Once upon a time there was a little girl with eyes the color of the sky and hair the color of gold. She was a friendly child with many, many friends and she often asked her mommy for lots of sleepovers and tea parties. Even though her mommy had very little money, sleepovers were easy and tea and cinnamon toast were cheap, so the mommy always said "yes".
One day, when the little girl's birthday was drawing near, her mommy began to worry how she would be able to have a party large enough to invite all the little girl's many, many friends. "Oh dear" she thought, " How can I afford to entertain so many children?"
Then she had an idea. "I will have a scrap craft party!" And that is exactly what she did. She gathered together all kinds of pencils, papers, crayons, old magazines and colorful junk mail. She rummaged through drawers and boxes for bits of ribbons, laces, and buttons. She got out the scraps of old holiday wrapping paper and tags and bows. She put glue and scissors and rulers in a couple of shoe boxes.
She bought a little glitter, a few sequins and manila folders , which were perfect blank "canvases", at the dollar store, along with a box of plain note cards. Then she sent out the invitations. "Come to the Craft Fair" it read, along with the time and place. "Bring your ideas, your dreams and a large brown paper bag".
Well the children were intrigued and excited by the mysterious invitation and everyone of them RSVP'd with joy!
The day of the party, each child was greeted at the door by the mommy and the little girl and handed a sheet of instructions and ideas for items they might make. "These are just suggestions" it read."You are encouraged to create!"
Then the mommy covered the kitchen table with layers and layers of newspaper, laid down over a big black garbage bag, so the table wouldn't be harmed even if someone spilled the glue!
The children had a wonderful afternoon, creating and comparing one another's art-work. There was no need for party favors, because each child had made their own! The food was simple, cupcakes, lemonade ( the fizzy kind, made with seltzer) and cream cheese and jelly sandwiches cut into triangles. Everyone said it was THE BEST PARTY ever! And it only cost me, (yup, you guessed, I am the "mommy") $20.00 for 15 children, including the postage for the invitations!
Oh yes, the brown paper bag? That was to carry home the treasures they had made. :)
By Laura from NJ at the beach
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A really nice and fun idea. Most children love to create, and the more opportunities they have to do something, the better they get. My girls would have loved your party and we did plenty of them at our house allthough not necessarily at birthdays. Why not though?
Thank you for sharing Larura.
Its a great idea, and you are a wonderful storyteller! I'm sure the kids will love to go to a party hosted by you. Thanks for the tips & keep it up!
Good on you, Laura!
I have personal space issues, so we haven't had any sleepovers yet, but I plan to this coming school year (she'll be in 2nd grade). But I love that your daughter's birthday party was inexpensive, fun, and encouraged creativity.
I plan ahead for the goody bags for my daughter's birthday parties. At back-to-school time, I load up on inexpensive supplies. Last year I gave out bags with spiral notebooks (10-cents), packages of mechanical pencils (I think 20-cents), 24-packs of Crayola crayons (20-cents), packages of stickers (I think 50-cents), plus a ring pop and another piece of candy. I don't put any junk into the bags, and the kids are always happy to have new supplies. I already have those extra long flexible novelty pencils for her next birthday, got them for 10-cents each at the Scholastic warehouse sale (I think the original price tag was $2 or more for each, that's the price they'd go for at the book fairs!).
Someday maybe I'll have the nerves to invite a bunch of kids over at the same time for a party, but I'm not there yet. I'm glad it has worked out so well for you, excellent job! :-)
What a fab idea and article. As your princess grows up you can move on to things like jewellry making as the theme for the parties.
What a good idea for a party. I almost wish my girls were little again so we could try this out.
I think this is a very clever Mommy! Best wishes to you and your lucky daughter.
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