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GIVEAWAY: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Favor Affair

How hard is it to come up with party favor ideas that are original, useful, and don't cost an arm and a leg?

Well, Favor Affair, an online retailer that sells beautiful and affordable favors for all occasions—everyday celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, and more -- is giving one of our readers a $50 gift certificate to their store!

Here's a sample of some of the great favors you can find...

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They've got every type of favor imaginable, and they sell perfect bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and wedding accessories.

Plus, Favor Affair features a growing library (28 and counting!) of FREE E-guides for the party enthusiast. Each guide is filled with detailed ideas for celebrating everything from New Year’s Eve to Halloween to National Hamburger Day. :) Definitely check them out.

To enter the giveaway, just “like” Favor Affair on Facebook, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it. Nothing hard about that!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, September 22nd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

 

 

 

PARTY ON A BUDGET: A Pink Parisan Patisserie Birthday for $74

Ooh la la! I saw Heather L's Pink Parisian Patisserie Party and I was swooning -- all that pink, all those treats, all those fluffy pom poms!

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Then I noticed the budget... $75! Can't be done, I thought. But I was proven wrong. Here's how Heather pulled it off...

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE to throw a party!  I have so many ideas running through my head, it can get overwhelming at times.  However, I get a reality check every time I think about actually implementing all of my crazy plans when I remember the “B” word – BUDGET. 

As a stay at home mom of five, with a hardworking husband who has recently started his own business, I feel that it is my job to keep a very strict budget when it comes to party planning – but still make those in my life feel special and spoiled!  Over time, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for creating a fabulous party on a budget.  Here are a few ways I saved money but still managed to get the look of a more extravagant party.

TIP 1

 Use what you have, borrow what you don’t!  This is my favorite tip, and I cannot stress this enough.  For this particular party, my daughter wanted a cupcake/bakery theme.  As I was thinking of ideas for the party, I realized that a French bakery theme would be cute – especially since my daughters’ shared bathroom is decorated in a pink/black Parisian theme. 

I simply borrowed some items from their bathroom – like the metal Eiffel tower, a small painting, a cute poodle, and much more!  I also pulled many things from both daughters’ rooms.  If it was pink or black, I grabbed it =) 

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Eiffel Tower borrowed from her daughters

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Stuffed poodle borrowed from her daughters

I had a ton of tulle on hand (that I have kept since my 12 year old daughter’s fourth birthday!) so I used tulle on everything.  For NO money, I had instant party décor.  As you are deciding on a theme, think about what you have in your house that matches your colors – maybe there is a red bucket, a cute aqua shelf, or a pink bird cage that would look just PERFECT dressed up for your party.  Additionally, borrow what you can – for my Paris party, I borrowed several serving plates/platters as well as both tablecloths I used. 

TIP 2

Don’t plan your party during a meal time.  I purposely planned our party for 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  I knew that I couldn’t afford to serve a huge spread of food, so I kept it light and simple – and it was perfect for little tummies! 

I served cupcakes (baked at home using boxed mix and canned frosting that I piped on to look more “professional”), sugar cookies I baked and decorated myself, marshmallow pops (I already had the marshmallows and just purchased pink candy melts with a coupon), a little candy, and some grapes and pretzels to balance out all the sweet stuff.  I already had the grapes and pretzels on hand for my kids’ lunches, so I only had to purchase a few items.  Our drinks were inexpensive “Shirley Temples” made with Sprite and grenadine. 


Homemade sugar cookies

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Homemade marshmallow pops

The kids had plenty to eat and most even took some treats home with them.  If I had served lunch, I would have busted my budget for sure.

TIP 3

Start planning early.  I always start planning my parties well in advance.  One reason for this is that I just can’t help myself – I’m always looking forward to the next party =) 

The main reason, though, is so I can start looking for items that are deeply discounted that go with my theme.  You can find cute buckets, frames, serving pieces, scrapbook paper/supplies, etc. on major clearance at craft stores if you know what you are looking for.  It might be on sale six months before your party, but if you know your theme ahead of time you can purchase it at a great price.

