Simple Living

Simple Southern Cinderella Party

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Elle turned 5 last week and requested a Cinderella party. In the past, I’ve gone all out on her parties, invited a ton of kids and spent too much money. This year I pared it way down. I’m annoyed by all the extravagant parties I see on Pinterest. I feel like it becomes more about the parents’ ego than the kids having a good time, because we all know kids can have a good time with a cake and some Dollar Store balloons. I never once had a themed birthday party and I survived childhood just fine.

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I invited the neighbor kids and a couple close friends. We had brisket (because my husband is from Texas), a few sides and punch. We played Pin the Crown on Cinderella, a game I made with blue poster board and a couple sheets of gold card stock. I drew Cinderella free hand while looking at a picture I printed off google images. She actually turned out pretty decent! The only decorations were balloons. I spent $30 on balloons and that was too much. Next year I’ll just buy the plain Mylar instead of the Cinderella ones.

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I told the kids they were welcome to wear costumes and they went all out. We had princesses, dragons and knights. My neighbor made Elle’s costume using a pattern she found for free on Pinterest. She is so talented and Elle was stoked! Elle will be Cinderella for Halloween this year too. A dress that cute deserves two occasions.

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The cake was made by a man I know from work. We bartered for it, and it was way bigger than I expected. Again, Elle was stoked!

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After cake, we all went outside and rode bikes in the cul de sac. We ended with some sparklers left over from the 4th.

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It just goes to show that with a little creativity, we can still throw a cute party without emptying the college fund!

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