January is a tough month for those who live up north.
So I guess anything north of Kentucky in these parts.
It plain sucks.
When it isn’t below zero, it’s 30 degrees slushy and gloomy.
When the sun is out here in January, it usually means it is 2 outside.
That Mother Nature sure is one funny minx.
Except she isn’t funny and switch minx with a word that rhymes with ditch.
Yes, much better.
When I first found out I was pregnant with my Ellie, I immediately counted on my fingers when her possible due date was.
Smack dab in January.
I even said, “I am sorry” aloud to my belly once realizing it was gonna be lots of blizzards, sick kids who can’t come to her parties, and just plain ick.
So I need to have ammo to combat the winter blech’s around here to make her birthday party special.
First word of warning if you are planning a birthday party: don’t go on Pinterest.
It was on the night before her party when I was typing in “party games” into the Pinterest search engine that I finally got what all the Pinterest haters have been talking about for years.
HOLY CRAP PEOPLE NEEDS TO GETS A GRIP.
When did kids birthday parties become such a production?
I just wanted to play a simple pin the tail on the donkey and instead I was inundated with elaborate games with rules and game pieces and like, prizes; tables that had FABRIC napkins, cakes that were shaped like Elsa’s ice castle.
Made by hand.
With Nutella and mason jars.
The only thing I had planned was for them to decorate donuts because those are Ella’s favorite dessert and that would take the place of the cake.
CHEAP ME IS ALWAYS A THINKIN’.
I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on everything from the food, plates, decorations, invitations, pop etc.
I know $100 sounds like a lot but it isn’t, trust me.
To give you an idea, if you rent a local bouncy house room for two hours it costs $250 for the room alone.
That’s a lot of donuts.
You all know how I feel about Walmart.
I am not a snob to those just reading me for the first time but I like my grocery experience to be happy and it just usually isn’t at Walmart.
I was planning on going to Dollar Tree to get all the plates but it was a Frozen theme party (of course it was) and they don’t have the blue I was looking for.
You know, “Elsa blue”.
Don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about.
IT’S A THING.
So in to Walmart I went…said like Eeyore.
I have to admit, Walmart hooked me up.
Not only did they have the “Elsa blue” plates etc. I was looking for but it was three cents cheaper per item than Dollar Tree.
DAMMIT WALMART WHY CAN’T I QUIT YOU?!?!
The silver paper cups were in sets of eight for 97 cents, so I used those for all the donut toppings.
For the donut toppings, I used frosting from a can (I can hear the collective sighs from here. KIDS LOVE FROSTING FROM A CAN, OK?), those cool blue candies were also from Walmart, sprinkles I had in my pantry and little Frozen picks that I found there as well.
We got our donuts from a local chain because we had a gift card.
If you are planning a donut decorating party, make sure you get your donuts first thing in the morning or they will be gone.
Then you won’t be decorating donuts but rather decorating something like steaks and kids don’t like to decorate raw meat.
Ella wanted a “donut cake”.
So I stacked some on a cake plate I already had.
We also got donut holes too because GIFT CARD and I wanted extra little donuts for the kids to eat because NO CAKE.
By the way, the day of this party I couldn’t eat donuts.
I will be sharing it with you in a post very soon.
SO IMAGINE THE HELL OF BEING SURROUNDED BY DONUTS AND NOT EVEN EATING ONE.
I want credit.
OK so the pretzels were a last minute addition because I didn’t have enough sprinkles.
They turned out to be a hit.
Tablecloth? 97 cents.
Napkins? 97 cents.
Paper cups? 97 cents.
Bag of balloons? 97 cents.
Hot air to fill balloons? Free thanks to the hubs.
He’s got a lot to spare.
OK so do I.
SEE THE PRETZEL CREATION???
The balloons hanging from the chandelier were a huge hit with Ella.
I made it while she was in the basement playing and when she came up she was beaming.
97 cents for joy.
You can’t beat that.
KISS THAT BOUNCY HOUSE PLACE.
It is so happy that I am leaving it up til they fall down.
Because January looks a lot better with Tiffany blue balloons hanging from the ceiling.
Especially when you can’t eat donuts.