Party Decorations...On the Cheap!

Alright you all!  This is going to be my last rainbow tea party post.  (Are you doing a happy dance?  I am.  I'm partied out!)  The reason though that I decided to do this post though was when it hit me that we spent less than $5 on party decorations.  Like what?  When does that happen?  I didn't feel like we were skimping.  It just sort of happened that way.  What I realized though was that this party taught me a lot about how decorating can be inexpensive, and a lot of it comes down to that wonderful thing called tissue paper. 

1).  Use what you have.  I know this seems like a "duh" statement, but when I started to let got of the tea party "should" look like, things sort of just fell into place.  I realized that my regular dishes were rainbow colored, so instead of going and trying to collect china tea cups (I don't have any) we just decided to embrace the mismatched color scheme.  Suddenly everything I had "matched" the theme.  The more color, the better.  I used the butterfly placemats from Lu's bug party  and recycled a butterfly banner too.

2) Avoid "themed" plates" and napkins.  Barbie, Princess, etc.  cost more than just regular old colored paper plates from the dollar store.  Or better yet? Use regular plates and load them up into the dishwasher.

3)  The dollar store.  It's awesome ok?  I already had a few plastic tablecloths, so I bought a few more colors, draped them over a bookshelf and "tada" instant photo booth.  They'd be great for a backdrop for a buffet table too!

4)  Tissue paper-Tissue paper-tissue paper!  All the tissue paper decorations for the party were made using 1--that's right, one--tissue paper back from the dollar store.  That's a lot of bang for one buck! 

5)  Make your own flowers.  That's right.  It goes back to #4...but yeah, tissue paper flowers are cheaper than real flowers....and you can keep them after the party too.  Lu LOVED helping me make these.

Want to see how we made all the tissue paper decorations?  Keep reading below!


Homemade Sugar Cubes

These sugar cubes are so awesome!   A few of you may have seen me pin the original sugar cube tutorial here.  Can you say genius!  When Lu was 2 she helped me make gum paste flowers for a cake and she absolutely loved the process.  Heck, it was basically like playing with playdough!  She still talks about how much she loved making them.  When I saw these sugar cubes I knew that she would love to make them, but I feared that they would be so hard to make.  It turns out they are just sugar and water.  Amazing, huh? Lu loved making, decorating, and then using them to decorate her birthday cake.  They made the perfect addition for Lu's tea party too!

It turns out though that these guys were almost a disaster.  Ready to hear why and hear some hints about how to make them?


Felt Food: Easy Enough for a 5 Year Old to Make

I mentioned earlier that Lu's been super into felt food lately.   Well, making it, that is.   For her tea party she wanted to make some felt food for her friends.  We browsed Pinterest, and she fell in love with lots of them, especially these.

I thought that cinnamon rolls and cupcakes might be good for her to help with, and she loved helping me make them.  She helped a little with the donuts too, while I filled in the rest of the cookies. 

Does your child want to make some felt goodies?  Let me dissect these guys for you, so that you can make your own.


Rainbow Jello Recipe

This rainbow jello has been a birthday tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.  I remember begging my mom to make it for my birthday as a kid and I loved peeling off the layers one by one to eat. Each flavor actually consists of 2 different layers: a normal jello layer and a layer combined with yogurt. I've made it for a few of Lu's birthdays, including her most recent Tea Party birthday.  She loves it as much as I did as a kid!

I haven't the slightest idea where the recipe originally came from, or how how it's changed from wherever my mom found the recipe.  It's super easy though, despite the fact that it takes hours to actually make....(lots of down time waiting for each layer to solidify).  Totally worth it though, and it's not so bad if you just split it out during the day.

Ready to make your own rainbow jello?  Keep reading for the recipe along with some helpful tips.


Rainbow Tea Party Birthday Party

 I gave you all a sneak peak into our preparations a little over a week ago, so I'm excited to be able to share a few pictures from the latest birthday in our house, for a very excited and eager party planner of the just turned 5 variety. In reality this "party" was just a small get together with a few friends.  Our house is small and we can't handle too much of a crowd, so Lu just asked to have all of the girls from her playgroup (which she has been a part of since she was 18 months!) over for tea.  It was a fun morning which she (and the other girls I hope!) really enjoyed.

I'm planning a few more detailed posts about the party, as planning for this party has been a huge time sink lately...and I can't say I have much else to show you!  I'll link here as they go live.

But enough about that.  Let's look at all the party details!


"By the Sea" Bib Template

 We spent a lovely few days with family at the California coast a few weeks ago.  The weather was gray and misty, but it was charming none the less. 

If you've stopped by my pattern shop lately you might already have seen my ocean inspired project, but if not, let me introduce it to you. I designed this "by the sea" bib for my niece's first trip to the pacific ocean.  It has a smiling sun, lovely sail boat, and "waves" embroidery that I just love.  Are you smitten?  You can find all of the specifics about the template, the supplies you'll need, and more at my listing site on craftsy.

Happy summer crafting!


Party Sneak Peak...

It's that time of the year again....I think Lu was born a party planner.  Big projects going on at our house these days.  Can't wait to share it all with you....

Want to see Lu's previous birthday celebrations?  You can find her bug party here and her princess party here.


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