Emma’s Birthday…on the cheap.

We have switched to a semi uncomfortable way of living. Cash! It’s quite a concept. With baby four on the way, school costs, Christmas coming, another child birthday coming, new tires needed etc….I needed to be super frugal on Emma’s 6th birthday. We normally don’t go crazy on birthdays around here. However, it was fascinating that her entire birthday party cost me literally $25 and she was absolutely in heaven.

Friday night was kid birthday time. Our kids are allowed to invite one person for every year old they are. We celebrated by playing at the park, build your own sundaes, and present opening. Last year Borders had a major clearance and I was able to get $18 zebra lunch boxes with cookie mixes inside for $1 a piece. YAY. They were perfect party favors for the girls and the perfect price for me! I used regular dinner bowls and placemats and nobody questioned where the overpriced themed paper goods were….no one.

On Emma’s actual birthday day my older two kids got up and made green pancakes, pink milk, and honeydew melon for our birthday girl….and they did the dishes!

On Birthday night grandma and grandpa came over and we ate tacos for dinner and had cake that Emma decorated herself. The cake was $2.50. Normally I make her a big cake, but with her being allowed to decorate it herself, she didn’t miss mine at all…

The highlight of the night was thanks to the 75% off toy sale at Target. Emma has wanted a motorized car for a year at least. You know the kind that you can ride on. I have been telling her for a year that she will never get one because they are SO pricey. However, thanks to Target, I became a liar. My mom called me one morning, not knowing about Emma’s extravagant wish and said she found the $180 motorcycle for just $45. DONE! Thanks mom and thanks God for providing even a hot pink motorcycle.

We wrapped up a picture of the motorcycle and then took her outside for the real thing.

One very successful, inexpensive , and exactly perfect 6 year old birthday!

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7 Responses to Emma’s Birthday…on the cheap.
  1. Jessica Punk Rock Momma
    September 22, 2010 | 6:32 pm

    wow yall did real good with her birthday. Im sure she had a blast.

  2. ROSEMARY NICKERSON
    September 22, 2010 | 6:41 pm

    Green pancakes are cool. Pink milk made me gag. The pink motorcycle? I WANT ONE TOO!!!
    Rosemary

  3. Taylor
    September 23, 2010 | 9:28 am

    actually, the “green” pancakes were supposed to be blue, and the pink milk was strawberry milk! yum!

  4. Cameron Struckmeier
    January 15, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    I know its a long time since this was posted. But like Taylor ( my sister ) said, green pancakes were supposed be blue, pink milk is supposed to make people say, YUM!, not ewwwwww (gag). “the kids” were forced to do the dishes! Love u mom

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