A few months ago we threw a birthday party for our son, Ike. The folks over at Real Simple kindly posted it but I thought I’d share some of the details here.
Mostly because I wanted to show that you can do a creative but stylish kid’s party all on a budget (and a little help from creative friends*). We went with a vintage campaign theme, playing off our son’s name and the political slogan “I Like Ike”.
Location: We held the party at a local park that required a minimal rental fee.
Décor + Fun: Tables were covered with kraft paper and “centerpieces” were mason jars filled with treats and little toys. We also had a little photo booth backed with a vintage shower curtain and a few props.
We also made a “voting booth” out of a refrigerator box and some simple fabric bunting.
For the adults we made a fun presidential trivia quiz. And each table had different crafts for the kids with wood pennant signs from our local craft store and covered with standard label paper.
Food: Because the party was away from our home and outdoors, we kept it as easy as possible by prepackaging the food in kraft boxes for the adults and tote bags for the little ones. I did have some special help from a DC caterer Design Cuisine but this is something you could easily do on your own.
Favors: I always like to have fun but practical favors at a party. For Ike’s party I had some custom rubber stamps made with each child’s name. I used this stamp service.
It was a fun and memorable party and I especially liked it because we were able to make it cost-friendly but still be very creative.
[photography by Kate Headley Photography]