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Budget-Friendly Father's Day Party Ideas

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Thinking of throwing an easy Father's Day party on a budget but don't know how? Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with some great and inexpensive party tips for throwing a Father's Day mustache bash.

Father’s Day is quickly approaching! Here are a few of my tips to help you throw a simple but spectacular Father's Day celebration to let Dad know how much you love him!

 Step 1: Printables

My inspiration for this dessert table, started with these free Mustache Father's Day printables right here on Catch My Party. This gave me my design and color pallette. I then used some coordinating party supplies from the Catch My Party Store to bring my table to life.

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First, I dressed up store bought cupcakes with the printable cupcake wrappers from the collection. I also printed out the labels to wrap around root beer bottles, toppers to decorate my cupcakes, and tags for the popcorn bags and mini favor boxes (which I decorated with orange tissue paper festooning).

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Step 2: Party decor + backdrop

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To make the dessert table backdrop, I found polka dot wrapping paper. I covered two foam boards, and added the "Happy Father's Day" printable banner from the set. Easy peasy.

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I used these mustache cupcake picks to decorate my cupcakes and glued my leftover mustaches to my cake stand. I wrapped a small box in mustache wrapping paper, and set my cake stand on top to give it some height.

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Step 3: Party supplies

I found mustache straws from the Catch My Party Store, plus these mustache adorned wooden utensilsBecause I love mixing patterns, I used  blue striped dessert plates with orange plates underneath, blue polka dot napkins, and a yellow piece of chevron fabric as my table cloth. I love how the colors and patterns make such a bold and fun statement! 

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Step 4: Party treats

With a very busy family schedule, store bought treats are always an easy way for me to supply my dessert spread. I asked my kids what we should serve and they suggested popcorn, root beer, cupcakes, and donuts, all snacks my husband loves!

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I think it’s always great to show Dad how much you care with a special party, and it doesn't even have to be a lot of work!

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 For more inspiration, check out these Father's Day parties from our site,  plus our free Father's Day printables, and these mustache party supplies from the Catch My Party Store.

To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Adult and Kid July 4th Tablescape Ideas

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Melissa Newell from, is here with tips on how to set up easy DIY adult and kid  tablescapes for July 4th. 

Hi everyone, it’s Melissa here, sharing tips on easy ways to set up your July 4th party tables. I am taking the table from an adult theme to a child's theme in a few easy steps, making the entertaining easy, and giving you more time to spend with the guests!

The first tablescape is for your adult crowd. I used a vintage tablecloth, although not patriotic in pattern, it is in color and looks great on my table. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your linens! Think outside the box!

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Each setting has layered plates, mix and matching the patterns and colors.

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Coupled with that, are inexpensive small buckets that hold your cloth napkin, wooden utensils, and a paper fan for each guest.

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BONUS TIP: Using these tins allows you to reuse them for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and any other patriotic holiday – great investment!

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Making the switch to the table for the children is super easy. I changed out the plates for some paper plates, keeping the layering pattern going. I added some licorice to the tins as a fun treat, along with their napkins, fans, and wooden utensils.

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Along with the festive (store bought) cupcakes, I added a couple of small gumball machines filled with coordinating colors to the centerpiece (mine are just for looks, as I reuse my gumballs for several parties – I like the look but not what they do to my children’s teeth).

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Trying to keep with my “less sugar” theme this year, I found some pins for the children that I used for table “scatter.”

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As you can see, changing a few items at your table you can go from an adult theme to a children’s theme in no time flat!

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I hope you enjoy your holiday and remember – until next time – Party On Friends!

Children's 4th of July Table Ideas |

Thank you, Melissa, for these quick and easy tips, and I love how you recycle your party decor! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at

For more party ideas, please check out these Fourth of July parties from our site and all our free July 4th party printables.

Earth Day Party Ideas on a Budget

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Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with a sweet kids' Earth Day dessert table. And wait until you see her recycled decorations! 

My goal in putting this dessert table together was not to buy anything for this party, but to reuse and recycle items I already had!

I also used these free Earth Day party printables from Michelle at Printabelle, and that definitely helped my budget.  I am in love with the colors Michelle chose.


The greens, blues and earth tones worked perfectly with what I already had in my party stash.

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For my banner, I used the banner pendants from the collection along with a tassel garland that I had from The Flair Exchange.  I just had to restring it and use only the white and earth color tassels. It worked out perfect with the party.

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For the menu: I filled the plastic tubes with earthy crunchy granola for the children. They can just pop the top and pour right into their mouths!

