AJ turned four in April, and we celebrated with a Minion birthday party. He has always loved the color yellow, and Minions has been one of his favorite things since the first time he watched the Despicable Me movie. So, deciding on his birthday theme was easy. Once the I knew what his theme was I did a quick Google and Pinterest search for inspiration and then it was off to create a fourth birthday that AJ would never forget.
How To Create A Minion Birthday Party On A Budget
Putting together AJ’s birthday this year was much easier, as Minions are still very popular and can be found everywhere. If you read my post on AJ’s Little Einstein’s Birthday you may recall that I had to create all the décor from scratch as that cartoon series had long been discontinued. Thankfully I was able to purchase the table cloths, napkins, cups, plates, and goggles from Wal-Mart. We also used the toy Minions that came in the McDonald Happy Meals last year to decorate the table as well as some cutouts that had come in Post cereal boxes. We used AJ’s Easter Minion bucket to hold chips and it helped to decorate the table as well. The balloons were from Party City again, as I’ve found that they have the best prices on the things I want over the past several years. Since our Party City is an hour away from home, but so worth the drive, I don’t have the balloons filled there. I purchase them and then have them filled at a local flower shop. While this is an added expense to me it’s worth it because I know I will have freshly filled balloons on the day of the party.
The total cost for the décor, the balloons, the price of getting them filled with helium at our local flower shop, the paper goods and the food (excluding the cake) was $45.00. That provided us enough to feed 20 people, with plenty left over. I have a tendency to over buy, something I learned from my mother, when I’m putting together a family party or even holiday dinners.
The birthday cake this year, as in the past, took center stage. It is the most important element in the entire theme and is where I put most of my energy. Using inspiration from various sources as well as bits and pieces of tutorials from around the web and a little imagination I created a Minion birthday cake that made my little AJ’s face light up. The expressions on my boys faces when they see their birthday cake makes all the time and effort I put into designing and carving them worth it. To be honest, even when I’m stressing over a design element that isn’t coming together like it should, I still have a lot of fun creating the cakes.
The last few cakes have been more costly to make as the boys like the taste of fondant and that in itself can range from $10-$30.00 a box depending on the brand, size and store you buy it from. I always buy my cakes mixes when it’s on sale for $1.00 a box or less and have a variety of flavors available to whip up whenever a birthday or event calls for one. I know it would be less expensive to make fondant and cake from scratch, but I have decided the trade-off in time and effort is well worth the expense. I do however have a recipe for buttercream that I love and always make it from scratch. There is no exception and no substitution. I had close to $40.00 in ingredients for the cake which may sound expensive but as someone who has designed and sold cakes professionally it’s a steal. Had I bought that cake it would have easily cost over $130.00, as a cake like this is purchased by the slice and design similar to a wedding cake.
Along with making the cake this year I also made chocolate covered Minion pretzels. They were super simple, inexpensive, and a fun treat. Half a bag of mini pretzels made more than enough with plenty left over that we stuck in the freezer after the party. Now and then we pull a few out and enjoy them all over again. The entire project took about an hour and a half to make from start to finish and we ended up with 80 pretzels.
AJ had a great day, the weather cooperated and this was the first year we were actually able to have his party outdoors. We cut back on gifts this year as we are trying to get rid of excess toys and other clutter around the house. Fitting two more people into an already tight space is going to be a challenge, so my husband and I bought a few small things and asked the rest of the family to either donate money to his college fund or towards a swing set that my father-in-law is building for the kids.
Throwing your kids a fantastic birthday party on a budget can easily be done. With a little creativity, some planning and frugality you can give them a party to remember without breaking the bank.
I will be doing a series of tutorials over the next few months on how to recreate these, and other kids birthday cakes. So check back often!
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