If you missed part 1 of my “Birthday on a budget” series then read it here. It contains all the principles that you need to plan a cheap but amazing party. In this post I am going to be talking about the ideas I have put together for my eldest sons Mr Man themed party.
So every kids loves a party bag, and I love to give unique things to people too. So instead of traditional party bags with rubbishy plastic toys in them that noone plays with, I have ordered every child a Mr Man book. Now this sounds expensive doesn’t it?! But by going via ebay I managed to get a job lot of 10 Mr Man books for only £4. I am going to use some Mr Man party bags which cost about £2 for 8 via ebay. Add a few maoam and a slice of cake and its sorted!
As we already have most of the Mr Man library collection, I thought I might use them to decorate the room rather than having to buy new costly decoration that will just get thrown out. I am going to hang string from the corners and then put the Mr Man books over the string (much like people do with christmas cards in December).
I love to make my own, but sometimes buying everything to decorate it can cost just as much as buying one! I am going simple again and make a Mr Bump cake. It can be round (I already have round cake tins so thats easy!) and I only need two icing colours – blue and white. Then I can use a black icing pen for the details.
I am going to stick with some of the classics and just add a Mr Man theme to them. For pass the parcel I bought some Mr Man stickers in the sale after christmas so those will be the prizes in the middle (not sure I will put sweets in all the layers because I’m stingy!!). I am going to make my own “pin the nose on Mr Nosey” game with some old wall paper I have stashed away. Who can resist the very cheap games of musical statues and musical chairs? All you need for those is a bag of lollies or sweets for the winner to pick from. Finally, I spotted this great Mr Man themed take on the bean game where you call out Mr Man characters and the kids have to walk round in a circle doing the related action.
I have already stocked up on pizzas (£1 each) and chips. I am staying simple! Kids love pizza and its easy to cook. Pudding will most likely be birthday cake, although I may splash out and make something else the night before.