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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.

 

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Girl Power! LEGO Party

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For over 50 years, LEGO toys have engaged kids in creative play, encouraging them to imagine, invent and explore.

If your daughter is a LEGO fan, celebrate her birthday with the Best LEGO Party. Infuse the festivities with Girl Power! Feature female mini-figs in the invitations, decorations and party favors.

Take a peek at some of our favorites.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN LEGO LAND

The farmer wakes up every morning with a big grin on her face. She loves the country life, even when she’s mucking out the stable.

Farmer

The zoo keeper tends to the health and well-being of all of the animals in the Primate House.

Zoo Keeper

At the police station, the officer reads the shift reports, then strides purposefully to her car.

Police Officer

The attorney packs up her briefcase and prepares to meet a new client.

Attorney

The justices* pause for a moment on the steps of the courthouse, enjoying the view of the promenade. They return to chambers, ready to consider the merits of the cases before them.

At the medical center, the doctor sees patients in the Urgent Care department,

Doctor

while the surgeon studies X-rays prior to a procedure.

Surgeon

At the Research Institute*, the chemist wears goggles while conducting experiments in the laboratory. Safety first!

Chemist

The paleontologist unlocks the mystery of dinosaurs with a microscope and magnifying glass,

Paleontologist

and the astronomer uses a powerful telescope to explore the universe.

Astronomer

 

The Institute videoconferences with colleagues on Science Adventures*, gathering data out in the field. The geologist wields a rock hammer to uncover intriguing mineral deposits.

New Geologist

Kneeling behind jungle vegetation, the wildlife biologist observes a tiger.

New Biologist

The archaeologist examines bones and artifacts for clues about an ancient civilization.

New Archaeologist

 

Meanwhile, back in LEGO City, the tennis player serves up a sizzling ace.

Tennis Player

The swimming champ displays little emotion while accepting a medal.  (On the inside, she’s dancing with joy.)

Swimming Champ

The bank manager welcomes customers to the branch.

Banker

The librarian selects a book to read during Children’s Story Time. Is the “Shhh!” on her coffee mug a joke or a warning?

Librarian

Outside the library, the skateboarder noisily ollies, flips and grinds across the urban landscape.

Skate Boarder

 

And it’s impossible to shush the construction worker. She’s got a jack hammer and she’s ready to rumble!

Construction Worker

* LEGO IDEAS: RESEARCH INSTITUTE, SCIENCE ADVENTURES & LEGAL JUSTICE TEAM

The Research Institute began as a project submitted by geochemist Ellen Kooijman (also known as Alatariel) to LEGO Ideas, a fan-sourced platform. Alatariel called her project the “Female Minifigure Set” and the LEGO Ideas community embraced it. The prototype is shown here.

Prototype Research Institute

After attracting the required 10,000 supporters, the project was approved for production, released as a limited edition item under the “Research Institute” name,  and quickly sold out.

Alatariel’s new project, Science Adventures, has already garnered 10,000 supporters and is now being considered by the LEGO Review Board. Updated information on the Science Adventures project is available here.

Maia Weinstock created the Legal Justice Team. To support, share or learn more about the Legal Justice Team project, click here.

 

A MESSAGE FOR THE BIRTHDAY GIRL

 

WyldstyleWe close with a quote from Wyldstyle — a message for your very own “Special” —

“The prophecy states that you are the most important, most talented, most interesting and most extraordinary person in the universe. That’s you, right?”

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday and Girl Power! from play party.net

 

 

Everything is Awesome: Cool LEGO Party Favors

If your son or daughter enjoyed The LEGO Movie, chances are that your little “Special” got hooked by the bouncy theme song and has been singing it ever since.

“Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream…

“Rocks, clocks, socks
They’re awesome
Trees, frogs, clogs
They’re awesome…”

 

EmmetWhile Emmet Brickowski may think they’re awesome, playparty.net doesn’t recommend rocks, trees or frogs as party favors.  Looking for something LEGO-ish that kids will appreciate?  Here are some cool ideas.  Be creative — unleash your inner “Master Builder”.

 

 

 

Start with these cute gift bags by Tricia.   Buy brightly colored bags and matching card stock.  Use a circle cutter or scissors to make eight half-dollar size circles for each bag.  Attach the circles to the bag with pop dots or double-sided tape.

