Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Inexpensive Birthday Party Idea

With Mary Ashley's 5th birthday fast approaching, I am busy making invitations and planning her celebration. But I wanted to share an easy and inexpensive birthday party idea. Last year for her "Strawmary Shortcake" party, I looked online for free downloadable Strawberry Shortcake color sheets and found this picture that was perfect for our tea party. I printed the color sheet on heavy paper and covered our kitchen table with a plastic tablecloth. A large vase filled with markers and Strawberry Shortcake figures added color to the table. Girls who wanted to take a break from playing outside colored pictures and had a berry good time.

Whatever your party theme, you can find a number of free color sheets, games and activities online. Print them out to use as cute placemats, fun party activities or extra take-home treats.

Photos by Nathan Prichard

11 comments:

Becky Welch said...

These are lifesavers!!

Sandy Toes said...

All those girls are so sweet with their "bows"...you all must live in the South!
-sandy toe

Renee said...

I know that I am always on the lookout for simple, inexpensive yet stunning party ideas. Another thing is the goodie bag. I have shunned away from them as I figure alot of that stuff is junk and I need to find some ideas on take home trinket(s) that are not costly but the kiddos will love.

My son will be having a skating party at a local skating rink. So I need to find something for the kids to take back home with them. I am thinking ice cream cone cupcakes.

I love your ideas though. Make race car and princess coloring sheets and I thought I could put blue and pink bows roll them up and put in the basket for the kids to take home.

The Southern Housewife said...

So very cool! You're making me want to start trying for a baby just so I can start doing all these fun things! ;) hee hee!!

Jennifer P. said...

I would be in there coloring with them too! So stress relieving :)!

Sarah said...

I love that you can find free coloring pages, puzzle pages, etc. online! The Dover publishing company has a weekly emailing of free printable sample coloring, puzzle, and craft pages that I use with my kids.
This year I also printed out some Thanksgiving coloring and puzzle sheets to put on the dining room table. This kept the hungry boys and man busy while I put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinner!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I know we are in for a treat when we see her party. Can't wait. Precious pictures!

bfs ~ "Mimi" said...

Absolutely adorable! Enjoy these days, Mama!!! They pass so quickly!

Dawn said...

Great idea! And, I love those Crayola Pipsqueaks markers! We got a set for Allyson for Christmas and we may as well have not gotten her another thing!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks like fun! I love all of your projects, Melissa! You are so talented and so sweet to share.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Kris said...

Giving the kids something to color can pass the time - especially when waiting for all the guest to arrive! I have covered our whole table with butcher's paper and wrote the names of the party guest at each spot in cool letters. Then when they arrive they can find their spot and grab a marker and color all over the table!

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