June 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm , by Sue Erneta
Each kid was given a Backpack—you’ll notice that’s capitalized—as in Backpack, Dora’s animated friend she wears on her back. I bought cheap purple nylon backpacks from Oriental Trading and drew Backpack’s face on them with glossy fabric paints that I bought at Michael’s. Each backpack was filled with a compass, binoculars, Dora gummy snacks, a Map (just a color copy of Dora’s friend that I made from one of Lily’s toys) and some Dora stickers. Throughout their trip around the zoo, the kids got to ride the carousel, saw bears and jaguars and even got to feed the sheep and birds.
It was a much simpler party than Sophia’s fashion show bash birthday but it was totally Lily’s speed. And I was so proud of myself for pulling off an economical birthday party that was still totally fun.
So even though half our guests couldn’t come (blame the June birthday!) and it rained for most of the party, Lily really loved it—especially looking for animals with her binoculars. Does it get any cuter than that?
So, tell me, do you have any tips for throwing a kids birthday party on a budget?