I promised a recap of my daughter's birthday party, so here it is!
As I blogged before, I was trying to keep this party as inexpensive as possible. Here are some pictures of the party and some notes of things I did to keep costs down.
This was the main table - I made the banner at Scrapbooks Etc. in Mesa at Lindsey & University. The supplies cost me 1.67. The framed photos were pretty inexpensive too. I had a friend take the pictures and give me the CD (which was so nice of her, by the way). I had 5 of the prints enlarged at Costco which cost me 3.33. I already had the frames, so no out of pocket cost there.
The cake and cupcakes were made by my cousin who is in college and is super talented - obviously! She does wedding cakes too! I was so excited to see what she came up with and she honestly went above & beyond. It was all so tasty and so beautiful! Thanks Britt!
And here is the Candy Buffet for guests to take home a bag of sweet treats...
This candy would have been super expensive had it not been for last week's Fry's mega sale and competitor coupons. The retail cost of all the candy was 13.29, but after all the coupons and discounts, I paid under a dollar for my entire transaction. So, I am calling this candy free. I had 2 of the glass jars and the plastic bags, and borrowed a third jar. So no out of pocket for the candy buffet either.
The expensive part was the pizza. I knew it would be, so no shocker there. Luckily, my mother in law had some coupons we could use and we ended up paying $50 for 6 large pizzas. This may not sound like a great deal, but for this local pizzeria (which is a family favorite) that is super cheap. One large pizza there usually runs about $20. So, although it was a big expense, I am super happy with the deal we ended up with. Other things on the menu included: green salad and dressing (all free from my stockpile), fruit salad (donated by my mother in law), and soda (6 free 2 liter bottles from my stockpile).
So, everything combined, Maddie's second birthday party cost exactly $55. Not bad for feeding an entire houseful of family. We had lots of fun and I got to include everything on a budget.
What have you done to keep costs down for your kids' birthday parties?