A Big Birthday Party the Simple Way

We generally have simple birthday celebrations for a couple of reasons. First because planning a big birthday party can get complicated and second because of the expense of hosting a large birthday party. But every once in a while it’s nice to go big and Shindigz makes going big or staying little easy.

Recently Shingdigz  offered to allow us try out their amazing party supply website for Nicholas’ birthday party.

In addition to super heros, Nicholas loves horses and cowboys and within seconds of searching Shingdigz’s extensive site we had more options than we could possibly use. There were decorations, games, party favors, balloons, party packages and even some unique ideas to help us plan. The process was quick and easy and after placing our order all we needed to do was plan some food and wait for the party to arrive.

When the Shindigz boxes arrived we passed out cowboy/girl bandanas, set up the party room and got the party going.

Nick performed winningly on his pin the tail on the horse game.

While his older siblings

and even the adults

just missed the mark.

Colby (4) pinned the tail on the completely WRONG horse.

Nicholas requested hot dogs for dinner so we roasted them over an open fire ’cause that’s the real cowboy (or girl) thing to do.

Cowgirl Savannah (6)


Cowboy Colby (4)

Cowboy Nicholas (3)

After some fine cowboy victuals in the open air, we rounded ’em up and let them take a swing the candy packed pinata

Nicholas takes his turn

and enjoy some of their spoils.

Nicholas (3) enjoys some of the pinata's offerings

Then since we didn’t think that hot dogs, chips and candy was enough junk food for one evening we came inside, sang “Happy Birthday”

and enjoyed cowboy and horse cupcakes.

Some kids even enjoyed a cupcake and lollipop at the same time (and it wasn’t one of my kids).

Kaitlin (13) and Preston (3)

We passed out party favors

and lots of candy, then sat around and laughed at, I mean, with each other.


Sadie (7), Seth (20 something) and Colby (4)

The kids, who weren’t afraid of the dark, ditched in order to catch the Lyrids meteor shower from the front yard, but we had fun anyway.

The party was a  hit and being able to purchase everything from the  sweet barnyard themed paper products, balloons and decorations, to games and party favors in one place made it simple and much less daunting. We were pleasantly surprised at the nice quality of  the things that we received from Shindigz.

However, because of some type of snafu on Shindigz’s part none of our party supplies shipped out by the scheduled ship date. The customer service was wonderful and quickly offered to expedite shipping and do whatever they could to make things right. I suspect that the mix up on our order was an isolated incident. However, if you wish to order party supplies from Shindigz (and they have products and themes for every age and interest imaginable, including graduation and VBS products), I suggest you order well in advance.

What are some of your tips and secrets for putting on a big birthday bash?

Shindigz provided supplies for Nicholas’ birthday party in return for me posting about it. All opinions are my own and I was not otherwise compensated.

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5 Responses to A Big Birthday Party the Simple Way
  1. Rachel
    May 10, 2011 | 9:54 am

    What a wonderful party. I am sure you created a mountain of memories for all involved. You made me wish I was there roasting hot dogs, too.


  2. Brit @MomAnswersWithBrit.com
    May 10, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Since my husband is/was without a job during our son’s first brithday party I knew that we couldn’t go all out and get everthing. However, it WAS his 1st birthday and I wanted it to be special!

    We had a prince themed party and I got so many compliments on our decorations. I spent less than $10 on all of his decorations. We planned ahead and made a gigantic “throne” out of cardboard that fit perfectly over his highchair for the cake mashing. 🙂

    Then I made other 1’s, castle’s and signs out of posters. It turned out really cute!

    It did take a lot of work/time, but that is why I planned ahead and starting working on the project 2 months in advanced. We keep all of the cardboard we get and I’m already thinking about what I can do with it for next year…


    Katie Reply:

    You should check out Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets for great ways to use cardboard boxes. He has some great plans!


  3. Wow, what a wonderful party! We do a “birthday bash” every Summer and have one BIG birthday for all five of our children. Water guns, watermelon, pot luck and a TON of family and friends make it a fun day. We do it all for under $100 and talk about it all year long 🙂


  4. Mandy
    May 16, 2011 | 1:40 am

    As another mom with a large family, I am always searching for inexpensive ways to celebrate with our kids. This year, I hit the jackpot to beat all jackpots — a roller skating pass for 10 kids for $20.00! I had a buy one, get one coupon. We took our children and several friends (12 children total( and had a blast. I brought snacks and brown bag lunches that I made up before hand. All told, I spent a whopping $35.00 on the whole party!


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