Brian’s Birthday Party

By Shannon Gosney
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December 6, 2008
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Today, we had a birthday party for Brian’s 5th birthday.

I’ve decided that an hour and a half is plenty of time to hold a birthday party for little kids. During this time, we did the following:

– played with the party blowers – 5 minutes
– played on the swingset – 30 minutes
– played duck duck goose – 15 minutes
– played hot potato – 10 minutes
– played freeze dance – 10 minutes (you dance when the music is on and freeze when it stops)
– sang “happy birthday” – 1 minute
– ate cake – 10 minutes
– opened presents – 10 minutes
– kids played with gifts and went home – 25 minutes


I also learned that just because you have a “themed” party (i.e. Transformers was the theme this time), it doesn’t mean you have to buy all “themed” party supplies. I found colored plates at Wal-Mart for $1.00 for 20 small yellow plates and $1.00 for 20 small blue napkins. I bought a tranformers tablecloth for a few dollars, some transformers blowouts for a couple dollars, and some transformers masks for a couple of dollars. At the last minute, I also spent $0.99 plus shipping for a hanging Transformers Happy Birthday sign, some streamers, some blowouts, cake topper, and some unopened Transformers plates.

I made the cake by hand and gave the kids gogurts to snack on when they first arrived at the party.

I thought I had purchased goodie bags, but when I went to fill them this morning, found that I HAD NOT purchased them yet, so I turned to Ziploc for help. I used the sandwich sized bags and filled them with mini oreos packs, a box of raisins, a bag of Scooby Doo fruit snacks, 3 miniature sized candy bars, 2 smarties, and some army men! The kids loved it!

A successful party for under $30.00 (including food and party supplies)!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

2 Responses to “Brian’s Birthday Party”

  1. Cristin says:

    What – you didn’t hire a D.J. and rent a hall?? Just kidding…

    I like how you listed the price of everything. I agree that the theme doesn’t have to be on everything. You could have spent way more money and the kids probably would have had the same amount of fun as they did with spending what you did.

  2. Candace says:

    I can’t believe that Brian is 5. It seems like you just had him yesterday. I still remember visiting you right after you had him…

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