In my previous post, The Circus is Coming!, I listed the majority of the costs involved with this party. While others tend to go a smidgen overboard with children’s parties, I don’t. I realize that I need just enough to get their imaginations going and that is how far I go. Although, some would say I go overboard anyway. This party did end up costing roughly $180. That total does include things I will be reusing and re-purposing around the house, for other parties, and using in my childcare.
What wasn’t mentioned
- Plates $1.00
- Napkins $1.00
- Forks $1.00
- Cake $31.99
- Admissions $15.00
- Nickels $35.00 (for our family and all attendees!)
The cake was too large!! Apparently, nowadays when people don’t RSVP at all that does mean that they will not be showing up. Hey, we have some extra cake around to enjoy. We could have gotten away with a quarter sheet instead of a half sheet. Next party I will remember this.. so if I invite you an you don’t RSVP and you plan on showing up don’t count on having a treat bag or any cake!! Just kidding!
The cake topper was great for the kids. Did I mention I won that from Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company. My son loved it when he saw it. I wish I had a picture to share of that look when I first showed him Marty. He was in shock and wanted to know if it was for him and if I had gotten it for him!
So we were able to have a wonderful party location, decorate, have cake, make our own custom treat bags and custom invitations…most importantly have a great time and celebrate a birthday.. all for about $180.
My favorite part about it all – The mess wasn’t at my house!
My local shopping mall Clackamas Town Center held an Oscar Nominee giveaway to win an $85 Shop Etc. Gift Card on Facebook. Of Course I entered and was thrilled when I won! Shortly after winning I signed up for Clackamas Town Center’s “The Club” which was offering a $10 Shop Etc. Gift Card to new members who make a total of $75 in purchases in one day at one or more of the stores at Clackamas Town Center. Woohoo! I chose to shop at Victoria’s Secret and buy myself two new bras. I was a day late for getting a $15 gift card from Victoria’s Secret(they ran out of the gift cards for that promotion!). Very upsetting! Still I was able to get a Secret Reward Card that is going to be worth anywhere from $5-$500 during the month of April. That is still a bonus any way you look at it! So far, out of pocket, for my fabulous new bras I have paid $2.50!
Right now, Clackamas Town Center is running another sweepstakes – Whack-a-Weed Spring Refresh Sweepstakes
We left our house an hour before the show was to start. Normally, finding parking in downtown Portland is a chore and we had never been to this theatre before. We actually found street parking about a block away from the door. We were inside with plenty of time to pick up our tickets at will call and poke around. We ending up buying a couple of snacks, something I would suggest against. It was very pricey and it would have made sense to bring some snacks from home. I will admit it, I forgot!
Our seats were on the second level stage left and the view from there was amazing. My husband commented that he felt like we were Statler and Waldorf. I couldn’t help it I had to laugh! Our son hasn’t had enough exposure to the Muppets to know what we were talking about, but he was extremely thrilled with our seats.
The play is narrated by Jack, you know from Jack in the Bean Stalk, who immediately dives right into involving the audience in this parody play.
If my son had to choose his favorite part of this play he wouldn’t be able to decide. He spent most of the play sitting on the edge of his seat, giggling and dancing to the musical numbers. He did tell me he really liked when the Table of Contents fell down from the sky and when the Giant threw the Cow Patty down from his cloud.
But, he will go on and on about the rest of the play. Like when the prince switched the pea for a bowling ball under the mattresses and the frog who tricked the princess into kissing him by letting her believe he was a handsome prince. Or when the prince called his princess, forgive me I might not remember correctly, honey boo and a loud questioning reply came back from a fellow audience member “Honey BOO??” and everyone laughed.
For my favorite part, and probably most parents there would agree, it was the DJ Ugly (Duckling) in the House! I liked it so much I did my best to dig out my cell phone too try to take a picture. Sadly the picture turned out too blurry. I was afraid that my real camera would cause to much of a distraction even with the flash off (it has an annoying orange light).
There is still time for you to take your family! I would recommend this play for ages 3 and up. The play runs 1 hour almost precisely, which I think is perfect for the younger ones. Remember to take your own snacks and drinks.
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