party on a budget

February 24, 2011

{Aiden turns 2 March 22}

I want him to have a party and feel special. Yet it has to cost somewhere around $30. 
I am not joking.

So here are my ideas:

1. Last year I filled all kinds of glass vases, different sized containers with candy....this year, 
colored cereal! Cute and in the budget!

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photo from the gorgeous blog P is for Party (check it out here)

2. Melanie, my dear friend has been BEYOND generous. We did a trade. It wasn't even, I owe her mucho...but she is wonderful and designed these gorgeous invitations (which we emailed out to save $); she also is creating, making & giving to me cupcake toppers and possibly some gorgeous bunting to help with the "zoo themed" decorations. (how sweet is she, right?! check out her shop!
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3. activities: sandbox, swing set, water table- all free :) and I have an extra canvas that I am hoping to let all the kids paint for Aiden to hang up in his room or the hallway.

4. cupcakes in mason jars, have you heard of this? SO cute and I already own the jars!

5. favors....animal crackers :)

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*I have a few more ideas up my sleeve :)


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17 comments:

  1. per-fect! We've done every single kid bday party on a super tight budget and they've all been very lovely memories:)

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  2. I LOVE this! So creative, cute and in the budget...you can't beat that, my friend!

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  3. perfect perfect perfect. . . i LOVE the idea. . and let me know how the cupcake in the jar goes. . . I have been meaning to try that but always get sidetracked with some other yummy recipe! :-) ANDDD the invitations are SOOOO cute! :-)

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  4. March 22nd is my birthday! Have fun planning - can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm currently planning Josiah's 1st Bday in April and trying to stick around a similar budget. haha

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  5. That sounds like it's going to be a ROCKING party!! You'd never know it was so "cheap" :)

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  6. I seriously LOVE all these ideas! His party is going to be perfect! Can't wait!!!!

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  7. I love the cupcake in a mason jar idea!!

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  8. I also love the cupcake in a mason jar? I haven't seen them yet though so how do you do it?

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  10. sounds like a super great party to me! yay to saving money :)

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  11. what great ideas!! really like the colored cereal! such a creative mom ;)

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  12. Love this idea Casey! And thank you for posting the link! =) I think the cereal bar is such a great idea for a kids party and YES, inexpensive! Please let me post on P is for Party?!

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  13. Love this idea Casey! And thank you for posting the link! =) I think the cereal bar is such a great idea for a kids party and YES, inexpensive! Please let me post on P is for Party?!

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  14. That sounds like it's going to be a ROCKING party!! You'd never know it was so "cheap" :)

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