I saw the balloon idea on pinterest. I just ordered green balloons and wrapped each one with crepe paper to make the masks. The kids thought they were great. I mostly bought pre-made decor. I typically try to steer clear feeling like I save money avoiding it but the tablecloth, loot bags and napkins were worth the few bucks they cost. Ollie was so excited about the tablecloth. I mean really if my kids is going to get that excited over $2. I'll do it. I also bought the happy birthday sign. Once again, worth it. I think sometimes in a quest to save money, I spent more and stress my self out trying to do it myself!
A neighbor and friend of mine spent the good part of Friday helping me decorate about a million cupcakes. I was really pleased with how they turned out. I made two slightly bigger cakes for the boys so I could fit all their candles in them. The kids thought they were great so once again, I think they were worth the effort and honestly, they were really easy. I was excited to find the candy eyes in the baking aisle in target. They made this so, so much easier!
In July, my mom and I spent a day sewing masks as party favors for all the kids. I was able to make four out of two sheets of felt. The felt was $.50/sheet and then I bought elastic. I think each mask cost about $0.30. I noticed not many of the girls took them but the boys loved them!
I stressed over the pinata. I really wanted one but oh.my.word! Have you priced them? Twenty-five dollars without candy. Now this was a teenage mutant ninja turtle but geez. I called Bob. He said, "Let's do it!" I said, "Who are you and what have you done with my husband?" Lol. IT was worth it. It was no stress and the kids really had a great time. Plus, every one got a bunch of candy and who doesn't love candy? The other game was a ninja star game. Bob said, "Oh yeah, I know how to fold those." I think he forgot and the poor guy spent a good hour folding them. The game was ok. The kids just whipped them into baskets.
Other than the two games, the kids spent most of the time beating each other with sticks. So that was fun...I'm looking forward to next year!