FishMama is hosting a birthday cake round-up over at Life as Mom today. I can’t wait to see all the neat-o cakes that everyone’s been making. I’ve been playing around with my cake decorating tips for many years, but I certainly claim no professional talent.
Cinderella here (how ’bout that eyelash job… whoops!) came about after we attended the birthday party of a friend. My almost 4-year-old decided that Cinderella must attend her party, too, and so she did. I borrowed the pan and found the pattern online. Please excuse the fuzzy picture. I had to take a digital picture of a print, because this party was way back when I didn’t have a digital camera… not quite 2 years ago…
Making your own birthday cake, be it a Disney Princess or a regular ol’ sheet cake topped with edible confetti, is one way to celebrate big without spending big. I’m all about living it up on birthdays. We do our best to shower our kids with love and fun on their special day.
What I’m not big on? Spending lots of money for birthday fun. It’s not necessary and the birthday kid won’t notice. Children are seriously impressed by the small stuff. They are naturals at celebrating The Finer Things in Life.
Here are 13 Ways to celebrate big without spending big.
- Make your own cake.
- Make cupcakes and shape them into the age of the birthday child. (Thanks, Joy!)
- Allow the birthday kid to plan the menu for the whole day.
- If you’re having a meal with extended family or friends, make it a potluck.
- Party at the park. The playground provides free entertainment.
- Cover tables with large white rolls of paper. Provide crayons and stickers and let your guests do the decorating.
- Allow the activity to be part of the eating: make your own pizza/banana splits/decorate cupcakes.
- Let the child choose a fun family activity for the day, or better yet… let him choose the schedule for the whole day – maybe with a few parameters.
- Watch home movies from when the birthday kid was little oh, so long ago.
- Wrap presents in the Sunday comics.
- Make homemade cards. They’re more meaningful, too!
- Provide coupons for activities that all kids crave: an extra story at bedtime, a bike ride with mom, go fishing with dad.
- Make your kid’s gift.
How does your family celebrate big without spending big?