Both of my kiddo's birthdays are on the horizon. The one year old birthday is slowly approaching...yikes! I LOVE planning for their parties. I LOVE finding the thing that they are most interested in at the time and planning a party around that theme. We are doing a ball theme for the baby's 1st birthday because he loves balls. My daughter's parties were based on her interests each year...music, swimming at the beach, and firetrucks. This year, it looks like she will have a trolley themed party.
While I find it fun to plan around a theme and make it a memorable time for the birthday kiddo and the guests, I don't feel I go over the top. I read this article today and WOWZA! Can you believe it?!?!? $10,000 for a child's birthday party! I'm sorry, I have never heard of anything so ridiculous in my life!
Anyways, while reading that article, it had a link to beingfrugal.net. A pretty interesting site. I found this article and I think that there are quite a few things for me to learn in it. It has "168 frugal tips on how to make your dollar stretch." Now, I might not be able to do all the tips (like rear your own chickens) but there are certainly many that I could implement quite easily into our family routine.