TIP 4

Use party printables (reasonably priced ones).  In my opinion, cute party printables really do make your party.  However, you have to factor in the cost of purchasing them as well as printing them.  If you purchase a very expensive party printable package and then go to the office supply store to get it printed (or use up all of your own very expensive ink!), you might be shocked at how much of your budget is gone.  Shop around, and find a reasonably priced printable package.


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I was able to find a great one for my Paris party for only $10!  Even if you can only afford to get one printable item, such as cupcake toppers/party circles, print a bunch of them and use them everywhere.  Other than cupcakes, you can use them as favor tags, to dress up store bought party hats, or even glue them to ribbons and have them hanging from your chandelier.  For my Paris party, my very talented mom embellished the already adorable banner that I printed, and it looked like a million bucks!


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TIP 5

Do it yourself.  People tell me all the time that they “can’t” make things, or they “aren’t crafty.”  Well, let me tell you – if you have a small budget, you’ll figure it out quickly =) 

Every single party I do, I make most of the decorations.  There are SO many tutorials out there in blog land – just Google what you are looking for and you are sure to find instructions on how to make it.  Everything might not be perfect, but my kids don’t care – and they are SO proud to tell their friends, “My mom made that!” 

For this party, I wanted a beautiful floral arrangement for my front door, and while I do consider myself pretty crafty, I am NO floral arranger – at all!  But, I was determined, so I purchased five bunches of flowers at the Dollar Tree and played around with them in a door bucket I already had until I achieved the look I liked.  I tied a little ribbon and tulle around it, stuck in a party sign (and a cute little poodle) and voila! I can only imagine how much I would have paid a professional to design that bucket for me.  Certainly more than the $5 it cost me =)


Home made flower arrangement to welcome the guests

 


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Here is the breakdown of the cost of my party.  (My mom purchased the adorable little macarons from Trader Joe's as well as some of the candy):

  • Printables/printing - $15
  • Paper goods - $12
  • French cupcake tags (used as party décor) - $4
  • Flowers (from Dollar Tree – five bunches) - $5
  • Candy - $6
  • Poodles (party favors – purchased from Oriental Trading) - $15
  • Craft supplies - $9 (I already had many supplies on hand, such as ribbon, glue, tulle, rhinestones, etc.)
  • Baking supplies - $8 (had some on hand, only needed to purchase candy melts and some extra canned icing)
Total spent:  $74

Just amazing, Heather! Thank for sharing all your smart tips. It shows that with a little ingenuity, you can add lots of special touches without spending a fortune.

If you haven't already, check out the rest of Heather's chic party.

DIY: How To Make Paper Baby Shoe Favors

Clemens B's sister-in-law created these amazing paper baby shoe favors for her baby shower, and now she has created this easy tutorial with a FREE downloadable baby shoe template.

To create these shoe favors, all you need are scissors, glue, paper, embellishments, and some good cutting skills. That's it!

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To learn how simple they are to make and download the baby shoe template, head to A Blog by Clemens Designs.

Also, to learn more about Clemens, check out her Clemens Designs vendor page.

And for all you Brazilian out there, please check out Clemens' sister-in-law's online store, elo7.

 

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Chocolate Painter's Palettes

I last featured Pamela S's Aly's "I Love Art" Party in a recent party on a budget post. She threw the whole party for $100 and one of the ways she did it, was to make her own favors.

For the little kids she made homemade "art supply"  favors (I know, great!), and for the older kids, she made these chocolate painters' palettes. So cute. Well, here's how...

I made these chocolate painter's pallets for the older kids who wouldn't go for all of the "art supplies", which went over very well.

I created a template which you can download  for free.

