Many of you seemed interested in the low cost minimalist birthday party we threw for our son’s seventh birthday this past weekend. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback and ideas! It was so comforting to have all of your creative suggestions to fall back on if at anytime the party started to drag.
This year my son invited four friends from school to our home to celebrate his birthday. We were worried that the boys might get bored since the norm in our area is to have a party at a super-mega-birthday place like SkyZone, Pump It Up or Super Games.
As it turned out, we were wrong.
The boys played video games for a little while, had some fruit, cheese and juice for a snack, and then went outside for the real fun.
Yep. About $3 for a couple packs of water balloons and this was high point of the party. Those boys had a BLAST soaking each other with those little water bombs. I even got struck at one point — not so accidentally.
The one thing we would do differently next time, is to make equal piles of balloons for each boy — spread throughout the yard. Because the ballons were in a basket, the boys were all crowding around the basket and then catapulting the ballons at one another from a few feet away.
Spreading the balloons out would have made them last longer too.
When it was all said and done, the kids had a great time. When I tucked my little guy into bed that night, he said, “Mom, this was the best night of my whole life!”
That really says it all right there. All he wanted was to have a few friends over to celebrate his birthday with him at his home. We didn’t need a big fancy party at a super-mega-party place to give our son a special birthday memory to cherish.
And of course, the price was right too. Here is a break down of our approximate cost for having the party at home:
- Cupcake and icing ingredients: $3
- Water balloons: $3
- Fruit, cheese and juice: $7
- Party favors (cookies, fruit snacks and party poppers): $6
- 2-liter of soda and package of Mentos (I’ll get to this in a moment): $3
In total, we spent about $22 for a quaint, memorable and fun birthday party for our son.
We even ended up forgetting to hand out the party favors as the kids were leaving the party. They didn’t even notice! At any rate, we decided to hand deliver the party favors the next day by riding our bikes to each of the boy’s houses.
The Soda Explosion
Like many of you, Robert from Untitled Minimalism gave me such wonderful and creative ideas for my son’s party (I’m pretty sure he’s secretly a little boy party-planner). One of his ideas was to make soda explosions by dropping Mentos in bottles of soda.
We loved this idea and picked up the soda and mentos so the boys could enjoy a nice, sticky soda explosion at the party. Well, somehow the party came and went and we forgot the soda explosion.
So…on my son’s actual birthday (Monday), we had a soda explosion to commemorate the occasion! Below are some photos of the messy goodness for you to enjoy.
Do you have a favorite birthday memory from your childhood? If you have kids, what do you usually do to celebrate their birthdays?
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