My baby is turning three in a couple of weeks. Please give me a minute while I cry my eyes out. How in the world is my child almost 3?? I have no idea when or how that happened, but here we are. So we were faced with a decision – plan a giant all out birthday party or go small and intimate. If you know me at all, you know I chose the latter.
Admittedly, I’m not into planning big parties (or attending them), and we usually like to keep it simple. We’re not going to be the folks with a $200 birthday cake, and we’re not going to rent a $150 bounce house. I never had these things when I was growing up, and I turned out
great ok. So the first thing I thought of was, “What does Sheffield like? What would make this fun for him?” The obvious answer was, of course, Paw Patrol. This kid goes through phases of things he loves, so it’s quite possible he will be over these dogs by then, but what can you do.
I hit up Amazon to start looking for cheap and fun party decorations and came up with these fun little things:
After figuring out our “theme” (and I’m using that term incredibly loosely), we had to figure out what food. What in the world would we feed these folks? The obvious answer to feeding children is to give them pizza. Because what kid doesn’t love pizza? But then, we were all, well how do we make this adult friendly as well? In comes Pinterest, of course. And like always, Pinterest delivered. A make your own pizza party! The most fun thing about this is you can put out as many toppings as you want – kid friendly or not!
Trader Joe’s has amazing pizza crust dough as does Publix. And since the party is so small – the cost on this doesn’t add up. We also planned on getting the sprinkler and slip n slide going because, well, Alabama in July don’t play.
So we had water fun and pizza with some fun Paw Patrol goodies thrown in. So how do we get all of these people to come to the party? I’m certainly lazy when it comes to this – finding stamps and a good invitation ugh – so much work. Enter paperlesspost.com .
First of all – all of it is done completely online. As in, it took me less than twenty minutes to find a design that I loved, to enter all the information, add some email addresses and hit send. I am not kidding about that. PLUS, they have a ton of designs – even designer ones from Kate Spade and Paper Source. And it’s not even limited to birthday invites – they have save the dates, wedding invitations, baby showers, wedding showers, and anything that you could possibly want to throw a party for. You customize the invitation, background, and envelope. And they have tons of those designs to choose from too!
These are how Sheffield’s turned out:
I mean, how cute are these?!? Plus, people can RSVP straight from the convenience of their computer – no need for a text or phone call or email. Just hit yes or no. It couldn’t be any easier – which clearly, I am all for.
And now you know how much I hate planning parties, and how I try to simplify everything about having to throw one.
How do you guys plan parties? Do you have any simple tricks that you follow? Let me know so I can steal them!
I hope you guys have a great weekend! Hopefully with zero party planning!
(I was contacted by paperlesspost.com and provided with “coins” to make these invites and review, however all content is original and my own)