I asked S , a few weeks ago what kind of party she wanted and showed her a catalog of birthday supplies that I got. She immediately pointed to Caillou. For those that don't know, Caillou is a show about a bald little 4 year old boy, his mom, dad, sister Rosie and cat, Gilbert. Caillou is always learning how to be a good boy and grow up. We watch the episodes that are on the Sprout channel which is an off shoot of PBS. There are other episodes I've seen where Caillou is much more whiny and a pain but they are never on Sprout and I don't know why. As always , we have a tight budget so I knew I was doing everything myself.
So I started with the invitations...
I grabbed some clip art off the internet and then made this file in Photoshop.( I can send you the file if you want. I haven't figured out how to make it downloadable here) Then I sent it to Walgreens and had it printed as 4x6s. So $2 for all the invites. Score!
Caillou is always wearing yellow, red and blue. A nice easy color combination to do and available everywhere. Since I did the colored circles on the invitations , I went and cut out, using my handy dandy circle cutter from Micheals, a whole bunch of red, yellow and blue paper circles. The pack of colored printer paper was $4 at Walmart.
The dessert portion of the party was cupcakes and ice cream. So I made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate butter cream icing and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese icing. The cupcake recipe was from Tidy Mom. And they really were very good. The chocolate butter cream recipe was from the back of the C&H powdered sugar box. Very tasty. And the cream cheese icing recipe was from the Betty Crocker (everyone has it ) binder cookbook. I used a cupcake holder that my mom always lets be borrow.
|I know...the tape is tacky butCaillou had to hold the sign|
To go with my primary color/Caillou, theme I also bought some M&Ms. After I was done icing the cupcakes, I sat there, picked out the red, yellow, and blue candy and put them on the cupcakes to match the paper circles. I also cut up the box that the Caillou toy came in , taped the images to toothpicks and added them to the cupcakes for more fun.
I went to the party store by our house and got a bunch of balloons in red, blue and yellow. Some even had a 2 on them. When I was at Trader Joes, I also picked up some gorgeous yellow sunflowers to go with my theme.
I went downstairs and started slapping the circles as randomly as I could on the walls. I really liked how fun everything looked and how easy and cheap it was.
S loved everything. She loved playing with her friends, opening her presents, and eating her M and M's. She had quite a haul. I can't wait to see what next year's party theme will be.
|S, K, and the banner Grandpa made.|
|Yea..sugar and candy!|
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