At Sam's "school" (a.k.a. daycare), we're not allowed to bring sweets for any occasion, so I hopped on Pinterest to see what I could find since I am in no way creative when it comes to these types of things. I first started with a superhero theme since Sam likes to run around the house announcing his super hero status, but couldn't find anything I could get too excited about it, or make frugally at home. So I switched gears and went into another favorite topic of his--Ninja Turtles!
There was so much to be found, I wasn't sure how I would narrow it down. But, a teensy weensy budget and a small party helped to narrow down the choices. I found all sorts of ideas for fruit and veggie platters....but I also know how picky kids are and didn't want to spend alot of money on food that would just be thrown in the trash (although--my son's teacher lives on a farm so she took the non-eaten leftovers home to her pigs!). Green grapes would have been ideal, but at $3.99/lb that week, I said heck no. The solution? Celery! And oddly enough, it was much more popular than I thought it would be.
Sam also requested green cupcakes for his birthday, so I thought we'd do him one better--Ninja Turtle cupcakes! I almost gave in an ordered them from Publix, but my husband convinced me we could make them with ingredients we had on hand....so we tried! They are not perfect by any means, but my mother in law thought we bought them from some place else, so I'll take that as a compliment!
Check out Sam's reactions to the cupcakes....you'd hardly believe me if I told you that later in the day he told me in all seriousness, "Mom, I asked for green cupcakes, not Ninja Turtle ones!" Umm, ok. Well excuse me for trying!
liners were a Christmas gift from my sister--the boys like to play pretend with them, so we got some more so we could actually use some in the kitchen in case the ones getting played with get lost.
green balloons from Target, to dress up the house a bit. Other than that, we didn't spend additional money on birthday decorations. In all, we spent probably $5 or less on the icing, balloons and fruit/veggies.
Oh, and what did we have to eat? What do turtles eat? Of course.....PIZZA!