The green and blue striped goodie bags were embellished with some “candy bar” wraps from the collection to give them an extra pop. (Inside were tattoos and stickers.)

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I also put out some dried Granny Smith apple pieces and a cupcake for each to enjoy. Sticking to a "mostly" healthy menu is my goal.

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I am so looking forward to celebrating Earth Day, right after Easter, this year.

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The children will be going on a nature hike, digging for worms, planting some bulbs, and enjoying what nature has to offer. Until next time – be kind to our Earth and party on friends!

Thank you, Melissa, I love the spirit of this party, and I love that you did with all recycled materials! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.

For more inspiration, check out these Earth Day parties from our site, and if you need additional free Earth Day printables, we've got them too.


Backyard Beach Party on a Budget


Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is back with her first post of the summer on how to throw a budget backyard beach party!

Hello everyone – It’s summertime here in NY and we are gearing up for some nice warm weather. Today I am sharing some tips and tricks, on a budget of course, to throwing your own backyard beach party!

When our son turned seven, he wanted a Beach Party. My first thought was how am I going to turn our backyard into a beach theme? Well, if you know me, you know my first thought is BUDGET!

Now this party was more (money) that I original wanted to spend, however, there are a ton of “budget” friendly ideas that you can easily duplicate at home.



Centerpiece – I used a recycled large plastic pretzel container, filled it with water, and added blue food coloring. I slapped on a pair of dollar store goggles (you might already have some) and I added a hat from the dollar store. This made a big impact and all were talking about it!

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Cake Stands -- Again, off to the dollar store. I bought 6 of the beach themed sand sifters and hot glued them to a tin can that I had put colored duct tape on (but any craft paper would do). These were so cute in displaying our beach themed cookies.

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Beach Balls -- One of the biggest bangs for the buck, hanging beach balls over the goodie bag table caught everyone’s eye. It was so easy and affordable.

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Sandwiches – Using the Pepperidge Farm goldfish bread you can put tuna or chicken salad on them. I did some with PB&J too.

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Corn Dogs – When I think of the boardwalk or the beach, I go to corndogs in my head. I bought mine in the frozen section, heated them up, and stuck them dog side up in a cute display that I made with wrapping paper and a cardboard box. They were snatched up in 10 mins flat!

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Snack Shack -- If you ask any of the children at the party what they loved the most, most would say “shoveling” their own snacks. Again, using new dollar store buckets with shovels,I put snacks in them, tipped them and the kids were able to help themselves at their leisure! The Snack Shack was just for them. I found sea creature cups in the store for them to fill up.

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Keeping the kids entertained is so important at a party. It let’s the parents relax a little, too! Besides the obvious of a using sprinklers and kiddie pools, I had a few games planned for the kids that cost next to nothing.

Fill the Bucket -- Using recycled milk jugs (I saved from a few weeks prior), and a dollar store sponge, each team had to soak the sponge in the bucket with water and squeeze out the water into the milk jug. Once the jug was filled, that team was our winner!

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Water Balloon Toss – You can get the parents into this one too!

Sandcastle Building –- if you already have a sandbox – this one is a no brainer!

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Photo Booth -- Now this one I got real creative with, but it did not cost me a lot of money! I wanted to create a “beach’ for the pictures of everyone (and I mean everyone got into the photos).

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Using a backdrop I found at a craft website, and a few play yard bags of sand , the beach was born!

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I had a basket of props for everyone to pick from. They had a great time with this!

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It’s not that hard to pull this party together and celebrate with friends! I hope you found some beachy ideas and until next time friends... hang ten!

Thank you, Melissa, loving the beach photo booth you made with real sand! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Spotty Dotty Ladybug Picnic Party

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is with a new picnic Party on a Budget post!

Spring has sprung Y’all! It’s Me, Melissa – the Party on a Budget go-to-gal. With Spring comes more mini parties! Today, it’s all about bugs... Ladybugs!


As with most of my Mini Parties on a Budget, it all starts with one item that gives me inspiration – usually from the dollar store. No exception here. This little plastic box with dots on it was the inspiration for this Mini Party.


The other party supplies that I gathered, all came from my crafting closet or the recycle bin (still keeping it earthy here at My Party Passion)!

The Setting: Our front yard. The grass finally showed us its true beauty with lush green colors. The girls each had a “ladybug” rug to sit on – old rugs from IKEA that I put black paper dots on.


In front of them were two picnic themed table runners and homemade place mats (see HERE for a tutorial on how to make these from old gift bags).


