What to do for a birthday party when one daughter is turning 1, the other is turning 2, the budget is limited, and you have 2 weeks left before Baby #3 arrives????
And thankfully the rain held out for us.Â It got a little chilly by the end, but I think both kids and parents had fun, and I honestly felt like it was the easiest party we’ve thrown.Â (BTW – VERY HELPFUL to have a very patient and helpful husband, and a fabulous sister!)
My sister went along with my crazy plans to make flag signs.Â Not tough to make. I’ll post a tutorial soon, just nice to have another set of hands while you make it.Â We used construction paper.
Pretty much the entire direction for the party came from our invites from Sarah and Abraham.Â I knew I wanted to use her invites last fall when I first found her site.Â Sara did an AWESOME job on both the invites and the gift bag stickers.Â Super cute…absolutely love the dancing girls!
I wanted the gift bags to be in theme, and fun.Â We made one for the boys and one for the girls.Â Basically the same, sunglasses for both (Ray Ban & Cat Eye), candy bracelet, 50s rubber ducky (Boy or Girl), couple toosie pops bought on Valentine sale with Oriental Trading Company, and the best part – a CD that was made to look like a record filled with fun 50s music for kids.Â Both of my sisters and brother-in-law helped to collect the songs, and then my youngest sister put the playlist together, burned the CD, and made cute labels to match the invites.Â Great inexpensive way to add something fun to a goodie bag, just takes time.Â I definitely recommend asking family for help when possible!
OHHHHH how I love Susie Cakes!Â They are pretty much the only bakery I use for birthday cakes.Â Yummy, yummy cakes and delicious butter cream frosting!Â I asked them to do a cake for each girl, one vanilla and chocolate cake, one vanilla and lemon, and to match the invitation.Â I think they turned out darling! And Addie obviously LOVED hers!
A super easy way to add lots of punch and not spend a ton is to rent a helium tank and buy your balloons in bulk.Â If you have a discount card to somewhere like Shinoda (in Southern California), great!Â If not, you can buy large quantities at Oriental Trading Company, or Party City.Â You will be shocked, its so much cheaper to blow your own balloons ups.Â You can get one of those small tanks, but its about $40 for 40 balloons.Â We rented a tank from a loal supplier.Â You could blow up 220 12″ balloons for $41.Â We had 216 so that was the way to go for us!Â I filled our front room with loads of balloons and streamers.Â The kids loved it that morning!Â Again, good to have a partner in crime to help you!Â Thank goodness my sister was here!
I had not made a balloon arch since High School, but a quick Google search, and I was back in business.Â Nothing more than time, paper clips, fishing line and balloons.Â Again, good to have an extra set of hands!Â There are many more official and professional ways of making one, but we went for easy!Â No one was going to judge us!!Â We blew up 4 balloons of the same color and threaded them onto a large metal paper clip, between the knot and the end of the balloon.Â Then we clipped that balloon set to fishing line that we had tied to a chair and weighted down.Â We made 2 sets ofÂ each color and then onto the next.Â It took a good hour, but was not tough to do in the slightest.Â And again, our girls loved it!
I had a large bucket of black and white pom-poms out for the kids to play with.Â Ordered them from Oriental Trading Company.
Hayden and Addie’s poodle skirts KILLED me!!!Â I found a cute Etsy shop, Hip Hop 50s Shop, that made infant skirts.Â Then I used Gerber onsies from Target that my local FAVORITE mongrammer, Ann Pike, put their initials on for me.
My husband spent weeks cleaning up the garage and we borrowed a projector and screen from a friend.Â Then we asked a few friends to bring their kids’ “cars” and made the garage into a “Drive in Theater”.Â By far the most popular!Â I wanted to have “Grease” playing, but in the end we went with “Cars” since the kids love it!
I ordered sippy cups from Oriental Trading Company just before Valentines day with the 50% clearance sale (I also ordered the Tootsie Pops, chocolate lips, and candy bracelets from the Valentine sale).Â These came with Valentine liners, we took them out and made new liners for hte party.Â I had these out for parents to fill with water for their kids, and then also passed around trays of Vanilla milkshakes from In-N-Out.
Addie thought it was a good idea.
I picked these coke cups up at a resteraunt supply store ($20 for 500) and filled them with Coscto movie theater popcorn ($5 with manufactures coupon).
I did rent 2 tables and 16 kids chairs with a couple table cloths.Â Kids like their own place to sit, eat, do projects.Â I ordered cardboard guitars from Oriental Trading Company and then put them on a couple tables with crayons.Â If you had older kids, you could use paints, pens, glitter, anything.Â But we had to keep it kid friendly for 1 year olds so just stuck with crayons.
Hayden and her friend felt like big girls at the craft table!
This little craft came from my Latte Fairy Friend’s daughter.Â I asked her for the best birthday party project and she said “Fruit Loop necklaces!!!!” I was a little hesitant last year that I didn’t pull it out until halfway through the party, but sure enough, THE BIGGEST HIT, no matter the age!Â All you need is a big bowl of Fruit Loops and something to thread them on.Â I used curly ribbon (that we had for the balloons) and think it was much easier to thread than the string from last year.
All in all, I think the kids had a great time!
Although I’m noticing the one thing we don’t have pictures of is the food.Â And I’m pretty sure it was a success!Â One dad even said I had ruined all future birthday parties that they ALL better have In-N-Out! We ordered and paid for it the day ahead and scheduled it for pick up at a certain time the day of the party (Grams & Gramps went off to pick it up for us).Â Cheeseburgers, plain kids burgers, vanilla milkshakes and fries.Â Everyone LOVED it, went with the theme, and it was BEYOND AFFORDABLE!
So that’s the Sock Hop wrap up!Â Hope this gives you a few tips.Â It really wasn’t hard to put together.Â Just needed to think through things, plan early, and watch for sales!
Thanks for stopping by!Â See ya tomorrow! I’mÂ off to start working on next years TRIPLE birthday party, HAAAA!!!