of the refreshments yourself. (Hint: Don’t be afraid to ask family members for help. Your child’s favorite auntie would probably be thrilled to make the birthday cupcakes.)

7. Purchase food, such as crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit and vegetables, in bulk.

8. Serve beverages, such as juice or soda, from large bottles instead of purchasing individual-sized containers.

9. If possible, use items that you already have at home as part of the decorations.

10. Buy decorations and other party supplies from a discount store.

11. Prizes and party favors are optional. If you choose to provide them, keep in mind that they needn’t be elaborate or expensive.

12. Use paper bags to hold party favors. During the party, have guests decorate the bags.

13. If your child wants to celebrate his/her birthday at an amusement park, allow him/her to invite just one special friend.

14. Remember what’s most important about marking your child’s birthday — honoring his special place in the family, and reminding her how much she is loved.  Savor the sweetness of the day.

 

Contact us for more birthday party tips and to book the Best LEGO Party or the Ultimate Race Car Party .

Party in a Flashback to the Past!

What a fun idea that both the kids and the parents can enjoy!  Throw a 50’s themed party with LEGO stations as the entertainment.

Start with the invitation using a fun retro font like Veer-HappyHourJF and invite your son or daughter’s friends to celebrate his/her birthday at “Johnny’s” Soda Shop (using your child’s name).

Be sure to make a big banner for the  soda shop at the front door, living room or backyard.

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Serve up a cheeseburgers, hot dogs and fries in red and white checkered paper trays, along with coca cola in vintage bottles.  Serve condiments in retro plastic squeeze bottles and  use fold-out napkins in old-time dispensers.

Have a gumball machine for some self-serve treats.

Instead of a birthday cake, serve up ice cream sundaes, complete with whipped cream and cherries on top in sundae fountainware.

What could be more fun?  LEGOs!!!  Perfect retro entertainment that’s STILL POPULAR!

Playparty.net  would love to set up and help out with LEGO stations.

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And send the kids home with a LEGO mini-figure or mini gumball machine party favor to keep the fun going.

Love the idea, but don’t know where to start? No problem, here are some links* for your birthday party 50’s themes shopping:

 

Coming soon: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Birthday Party!

*Playparty.net provides these links as a convenience for its readers and does not guarantee products or service of any third parties shared here.

 

And Now For Some “Wheel” Fun… Race Car Party Invitations You’ll Never “Tire” Of

The Ultimate Race Car Party delivers thrilling, action-packed entertainment for boys and girls in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange County and San Diego.  Hot WheelsⓇ hurtle down the All American Drag Strip,  competing head to head, while miniature stock cars loop-the-loops on the Roller Coaster Track .

Rev up the excitement with race car-themed invitations.  Use automotive or racing words and phrases as teasers–  for example, “put the pedal to the metal”, “start your engines” or “get into gear”.   Don’t be afraid to be ridiculous.  Goofy puns are part of the fun.

Need help with the wording on your invitation?  Be inspired by these silly couplets penned by playparty.net:

“Power-glide and over-drive  /  Little Danica is turning five”

“Hurry, hurry to the starting line  /  Mario Junior will soon be nine”

 

Announce the date, time and location of the party by saying something like:

“Race on over to the Montoya Family Speedway at …”  

“The starting flag will be waved at 1:00 PM”

“The final lap is  at 4:00 PM” 

 

RSVPs may be worded as:

“Call … to reserve your seat in the grandstand”   

or

“Get your ticket to the races by e-mailing …”

 

If you prefer to manage your invitations and RSVPs on-line, take a look at Evite’s race car invitations, including Racing, Checkered Flag  and our favorite, Animated Race Track.

 

Tanner2Want to include a photo of the birthday kiddo?  Etsy has a wide selection of printable race car invitations.  Here are a few suggestions.  This invitation by Classic Party Designs has a high-octane race car vibe.

 

 

 

Cooper5Lollipop Prints playfully welcomes guests to “race on over” to the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler4We like the way Trendy Butterfly asks for a “red or green flag” response.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Tickets” are clever and fun.  This charming invitation by Story Book Lane Crafts phrases the RSVP as “reserve your seat in the pit crew”.

 

 

 

 

AR VintageIf vintage car racing is the theme of your party, then Anders Ruff’s turquoise and red ticket invitation might appeal to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney CarsPartygoers will get their kicks on Route 66 when you send them Disney PIXAR “Cars” free printable invitations.  They’re “tow-tally awesome” and feature Lightning McQueen, Mater and other Radiator Springs characters.

 

 

 

 

 

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We’re sharing these last two invitations just because they’re so darn cute!  This cheerful design by Candles and Favors makes us smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Adele DrawingAnd Amy Adele’s drawing has a sweet, hand-made quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race Car DriverWhat’s Next?  

Come back soon for more race car party ideas.  Book your Ultimate Race Car Party now in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles or  San Fernando Valley  with Playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.

 

A LEGO-rific Kid’s Birthday Party: Invitations

Looking for ways to build the LEGO theme into all of the festivities for your child’s Best LEGO Birthday Party? Here are some suggestions—fun, easy and affordable ideas from creative moms like you.

First things first; let’s talk about INVITATIONS.

Carolyn of Silly Happy Sweet is a fabulous resource.

If you’re passionate about photography, take a picture of the birthday kiddo holding a favorite LEGO mini-fig or personal LEGO creation. Then add text with details about the party. We love this invitation designed by Lisa Leonard.

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… and this one from Heather of Cookie Mondays.

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If you prefer invitations without a photograph, there’s a large selection on Etsy including this cheerful card from River Bound.

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Delia of Delia Creates shares for personal use her template of a LEGO working guy in front of a green baseplate– perfect for LEGO birthday party invitations and decorations.

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Printables by Amy  offers downloadable LEGO tri-fold invitations with editable text fields.

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What’s Next?

Birthday party decorations are the subject of our next post. Come back soon for ideas on how to create a fun environment for your child’s Best LEGO Birthday Party.

And of course, if you want an entire LEGO party, complete with all the LEGOs, games, and equipment, check out our site: Playparty.net.