Jonah's Birthday Party
You may remember seeing Jonah's awesome birthday invitation his mother, gratefulmama3, made for him. We were excited to finally receive photos and the story filling us in on how amazing Jonah's party turned out to be!
We finally had Jonah's 3rd birthday party this past weekend. It was a small gathering of just our immediate family members, but still, a lot of work went into planning it! Of course a lot of the things we had at the party were homemade since there aren't any YGG decorations in stores yet...but as it turned out, it ended up being a lot less expensive.
If you don't mind, I would like to share how I was able to make some things for the party.
First of all, I must admit, that I LOVE dollar stores! I got all the party utensils such as paper plates, cups, table covers, even some things for the goodie bags, at the dollar store! I picked colors pretty much centralizing around one character to make it easier on me (I picked Plex). I even got birthday decorations like the banner and balloons from the dollar store, and just taped some of the characters that I printed out from Nick Jr onto the banner.
We printed out all the masks and had them laid out on the table for the kids to choose from.
I took the paper cups I got at the dollar store and drew Plex faces on them...I can now draw Plex's face with my eyes closed!
What took the most time to do were the goodie bags. I picked out colors to match each YGG character. I paid 25 cents a bag! I used construction paper to make the faces of each character, a pack of construction paper for $1. Markers, glue, scissors, were all stuff I already had at home. It just took some time to study the faces and cut out shapes.
We also had a "Pin the Eyes on Plex" game, which was a big hit! Again, I got yellow posterboard from the dollar store (2 posters for $1!) and hand drew Plex on the poster. We used construction paper for his eyes and had the kids blind folded as they tried to pin his eyes on.
My original idea for this, which unfortunately I didn't have time to make, was to purchase foam boards and draw each YGG character on one side of the board so that you can flip it over and have multpile "pin the ____" on whoever game. For Foofa, Pin the flower. Plex, Pin the eyes. Brobee, Pin the mouth. Muno, Pin the mouth or eye. Toodee, Pin the tail or whiskers. The kids seem to really enjoy this game!
Another idea is to buy solid colored paper hats (the cone ones) from a party store. My local store had a pack of 8 for $1.39. Basically, just draw each of the characters faces on the hats (just like I made the goodie bags).
Finally, the cake! This was the most expensive thing we paid for. I took images I got from Nick Jr and from the YGG clipart I downloaded earlier to make the picture in Photoshop. I took the image to the local grocery store and asked them to scan it onto the cake. I was very happy with the way the image turned out, but when I asked them to add icing to the borders of the cake, some of the Balloon characters got covered up :(
Still, Jonah didnt seem to mind one bit! He loved it and was amazed that he had the whole gang on his cake. The kids started picking out which characters they wanted on their piece of cake!
I think that about covers it all!
Editor's Note: We also received a few photos of the boys in their cute shirts and Jonah receiving some very exciting Yo Gabba Gabba gifts, and we didn't want to leave those out!