Most of my son's friends seem to have parties that fall on the extravagant side. It's been years since we've been invited to a party at another friend's house; the parties typically are at a destination. And, while fun, the price of the destination parities to me is extraordinary. I'm a frugal kind of gal, and, frugally speaking, I've got certain guidelines for holidays and celebrations in my family.
Birthday cakes are homemade. And I'm no fancy-shmancy cook, as evidenced by the cake photo, which looked odd and maybe more like a piranha than a flounder but tasted just fine. I enjoy making the cakes myself... and they're a lot easier on the wallet.
Birthday parties are at home... unless you don't want any presents. I offered my son a choice. He could have us pay for the $100+ birthday party at the destination (he likes those gymnasium places with the inflatable bounce houses and slides). We'd pay for the party and have that be his birthday presents and part of his Christmas presents... or we could hold a small party at our house and purchase some other presents for him. (He chose the birthday party at home with presents and the homemade cake.)
And now I'm recovering from the post-cake sugar and extra frosting rollercoaster ride. Small price to pay, considering what sheet cake sells for these days!
What's your idea of a rockin' birthday party?