I have birthdays on the brain this week--we're celebrating Joseph's 6th birthday at a rockin' Spiderman shin-dig on Sunday afternoon. One very simple little trick has helped me streamline the kid birthday party business over the years:
A laundry basket.
Yep, a laundry basket. In the days leading up to the party, I get my biggest, sturdiest laundry basket and begin loading it with every imaginable accessory I'll need for the party: candles, a lighter, plates, cups, party favors. And include lots of incidentals, like paper, a pen, and bandaids (because we all know that wherever two or more little boys are gathered, there also shall be the letting of blood).
When party day arrives, we tote the full basket to the party. Most of the items are used up and emptied out at the party, so we use the empty basket to bring home all the gifts and empty gift sacks which, yes ma'am, I'm
maniacally stingy cleverly frugal enough to save.
It's very simple, but it's very helpful. Works for me!
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