While holidays are fun and give families an opportunity to create and observe traditions, for me, the most special day we can celebrate are birthdays. I absolutely adore my children’s birthdays because I absolutely adore my children. I call them “you” days and I like to use them to try to infuse a little magic into their world. Creating a magical birthday does NOT need to cost much money at all.
The Little Mister just turned 3 and we hosted a “winter wonderland” theme birthday for him. We created an igloo out of cardboard we had in the garage, created a papier-mâché layer with things around the house (newspaper, water, and flour), and used leftover primer and craft paint to paint it.
Our decorations were things we already had (glitter snowflakes) or bought at the dollar store (wooden snowflakes) or made with materials we already had stashed away in the craft supplies (newsprint snowflakes and tissue paper pom poms).
We bought a simple cake mix, provided a sensory table with actual snow, and had an indoor snowball fight. The indoor snowballs were by far our biggest cost at $10 for each box of 15 from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I bought 5 boxes simply because I wanted to get the free shipping (all local stores were sold out) but they’ve proven to be great fun for tots, teens, and adults alike. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying them around here.
As party favours, I sent the kids home with decorate your own snowman cookie kits that cost just under $1.50 per kit (2 cookies). We only invited 6 children to attend so this was a pretty economical alternative to a loot bag (which I actually hate because they’re usually filled with junky trinkets that end up in our landfills).
My son was thrilled with his party and I’d say he had a pretty magical day celebrating.