Wren turned 6 last month. We had a simple birthday at home with some handmade gifts.
She loves both yellow and pink, so we had a yellow and pink birthday party, with yellow daffodils and pink stock from the garden on the table. I hung up the pink bunting that I used at Elsa’s birthday (the one I made several years ago for Liberty’s birthday from scraps and an old pillowcase and sheet). We hung some paper lanterns that we had and Ezrom and Winter make and hang these birds.
I made her a yellow polka dot dress with this fabric that I purchased from Fabric.com and buttons that I purchased from Wawak. I made the dress without a bow in back, since she prefers it that way. The dress cost me $12 to make.
The necklace was one that I had found on Pinterest. You can find instructions here. For the beads, I used a couple of wooden beads that we already had; one from an old abacus and one from a wooden bead stringing set. I sanded off the glossy finish so that I could paint them with acrylics paint. We had the strip of leather already that had been given to us.
(Winter and Cyrus were invited to a birthday party for two sisters, ages 12 and 9, shortly after Wren’s birthday. Both of them painted beads for their friends in colors that their friends like and we used some cord that we had to make the necklaces. These were a big hit).
I embroidered some socks like the ones I did for Elsa for her birthday. To match the yellow dress, I used embroidery thread that I had on hand. I used the entire six strands at once to crochet a chain stitch on the top of a new pair of socks (the socks were purchased last year at Target).
Wren had been wanting me to embroider a pillow for her bed like I had done for her sisters, so I made one using some linen/cotton fabric that I bought many years ago (it’s the same fabric I used to make pillows for the other girls. I printed her name from the computer, traced it with a blue Mark B Gone pen, and embroidered it by hand. Unlike the other pillows I made, I actually used a pillow insert for this one, as my mother-in-law had given me one a few years ago.
Parents magazine recently did a survey to find out how much the average family spends on birthday parties (just the party, not the gifts). The amount? $200 a party! The only party expenditures I had for this party were 5 sheets of cardstock (for the birds) which I already had, and the cake ingredients, which were ingredients that I already had in my pantry to make a cake and icing, and came from my regular grocery budget. The flowers came from the garden; those are daffodils that I planted years ago that return every year. Most years they bloom after her birthday, but this year everything in the garden bloomed a month early.
Have you made any gifts for children’s birthdays lately?