Well, we almost made it in under $25. I missed the mark by $1. And here is how...
Howie wanted a CAR party. Thanks goodness since we already have like a million car toys and that would be an easy enough theme to pull stuff for. Setting up a few areas of the house with cars, cars, cars, the stage was set.
The cost cutting went like this:
1. Resisted buying personalized invitations and instead used my new friend, Evite.
2. Kept the party to 5 friends (a really wise person informed me of the birthday party rule years ago: invite the number of kids equivalent to the age of the child- genius)
3. Party time was 3:00-4:30 pm, thus avoiding any type of real meal purchase and we got away with just serving cake.
4. We used stuff from home to make decorations and games. See pictures below...the racing flag was created with a clothe napkin and Sharpies, the Pin-the-Car-on-the-Road game was made with construction paper and we did a roll the dice (tissue box) and race to the end game (foam blocks).
- Homemade Cake of cake mix, 1 coke (for my egg-free recipe) and frosting ($7)
- Party Favors of restaurant car and crayon kits (see pix above) which I made from scrap fabric, but bought new cars and crayons to go in them ($7.50)
- Car themed paper plates for the cake ($3)
- Small bottled waters ($3)
- PDF file of car pictures from Etsy, which provided decorations for party favor bags, cake, etc. ($4)
- Balloons ($1.50)
- Jumping up and down was about the same.
- Rapid heart rate beating from his chest at the guests arrived was about the same.
- Mom: "Howie, did you like your car party?" Howie: "Yah." Mom: "Did you like it as much as your gymnastics party?" Howie: "I likeded both."