Hey guys!! My daughter Hannah just had her 5th birthday party. It was a success! I’m sharing some fun girls birthday party ideas with you today and some snaps from her birthday party. Throwing a party can be quite the expense, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve learned a few tricks to save money and also learned a few lessons for next time which I’ll share with you all.
Use Cellophane bags with Cute Ribbon for Favors
Its so easy to get these clear cellophane bags cheap almost anywhere! I got mine from Target. I’ve seen them on Amazon where you get 100 for about $5!! Not bad! I also picked up some cute pink ribbon while I was at Target and some actual party favors. I filled the bags with princess stickers, a scratch and sniff pencil, Annie’s fruit snacks and fruit roll ups, a Dum Dums lollipop and Smarties candy. The great thing about these items is they all come in big bulk bags pretty cheap. Lastly, I found these adorable Thank You stickers to put on the bags as a finishing touch. Hannah helped me fill the bags and put the stickers on. It’s a good way to get your kids involved! I put them in a basket near the door to hand out after the party. And with the leftover bags, I’m all set for next time. I just have to change out the ribbons and stickers. Works for little boys too!
Get Tons of Balloons (and other decor)
Balloons make a party feel like, well, a party. They are cheap! We settled on one fancy Frozen balloon that Hannah wanted ($4) and then chose about 12 balloons in complementing colors to spread around the house and yard. We used blue, light purple, white and hot pink. My grocery store fills them with helium for you and they are only about $1.50 a pop (pun intended). The balloons last 10 hrs so it’s best to get these the day of the party. FYI, Driving home is a little bit of a challenge with a balloon filled car! Lol! We hung a happy birthday banner and some paper lanterns too. Sorry I didn’t get enough pictures of all our balloons. Clearly.
Use Pretty but Inexpensive flowers for Vases
When I know I have a bunch of guests coming, whether little or not, I like to dress up the house with fresh flowers. My grocery store has a great selection but some are sooo pricey! One hydrangea stem, (one!) is $6! Not gonna work for this budgeting mama. So, I get baby’s breath and miniature roses (surprisingly cheap for a bunch) and carnations. Tulips work well here too! I keep them all in the same color palette – in this case – white. It looks great and didn’t cost me a fortune. If you have some from your yard, that would be even better. Free is always better. 🙂
Make your own Cupcakes with Toppers
This one might be a no brainer but I used to buy everything when I had a party, even cakes and cupcakes. But you can save so much by making them yourself. I bought a yellow cake mix and these adorable cupcake liners and made my own frosting. The frosting recipe is on the back on the powdered sugar box and couldn’t be easier! Use a plastic bag and snip off the corner to make your frosting swirls a little fancier (or get reusable tips). (Hint : don’t add too much milk or you will end up with frosting soup like me). (Hint : kids don’t care – they eat them anyways). You can find really cute liners anywhere and they help punch up the display. I found these liner cups at my grocery store. Honestly, I fell in love with the pattern but kids were confused about how to eat them. The cupcakes were pretty deep down in the liners. Also, some batter spilled on the cups and left some brown marks. Not pretty. I think actual peel off liners would be better next time. The toppers are from Amazon and they worked perfectly. Voila!
Don’t go Crazy with Food
I have a tendency to go overboard with food, do you guys do that? I think I have this fear that food will run out and I’ll look like a jerk. But what I learned is, you really can go overboard on food. I mean, I guess its better to have too much than too little, but the kids were so busy running around they hardly touched the food. I could have cut it in half and been fine. I ended up serving popcorn and pretzels, a veggie tray, watermelon cut into sticks, fruit cups and of course cupcakes! It doesn’t sound like a lot but it just ended up being too much. For reference, we had 10 little guests and about 7 parents and the party was in the afternoon (after lunch and before dinner). I could have nixed the pretzels and watermelon. I put the fruit cups in these little white paper cups and put a happy birthday sticker on them, but we had tons of that leftover too. Surprisingly, the veggie tray was almost gone. I guess we had some healthy little guests with us. 🙂 Next time, I’m keeping it much more simple. Or, I’ll stash some away and put it out only if I need it. That way, you keep tons of hands off the food too. Yes, I said it. We all know kids like to touch and mouth and put back. 🙂 eek.
Princess Tiaras, Rings and Wands
Since this was a princess party, I bought a bulk package of princess crowns, wands and rings and this proved to be a hit with the guests. They each got to pick one when they showed up and then got to take them home along with the party favors. I found my set on Amazon. We ended up hiring an Elsa princess to come and entertain the guests for an hour. It was a surprise for Hannah too. It was so cute to see their faces when Elsa arrived! And they all danced with their wands and crowns on.
For some reason, bubbles bring on shrieks of delight from children. Turn this into an “activity”. Hey kids, time to play with bubbles while the parents refresh their drinks. ( Kidding. A little). If you can swing it, buy a bubble machine. This thing pays for itself! 🙂
Well, that’s it! I hope this gave you some ideas for your little girls birthday party. Hannah and her friends had a blast! Talk to you all soon and thanks for reading!
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