Time or Money!

With Kid’s Parties it really comes down to “Time versus Money”.

If you have time then you are set as an amazing amount of stuff can be made with little money- especially decorations! Goo/Slime/Clay can be made with items from your kitchen.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still eke out hours little by little, by starting early. The earlier the better! Don’t leave party prep until the “11th hour” as this will create a stressful situation for you and you won’t enjoy any of it.

Consider doing a piñata! It is super cheap (some newspaper, flour and water). Again it is time (not money) Making a piñata is easy and it doesn’t matter if it ends up kind of funny looking (it will be smashed to smithereens anyway 🙂 ).

Piñatas really don’t take as much “hands on” time as you might think. With Piñatas it only takes a few minutes to slap on a bunch of paste-coated strips of paper – the real time required is the drying time. If you start early then you can have a few minutes of hands on time and then just “leave it be” for several days to dry up nicely and then hit it with another layer of the wet pulp…. And repeat. Piñatas can be filled with a couple of dollars of candy and some bits of ribbon and glitter! You get tremendous bang for your buck with a piñata.

Especially if your child helps you then it needn’t worry about how polished the end result is!

18 Themes and Counting!

At Present we have 18 Party Themes

Which Theme are we missing do you think?

We like generic themes as they are not exorbitantly priced and you have much more selection! 

For example:

For example:

  • Jungle theme (not Dora the Explorer)
  • Princess theme (not Disney Princess)
  • Under the Sea theme (not Little Mermaid)

Gumdrop Cake Recipe for Gumdrop Day!

Today is Gumdrop Day! Gumdrops became a popular  candy in the latter half of the 19th century …the candy continued to be an American classic for decades, (there is even a “Gumdrop Mountain” in the 1945 Board Game Candyland)

Goody goody Gumdrops… Below is a great Gumdrop cake Recipe!

  • 1 lb baking gums (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of slat
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk (or sour milk)

(to make sour milk:  add 2 1/2 tsps of vinegar or lemon juice to milk)

Beat butter, sugar and eggs. Add dry ingredients alternatively with the sour milk.
Bake in 9″ X 5″ loaf pan, greased. 
Bake in 325*F oven 1-1/2 hours. Let cake stand 2 days prior to cutting. Freezes well and the recipe doubles well.



Funny Bug Invites and Bug Party Printables

We had a Request  from Natalie for some Fun Bug DIY Invitations and some Bug Decor.

We did up some Goofy Bug Invites (3 Page PDF) and then we have Some Fun Bug Printables found on our 

Free Printables Page and our Party Primer is always worth a Quick Read!

We have set up a Party Help Forum at partyfunboxhelp.com .

The Forum is pretty empty right now … but we’d love to try to get it going with everyone offering sharing great party ideas!!