 

 

Mini Fig Sticker

 

The LEGO Shop offers a wide selection of free downloadable mini-figure stickers.  Just print, cut and package.  The mini-figures are adorable and your guests will love the stickers.

 

 

Buy LEGO elements in bulk, then create an individualized assortment for each guest.  LEGO Basic Bricks Deluxe has 650 bricks in white, orange, red, blue, yellow, brown, black, dark green and light green.  The LEGO Creative Bucket contains more than 600 elements including wheels, and decorated face and eye bricks.  Each set costs about $30; “Kragle” not included.

 

Plastic food storage bags are perfect for holding party favors.  Fill bags with LEGO stickers, LEGO bricks, crayons or notepads.  Dress them up by folding card stock over the top of the bag and stapling it shut.

 

 

 

Carolyn of Silly Happy Sweet puts colorful M&M’s into snack-size bags and labels them “LEGO Man Poop”.  And every parent knows that kids are wild about bathroom humor.

 

 

Aussie Party PackKendra shares a free printable LEGO Party Pack on Aussie Pumpkin Patch.  The Pack includes raisin box wrappers, bubbles labels, and a coloring book that guests will enjoy long after the birthday party has ended.

 

 

 

Jolly Rancher PopsTonya offers a tutorial on making LEGO lollipops with Jolly Rancher candy and a LEGO bricks ice cube tray.

 

 

 

LEGO Cookies

And now, the “Piece of Resistance”…  If you like to bake and decorate sugar cookies,  then you’ll love this LEGO Man Cookie template by Sweet Sugar Belle.

 

 

And of course, for the main event entertainment, book your LEGO birthday party with Playparty.net now!

Party Favors for a Race Car Birthday Celebration — Simply “Engine-ious”

It’s another sunny day in Southern California.  The Ultimate Race Car Party is going strong in your backyard.  Boys and girls cluster around the LEGO Car Building and Racing station, chatting excitedly as they pit their creations against the laws of physics.

Later, guests sing “Happy Birthday” while the birthday kiddo makes a wish and blows out the candles.  Everyone enjoys a piece (or two) of birthday cake.  All too soon, the party comes to an end and it’s time to say goodbye.

Thank guests for helping to celebrate your child’s special day; send them home with a thoughtful treat.  Here are some suggestions for fun, easy and affordable party favors with a race car flair.  playparty.net is delighted to share these ideas with you.

 

RC Party Bags InFour-year-old Max and his mom, Sarah Nielsen, hand-crafted their party favor bags.  Max selected the favors — punch balloons, bouncy balls, race car pencils and toy cars.  Then, Sarah printed race car graphics on colored paper.

 

RC Party Bags OutMax cut out the cars and glued them to the front of brown paper lunch bags.  He put the favors inside the bags.  Finally, Sarah made handles by tying jute beneath the folds.  As you can see, Max’s party favor bags are charming and sweet.  And what a great project for parent and child to do together!

 

RC Party Boxes

 

Black and white checkered boxes from Birthday Express are bright, cheerful and easy for kids to carry.  They’re perfect for holding toys and snacks.

 

 

 

Lunch Box OutDusty Rogers threw a Disney PIXAR “Cars” party for her daughter’s third birthday and bought mini “Cars” lunch boxes as party favors.  She printed a personalized Radiator Springs license plate for each guest and tied it to the lunch box with a pretty ribbon.

 

 

 

Not sure what to put inside those bags and boxes? 

Rechargeable RC ToyGuests will be thrilled to take home a rechargeable race car — the same toy car that generated so much excitement at the Giant Oval Race Track.  Each car comes with its own charger.

 

 

 

 

RC 12 Sticker Sets

This 12-pack of race car party favors includes race car stickers, race car tattoos, race car pencils and race car erasers.

 

 

 

 

Trophies2Gold-tone trophies from the Oriental Trading Company are popular with kids.  Design and print your own labels or order stickers like these through Etsy.

 

 

 

 

RC Crayons 1Homemade by Jill offers a tutorial on DIY race car crayons.  She used a chocolate mold and a new box of 120 crayons to make 46 race cars.  Cute, easy and inexpensive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC CandyLastly, be sure to include something sweet.  This racing car is filled with fruit-flavored candy and it’s also a pull-back toy.  Two treats in one!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Next?

Do you live in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego?  Are you planning your child’s birthday party?  Book the Ultimate Race Car Party with playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.  And come back soon for more party planning tips.