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May 27, 2008

Birthday Party - Low Low Low

That Low Low Low song is sung around the house a lot lately...apparently Thing 1 hears it on the school bus (it may be an inappropriate song -- who knows -- all I hear is the "low low low" part). Anyway, in this phrase I've found the inspiration to have a Birthday Party - Low Low Low. Meaning; low maintenance, low cost, low stress. Mission impossible?

Following the magic party equation; number of party guests = child's age + 1 (or maybe 2 to include sibling).

  • activities #1. Playing with outdoor stuff we already have (smart huh?). Have tents, play parachute, have slides & swings. Supervision to prevent accidents and bleeding required.

  • activities #2. Creating with stuff we already have (yes, did consult the crayola.com website for ideas). Here is how to make use of your craft cupboard; markers + paper bags (30 per pack for $1) = paper bag puppets. Little fabric crowns (20 per pack for $1) + glue sticks + Popsicle sticks = king or queen stick puppet. Supervision so that children do not colour on each other required.

  • Also, have a (large) paper bag pinata -- which instead of hitting with a stick (which, even with supervision, not such a good idea). Each child pulls on a string hanging from the bottom of the pinata -- one of the strings will make the bag come apart spilling its goodies. What are the goodies you ask?...being anti-candy for youngish children we have; mini-lipsticks (4 to a pack for $1), icky looking plastic teeth (6 to a pack for $1), obnoxious noisy blowing horns (8 to a pack for $1), small plastic wild animals (10 to a pack for $1). No, this isn't' the loot bag -- just part of the activity budget; which at present stands at $8.00.

  • As a fall-back; have plastic Easter eggs (from Easter) and plastic spoons for an egg race.


  • These are easy-breasy activities that can be done indoors or outdoors. But you get the drift of my theme. Keep it Low Low Low!

    Will take some (unprofessional) pictures of those puppets to share with the Club.

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    3 Comments:

    At May 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Rayanne said...

    Wow, even as an adult, that party sounds like a lot of fun!

    P.S. I hear a lot of kids singing that song. It's called Low by Flo-rida. Yeah... it's not really appropriate for the youngins. Heh : )

     
    At August 4, 2008 at 6:16 AM , Blogger benjibaby said...

    I’m wondering how I could save on goody bags without actually making the kids feel bad. I’ve got a 2 year old who is not old enough to understand the concept of old or discount toys or even sharing. I’ve read at http://mybaby.com/playground that I could use random toys to save. As a SAHM I cannot afford to spend more or even make my kids feel bad that their birthday party was low budget. Is there a way I can get the best of both worlds?

     
    At August 4, 2008 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Parent Club said...

    BenjiBaby; In my experience, kids don't really know the budget of birthday parties. For a 2 year old loot bags...keep your eyes open where you usually shop.

    A pail & shovel set from the dollar store, a .99 cent book, a craft done as the activity at the party. My last round of loot bags were stuffed bears that I bought on the clearance rack for $2.00 each. I bought them even though the party wasnt' for months. It cost $16.00for all (and I even had a few extra which I recycled as birthday presents to others).

    Any one of the above is a great loot bag. Parents tend to go overboard -- use the mantra "simple is best".

     

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