Isaac’s “Frugal” Birthday Party.

I love hosting birthday parties “on the cheap”. I whole heartily believe in keeping things simple for Isaac so that he appreciates all that he has in life … without the expectation of the “more, more, more” attitude that seems to prevail in our society. So, I make it a goal at Christmas, Easter, and his Birthday, to keep things as simple and homey as possible. And I have alot of fun with it. So does he.

This year, I found a party package of Pinocchio goods at Goodwill for $1.99. It included matching plates, napkins, hats, and a tablecloth. I then added some matching handmade-by-me placemats to the table.
The 3 cakes were both made by me – from scratch. The castle cake was made using a mold that I borrowed from my mother. I sprinkled the cake with powdered sugar, then scooped cool whip into the center. For the decorative piece, I printed 2 wallet sized pics of Isaac & “his princess” and glued them to a popsicle stick, then stuck it into the cake … as a sort of castle flag. And each tower was used for holding each of his four candles. Perfect. He loved it. And it cost less than $5 to make.

I also made a second cake for the adults … a Pineapple Upside Down cake. I got the recipe from a child’s cookbook. And this too cost me less than $5 to make from scratch … and it was SO delicious! (Leave a comment here if you want the recipe – and I will post it.)

As for decorations, I usually post baby pics around the birthday table … reminding guests of how much Isaac has grown. But this year, Isaac’s Auntie had the wonderful idea to trace Isaac onto brown packaging paper … let him color himself in with crayons … and then post it on the door for the party. Another way to show how much he has grown. And he absolutely loved it!

The party was a wonderful success. Mommy and Daddy got him this great tea set made from recycled milk jugs. And although his grandparents doubted it at first – Isaac loved this gift just as I knew he would. He also received other wonderful gifts that totally made his day … Legos, Playmobil, Tonka truck, Melissa & Doug Jumbo Blocks, etc. His Auntie even gave him the pet turtle that he has been longing for.

We enjoyed immediate family: 2 sets of Grandparents, Auntie & Uncle, and 3 cousins. A lovely, manageable gathering of our closest loved ones (although we wish Uncle Jamie & Aunt Amy were there too).

As for party games … we all went out and played in the mud after. Buckets & spoons were all that was required … and I have never seen kids laugh so hard. Again — good times “on the cheap”. Very easily done and oh so appreciated by all.

I hope you find some inspiration to create your own frugal get-togethers. What matters most seems to cost the least 🙂



P.S. To see all of Isaac’s Birthday photos, click here and then click on the thumbnails to see each picture.

Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.