Each girl had their initial on a board (made from pizza boxes) that I made to go with the theme. I used old wrapping paper to cover them (bought after Christmas sale 2 years ago at a craft store) and tore crepe paper to create their initials. I cut out some ladybugs to scatter throughout the party – using my Silhouette SD Machine.


The “sweets” table was a fun to create using my white and red IKEA frames ($1 per frame – they paid for themselves long ago) and cutting out backgrounds from scrap paper. I made it simple and affordable. I had filled the plastic dotted boxes with a strawberry Special K bar and some strawberries for the girls. They also feasted on a chocolate fudge mini cake with whipped topping and strawberries. A few spotted balloons and a picnic basket finished this off.




Goodies: Of course what would a party be without a little “take away goody." This time I found little mani/pedi kits in the shape of ladybugs at our local dollar store. These worked perfectly. Putting them into a little see-through bag with a personalized clip on them finished them off.


After the girls were done eating, they wanted their pictures taken with their “initial signs." For this, we went out back to our only flowering bush (at the time).


All in all the girls had fun and it cost me less than $10 for the entire party.

It’s almost Memorial Day – are you celebrating with a party? Until next time – Party On Friends!

Thank you, Melissa, what an adorable way to enjoy the nice weather! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.



Hello everyone – it’s Melissa from My Party Passion – continuing with my series on Mini Parties On a Budget! Today I want to share with you the Earth Day Celebration I threw for my kids on a budget of virtually zero! Impossible? Well, I used all elements from our home and bought nothing new. Talk about recycling and reusing!

To start, I wanted to have something round on the table to signify the Earth and the recycling cycle so I used my grape vine wreath for that. I added a little ceramic bird to represent the animals. Using a plastic green table cloth left over from our St. Patrick’s Day party was a no-brainer.



One of my favorite ideas and elements is reusing these Puffs Tissue Boxes to put our little “trees” in (from Pottery Barn).  They were the perfect colors to go with our Earthy blues and greens.


Probably my next favorite recycling idea is our Earth Day Banner. The girls helped me assemble this fun banner. Using an old book of maps (see the DIY on Catch My Party) and my Silhouette machine, we were able to put together this fun Earthy banner.


The children feasted on fresh grapes, apples and carrots (sadly no one touched the broccoli lol). They did not miss the “sweets” at all.



Coming up with a “favor” for them was easy!  I had bought these adorable sunglasses at a craft store months ago (less than a dollar a piece on clearance) and knew that I would use them someday.  Perfect fit with flowers and bugs on the glasses!


The next favor that I came up with (wanted an Earthy type of favor) was also using recycled materials.  I had made these cute nature notebooks for my daughter’s Woodland Party last year and I thought how perfect to recreate them for this party.  I used a brown lunch bag, a stamp and some jute twine. It was so easy and pairing it up with a twig pencil was perfect!



My mini Earth Day party did not cost me a penny as I had everything in our home already.  However, you can easily go to the dollar store and get most of these party supplies and throw your own for less than $ 10!

Here are some great resources for you to help celebrate Earth Day in your home:

Free Earth Day printables on Catch My Party - an earth-friendly party sign, party circles, and an "Earth Day Rocks" banner.


Ideas for How To Throw A Mini Planting Party:

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Plant Protectors Club – FREE From the EPA They have downloadable products and fun products you can order on line for FREE!

We LOVE this resource and pull it out often in our home school!

Arbor Foundation – you can order 10 trees FREE when you join for $ 10 (6 month membership). They will arrive to your home in the season in which they can be planted.  This is a GREAT way to teach the children about our Earth and planting!  Invite 10 friends over and these would make excellent take aways at $ 1 a piece!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found some great ideas and resources for celebrating our Earth!  Until next time – Party On Friends!

Thank you, Melissa, what a way to have fun and teach our children to be mindful of the earth! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.


{PARTY ON A BUDGET} A Mini Planting Party


Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is with her first Party on a Budget post for spring!

Happy almost spring, y’all!  It’s me, Melissa – the Party on a Budget go-to-gal.   As I told you at the beginning of the year, I am cutting my budget even more (woot woot) and bringing you a ton of parties on a tight budget, some you won’t even believe, like today's Mini Planting Party to get you in the mood for spring!


Each year, in our home school, we gather our supplies and start our seedlings early in March even though we won’t be ready for planting outside for about 4 weeks.  Today was a sunny day in New York, and that made it the PERFECT day to start our “Sspring planting”! (Of course I had to make a little party out of it... hehehe!)



