Simple Budget Friendly Party – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Children’s parties don’t have to be expensive – or elaborate – to be special. I find that my children are delighted by any attempt I make to create a special birthday for them. I don’t even have to do a “Pinterest worthy” job to impress them.

This Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs party was no different. Here are some simple ideas to make the day special, without going over budget!

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

In our family, every birthday starts with my chalkboard. I position it just inside the kitchen for the kids to see on their way downstairs. Most of the time, this is how they find our their theme for the day.

I have a how to post about it coming in a few days.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Our decorations were pretty minimal for this party. We blew up a bunch of white balloons and tied them together into a big bunch and hung them from the ceiling above the kitchen table (clouds). Then I used white thread to hang all the felt food I could find in the house from the balloons and in the windows. It gave a fun effect of food falling from the sky.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Dinner was homemade giant pizza. I made pizzas just like normal, but instead of shaping the dough into rounds, I stretched them into ovals and then cut the edges off after they were cooked to make giant slices. That’s my nine year old holding the biggest pan we can fit in our oven.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

The cake was super fun to make. I started with a normal 2 layer cake and frosted it green. Then I added chocolate frosting to outline doors and windows around the edge to make it look like a building.

The “spaghetti” on top of the cake was made using white frosting with a small round tip. I just squirted it all over and let it fall all over. The pancake was more cake batter cooked in a pan, but it was a little dry. I made it in a 10 inch cast iron skillet to get the size and shape right. Pancake batter might have worked better. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

The giant ice cream cones were made with large cake balls covered in thin frosting so that it would pool a bit. Before the frosting dried I stuck the cones on to finish the effect.

It took time, but you could totally do this!

Some other details to take the day over the top:
– breakfast was donuts (easy!)
– I read the book to the kids during breakfast
– some of her gifts were based on the theme (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs coloring book for one)
-after cake and presents that evening, we watched the movie as a family to finish the day.

That night as we were going to bed, Husband and I climbed in bed saying, “Well… another successful birthday!” And it was!

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

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