I love looking at the party blogs and getting ideas. However, I look at them and think "Good Lord, who spends that much money on a 5 yr old's (or however old) birthday party!? There seems to be an awful lot of excess going on. It makes my head hurt. and I'm sure their pocketbooks. I love a beautifully, well done party, where common sense (and a reasonable budget) prevail! (cue the trumpets!, cue the husbands sharing a collective sigh of relief!)
I wanted to share with you a few pictures for you of our daughter Brooke's first birthday party that we held yesterday. Keep in mind that all the decorations were either handmade by the older kids (who were thrilled to be asked to take part in such an important task) or came from the Dollar Tree (our dollar store) and can all be reused. We fed 14 people and the party was under $200. The food was enough to feed our family of 7 two more meals.
Brooke's First Birthday Garden Party Tea Party
place: our house and yard
attendees: 7 adults, 7 kids
menu: orange bbq pulled pork sandwiches (for the recipe click here) , chips with homemade pico de gallo and guacamole (for recipes click here) , vegetable platter with homemade California dip and my easy summer cucumbers. And there was cake...lots of cake...too much cake...sick of cake....
The butterflies the older kids made (they are made from folded magazine paper and pipe cleaners...click here for the tutorial...the 4 older kids made a clothes basket full and we hung them everywhere.
they looked so cute hung from the kitchen light like a butterfly chandelier
As usual, we kept the environment in mind for Brooke's party, buying only decorations that could be reused (the flowers will be used for the Girl Scout Mother Daughter Tea I will host this coming year, among other things) and in keeping with my promise to Mr. Darcy that I would help him make our savings goals for this year, they all came from Dollar Tree. I have to say, Brooke, the guest of honor, had no idea what the budget for her party was and the guests didn't care.
We had a crafting table set up outside with painting crafts (from the dollar tree) and a spray bottle activity to make colored coffee filter butterflies. The kids painted, literally, for hours...I also found butterfly nets at the Dollar Tree...they were a big hit. The kids ran around the yard catching small butterflies the adults threw. FUN!
The weather was cooperative, with a cool breeze so we did cake picnic style outside. I am so glad we moved Brooke outside for cake. She had it Everywhere!
After a quick (well, not so quick) after-cake bath...we changed into our birthday outfit, opened a few gifts and then took a few more pictures of the birthday girl: