We had our almost-triplet birthday party a couple weeks ago for my three little ones. Landis and the twins are 11 months and 3 weeks apart.
So, these guys turned 2.
Then, a week later, Landis turned 3.
So, along with 3 grandparents, 6 aunts and uncles, 1 big sister, and 5 cousins, we had a joint birthday party for all of them. As I mentioned last year after doing Karis’ 5th birthday party, I aim to be pretty frugal and I’m not much of a party host. So, with all that, I like to keep things simple. There’s also the factor of 2 and 3-year-olds don’t have a lot of desires for an elaborate party. They just enjoy being the center of attention, eating cake, and opening presents.
And while last year, I set out to make as much as possible myself like the meal for the family and the cake in an effort to save money, there are lots of different considerations including time and energy. With this being the week before school started, I was honestly just tired.
I wanted to keep it simple and frugal.
So the only decorations were each of them getting a headband or hat along with a little figurine for their favorite character. Landis loves Snow White and well, I just thought it was cute to do Micky & Minnie for the twins. We already had a Minnie headband and a Snow White figurine, so we just used those from home. Then I filled in the rest at the Disney Store and those things doubled as gifts. They also brought along their soft toys from home of Snow White, Mickey and Minnie.
Since we have so many adults eating, I really wanted to have good food that didn’t cost a lot, but at the end of the day, we just picked up pizza (with a 50% off online code), chips (on sale B1G1), a watermelon (from a farmer’s stand on the side of the road), and bought cupcakes from the grocery store. They weren’t the gourmet cupcakes, but the kids didn’t know the difference once they licked the icing off! And did you know cupcakes from one of those cute little bakeries are like $65?? I didn’t! The 2 dozen I got from the grocery store were $15! I’ll take it!
And then there are those little treat bags for all the kids. I have a hate-hate relationship with those things. I do understand and value giving a little thank-you to folks that take the time out to celebrate and bring gifts. I just don’t love giving or receiving lots of bags of candy (I know! I’m a Birthday Scrooge!). So, I chose little things from the dollar store that hopefully the kids would enjoy, badges for the boys, rings for the girls, and dress-up glasses with noses. Oh and did I mention I didn’t spend the time making these up individual little bags? I put all the items in a basket and they just picked out a couple items. Love a timesaver!
If you want to get a better feel of how the evening really went, take a look at this time-lapse video my brother took while we were all together.