Monday, May 20, 2013

An outdoorsy birthday for two!

I've just accepted that we will have a joint birthday party for close family and friends for the boys since their birthdays are 10 days apart. Once they get a little older we will likely have separate smaller parties for school friends but since B didn't receive any invites this year, we were in the clear!

We had a fabulous little lunchtime party for the guys (ages 2 and 5) in our backyard a couple of weekends ago. A few friends couldn't make it being Mother's Day weekend and all but it was perfect. There were 6 adults and 7 kids so 13 in total.  

For the invitation, we used a camping themed Evite. 

Our decor consisted of mostly things we already owned like camping chairs, plastic kiddie chairs, backyard fire pit, picnic table cloth ($3 - will be used again), play tent and tunnel, cooler, and roasting sticks. Once again our trampoline - a birthday gift for the boys last year - was a highlight and well used by the kids. 

The kids roasted their own "spidey dogs" and s'mores over the campfire and snacked on fruit and potato chips. 

The adults enjoyed some BBQ hamburgers with the fixings and store bought macaroni salad.  

Cake and icing were Duncan Hines bought on sale ($1 and $1.50 respectively) along with crushed chocolate wafers ($3 for box) and gummy worms ($1.27 package). The kids loved the worms. Candles were from the cupboard.

I loved this party. It was so stress-free and fun. 

Since we did everything on the cheap, we could afford to spend a little more on the loot bags which included for the big kids: a glowstick, a foam airplane, Batman tattoos, bubbles, marbles, Playmobil figure, and a magnifying glass. For our baby guest, we had a maraca  and a mini beach toy set. I shopped for these at Party City and Mastermind.

Cost break down:

Decor - $3
Food - $60 
Loot bags - $70

Total Cost: $133.00

For whatever reason a couple of the photos appear stretched. 

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