When you're celebrating a nine-year-old's birthday, there's nothing better than using every girly/pretty color that's out there.
Finding the theme and inspiration was easy with Pinterest and a purchase of cheap party lanterns!
And even though I'm still a believer in going big on the decor and food, I try to keep the cost down by being creative and shopping various dollar stores.
Lanterns: Originally $8, clearance $2: Family Dollar Stores. Streamers: $1 each.
Clearance glass containers for sprinkles: 25 cents each. Sprinkles from a local bulk food store: aprrox. $1.50 per container.
Girly storage/tackle box filled with gummy worms and fish candy: $1.99 on clearance at Shopko stores.
Paper goods: all $1.00; Cupcake wrappers: $1.50 (Wilton); frosting: Homemade Buttercream. Find the recipe here.
Vinyl Tablecloths (3): 25 cents each on clearance: Dollar General stores. I used three and as each one got dirty, I rolled it up and tossed it. (They made it through cupcake decorating, the girls putting on nail polish and breakfast.)
Homemade Tissue Paper Pom Poms or Flowers: tutorial here, price varied for tissue paper. Cupcake Piñata: $11.97 Walmart stores.
This was the 'Breakfast Bar,' with two cereals, cut up strawberries, chopped walnuts and mini dehydrated marshmallows. Marshmallows: $1.87 from bulk food store. Used two plastic ice cream scoops to serve cereal: $1.00 each at Dollar Tree Stores. Did I mention it was a sleepover?
Inspired by Pinterest and these lantern colors, I'd say this was a successful birthday party!
Until the next party...