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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.
And I'm very impressed that you made your own art supply favors. Brilliant idea!
Lisa put together this simple tutorial on her blog Blissful Chaos, and let me repost it, so thank you, Lisa!
Lisa made this sweet balloon wreath for Landon's Dr. Seuss party using the same wreath and a lot of the same balloons from her Susan's baby shower. How great to find decorations that can be used over and over again!
- LOTS of balloons for this wreath I used about 130 but the more you use the fuller the wreath will be
- 18 inch straw wreath
- 2 packs of greening pins (may need more depending on the number of balloons you use)
Leave the plastic on the straw wreath to prevent shedding. Take a balloon and twist the neck, inserting it into the middle of the greening pin.
Push the greening pin into the wreath and press in tight to prevent floppy balloons.
Continue all the way around the wreath until the entire wreath is covered!
There you have it!
Lisa wanted to add a little something extra to Landon's wreath so she used the "Welcome" sign and Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat symbol from the printable package she got on etsy from Dimple Prints. How sweet!!
Thank you, Lisa, for this tutorial. I think balloon wreaths are so festive and fun!
Check out more of Lisa's Dr. Seuss party here and see all the other personal elements she added.
Nicole W did something amazing at her Magical Cornish Fairy Affair. She added twinkle lights to her punch and water dispensers and made them glow!
I've never seen anything like this, so I had to ask Nicole how she pulled it off. Here's what she said:
The twinkle lights were really easy. I used submersible floral lights (designed to go in vases). I bought them here: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/aquabrites.html
I set them on slow blink and tossed a few in the punch dispenser! Some of them floated from the bubbles in the punch for a while, but if you want them to stay suspended at different levels, you need to hang them on mono-filament. Even that was incredibly easy. There's a nice little handle on each light perfect for tying the string to, and I just taped the other end of the filament to the top edge of the dispenser under the lid.
One three-year-old was highly disappointed that the glow didn't dispense into her cup, but all other reviews were extremely positive. ;-)
Thank you, Nicole for sharing this neat trick. To learn more about this wonderful party check out this Spotlight Feature, and also check out Nicole's other amazing parties on our site and her blog Tradewind Tiaras.
UPDATE: Nicole just emailed me this photo from her Halloween party where she added lights to her Halloween punch and kept the lights on steady. How cool does this look!