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Birthday Parties for Different Budgets

Hey y’all! Apologies for being MIA the last little while as I’ve been busy working on some fun and exciting projects.  I’ve also been reflecting on which direction I would like to take the blog.  As we have just passed on our 1 year anniversary a couple of months ago(yay), I’d like to ensure the content that I publish is not only informational, but also interesting.  I’ll be posting everything that I come across that excites me and only things that I know I would want to buy, experience and recommend.  As such, I thought a birthday party post was vital. These birthday parties (for children!) can easily turn into lavish events. We want to give them the best of everything, but most of the time the kids don’t even notice a difference between a play area or life-sized castles and pizza or catered gourmet meals.

Within the last year I have thrown two very different styles of birthday parties for my children.  Sienna turned four years old at the end of October and we threw her a very pink and very girly party equipped with cupcake decorating, Glitter Box tattoos and makeup & nail stations. She had a beautiful double layer cupcake-shaped cake and live games throughout the party. The kids table for lunch was decorated with various beads, sparkles and flowers and had a gorgeous canopy layered above. I catered their lunch boxes from Moshe and inside they each had a juice box, water, 2 mini pizzas, baked french fries, mozzarella sticks, and macaroni and cheese! They didn’t even eat a quarter of what was inside. The parents were also offered gourmet pizzas, focaccia, croissants, muffins and freshly made virgin mimosas. Each individual item in the gift bag (including the bag itself) was curated via different stores in the States that I shipped in and assembled here in Dubai.

Sienna's lunch table
Sienna’s lunch table
Cupcake Decorating
Cupcake Decorating
Food Cart Filled with Goodies for the Adults
Food Cart Filled with Goodies for the Adults

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Play Makeup!
Play Makeup!
Glitter Box
Glitter Box

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Party Camel Balloons
Party Camel Balloons
Party Camel
Party Camel
Cutest Gift Bags!
Cutest Gift Bags!
Party Games
Party Games are a Must!
The Cake
The Cake
Happy Little Lady
Happy Little Lady

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Cole, on the other hand, turned two this past January. We threw his party with a few close friends at the OTB Market in Burj Park. We “catered” the food via the food trucks at the event.  We provided pizza, fries and juice/water for the kids and the parents.  The cake was a simple Peppa Pig theme. The kids table was the first picnic table we could grab and we decorated it with a table cloth and plates from The Party Camel.  The entertainment was whatever the OTB Market had going on at the time and the gift bags were simple and sweet.

Games and Entertainment
Games and Entertainment

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Lunch
Lunch

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The Cake
The Cake
Happy Kids
Happy Kids

Can you guess which party was a bigger hit with my kids?  One would assume I’m hinting that the park was the bigger hit, but honestly, they both were amazing in their own ways. My kids and the kids in attendance thoroughly enjoyed both parties. I’m in no way trying to discourage anyone from the big party as  both parties had an equal effect. Do I regret spending more money on Sienna’s given Cole’s was equally as fun for both the children and the adults? Not at all. I’m very happy with how both parties turned out and just wanted to share my experience on how to throw parties for various budgets. Just don’t get me started on Sienna’s 1st western themed birthday party! I was definitely a victim of first kid, 1st birthday party syndrome $$$.

 

Thanks for reading! x

 

 

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