 
  1. I printed out my template, placed it on a cookie tray and covered it with wax paper.
  2. In a double boiler I melted chocolate then placed the melted chocolate in a piping bag.
  3. With the piping bag I traced the outline of the palette on the template then filled in the outline with more chocolate.
  4. I used the back of a spoon to smooth each palette out then placed a red, yellow, green and blue M&M onto the soft chocolate to resemble paint drops.
  5. When finished, I popped the tray into the fridge to harden the chocolate.
  6. Once they were hard, I wrapped each pallet in a plastic bag and tied it up with bakers twine.
Thank you, Pamela. I especially love the idea of using M&M's as the splotches of paint!

If you haven't already, check out the rest of Pamela's beautiful party. And to learn more about how she pulled this whole party off, check out her blog, Party Starters.

PARTY ON A BUDGET: Aly's "I Love Art" Party for $100

Pamela S from Party Starters throws the most beautiful parties. I was super excited when she added her newest, Aly's "I Love Art" Party, to our site . Gorgeous, right?

Then yesterday, I'm browsing through the photos saying lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" (which I honestly do -- out loud -- when I see parties I love), and all of a sudden my eyes stumble upon the number "$100" next to the budget. What?! No way. Definitely a typo.

I emailed Pamela, and guess what... no typo. She really threw this party for $100.

Well, of course I had to learn her secrets. So here are Pamela's top 5 money saving tips for throwing a kickass party...

HOMEMADE PARTY FAVORS - I made the play dough, water color paints, and crayons myself using inexpensive containers I found on clearance. (You're kidding me?!)

HOMEMADE DESSERTS - I made my own cupcakes (including the chocolate artist palette toppers) and cakepops with ingredients we already had on hand. Even if you use box mixes it is still less then having a bakery make these items for you.

VENUE -Having the party at a local park or at home saves a ton of money! You don't have to rent out an art studio to have a successful art party.

DECORATIONS -I was able to save money by creating my own decorations such as the printable labels and favor boxes. While I offer both finished and printable versions of Party Shapes in my shop, I suggest the printable version to save money.

Purchase one file and you can print as many labels as you need, blow them up and make larger circles for banners or signs. They work great not only for cupcake toppers, but also napkin rings, tags and favor embellishments.  You can make a $9 printable file go a long way!

ACTIVITIES - Find inexpensive activities like foam shape kits for large groups. I purchased a finger puppet kit meant for a classroom of kids on sale for only $5.

You can also use everyday items you have at home to create activities, like making paper plate artist pallets or paper bag puppets. The least expensive activity was simply being at the park and being able to play at the playground. Our friends were well entertained for more then 2 hours.

Pamela, thank you for all the tips. I threw my daughter's fourth birthday at a park and I thought it was so easy, and so much fun for the kids, I'll probably do it again for her fifth.

And I'm very impressed that you made your own art supply favors. Brilliant idea!

To learn more about Pamela, please visit her blog, Party Starters, and her Etsy shop. Plus, do take a look at the amazing parties she's added to our site. I promise, you will be impressed.

TRENDS: Dog Parties on Catch My Party

I'm not talking dog-themed parties, I'm talking parties for your dog. We've been seeing a bunch of cute one on our main site, so of course I had to show them off.

My dog, Gertie (the most adorable black and white Tibetan Terrier you've ever seen), was once she was invited to a fancy dog party that had a doggy masseuse and doggy cartoonist, I kid you not. Remember, we live in LA.

So check out these darling dog birthdays.

Kristy Posh Pixels Design Studio's Meet the Puppy Party

Star T's Dooney's 2nd Birthday!

Sandra G's Emma's Four Party

Elaine H's Truly Royal Fairy "Tails" Party

Cute, right? Told ya!

Check out all the dog themed parties on our site.

DIY Tutorial: How To Make Summer Fruit Dip Favors

If you haven't seen Stacey W's U Pick Party, you are in for a treat. It's an end of school party she threw at a local hydroponic farm. I know... cool.

Stacey of Elle Belle Creative did almost all of this gorgeous party herself, including making these yummy fruit dip favors for her guests. What a great favor for a summer party. I love edible favors!

So without further ado, here's Stacey telling us how she did it...

