17 November 2008

Birthday parties

Mikey is turning 4 on Thanksgiving Day, which means it's time for another birthday party. My budget is pretty small, and I am hoping that this year is the year that I don't make a big deal out of it and actually sit and have fun!

I made invitations using pictures I took of him and the online photo editing website picnik, which is *freaking awesome* and totally free. I use it all the time. Then I bought some cardstock in the scrapbooking section and found 4x6 invitation envelopes in the mailing section of Walmart. I had to buy printer ink, which was FIFTY SEVEN FREAKING DOLLARS but at least I can print coupons now, too. It's been months since I had printer ink and I have to say, it's nice. Lame frugal luxuries.

I emailed some of the invitations, to save paper and stamps but mostly because they look a lot better online than printed. Hey, I tried. Usually I order Shutterfly invites for way too much, or buy store bought ones and then people complain that they didn't get a picture. Hopefully they won't complain too much about this!

Next up, the menu. I'm planning on making some trays of food- baked mac and cheese, lasagna, chicken parmigiana. It's a lunch party so we won't be starving, and there will be appetizers and cake. Speaking of the cake, after the monster truck cake I'm going to have a hard time living up to that standard, but I'll try.


Kimberli said...

Another good photo editing program that's free is Picasa. Its a Google product and we actually use it at Bella Baby. :)

Have fun and good luck.

manda said...

WOW now that is a CAKE!

jennymsw said...

The invited was AMAZING!! Loved it.

A couple frugal ideas for you...

For Xmas cards... design something yourself and print it at vistaprint.com They are extremely reasonable and always send coupons.

For printer ink, once you have used it all, go to Walgreens, Walmart, etc. and have them refill it at the photo counter. I believe it is only $10 for black ink. Much cheaper than buying a new cartridge for $57!!

And, you friend is offering to make something for the party (that's ME!!!) so just let me know what.

Keep up the great work!

Jolene said...

I love reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences, especially your "relationship" with Target. I feel the same way.

I nominated you for an award over on my blog!