Meet Angela Berg.
Angela and I have been good friends for nearly 17 years, and have been lucky to have the kind of friendship that picks up right where it left off, despite how busy both of our families seem to get.
What I’ve always noticed and admired about Angela is her amazing ability to create something out of seemingly nothing. She is frugal without being cheap, and she has always been this way, for as long as I’ve known her. So when we attended her daughter’s first birthday party last year, I wasn’t surprised how she turned a free park and some board games into a memorable and charming, lady-bug themed party for her princess.
That’s when I asked her if she would like to share some of her frugal ideas with me (and of course you, my readers), in a blog post. She accepted and I was thrilled.
I’m really hoping she becomes a regular feature here at Smores and Sundresses because we all know how hard it can be to stretch a dollar, especially with kids or when entertaining. I’m always inspired by Angela’s ideas, and I know you will be too.
So, take it away, Angela!
Here we are in a brand new year. We love the outdoors but not so much in the winter and with a modest budget I find it challenging to come up with ideas on what we can all do together.
Even though it’s not “beers and BBQ” weather, winter is a really good time to entertain. Everyone feels the winter blues and getting together really helps to brighten spirits. We have a toddler so many of our get togethers revolve around young children.
Make it fun and choose a theme. A theme can really help keep your planning focused. A few years ago, we hosted an indoor beach party. It was a blast!
First think, how will you create the atmosphere of a beach party? We dug out some summer toys from storage and used them. Tell young kids to wear their bathing suits and bring their beach towel if they want! A theme also helps with the menu planning.
Know your budget. If it’s small, consider a “snacks only” party or even better, ask everyone to bring something, making the meal pot luck style.
Lay out a picnic blanket and eat on the floor! This is a great excuse for some fried chicken and macaroni salad! Don’t forget the watermelon for dessert! Serve drinks with little umbrellas; plan a couple beach-themed crafts or games for the kids and party, party, party!
The kids will think it’s awesome to be wearing their bathing suits inside the house! These are the random, fun memories that childhood is made of!
In Ontario, we celebrate Family Day on February 20th . This is a day off work together so we want to make the most of it!
With a little bit of research, you’ll find so much to do in your area. Many museums offer free admission on Family Day and parks offer a lot of activities and demonstrations.
This year, we will be doing a repeat of last years’ events as we had so much fun. Best of all… IT WAS ALL FREE!!! We spent the day with other family members as well which meant the cousins made memories together (warms my heart!) At the end of the day, we’ll head to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for a tasty meal that’s been cooking in the slow cooker all day.
It’s a perfect day to celebrate your family!
Winter doesn’t have to be so drab! Go and pour yourself a hot cozy drink (or a glass of red if you’re anything like me) and start looking into what’s available this winter in your area. Plan some get-togethers and let this winter be one full of memories!
My name is Angela and I’m living in the Niagara area of Ontario, Canada.
I am new to the full-time mom world. Before my husband and I made the decision that I would stay home after our cutie pie arrived, we lived a pretty adventurous life. I
I worked for 14 years with an airline, which meant we had double incomes, no kids, and AIRLINE PERKS! We intentionally chose to invest in experiences over things and had a blast. We maximized every opportunity we could.
Now here we are, a little family of three. After years of adventure, my husband and I firmly believe in the value of choosing experiences over things and have decided that even on our new, very modest budget, we would raise our family that way. The transition has been a challenge and my imagination is really being stretched, but we are having so much fun.
This family will never be short on stories!!