One of my favorite memories from childhood is the birthday parties my momma threw us girls. They dwindled a bit as we got older and didn't care as much. But those ones when we were younger, with the decor and "loot bags" were simply wonderful!
This is a tradition I have aimed to perpetuate for Wilder and Story. Every year a birthday rolls around I'm so excited to brainstorm budget-friendly party themes and ideas.
This year was no exception. I had come off of a very exhausting weekend, but was able to pull off the Monday morning party at the park okay! I'm glad a friend arrived early to help set up.
I knew that for Wilder's fourth it'd be sweet to honor his love for books. His nose is always in a book! Over the years I have collected tons of vintage children books, so I knew I had the "base decor" already!
Vintage wire baskets: one mine, one borrowed
Red R.E.A.D. letters: borrowed
Three tired stand: already had
Vintage books: already had
Wooden crate: already had
White quilt: already had
Mason jars tied with chevron: already had
Brown paper "runner": postal paper from dollar store
Bunting: made with scraps of chevron, burlap, and book pages
Paper pinwheels: made for my inventory at the shop, out of book pages
Cake: made by me (quadruple layered of devil's food and butter cake)
Paperware: dollar store
Fresh fruit, M&Ms, alphabet crackers, juice boxes, bottled water, cake mixes and frosting ingredients cost the most.
Then the kid's book treats followed in a close second.
TOTAL COST: $45
I found Richard Scarry board books at the dollar store. I packaged them with gummy worms, a bookmark, and twine. I used vintage book pages stapled to the top of each baggie of worms. These were the kids' favors.
Happy FOURTH Birthday, sweet child of mine.