My sweet adorable first born turned 4! Why is he growing up so darn fast? Elias had been anxiously waiting for his PJ Mask party for months, since Christmas to be exact. He had a few simple request for his party, besides it being a PJ Mask theme of course. Elias asked for 3 PJ Mask piñatas (one for each character), a PJ Mask cake and the PJ Mask headquarters toy, the big one!
He was beyond happy when it all came together, just look at his beautiful happy little smile and dimples!! I can’t get over him! For a brief moment I contemplated skipping out on a birthday party and opting for a smaller and much less expensive event, but he kept asking for a party and I have absolutely no regrets that we gave in to him. I feel that a day will come when he won’t ask or even want a party. I want to cherish these special request and moments as much as possible.
That said, this year I was trying to be a little conservative with my budget while planing his very special PJ Mask party. To do so I took a few small cost effective decisions that made a big difference.
Short Guest List and Simple Menu
Needless to say, the fewer people you invite the lower the overall cost. Now while this seems easy enough, it was actually difficult cutting down our typical guest list. Both Jose and I have a fairly large extended family and while we would have loved to have invited everyone, keeping our guest list to our immediate family and closest friends made all the difference. Instead of having our usual 100 or so guest, we had about 40! We also opted for a simple but delicious and easy to make menu. Jose cooked everything because he’s awesome and much better at delivering delicious food than I am! He smoked hot links, hot dogs and few pork butts for pulled pork sandwiches, which we served buffet style along with coleslaw salad and barbecue baked beans (canned). For appetizers we offered nachos, chips and dip. I slapped on a cute PJ Mask Party banner, added some streamers and colorful plastic tablecloths and Walla! A super simple but very cute PJ Mask Buffet Table set up.
Decorations is a big one, this is where the cost of my parties can seriously get out of hand. However, my efforts to keep within budget paid off for this PJ Mask party. I will start by saying that I began shopping for decorations a few months prior to the event and found many PJ Mask party themed decorations on sale. I also recycled streamers and banners I already had from previous events. For centerpieces I made several small totem pole PJ Mask Headquarters and 1 large totem pole for his main cake table. All the products used for these centerpieces were purchased at the Dollar Tree, I spent about $10 total on the materials for this. I also made city buildings using different size empty boxes, wrapping them with black plastic tablecloths and cutting out yellow post-it notes for the lights. The only “big” expense was the city backdrop which cost me about $12.
Treat Bags & Cake
These adorable PJ Mask favors were a big hit and surprising inexpensive. I purchased the plastic containers at the dollar tree, each pack came with 5 containers. I stuffed them with PJ Mask stickers, removal tattoos, a small bag of cookies and Twinkies. The main attraction however was the PJ Mask masks that I purchased on Amazon for about $10 per dozen. The total cost for these cute favors was about $40 for 2 dozen. For Elias’ birthday cake, I made a two tier round cake (the box kind), with homemade buttercream frosting and I ordered a PJ Mask decorative edible cake sheet topper.
And course he got his 3 PJ Mask Pinatas and the Big HQ Toy!!!
Elias had a blast celebrating his 4th birthday with family and friends! And we I am so excited too see what this year has in store for him. Whatever it is, i pray that God continues to bless him with lots of health, and keeps him surrounded by loved ones. Happy 4th Birthday My Sweet Elias. Mommy and Daddy Love You More Than Words Could Ever Explain!!!
Until Next Time…Much Love!!!