Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ultimate Lego Birthday Party: Cost & Resources

Here's the cost breakdown of our Lego party. Worth every penny to see Andrew glowing with happiness!

Invitations: $2
Snacks, drinks, plates: $10
Bakery cake: $10
Decorations: $5
Party Favors: $5 (new K'nex Kits & Lego McDonald's toys from thrift store)

Total Cost: $32 for 10 kids plus parents.
We budgeted this from our monthly hospitality envelope.


Click here to read the complete LEGO birthday party series! You don't
have to spend $200 to throw an awesome Lego birthday party.

Here are some fun-but-frugal resources I found:

If you have a budget birthday post on your blog, leave us a link in the comments below!

29 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is amazing how little you spent. If I did that, I think my husband would jump for joy and click his heels!
-sandy toe

NorahS said...

Very nice. I'm sure he was thrilled. Great work, as always, Meredith!

Megan said...

I'm SO impressed! I want to be just like you when I grow up :).

Shannon@Idylwild said...

What a fun party! You did a great job using what you had. And thanks so much for all those links. I'll be holding on to them for reference:) I really love throwing a successful kids party without spending a fourth of what the local moms usually spend. We used what we had for Levi's star wars party and had a blast.
http://idylwild.blogspot.com/2009/01/we-had-busy-busy-month-levis-7th.html
We just have one more party this year in June and then I get a year off since we only have "friend parties" on odd birthdays. Brenna is thinking mermaid-princess-tea party:)

We are THAT Family said...

This is awesome! I'm bookmarking it...
My son who loves Legos and Star Wars has a birthday in May. Thanks!

Kylie's Mom said...

Great job on the Lego party! I'm always amazed at the money that is spent on some parties...great to hear of a frugal, fun party.

Our frugal party:

http://kyliesmomramblings.blogspot.com/2008/06/read-this-quick-before-i-delete-it.html

Thanks again for posting, love your blog...so much inspiration.

Michele said...

Wow, that's great! $32 can't be beat. I did a frugal birthday party post for a "mock sleepover party". Ours cost $100 but mostly because we included dinner, not just snacks. And we actually had dinner for two days from it. Here is the link if anyone is interested:

http://savingmoneyirl.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-have-birthday-party-for-under.html

Thrifty Gal said...

GREAT job Meredith! As I was reading this last night, my 14-year-old son was sitting next to me and saw your post. He was TOTALLY into Legos in his younger years and wanted to know why I never had a party like that for him! :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Great party, Meredith! We recently did a frugal family day with our son and it would make a great birthday party idea. It was a pirate scavenger hunt and the only cost was for some dollar store prizes as the "treasure."

Here is a link: http://theinspiredroom.net/2008/10/31/weekend-fun-creativity-activity-for-families/

Samantha said...

You had some very clever ideas for the theme party. I especially liked the mailbox cover. Now we are waiting to see what you come up with for Elise!

Was the chocolate cake large enough to serve 10 kids and the parents or did you have cupcakes, etc. that were not shown?

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Absolutely enough cake. This was a very rich 2-layer cake about 11 inches in diameter. It looks smaller in the picture.

It was so rich that most kids didn't even finish the piece they were given plus ice cream.

Most parents didn't eat a piece.

We had to schedule the party from 2-4 on a Sunday afternoon due to Valentine's day being Saturday. Otherwise I would have offered more food.

As it was I didn't know exactly how many people for which to buy (no one RSVPs anymore!) and had about 1/4 cake plus tons of grapes left over.

Sandy said...

I SO agree, and the fun part for my daughter has been the games that they play - all simple parties in our home (listed on my sidebar).

Great post! Thank you Meredith for the breakdown!

Heather@justdoingmybest said...

Wow, great job! I never would have thought about looking at a thrift store for party favors.

Elizabeth G. said...

Bravo!!

Can't believe that's all it cost.
Elizabeth

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I sent the Star Wars party link on to my husband. He and I are both impressed that she made Jedi robes for the party guests! Cute ideas!

Looks like you threw a great party for so little money! As always, I'm impressed!

Nae and Clara said...

I have so enjoyed these posts and am definitely thinking a Lego party is in my sons future. Thanks for the encouragement that it can be done on a budget.

Miss G said...

great party, Meredith! Enjoy your weekend!!! To the fullest. :) Kelly

WhiteStone said...

If your kids are not up to finishing the grapes, freeze 'em! Yummy snacks. Your party planning was awesome!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I totally agree with you. Some of the best parties I have thrown have cost the least! Good budgeting!

Stay Cozy,
Carrie

Amy said...

Shortly after I read this post I read this:
http://thefreebieblogger.com/free-lego-jr-magazine-subscription/

which links up to a FREE Lego Jr. magazine offer. Thought you might like to check it out! :)

Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

We have a wonderful "Penny Per Plate" party store near our house. We usually go there and let the sales inspire our theme.
Just last night we had an adventure party for our 4 year old. We weren't quite as frugal as you but I think our total was around $100, and that incluced 4 pizzas!

Right Brain Thinker said...

Meredith,
Did you get the K'nex kits at a thrift shop? I have never seen little kits like that, and would love them for my son's birthday. Oh, how I wish we had thrift shops around here like you do!

-Andrea

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Yes, and I've never seen these K'nex kits before!

They are leftover Teacher Packs--each builds one arch bridge. They were in the thrift shop area where random stuff is sold in plastic bags. I hate to tell you how little I paid--$1.69!!!

Then I was at the Goodwill, where they had McDonald's Lego sports toys from 2004.

$1.99 for 12 still in the packages. They are selling to collectors on Ebay for about $2 each.

I also included the chocolate coin bags as prizes, which cost 10-cents each after Christmas.

It's a Mom Thing said...

Awesome birthday posts, Meredith. I'll definitely have to store it away in my brain for when theEdge gets older. Hopefully my memory will return some by that point. I bet Andrew and his buddies had a blast! It's so fun to see what a little creativity can bring to a party.

Renee said...

Merideth! You are an amazing woman! Love all your party tips and great photos. Just purchased the Blissdom audios and see you were there. Yeah! Now to find the time to sit and listen, soon, soon...this weekend! Yes! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

After looking at all your posts about the Lego party my boys want to have one. Since we don't do individual birthday parties, this might be a fun spring activity on the back porch.

M. Goose said...

LOVED your party ideas! I hope you don't mind, I've added the part posts to a sunday shout out on my blog. =)

Kate said...

My first born's first birthday party cost somewhere in the ballpark of $300 and that didn't count his birthday present. We're planning much more frugal parties now. :) I found invitations for my daughter's ladybug-themed party at Target for only $1.00!

Kuldorn said...

Now you have definately got me thinking. My sons love lego and I am now seriously considering next time we have a kids party to do something like this for sure. Thank you! Its nice to see another parent who also doesnt think you need to spend an incredible amount of money to have a great party. Thumbs up!