My daughter just turned three. About 4 weeks before her actual birth date I had already started thinking about how I would celebrate her 3rd. Her first 2 were perfectly themed and easily managed in a small family group but this time around I could sense that she would want to have some daycare buddies over.
I am personally not a huge fan of princess-y stuff and princess (read: Frozen) birthday themes where every other party just competes in size, dress and lavishness. To me theme birthdays are important not because they make you seem in fashion, because they make fun memories and wonderful photograph albums and if they are actually based on what your child is 'into' at the time, then it makes them happy!
So here are a few tips for those busy, practical moms who want to celebrate theme birthdays but not end up spending a fortune on them:
1. Bumble Bee Theme
This turns out to be a really cute theme. Here are some simple ideas for execution:
i) Goody Bags: Get plain yellow bags and paste black paper stripes (or the reverse if you find black bags)
ii) Table Setting: Use black and yellow crape paper as a table cloth. Alternatively a black or yellow piece of cloth would do. Try to keep the cloth under neath the cake in the opposite shade as the cake itself.
iii) Get a themed cake done OR get a simple yellow cake and stick-out some honey bee accessories on it.
iv) Back Drop: Use black and yellow broad ribbons as drapes in the background
v) Balloons : Yellow and Black Balloons or Yellow Balloons Covered with Black Ribbon Stripes
vi) Plates: Get plain yellow or black paper plates and stick a cut out of a print-out (easily available on the internet) of a bumble bee. Otherwise, strip the plates as well. Do the same for cups.
2. Lady Bird Theme
The same theme could also work as a "Minnie Mouse" theme if you throw in some Minnie mouse cut outs,
You could cut out large circles from black chart paper and paste onto red paper plates to make Minnie Mouse ears sticking out of plates.
3. Twinkle Star Theme
1. Goody Bags: Using plain blue bags and Silvery paper cut out in star shape with glittery effect to embellish your bags.
2. Table Cloth: Dark Blue Coloured Cloth or Crape Paper. Sprinkle confetti stars or glitter
3. Plates: Same method, stick some silver star cut outs on plain dark blue plates. (Tip: Use the Foil in your kitchen drawer if you can't find a good quality glazed silver paper). You can do the same for cups.
4. Back Drop: Cut out some big and small stars and a moon , and hang them with strings in the back-drop
5. Props: If it's your daughter's birthday, she could end up holding a star magic wand easily found in toy stores. Star shaped clips would add to the cuteness.
So the above are 3 really simple themes and maybe you can draw some more along the same format. What's great about these not so fashionable themes that your party will give a more home-made and DIY feel which is always more charming :)