Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A Rockstar Birthday Party... on a $50 budget
My neighbor is raising her niece. The little girl has not had a wonderful childhood, but since being placed in her aunt's home, her grades have sky rocketed, she's active at church, has clean clothes and has a few close friends. My neighbor does her best to, as she puts it, "do right" by her niece, but she came to me one afternoon and confessed that she had only maybe $50 to celebrate her niece's birthday in January. Her niece wanted a Rock Star party and she didn't know what to do. She asked if I could give her any tips. I decided to take on the project and here's what we did.
The internet was full of fun ideas for an event like this, but I had basically no budget as the primary use of my neighbor's $50 was going towards the cake and pizza. So, I knew that we'd be making a lot of things from scratch and using what we all had laying around our homes.
A Community Comes Together:
Each family brought a side dish to share. We ended up with fun stuff like veggie trays and nachos to compliment the pizzas that my neighbor had made for the main dish. By the way, if you've never had them, the 'Take & Bake' pizzas in the deli section of places like Walmart and Aldis are pretty good in a pinch. For about $6 each, you get an 18" pizza that you can load with your own toppings.
Creating Rock Stars:
I dug out some long navy colored curtains [the closest I had to black] and some LED Christmas lights. I was going to make a mock stage. We pinned the curtains against the wall, draped the lights over everything and put her birthday banner front and center.
I was a little unsure of what to do in the little time I had to get this together. I knew that most of the children attending could not read so that put a damper on board games or treasure hunts. Also, it was the middle of January and too cold to do anything outside.
The birthday girl was shocked when she walked in to the room and found everything that we'd done. She was too shy to actually partake in the karaoke, turning beet-red when we sang happy birthday to her. It was a feel-good day.
On a side note, my fiance and I made these nifty bowls out of old vinyl records to hold all the bling and tattoos and stuff. Here's some instructions: Vinyl Bowls How-To