It's hard to believe that just two years ago my sweet little Petunia came into our lives. She was such an easy going baby and preferred to be snuggled up to mama all of the time. Now she is two and is full of energy. She is my little comedian, with an exceptional vocabulary. I love watching her grow and learn everyday, the bond that she has with her sister, and how she "nuggles" daddy every night in bed. I am so very thankful for this sweet baby.
Today we celebrated her birthday. I wanted to keep it simple with just our family and close friends. I have a tendency to over do it with birthdays, so this time I challenged myself to keep my budget under $50. That is right, I threw a party for UNDER $50. I'll explain below how I did it.
Water bottle labels! I made these from scrap book paper that I already had.
Confetti made by Two Little Monsters Shop! I loved it so much that I saved it.
Pin Wheels made by Two Little Monsters Shop! I stuffed plastic bags into the vase, then topped it with air drying clay. This held the pin wheels in.
Another AMAZING cake by my sister in-law Tracey. Traceycakes taste wonderful too!
Banner made my Two Little Monsters Shop! My favorite part of the decor.
Gift boxes by Two Little Monsters Shop.
More pin wheels!
I bought three of these butterfly hangers at the dollar tree.
Ballerina dipping into the veggie tray. This was her 8th outfit of the day. The bathing suit came on shortly after.
The whole thing put together. Very simple and quaint. Just the way I wanted it.
Her older cousins brought balloons!
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By this point she was freezing!
An awkward belly shot of the mama.
She was NOT impressed with the happy birthday singing.
Mr. Daddy <3
My sweet Ballerina.
So here is how I did it. I started the party planning with a trade with another WAHM. I traded her a sling and got the pin wheels, confetti, girt boxes and banner. I had the sling already made and shipped it for about $3.
I then began to scavenge my house to see what I already had. I found a bolt of sheer fabric that became my table cloth. I have been hoarding this fabric for years and have never used it. I believe I paid $4 for the fabric.
I used vases and dishes from previous parties. I also covered the water bottles with scrap book paper that I have had for years.
All of the plates/flat wear/napkins/rest of the decor came from the dollar tree. It cost me a total of $16.
My awesome sister in-law made the cake. While the food cost me about $18. Inside the favor boxes were bubbles and water balloons that bought with the decor from the dollar tree. Also, each box had a flower/butterfly cookie cutter (I hateeee candy goodie bags). The cookie cutters cost $8 in total.
I pulled it off! I threw a party for $49! Also, it is not pictured but for her birthday (which is tomorrow) I bought her an American Girl Bitty Baby crib. This crib was in perfect condition and I bought it for a DOLLAR at a yard sale. So for Petunia's birthday we spent a total of $50. I am pretty proud of myself!
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The little people love crafts. Yesterday we made foot print reindeer, that I originally saw on Pinterest.
Ballerina very excited to start.
Lady Petunia and the pipe cleaners... you can guess what happened next.
Pipe cleaners EVERYWHERE!
This may be my favorite picture of them ever.
Clearly we spent a lot of time playing with the pipe cleaners. In that cup Lady P had all of the googly eyes.
This is while we were waiting for our foot prints to dry. They both liked their feet being painted. Ballerina LOVED painting my foot.
Ballerina was very upset that her reindeer looked like a boy. She insisted that it needed eye lashes. Clearly, we have seen Rudolf a few times.
A happy little reindeer.
Adding to her reindeer.
Ballerina painted my reindeer's nose on. Apparently he has a bloody nose.