Today my daughter turns 13. Not 13 months, but 13 years. I am the parent of a teen. I may or may not be freaking out about it. I may or may not be in denial. I may or may not continue to tell people she is only 12.
Not only does this mean she thinks she get’s to watch PG-13 movies, but she no longer fits under the kids eat free option. I think our dinner options are about to change! Although it’s not like we go out to restaurants often anyway.
We celebrated Frank’s birthday this past weekend by having a slumber party. Our friends offered up their home to host the tween/teen takeover party. They have a large basement that the girls designated as their space.
Early in the week I ran to Walmart to grab food for the party. I picked up a few Tony’s pizza’s from the frozen section, to help save on the cost of feeding so many kids. I even took advantage of the Coupons.com $0.75 off coupon. You should snag one too while supplies last.
The party started at 6:00pm which meant the girls were ready for dinner. I had Tony’s pizza’s in the oven while the guests started arrive. Frank set up a few ice breaker games for the girls to enjoy while waiting for all 10 tweens to show up.
We whipped up a quick salad to eat along with the pizza, I knew this would be my only chance to get anything nutritious into them. The rest of the night would include cady, chips, popcorn, cake, ice cream and soda. I may or may not have gobbled up all the leftover pizza. I am pleasantly surprised by their new crispier crunchier crust, the use of real cheese and sauce made with real tomatoes.
The girls chose a few movies to watch and enjoyed a pre-planned craft.
I was actually able to enjoy the evening and remain sane because
- I had a friend to battle the tweens with!
- I saved money by buying frozen pizza’s instead of delivery
- I had less mess to clean up preparing frozen pizza, instead of cooking a big meal
- By using throw away dishes saved clean up time
How do you save money when feed a large amount of people? What tricks help you stay in the action and not in the kitchen?
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