My baby girl turned two this weekend and we had a Blues Clues inspired birthday party. (Or boos poos in Ryley talk). I decided a few months ago that I wasnt going to spend a ton of money on the party. Not that I didnt want Ryley to have an amazing party, we just couldnt afford a huge shindig. So I budgeted $50.
Yes $50. To be spent on…
1. Birthday outfit
2. Cake and cookies
4. Treat bags
Did I stay on budget? Well, kinda. I went over my $50 limit but was excited that I kept our spending under lock down. I could have easily spent hundreds of dollars on things that she wont ever remember but were super cute and would have fit the theme. Instead I accepted the challenge (I said this is my Barney Stinson voice.. ‘Challenge accepted!’) and went for homemade goodies. How much did I actually spend? Heres the breakdown..
Shirt – $1.50 at Target
Paint – $1.25 at Michaels
Tulle – $5 at Hobby Lobby
Bow – $8 on various ribbon from HL
(I had the tulle and ribbon already but included them in the cost anyways)
Cake and cookies:
Two cake mixes – $3 at HEB
Icing – $1.50 at HEB
Cookie mixes – $2.50 at HEB
Free – I had planned on invites but used the good ole word of mouth and text message invite. Super classy, I know.
Bags – $5 for 12 at Joanns
Scrapbook paper – had already
Grandma filled the bags with goodies. Score!
Cake boxes – $5 for 12 at Joanns
Stickers – already had
Sprinkles – already had
Decorative icing – $3 at HEB
Canvas – $9 at Joanns
Paint – $7 at Joanns
Brushes – $5 at Toys R Us
Grand Total – $59.75
Not bad huh?! I was happy with the total. And my baby girl had a blast. Which is all that really matters! I still cant believe shes two. I think Im going to be in denial every year about her growing up. It just goes so. fast. sigh. One day Ill get over it.. not this year though!
Later in the week Ill share how I made Ryley’s birthday outfit. Simple, cute and most importantly.. inexpensive!
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So cute! Great ideas! Looks like it was a wonderful party 🙂
How cute! That tulle skirt is adorable!
Happy Birthday to your cutie!
how fun…everything looks wonderful!!
Yay! happy Birthday little girl. I'm also a fan of the low-key low-cost birthdays, except we always add champagne for grown ups:)
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Happy Birthday! Everything turned out so cute! Evite is also a good free way for invites. Plus they have a lot of different themes. That's what I did last birthday since I waited too long to mail ones out. Also, save up those 40% off coupons to hobby lobby and JoAnns. You can sign up to get them in your e-mail. Glad she had a good birthday!
I love love love SUPER LOVE!! FRIEND! This is a CUTE party! That “paw” cake is so clever. Did you think of that?? I love it. And, Ryley?? OMG. Can I just squeeze that sweet face?? Please??
I'm so glad she had a fun 2nd birthday!!
PERMANENT POSIES says
I love your cake idea! My kids were Panthers in high school. 🙂 My daughter told me how cute your blog is, so I hopped on by to see. My daughter is http://www.52mantels.com.
Happy Birthday to Ryley! Looks like an awesome party!
dangerous driving says
Pie crust wouldn't work very well for pigs in a blanket, the crust would become to hard around the “pigs” and would crumble off when you eat it. Try a biscuit recipe instead.
Happy Birthday!! She is so cute!! That is an awesome budget for a party. Nice job!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
I'm featuring this later today!! Thanks so much for linking up! 🙂
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Hey many happy returns of the day for this sweet little baby doll….these homemade food items are really good and very in line with the budget involved….Lovely photos!!