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Update III: May Spending

June 17th, 2015 at 02:06 pm

I have been waiting to post because I have pictures to share and the site has been having issues.
Finally, here it is. Smile


We celebrated DS' 5th birthday with a party at a local park. This park has pony rides, train rides and a bouncy house on the weekends. It was a big hit. We invited 24 kids and had 17 attend. Smile

It was race car themed.
I saw this cute idea to put yellow lines on black tablecloths so they looked like a road. Dollar store plastic tablecloths and a roll of yellow tape = easy.

I set out snack food so everyone could just graze as they wanted since the kids were on the move all over the park.
Including a make-your-own trail mix set-up that I named "Nuts and Bolts".
Carrots & celery sticks with hummus I called "Dipsticks". Big Grin

I baked the cupcakes and my sister decorated them into this cute pull-apart cake.
(The road is shaped into a 5.)



Total spent for the picnic area rental, activity passes, food and decor came to $278.
We had a lot of leftover food. In fact we are still munching on trail mix goodies.

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My birthday was celebrated with a semi-surprise trip to Vegas.



**Bellagio fountain

I say semi because my parents knew my BFF had invited us to join her and her hubby for a weekend trip, but we had declined due to cost. So my parents surprised me by paying for our hotel and tickets to the Cirque show "O" I've been wanting to see for years.
I made the reservations and we paid for transportation and food.

Our airfare was $69/pp/each way with Southwest.
(My mom just told me about $39 fare to Vegas in August!)

We had two vouchers for BOGO 1/2 priced to the hotel's buffet. To save money we'd have a large breakfast and that would keep us going until dinner.

We bought passes for the bus that runs up and down the strip (The Deuce) for $16.
DH picked up a new ball cap at the M&M store that ended up being 50% off, so we paid $12.
We bought my sister a souvenir ($9) because she was watching our house and kids.
We each had $50 to gamble with.
Airport parking was $42.
Our total spent was $562.



**Mirage volcano & Venetian canals

7 Responses to “Update III: May Spending ”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, looks like TWO great parties! Love your racecar cake!

  2. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Agree with CB! Great pictures!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Love the cake! I think my husband and I will be going to visit friends in Vegas in April.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Sounds like a great party and a fun trip!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What great parties/celebrations! Happy birthday!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That is all awesome!!! Thank you for sharing pictures Smile

  7. SecretarySaving Says:

    Looking at your old posts and seeing these pictures - I am so happy for you that your son had an awesome birthday and that you were able to go to vegas.

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