Before I had children I was a party planner. Sometimes I miss the creativity and excitement that goes along with throwing a good party. This means that when an opportunity comes along to plan a party, I throw myself into it heart and soul.
Karen Ray wanted an Earth Friendly theme for her birthday party this year...
|We cut an old cardboard box we had lying around from Christmas into postcard size pieces.|
We were not precise as we wanted them to look recycled.
|Then we printed a picture of a recycle symbol, cut it out and used it as a stencil.|
After I traced them onto the cardboard Karen Ray painted them.
|I hand wrote the information on the back.|
|We made our own letterbox in honor of Karen Ray's birthday, but you don't need to. There are so many great letterboxes available in towns all over the world! Follow this link to check it out.|
|We used moss and butterfly decorations to give them a nature theme. The frames were $1 each. The decorations were $8 total. I already had the paint and paint brushes in the house.|
|We kept them at our house to dry. That gave me time to print a picture of the girls from the party and put it inside. It also gave Karen Ray time to write her thank you notes and tape them to the back!|
Finally, the favors, I should tell you that I am not a fan of goody bags. In fact, you could say goody bags make me crazy. It is filled with candy and toys that will either end up in my trashcan when my kids aren't looking, or stepped on in the middle of the night because I didn't manage to throw them out in time. I try to come up with a fun party favor instead.
|Water bottles purchased at Marshall's for $3.99 each. I bought a couple of boxes of Propel packets and divided them amongst the bottles. Total cost per favor: $4.57, which is under the average cost of $5 for a goody bag!|
All right, let's break it down.
Invitations: $ 0
Letterboxing journals: $ 3
Cake: $22 (this includes the pan, cake mixes, frosting, etc)
Snacks/Paper goods: $17
Total Party Cost: $95
Showing your daughter that she lights your world on fire?