As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Celebration Doesn't Have to Be Costly

This was not the regularly scheduled week for our annual triple birthday party, but nothing this summer has been "regularly scheduled" so we just did it.

It's a good thing we had stocked up on cheap frugal party supplies in advance!

On an early summer outing, we found ourselves at Target (imagine that!) and we began with browsing the Dollar Spot where they had just put out some new back-to-school themed items. We saw some little tins that had a notebook paper design. My sister Linda suggested that they would look cute at a party with utensils in them...and thus a party theme was born. Mom, Kristin, and I all loved (love) school, so a back-to-school theme was fitting.

Let me show you how we used a variety of one dollar items, as well as a few things around the house, to create a fun party. 

I filled an old stoneware bowl with apples...
(Thanks, honey, for running out to get those apples on Sunday morning!)

...and put my Great-Aunt Minerva's school bell beside it.
(That was Bekah's suggestion. Party planning is a family affair!)

Bekah wrote a greeting on the sandwich board.

Notebook page banner from Target.
Oops! I should have bought two of those.
There were only enough "pages" to write "BIRTHDAY" "HAPPY."
Ben (6) noticed. (Ben is a noticer!)

One package of notebook page treat bags.
We filled them with mini composition notebooks, a colorful mechanical pencil, and Pixie sticks.

We put plastic utensils and paper straws in the notebook page tins.
Kati made the plaid apples a few years ago.

I love these little alphabet stickers!
I had put them in my cart two times and put them back because I wasn't sure what I'd do with them.
Then I picked them up the third time just because I liked them.
I found a way to use them. They were sturdy enough to mark our cups! Hooray!

Packages of chalkboard and notebook page gift tags for a dollar?
Yes, please.

Linda even found the chalkboard tissue paper! (I missed that!)

For mathematics class: 
3 generations, birthdays within 11 days of one another, 166 years, 1 party. 


  1. Love your back to school theme party ideas!

  2. Just fabulous! I love the theme you chose and how you put it together. Might have to steal the idea in the future! Happy Birthday to all three of you!

  3. Such a cute theme!
    I bought some of those tags myself. I love the dollar section at Target!
    Happy Birthday to you all!


  4. Such a sweet party! Love these adorable "cheap" decorations too :) Happy Birthday, all!

  5. Great party and so creative (of course…) Amazing someone came up with chalkboard tissue paper. It's all very sweet and happy birthday to the author and middle one of the three generations as well as the others!

  6. What a very cool party! Who doesn't love school-themed decor? Hope that you three ladies had a marvelous day! (i must find my Kati apples....tucked somewhere handy by.)

  7. Very clever ideas, Cheryl! The school themed party is perfect for the birthday gals! Happy Birthday, dear Cheryl and to your mom and daughter! ♥

  8. Wonderful creative....I love it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you all!

  9. Happy Birthday, everyone! Looks like a great the theme!

  10. Oh what a fun theme - I love it all! So creative. Happy Birthday to each of you.

  11. I love your creativity with parties and gatherings!


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