There are usually more parents at one of my parties than kids, so I always try to include them in party festivities, and I like to send them home with a little favor of their own, too.

Fruit Dip fit the bill perfectly since the kids all picked strawberries at the farm that day!

I found a great recipe online, changed it a bit to include one of Elle's favorite flavors, almond, and got creative with the packaging.

This dip is great for a party because it's inexpensive to make, delicious, and makes a big batch! Here's the recipe for Elle's Famous Fruit Dip:

Ingredients:

  • 3oz package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3/4 cup milk (we used almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 8oz container extra creamy Cool Whip

Directions:

Mix together the pudding mix, milk, and almond extract.  Fold in the Cool Whip.  Chill 1 hour before serving.  Makes 4 cups.

I printed the recipe on craft paper (a printable of the recipe formatted for the jar lids available for free on Elle Belle Creative here) & cut them out, spooned the dip into pint sized quilted mason jars, put the metal disc, put the recipe, an adorable Mud & Twig handmade label on top, & screwed the lid on.

To finish them up, I  stamped "thanks" on a little wooden spoon, and tied it on with a bit of twine around the lids.  I packed the jars up in a little crate and put them out for the parents to take as they were leaving the party.

Gorgeous, Stacey, thank you!! I love the crate you displayed them in, too!

Again, if you haven't seen the rest of the summer party, take a look. And to learn more about Stacey and read about her creative inspirations, please check out her blog, Elle Belle Creative.

TRENDS: Minnie Mouse Parties on Catch My Party

We've gotten some amazing Mickey and Minnie Mouse parties on our main site. I've been meaning to show off the Minnie Mouse parties for a while.  What's great about these parties is they incorporate so many homemade touches. Here are some of my favorite ideas. Enjoy!

(To see what party a photo is from, click on the party link or the photo.)

Mikie M's Minnie's Bake Shop Birthday Party


Welcome sign on the door


The bake shop display


The invitation in the form of recipe cards


Minnie Mouse cupcakes


Aprons and hats for all the guests

Dani Z's Ashlee's 2nd Birthday


Minnie Mouse headbands


Party circles


Centerpiece


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Love & Sugar Kisses Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday


Chocolate covered Oreos


Welcome sign


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Minnie dress and DIY party hat

Mariana Ava Z's Lauren's 1st Birthday Party


Minnie Mouse topiary centerpieces


Minnie Mouse cake

Luana S's Minnie Pink


Happy Birthday sign


Dessert table


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Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off some fabulous Mickey Mouse parties...

FREE Father's Day Printables from Love Party Printables

Okay, how adorable are these Father's Day printables from Ana at Love Party Printables?! They really make me smile!

This collection has everything you could ever want at your Father's Day celebration:  party tags, invitations, flags, tented cards, large tented cards, large labels, water bottle labels, napkin rings, favor tags, and the cutest "Happy Father's Day" banner you've ever seen!


Party tags


Invitations


Flags


Tented cards


Large tented cards


Large labels


Water bottle labels


Napkin rings


Favor tags


"Happy Father's Day" banner

Download the high resolution files for printing;

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Thank you, Ana, for this playful set! To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

If you use these for your party, please send photos to jillian (at) catchmyparty so I can post them.

Also, check out all of our free Father's Day printables.

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: A Dozen Push Pop Containers Plus Custom Labels from Saving Dates

Push pops are all the rage right now for parties, and Katie from Saving Dates has offered to give one of our lucky readers a dozen push pop containers and a dozen custom labels. How cool is that?!

Push pops are a fun new way to serve your guests mini cupcakes, cookies, candies,  ice cream -- anything you can think of -- on a dessert table or as favors, and they're sold out virtually everywhere!

Plus, Katie will design any label you'd like to put on them.

To enter, all you need to do is head over to Saving Dates and “like” them on Facebook. Then head back to this post and leave a comment saying you did it. It’s that easy!

Thank you Katie and  Saving Dates for this great giveaway!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email. Shipping is free in the continental US. International winners need to pay shipping.

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