Ruth had her first ever friend party when she turned 9.
As much as I love to craft and love a good Pinterest party, I resisted. As I mentioned in our family blog, all the time, effort and money that goes into amazing pinnable parties are really not for the kids, but for the parents. But I do love them and ooh and ahh over them and love to pin them. There are so many great, creative ideas.
When AB was in 4th grade, I threw her a big Webkinz World party. It was awesome, big, expensive (for me) and lots of fun to plan and execute. But when the fun was all over, my sweet daughter looked at me and said, "Mom, thank you so much for everything you did. It was really lots of fun. But next time do you think I could just have a couple friends over instead of a big party?"
As funny as that was to me, it also struck me how important it is to actually keep the Birthday Boy/Girl in mind as we go about planning parties. Had I really thought about the personality of my daughter, I would not have gone out with a loud, fun, crazy party with lots of girls.
So this time I considered the personality of my little Ruth. Loud, fun, crazy....yep, that's her!
Because I didn't want to spend a boo-koo of moolah on this party but wanted it to be fun for her, I decided (with the wonderful help of my professional party planning 7th grader) to do a balloon party. Balloons are fun, bright, colorful and CHEAP!! The more I thought about it, the more ideas we came up with to go with a balloon theme. It's a great idea for boys or girls.
The front door was decorated with a cloud and streamers that we had on hand and a coat hanger form with water balloons blown up with air for a wreath.
|I got over the fact that mine didn't look like this one on Pinterest. I was just glad my balloons didn't pop in the 20+ degree weather.|
First the girls arrived and we sent them to our bonus room for a craft. I found this one on Pinterest and loved it. We had 11 girls plus siblings. I got compositions notebooks at Dollar Tree, milkshake straws from Etsy and 5 rolls of Duct Tape on sale.
AB made this backdrop in our doorway from plastic table cloths and balloons (Dollar Tree) to do a Photo Booth using dress up clothes. It was lots of fun.
The party favors were the duct tape notebooks, a baggy of candy and animal balloons that my son made from a Dollar Tree kit, plus game prizes.
Decorations were tissue flowers, paper heart rainbows, balloon table cloth, streamers, centerpiece, and paper products and of course lots of balloons...all from Dollar Tree.
After the craft we played a bunch of games using balloons.
1. Fill small balloons with flour and set them on top of your feet which are close together. Waddle like a penguin from one end of the room to the other in relays.
2. Tie a Balloon around your ankle on a string and pop everyone else balloon while saving your own.
3. Relay race to run to the other side of the room, pop a balloon by sitting, stomping, etc. and run back
4. Make a sandwich by going back to back with your friend with a balloon between you and run to the end of the room and back without dropping it.
5. Stand on 4 balloons and a flipped over cookie sheet and stack as many people on the cookie sheet as possible without popping a balloon.
6. Balloon Ping Pong - we used badmitton rackets and played 2 on 2 elimination until 1 was left.
7. Keep your balloon moving and in the air - without letting it hit the ground - elimination.
8. Guess how many Skittles are in the pint jar - winner keeps the jar of candy
After each game I gave the winner a prize, mostly from Dollar Tree, like lip gloss, headbands, stickers, candy, erasers, pencils, etc.
|Ideas from Pinterest|
We opened gifts, took turns in the photo booth and played outside until parents arrived. The party was 2 1/2 hours and perfect timing.
The balloon party was a hit! The girls had lots of fun and it didn't break my budget. Simple and easy!