Birthdays have become rather extravagant over the years, am I right? Most of us are guilty of pinteresting our little hearts away, this can lead to you stressing over tiny details. Don’t get me wrong- Pinterest is awesome and full of inspiration. I love Pinterest, but sometimes it can make planning any event overwhelming. In this case choosing to have my sons third birthday Tuesday night at Round Table Pizza turned out to be perfect, as it was “family night”. There was FREE face painting, they had balloons for the kids to take home, and board games set out to play. Sometimes simple, last-minute ideas end up working best for everyone! Here are some of my tips to planning a party in a pinch.
1- Choose a THEME
First things first, choose a theme. I literally started planning his birthday two days before the party. He has been obsessed with dinosaurs so I went with a “dinosaur” theme. I then hopped on Pinterest and searched “dinosaur party”, and of course there were a ton of pins. I saved a few pins that caught my eye for inspiration.
Hosting any type of party in your home is stressful and paying for a venue is usually expensive, so we went with our local pizza parlor. Most pizza places have a “party room” and most of them don’t charge to use it. Along with a free party room you have the obvious: table, chairs, & utensils. Also did I mention NO cleanup. I don’t think it gets much better than that!
We all want the perfect Pinterest decorations. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m over it. I love getting inspiration and ideas from Pinterest but I won’t break my back or my bank over the details.
Start by choosing 3 colors to incorporate with your theme. I went with two shades of blue and white. When I did a ‘target run’ I grabbed a few packs of balloons and a helium tank along with ribbon to string the balloons.
A lot of people feel like they need to buy decor. I’ve found that shopping your own home for decorations is a secret resource. In this case, I used three chalkboards that the kids have in their playroom. I often repurpose these as party signs. I used two to create “Let’s roar Luke is turning 3” & “Adopt a dinosaur” signs. Thank you Pinterest for the two great ideas! All I needed was dinosaurs. They were easily found at Michaels craft store where I grabbed two packs of mini dinosaurs for 5.99 each.
Over the years, I have collected a ton of party odds and ends. If you can reuse it – save it. I even spray paint decorations to fit my theme better. I highly recommend doing this it’s amazing what a can of spray paint can do!
In the past, we’ve had cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, pies, regular cake, ice cream cake, and even donuts. My mother in law has been making ice cream cakes for birthdays since forever and her recipe is killer! However it takes a bit of time…thawing the ice cream and then freezing it again after. For Luke’s birthday I went with a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake which just so happens to be right next door to the pizza place. When we were getting close to cake time, I ran next door and grabbed the cake. Not having to worry about the cake melting and transporting my own cake was worth the 40$ we spent. I got with Baskin Robbins the day before and told them about the theme and that I wanted to use Luke’s favorite dinosaur from home as the topper. It was perfect!
5- KEEP CALM
It’s only natural for a mother to get a little stressed out the day of the party – let alone a last minute one! If I’m being completely honest, I pretty much freak out at least once before every party I’ve ever thrown.
When it comes down to it, your kids could care less about decorations – they just want a happy momma and a slice of birthday cake a presents don’t hurt either. So keep calm and eat cake!!