I thought it would be fun to have Lily's 7th birthday party here at home. And by home, I mean our tiny apartment. We'd decorate like crazy, then count the minutes until all her little girlfriends from school arrived. I thought she'd think it was special and I'm all about making a memory. OK, who am I kidding? I just didn't want to spend $1000 on a party for a 7 year old.
Welcome to New York City, the home of the best bagels, pizza, and out of your mind birthday parties for children.
In the city, you can rent out museums for sleepovers, have your own personal chef create a special meal for you and all your pre-pubescent friends, or you can learn the proper form for the downward dog at your very own yoga party. The possibilities are endless and the list goes on and on...and usually ends up costing at least $1000.
Don't get me wrong, if you have those kind of parties for your kids, I have no problem with it. In fact, please invite us. It's just that I can't justify spending that kind of cash. I'm trying to buy groceries here. And Bobbie Brown makeup. And I sure could use some botox.
So after realizing my lack of options, I resigned myself to having the party here at home- something almost unheard of in Manhattan birthday party land. When I told Rod, he thought I might be a bit crazy. But then I ticked off the financial data and he thought I was beautiful. I mean...genius. I don't care. I'll take either.
We actually had a great time. We only invited the girls from her class because there is not quite enough air in my apartment for a party with the entire class. And you know what? It turned out great. I found the key to having a birthday party in a small space is provide lots of activities for the kids to do. If they run out of activities, they will run laps in your apartment. Note to self: Need to plan about 10 more minutes worth of activities next time.
I gave you a sneak peak yesterday, but thought I'd share more pics with you today.
I borrowed this idea from Lola B. I had all the girls decorate Peep birdhouses out of graham crackers. A spring version of a Christmas gingerbread house.
Lily and I assembled the houses before the party, so the guests would just have fun decorating them with jelly beans and royal icing. FYI- It takes exactly 15 seconds to get a sugar headache from eating too much royal icing. I know this first-hand.
We used pink peeps and edible Easter grass. However, I would like to debate the word "edible" that was on the package.
It tasted quite a bit like a combination of hay and styrofoam. It was not delicious like the word edible would allude to.
The cupcakes were my only splurge. They are from Two Little Red Hens Bakery.
I ordered 18. Lily's party was for 6. I'm sure you understand the math here. They are delicious.
And a little girl's party would not be complete without the sparking pink lemonade.
This also makes a fantastic beverage for a big girl's party if you splash a bit of vodka in it. But I'm not telling you how I know that.
All the girls went home with their bird houses and these tiny gift bags full of candy necklaces, bubbles, and sparkly pens.
There you go. A NYC birthday party on a budget.
I don't think she really cared that we didn't have one of those fancy schmancy parties. Do you?