  • Scrap pieces of brown craft paper (Dollar Store) or you can use brown paper grocery bags
  • Paper towel rolls (cut up) or peat pots
  • Dirt
  • Seeds
  • Wooden sticks
  • Markers
  • Washi Tape for decorating (of course)!

I gathered up all my planting supplies before I called the girls to the deck to help get this party started! We like to save all our “containers” that food came in to use for crafting and today was the perfect opportunity to recycle and reuse!

The girls were allowed to use the Washi tape to decorate their trays that the seeds would be planted in. Then I had the girls put some planting soil (or dirt) into the paper towel tube pieces (I used 1 roll and cut into 7 pieces). Then they put in the seeds into each piece.



While that was happening, I was writing the type of seed that went into each tube piece and used it for the plant marker (before the girls moved them on me).


We continued this until we were out of supplies. Look what we accomplished!


Then it was time for a snack. Of course I had to serve "Planters" peanuts and juice!



And for decor I used a bunting banner I had for another party, paper tissue pom flower (Party On Designs), and some fresh flowers I pulled from a bouquet in my home.


 We will put these in the sun during the day but bring them in at night as it still gets below freezing here in NY for about another 4 weeks.  You can plant them with the paper towel tubes attached as they are biodegradable.

I am ready for Spring and all the fun that goes along with it!  I hope this party proves that it does not take a lot of money to celebrate anything!


Thank you, Melissa, this party makes me want to play in my garden! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} The Mini Football Party

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is with her first Party on a Budget post of the year!

Happy New Year Y’all!  It’s Me, Melissa – the Party on a Budget go-to-gal. This year I am cutting my budget even more (woot woot!) and bringing you a ton of parties on an even tighter budget.

I want to share with you a new trend in parties – the Mini Party. It’s not the birthday party, the anniversary party, or the baby shower, but any small occasion worthy of a celebration - maybe even for no other reason than your child scored an A+ in school or your youngest is out of diapers!

So here's my first Mini Party...  Are you read for some football? The playoffs….the Superbowl….First and Ten!  Is your family a “football family”? Mine is!

My personal challenge was to have a little Football Party for our children while the game was on, but not spoil their dinners. For this party, my budget was $ 10 and I could only shop at the grocery store – no special stops here. Let’s see how I did….

Food (salty):  Microwave Popcorn – 1 bag yielded 3 mini brown bags of popcorn (box of 3 store brand bags was $ 1.00 – only needed 1 bag)

Drinks: Juice Boxes – package of 6 (only needed 3) was $ 2.50

Food (sweet):  Green M&M’s and Green Hershey Kisses – I bought a few bags of Christmas M&M’s and Christmas Kisses and took out the GREEN ones for this Football celebration.  Each entire bag was $ 2.00 each – used maybe 1/10 of each bag.

Décor:  Green Tablecloth, straws, candy cups, and mini bags (used to cover the juice boxes also).  The tablecloth was new  and cost $ 1.00.  The other items I already had. I could have used cupcake papers for the sweets but did not have any in green.  I cut some scrap material and made some straw flags for the juice box straws. Also, you could change this party up by adding colors of your favorite teams.

Other things I could have added:  Balloons, streamers, cookies while still not adding a lot to my budget.

By my calculations, I am way under on my $10 budget! SCORE! This party was only for 3 children. But considering there were 3 more juice boxes and 2 more entire bags of microwave popcorn and so many sweets left, it would have been the same price for 6!

I hope I was able to show you that it does not take a lot of money to celebrate! GO TEAM!

Thank you, Melissa, I love the idea of the mini party! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Top 5 Party Tips from 2012

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here to wrap up the year with her favorite money-saving party tips of 2012! 

Happy Holidays y’all!  It’s Melissa again from My Party Passion. It’s December and I am in my glory with Christmas music, baking, and party planning.

Today, I am wrapping up for you my 5 Easy Breezy Inexpensive Party Tips from 2012!


Goodie Tubes:  Since you are probably throwing out your paper towel and toilet paper rolls (or saving them for crafting like I do), why not reuse them to “house” treats for the little one?

Wrap the cardboard in comics from your newspaper,  leftover wrapping paper, or tissue paper, and inside, stuff them with chocolate kisses, little pack of M&M’s, tootsie rolls, novelty rings, stickers, crayons, and tattoos.

BONUS: Look for after Christmas Hershey Kisses on clearance.  You can use the red ones for Valentine’s Day, green ones for football season, and silver ones for New Years.  Always think ahead! 


Photobooth:  Who doesn’t love a fun photobooth? You don’t need to be a professional photographer or own a high end camera for the kids to have fun with photobooths. And Catch My Party has some great free printable photo booth props.

