I love planning the kids' birthday party. Since it's just one party for both of them we don't spend a fortune on two parties in the same month. In fact, we try to be really economical. We plan the party for an afternoon so that we aren't serving a meal, so that they can invite more friends. If we had it around dinnertime we'd have to limit the amount of people we have.
Invitations: I like to use my digital scrapbooking software to make all kinds of things so I made an invite for the kids party as a 4x6 project and printed them out as photos for less than $2 total.
Games: The Toy Story birthday party started at 3pm and once all the kids arrived we started our first game. It was a "Gold Nugget Hunt". I'd spray painted some rocks a metallic gold and Hubby hid them in the volleyball court. The kids had a blast looking for the 'gold'.
Our second game was "Bullseye's Horseshoes" and a few kids really got into this game.
After cake the kids went outside to play our last game, the Buzz Lightyear shooting gallery. I found some water guns on clearance after the summer and so each person got to take home a gun with them. I think they were $1 for a four pack. For the game they had to line up and shoot as many cups off the table as they could, and of course some kids were more concerned with shooting each other.
Cost for Games: $8 for horseshoes and waterguns, plus some for the cups, but I think I had those at home. Had my daughter collect rocks from the yard and had a little gold spraypaint in the garage.
G stuck his fingers in the bottom of the bed so there is a little indentation there, but not much that I could do about it to fix it.
Cost: $40 for fondant, cake, sprinkles, and candles
So instead of having their friends bring gifts for the kids, this year we asked guests to bring a donation for Operation Christmas Child. It's a part of the Samaritan's Purse ministry where shoeboxes are filled with gifts and school supplies and delivered to kids in other countries. They also share the gospel of Jesus. We showed a DVD with a promo video of what the boxes were for, and video of kids receiving the boxes and enjoying the gifts and then we all got to pack some boxes.
We had two big tables set up with the supplies separated so kids could go down the line assembly style and grab some toys, school supplies, hygiene items and candy for their boxes.
I thought it was a huge hit and so glad I'd heard of this idea to do at a birthday party.
Some people wondered what the kids thought of this whole idea of not getting any gifts at their birthday party. Trust me, they didn't go without or want for much! All their grandparents and relatives spoiled them quite well. Meme brought bikes for them both as they were growing out of their old ones and have really enjoyed playing outside recently.