Thank you for your advice. I was thinking of incorporating the little mermaid as my daughter is obsessed with it, and since their both underwater theme works great. I've tried making cake pops but it doesnt work for me, not sure what im doing wrong. And I agree with giving out goodybags that have useful things in it and not too much junk.
Use lots of generic Yellow stuff. A package of S-bob stickers can decorate these if you want. Use just a few S-bob accessories, or if your kids have S-bob toys, use them as centerpieces, etc. Dollar stores have "underwater/sea theme" accessories at this time of year as well.
I also have a son and daughter who are 3 years apart and this year will be the first year that we are having separate parties (they will be turning 9 and 6). I have done parties at our local park which also has a water play area. Having a party here was free except for the cost of party items and the kids had fun at the playground/water park.
We've also had a smaller party at our house and at a roller rink which was less expensive than a lot of other places. You can look at www.birthdaypartyideas.com for spongebob ideas as well. The dollar tree has good prices for invitations, colored plates, utensils etc. Walmart also has a party area with $1 items as well as more expensive themed items.
Sam's Club has good prices for cupcakes and cakes and walmart sells miny cupcakes which I think work great for little hands. I find not as much food is wasted with these. Or, I've made my own too. I have also sent invitations using evite.com which saves on postage (we have summer parties so they can't hand out invites at school). I've used smilebox. com to send thank you messages with party pictures.
I purchase items, such as juice drinks, when on sale and Sam's has mini water bottles that I find work well. I bring a marker to label bottles. For favors, I personally can't stand when my kids get a bag filled with junk toys. I try to get creative with favors but keep it within a budget too.
I've made big cookies on a stick wrapped really nice with a "thank you for sharing my special day with me" sticker, shaped crayons as animals when we had a Dora and Diego party (purchased off Etsy.com) and this year I am making cake pops which I will decorate nicely. Having parties can definitely be expensive! Hope these ideas help you. Good luck!
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