This summer my son Mason turned eleven. Since he was a year old, I have been throwing birthday bashes for him that were a lot of work, a little too much money, and a bit over the top.
Like most people, I’ve had to cut back these days, but I am still a believer when it comes to making loved ones feel like royalty on their birthday. They only come once a year after all. You really only have 18 chances to plant those memories of wonderful birthdays in their hearts.
So, this year, finding myself strapped for time and cash, I had to be creative. I think the party turned out perfectly and so did Mason and his friends.
For the Venue: My sister suggested I take Mason and his guests to the pool in my parent’s HOA-it’s free and who doesn’t like a pool party? If you don’t have a pool and can’t borrow one, try your local rec center. A few bucks should get you use of the pool for a handful of kids.
For the food: We just picked up pizza and then I packed a small cooler with soda. The kids played in the pool until dark, snacked on pizza and breadsticks and slurped every can of soda I brought. It made for a very happy bunch at sundown.
Dessert: We went back to the house and had a sundae bar. I just got waffle cone bowls, Little Debbie brownies, a gallon of ice cream, and toppings. They all made their own and had a blast. Just be ready to sweep your kitchen floor about 16 times after the sundae bar is done.
Sleepover: After the kids made their sundaes and settled into the family room for a movie, I ran to Winco and picked up two dozen donuts. I used some of the leftover sprinkles from the sundae bar, some writing icing that I already had, and some candles, and I created their breakfast:
I served up this donut cake with some solo cups full of OJ or chocolate milk and sent the boys home to their parents on a sugar high. I think I spent a total of $17 on this cake.
This was probably the easiest and least expensive party I’ve thrown for Mason, but he was happy and that made my day.