Friday Four: Monkey Joe’s and Eaim’s 7th Birthday

On Sunday, I will have a 20.8 year old, a 15 year old, 14 year old, 13 year old, and 7 year old, 4 year old,3 year old and a 19 month old.

My future 7 year old!

My future 7 year old!

Somehow that doesn’t seem like a lot to me. With Christmas coming up, many are asking already, “Have you started your shopping? What do the kids want this year?” I love replying with “Nothing.They aren’t getting anything for Christmas.

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The reason we don’t buy our children gifts during Christmas is because it’s not their birthday. We serve the community during that time.

We wait for their birthdays to lavish them with celebration, praise and admiration. Yes,birthdays are a big deal in our home!

On candles: Some Germans place a big candle in the center of the cake to symbolize the ‘light of life’ (Corwin, 1986). Others believed that the smoke from fires would take their wishes up to heaven.

Here’s why we do it:

1.Having a birthday is much better than the alternative.

2. Wisdom comes with age. (most times) As you get older, you can appreciate the journey.

3. Opportunity- Aging means you’ve had more time to love, be loved and more opportunities and people to love.

4.Ice cream and birthday cake is still one of the very best things about birthdays, no matter how many you’ve had.

“Many birthday traditions deal with luck. A good luck birthstone, good luck flower, and a good luck color have been assigned to each month of the year.”

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The plan so far:

The party will be in the jungle. Monkey Joes that is!

Monkey Joes has became our mom cave over the years. We have Mr. Nigel coming out to bellow out some of the most fun Sing A Long songs to get the kids jumping, laughing,and dancing. You should swing through for a few jumps!

Over the years, we have had many themed parties for our children. This year, I completely fizzled out. I couldn’t think of anything. After making a call for ideas, my friend suggested a Super Hero Training Camp theme. So we went to a couple of second hand stores and left out with some great things to get us on our way. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Why do we celebrate birthdays and when did it begin?

Should We Celebrate Birthdays?

Proud Mom~ QC Supermom

Friday Four: CirQue Saving B’day Party Dollars!

1vonsI have alot of kids. If you have been reading my blogs you know that I have at least one in every age group from one to twenty. So maybe, just maybe, I can tell you a little something about saving money while having a birthday party.

Try decorating with lots of balloons…taped to the ceiling…no helium needed

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1. Think outside of the box- Maybe a water balloon fight, Cooking party or sleep over will work, or even a pizza and painting party. If your child is in her/his teens, think money. Big kids LOVE money! Just take a few of her/his friends to dinner and lace her/him with a few dollars.

Dig for Treasures:  Kids love to hunt for treasures (don’t we all?), and so it would be so much fun to bury them in sand and have a treasure hunt! If you don’t have a sand box, you could fill a plastic kiddie pool with sand. Treasures could be little action figures you can find at craft stores, containers of putty, coins, or you could go all out and do a pirate theme. You will need to provide each child with a bag of some sort to put their treasures in. (Get these things from the dollar store!)

2. Keep it simple- you don’t need a big menu, expensive decorations or 

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dozen kids! The kids won’t mind. Your backyard could be the best place ever to host your little one’s party. If you are lucky enough to live close a Monkey Joes, like I do. You could have the entire party there for $99*. Or you could take the entire family out for the evening to a special show like CirQue Du Soleil. (click the link to purchase tickets at discount)  It is gonna be awesome this year! ( Check out this quiz. Good luck!) that show alone is enough of a celebration. You can get a family four pack for $118.00. Click on the picture to purchase.If you’re feeling a little lucky, you have a chance to win them. I’ll have the details in Monday’s post!

I usually try to stick with a color theme instead of character theme. The local dollar tree usually has great deals on party supplies

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3. Do It your self- Come on, it’s your child and money! Borrow chairs, others people long, empty hands. Grab up close outs items at craft stores and Pinterest tips. Instead of hiring entertainment, play games.Emma Southern Cake Queen said to take a class and make your own birthday cake.

4. Party in twos- If your child has a classmate or sibling around the same age and birth date- go for it! The savings are incredible! t’s best to choose a friend who has a lot of overlap of friends with your child so that you don’t have to invite twice as many people. If they have five mutual friends and each invite another two or three friends, you’ll still have a manageable number.Makes sense right?

For my son’s party, we made a simple pinata. First, we blew up some balloons, and I had my son tape them into whatever shape he wanted. (It ended up as a giant bee.) Then, I made a paste from flour and water, dipped newspaper strips in the paste, and laid them over the balloons until I covered all but a small opening for the candy. It took about two to three days to completely dry. Then, we just popped the balloons and painted the outside of the “bee.” We filled the bee with a two-dollar bag of “Fun Mix” candy from THE STORE. It made a cute decoration for the party, but the important part was that my son got to tell everyone that he made it.

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Throwing a party should be a lot of fun and not a huge burden. These simple tricks are sure to lighten your workload and keep your party on budget!I

Till the next party, QC Supermom

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Cute ideas below-

See this one.  Pocket your dollars

Dollar Stretcher, always has great tips!