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Monday, September 10, 2012

Pink & Orange Balloon Party - Decorations Under $5!

If you recall, my friend's daughter, Jenelle, turned one back in July

But this little lady didn't get a full out birthday party until August. When her mom thought it'd be a good idea to buy a new house, paint, move in, have a house warming party and go back to school (as teachers) all in the same week! Crazy lady! 

When Jenelle's older sister, Maya, turned one, I decorated her first birthday party on a budget of ONE dollar. The second child always gets jipped, so I couldn't let Jenelle's big party go by undecorated. This time I upped the budget to a whopping $5. Mom wanted a pink and orange balloon themed party, so that's what I pulled off with $5 and two weeks notice.

1. DIY Tissue paper wreath inspired by A Blissful Nest. Used a paper plate with the middle cut out as a "wreath form".
2. Big faux balloons to let guests know where the party's at. Pool noodle {from Grandpa's pool} secured with toothpicks and tape, adorned with ribbon and ric rac.
3. Pink & orange flowers in a Target pitcher to double as party decor and a simple housewarming gift.

Decorate the outside of your party venue to let guests know where the party's at and to continue your theme. To line the sidewalk with the birthday girl's named I used paper plates, dry cleaning hangers, streamers, ribbon and letters printed from

Table centerpieces were inspired by a project made from napkins seen on the House of Smiths. Buckets were originally from Target's $1 bin, borrowed from Erin's party. Orange Cheez-its added to the color scheme and provided a snack for guests. Coloring page image found via Google and added wording in MS Word.

What's a first birthday party without a monthly banner showcasing how baby's grown over the year? Pom Pom Yarn leftover from Reese's MonSTAR party and itty bitty clothespins from my scrapbooking stash.

Free balloon printables from Pizzazzerie atop toothpicks and lollipop sticks. 

Pink & orange chevron birthday printables from the TomKat Studio on pink & orange straws for pink lemonade. Hostess note: don't mix M&M's and Reese's pieces at kid's parties! You never know who has a peanut allergy! Or at the very least, clearly label your food items!

Pink watermelon and orange cantaloupe prepped with a melon baller.

Big sister Maya showing her lil sis how to eat her smash cake. Mia liked the cake pops. J

Thanks Andrea, for letting me take on another budget decorating challenge! I think baby girl had a good time at her party!

If you shop around your house and think outside of the box, you can creatively decorate a party on a budget!
Party Budget:
Pool noodle - $0 for big "faux" balloons
Tissue paper - $0 for wreath
Paper plates - $0 for sidewalk and wreath
Wire Hangers - $0 for sidewalk
Streamers - $0 for sidewalk
Pink Napkins - $0 for centerpieces
Pink Buckets - $0 for centerpieces
Sweets table printables - $0
Coloring Pages - $0
Pom Pom Yarn - $0 for monthly picture banner
Clothespins - $0 for monthly picture banner
Ribbon - $1 for two spools
Cardstock - $1 for six sheets
Pictures - $3 for banner
Total = $5!

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Christine said...

Mindy - you are fabulous. I love this. We were so sorry to miss the party! Elijah was looking at pictures all sad and just kept saying . . . Mommy we didn't go to the party . . . haha. LOVE all the creative touches!

BKWilliams said...

These are all such neat ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah {A Blissful Nest} said...

Mindy I can not beleive all you did with your budget! Truly fabulous. Hope you have a great week!