Suggestions for backdrops:  Plastic tablecloth, poster board, sheet, or a shower curtain.

Suggestions for props:  picture frame, sunglasses, hats, and headbands.


Table Covers:  Not just for tables anymore!  I have used these plastic table clothes for so many other things for a party, from chair covers, to bunting, to faux curtains (see picture below).  Dollar Tree usually has a good selection.

BONUS:  Using brown craft paper from your craft store or dollar store can double for a table covering and act as a place for the kids to color while waiting for the party to start!  Easy to throw away also!

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Tissue Paper:  Oh the places we can go with this one... making paper flowers, covering tin cans for a vase effect, wrapping a present. I usually stock up after the holiday sales on red (think Valentine’s Day), green (think football parties and St. Patrick’s Day) and white (I use for MANY parties).

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Crepe Paper: This used to be for just draping back and forth for that birthday party you were throwing. Now it’s used to make everything from pom poms, to backdrops, to wrapping presents.

I hope this year has brought you great joy and I look forward to what 2013 will bring!  See ya next year…until then Party On Friends!   Happy Holidays!

Thank you, Melissa, for all your inspiration this year.  We can't wait to see what great tips you have for us next year! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Fun and Inexpensive Ideas for a Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, and our budget party contributor, is back with some ideas on how to create a fun and inexpensive kids' table for Thanksgiving, something we all need! 

Happy Holidays to you all out there. Getting ready for Thanksgiving I assume? This Party Gal celebrated early this year with our BFF’s who came into town (during our power outage from Sandy, no less).

One of my fondest memories as a child during the holidays was the “kids' table." WE ALWAYS had to sit at a fold out card table.  My cousins, sister, and I would gather round that table to partake in the feast.  As an adult and a mom of 4, I now understand the reason behind it!  LOL

Today I wanted to share with you some ideas that are SUPER easy for your Thanksgiving Kids' Table.

Table Setting – Let’s start with this.  Keeping the children busy while their plates are prepared is KEY.  Otherwise they get up and go back to playing and you are spending another 10 mins getting them back to the table!

So I recommend using a roll of brown craft paper to use as their table covering. Put out some markers or crayons. (I pulled out NEW crayons that I had saved from my Back to School purchases – isn’t everything more fun with NEW sharp crayons?)  Now they can draw and play tic tac toe until their plates arrive.  Cost $ 1.00 for roll of craft paper at the dollar store. Makes for EZ clean up also!

BONUS TIP:  Target Dollar Spot also had paper place mats with activities on them set of 4 for $ 1.00

Snacks – Now you might be wondering snacks?  Um they are going to eat in a minute…

Well, if they are anything like my children, eating keeps them busy and out of my kitchen while I am preparing food!  I am not talking a full blown buffet of snacks, but just some popcorn, trail mix, or carrots with dip in the middle of their table to share.  Just enough to get them through until the meal arrives.  I used little individual snack cups that I purchased at Target. I put popcorn in them – reminds me of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie. They gobbled that up and ate everything on their plates!

A Favor/Treat – This year I made two “treats” for the kids to take home with them.  One was SO easy your kids can help with it. Using toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls, I put some tootsie rolls inside of them and wrapped them up with some dollar store paper and some jute around the ends. They looked SO cute on the table and the kids had fun ripping them open to get to their prize inside.

The other item was candy corn tubes. I took plastic tubes and filled  them with a gum ball at each end with candy corn sandwiched in the middle. They took these with them. Added a pop of color to the table and yummy later!

As an added bonus, the children each received their own Mayflower Place Card Boats.  These name place cards doubled as a snack boat with some fishy crackers and a few candy corns hidden inside.  I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut them out, put them together with glue stick and then added the sticker (using WORD and AVERY Stickers).  I added the cute blue fringe at the bottom for the "ocean" effect.  The fringe can be found at Party On Designs.

Crafts – The last piece to the Kids' Table puzzle is a craft for AFTER dinner.  After you have cleaned up but BEFORE dessert I like to have a simple craft for them. (Our kids seem to think that dessert is followed within seconds of clearing their plate.) This year I had purchased fall magnets for them to color and take home with them.  This activity kept them busy while I cleared the adult table and prepared desserts.

Well there you have it – my Kiddie Table for Thanksgiving on a budget.  I hope you walked away with something you can incorporate into your holiday!  Until December – Party on Friends!

Thanks, Melissa, love the before dessert craft idea... brilliant! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion and find her on Facebook or Twitter.

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