I will never be the hostess with the mostest, and I’m OK with that. You won’t see any beautifully arranged parties the likes of which my friends Kirstin and Stef can throw. But I love to have people over. And I love fun and budget minded. So for Tater and Bean’s joint birthday party this year, we threw them a cardboard birthday party.
What is a cardboard party? Well, my guests wondered too, when all I warned them was to let their kids wear play clothes they could get dirty.
Basically we turned our back yard into a maze of cardboard tunnels, and then set out some (washable) paint, and then the parents sat on the porch and let the kids have at it for two hours. They had fun, we got to talk, and it was a win for everyone.
And budget wise it can’t be beat – we didn’t pay for a single box. If you have a Craiglist in your area, scour the Free Stuff section on Sundays and Mondays – people who have moved over the weekend give their boxes away. It’s awesome.
For larger boxes, we drove around a few new construction neighborhoods, where contractors put the appliance boxes out on the curb. Also free.
Low cost fun – I’ll take it over a printable party that would look gorgeous and totally stress me out.
Have a great weekend; I’ll be back and ready to go for Kids Clothing Week next week.