My daughter’s 2nd Birthday was last weekend…which if you have been reading my lovely blog..you are probably thinking…umm…yes Bethany, we know this..its ALL you have been talking about since you started this “scatter brained” of a blog in October. Planning her party was a blast and it gave me an opportunity to be creative..which is what I thrive on!
*2 pieces of foam board taped together and covered in solid wrapping paper (Dollar Tree Items)
* Solid wrapping paper was also used as a table covering
* Christmas garland
*Wall Decals (Dollar Tree had several designs. tip: once they are applied..they are stuck. )
*Cupcake toppers (supplied by my friend that did the cake/cupcakes..she bought them from Dollar Tree)
I wish I would of added a 5×7 or 8×10 photo of my daughter in the center..right below “Princess”
The Birthday Banner came from Dollar Tree. To add a little “bling” I used glitter acrylic paint and painted over the “hearts and stars” on the banner.
*Christmas ornaments are used to add a special touch to the banner
*Ribbon and painted clothespins were used to hang some pictures of my daughter
*Wall Decals from Dollar Tree
I was really happy with how the ceiling turned out! It only took one package of tissue paper from the Dollar tree to make 4 poms!
*Purple and Clear latex balloons
What I learned/my thoughts:
Since the party started at 5pm..We served dinner and dessert included cupcakes, a super yummy “Funfetti Cookie Dip” and “Build your own Sundae Bar”…Sorry..I didn’t take pics. If I would of had the party start at lets say 6pm…I probably could of just served dessert..and my guests would of have been equally as happy. Every party that I throw..I always feel like I have to serve an entire meal..and its really easy to go overboard with options…It was a little bit easier not to go overboard..because I was on a strict budget…otherwise..I would have easily spent more on food. So after this party…I’m only serving dessert…THAT’S IT! Oh..and I got “rave reviews” on the cookie dip. If you google “Funfetti Cookie Dip”…you will find OODLES of recipes..basically..Its the “Funfetti” cake mix, yogurt, and whip cream…Its the yummiest party/dessert dip EVER! I won’t have a party without it!
2. I put together a “Build Your Own Sundae bar” I purchased the waffle bowls and cones. I bought the cutest “silver tray” at the Dollar Tree and put the waffle bowls and cones on it. I really think it added an extra “touch”. I also put the toppings in individual glass bowls. I picked up two glass “sundae dishes” up at the Goodwill to put marshmallows and chocolate chips in and bought smaller glass bowls (they come in a 3 pack) at the Dollar Tree for some of the other toppings..as well as using some glass bowls that my Mom had in her kitchen cupboards. I am so glad that I took the time to put the toppings in cute glass bowls rather than guests digging their hands into bags of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
3. I LOVE Aldi! I purchased most of the food there. For instance..the 10 pack of waffle bowls…$1.69! Ice cream (BTW its really yummy) $2.69!
4. Paper products…I went with “plain”..yup..That’s right..purchased at the Dollar Tree I bought plain, generic white styrofoam plates and bowls. I did purchase a pack of the “Princess” plates for the dessert..but really..they didn’t even get used. I could of easily went without.
5. Favors…This is where I normally go crazy..and then after the party is said and done..I have the “guilt” of spending too much $$$ on them. This party..I got away really easily because there were only 2 Toddlers..my son..and then a 13 year old boy…so its not like I had 12 little girls that I could make tutus for! . Since I was limited on time and money…I decided to make playdough as favors. I put the playdough in small plastic disposable containers (purchased at Dollar Tree–of course). I gave the 13 year old boy a “paper airplane kit” (also purchased at the Dollar Tree).
6. Activities: I like parties that have activities..either a craft or a game. I feel like it’s a “must”. I normally have a pinata..but considering the ages of the kids..I opted against it. Instead, I did a “photo booth”. I used a roll of wrapping paper taped on a wall and I had my husband design me some “props”. We drew/cut them out of cardboard and I covered a couple of them in paper and painted some of them. I was really happy with how the “props” turned out!
I’ll say it again..I really LOVED planning this party. It was fun/challenging planning it on a tight budget..Actually..I probably could of done the party on $50! There were a few things that I could of done without..especially if I would of made it a “dessert party” rather than serving an entire meal. I probably could of done without the “photo booth”…my guests really didn’t get that into it..but that’s okay.
….Sooo…when’s the next party?