I plan ahead. I have to with 5 kids. We have been planning Ashlynn's and Riley's joint birthday party since May. It has been a very big ordeal. Ashlynn will be five this year and wanted a party that she could invite her school friends to. Riley will be 3 and just looks forward to the cake and presents.
So we searched for a good party venue (our home will not hold a bunch of screaming 4 and 5 year olds). We priced around 5 different places. Pizza and games at 2 different locations were both around $300. Kids meals and play areas wouldn't cost much but just really wasn't something we wanted. Then we found the perfect place on a sign as we were leaving Wal-Mart.
The girls will be celebrating this year at The Sunshine Ranch! They have a picnic area with a grill. Hot dogs it is!! And since I coupon we got the hot dogs for $0.62 a pack. I won a contest to get invitations made really cheap, so they have picked out Toy Story 3 as their birthday theme. We picked out the cake already, the decorations, and the party favors. I already have plate, napkins, and cups for the party that I got for around $2 with my coupons. There is a play set, tons of animals to pet, and pony rides at the ranch. Entertainment is covered!
Now we just have to wait for the party. Ashlynn is convinced it is tomorrow every day. She is planning out everyone she wants to invite and I really hope she can get it down to 15 kids(that's the pony ride limit). Ashlynn and Riley are so excited. They look at all the pictures of the animals at the ranch and make tons of plans. If only I could get them to understand that their party isn't until September!