The budget for party decorations was a whopping $0, which actually worked in my favor. With no money to spend, I had no choice but to riffle through my years of room mom supplies. I found a pad of cardstock paper in primary colors and turned them into pennant garlands. I used the leftover scraps to decorate favor bags made from brown bags from an old school project, yarn I bought when my velvet ribbon ran out, and leftover tags from my 2009 Christmas Wrapping.
I think party favors are really, really stupid. Most of them are filled with junk nobody wants and gross candy. But, the kids love them and I knew Nicholas would want to hand something out to his friends. I had a fair bit of luck when a supermarket near me went out of business. While there, I cleaned out their Transformer stickers and chalk (both 90% off and both Nico’s favorites). I decided to use them as favors and quickly came up with an idea to make chalk and stickers seem cohesive and intentional. I went out and bought two more things I felt represented Nicholas and turned the bags into Nico bags. After Mikey stamped a number 4 on each tag, I took my old blue typewriter and clacked out a little information about our youngest guest of honor. Four things you should know about Nico:
- He is very sweet, and often nutty. (I included two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in the bag, which are his favorite.)
- He is stuck on Transformers. (Yay for stickers on clearance.)
- He loves chalk. (Even the basic white stuff I found on clearance.)
- He is a ball to be around and the light of our lives. (Target light-up bouncy balls, large size so the babies won’t choke.)
I have to say, they turned out great! Really cute, really special. What did everyone think? I have no idea. I forgot to hand them out. That’s okay. I have an idea to send out something just as special with the thank you cards, which was inspired by something else I had planned for the party that also slipped my mind. Oh, brother.