Designer Birthday Parties on a Budget

by Natasha Flores 
photography by Lizvette Wreath Photography www.lizvette.com

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

As moms, we celebrate every milestone in our children’s lives. For me, birthdays are the mega-milestones. With the help of Pinterest and my passion for event design, I look forward every year to my daughter Sophia’s next birthday.

How do you achieve the “designer look” without breaking the bank? Simple! Some crafty skills and a lot of imagination are all you need! Let’s start by saying I achieved all this by staying under my budget of $150. Yes, it is possible. Just start by taking a look around your house and finding things that can be used in your chosen theme.

If you have a toddler, I’m sure you know about Disney’s newest princess, Sofia the First. Let’s just say my daughter is slightly obsessed with Sofia. So it was a no-brainer for me to choose this as the theme for my daughter Sophia’s third birthday party.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

When designing a party, the key to achieving the “designer look” is to concentrate, not on the chosen character, but on the elements that make the character. For example, with this “Sofia the First” inspired birthday I wanted to focus on the colors of the character, which in this case is purple, the color of her dress. I used different tones of purple and added textures and patterns that would make the overall “designer” look.

I also decided on three key elements that helped keep me focused while decorating:

•  Cake table
•  Crafty, fun table
•  DIY elements

Click here to see the entire article! Below is a  list of the details for how each of these elements came together for a spectacular and fun birthday party!

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Cake Table

Lace tablecloth creates a vintage feel and ties all elements together. Lace vinyl tablecloth from Ross, $6.99.

Tissue pom-poms bring the focus to the cake table by adding height and dimension. Pendant banner is made of scrapbook paper, and the top is outlined with lace ribbon to soften the look. Pom-poms, 3-pack from Hobby Lobby, $3.99. Scrapbook paper, 10 sheets, $0.59 cents each.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Centerpieces are large Mason jars, with four small doilies glued on, to add a shabby chic feel and wrapped around lavender bakers twine to complete the look. Artificial purple hydrangeas complete the look. Mason jars (already owned because I use them for everything around the house). Baker’s twine from eBay, $9.99 a spool. Doilies from Etsy, $5.00 (20 pack). Flowers from Dollar Tree, $1 each bouquet.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

For the favor bags, I chose bold purple rugby stripes to add a pop to the table. Favor bags from thetomkatstudio.com, $3.99 for 12pk. Large glitter stickers from Michael’s markdown section, $1.99 for 25pk.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Rice Krispies glazed with cookie frosting to tie in the color scheme. Family-pack Rice Krispies from Sam’s Club, $10.99. Frosting, $3.99.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

French square plastic bottles and striped straws were a fun way for the kids to drink their juice, both from thetomkatstudio.com. Bottles, 6 for $11.99. Straws, 24 for $4.50.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Custom Sofia the First cupcake toppers added the personalized touch every birthday should have with child’s name and age. Toppers from Etsy, 12 for $5.99. Baking cups from thetomkatstudio.com, 25 for $8.99.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Cake is from my friends at cupcakehearts.net. Ruffles add a girly feel. Ombre effect adds a modern touch, and you cannot have a princess birthday without a fondant crown topper!

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Crafty, Fun Table

Lets not forget the “fun” element of a birthday – it is in fact the most important as it allows all guests to interact and enjoy each other. I’m all about crafty things, and trust me, kids love them too!

Create a craft table just for kids. This will concentrate all energy and excitement to one designated area. I had crayons and markers in several bins along the table. If you are planning any Disney-themed birthdays, make sure to check out the Disney Jr. website as they have many free printables for them to color.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

I also purchased princess and pirate masks. The kids had so much fun coloring them in. Masks are from Dollar Tree, $1.00 each (bought 17).

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

Also, no princess party is complete without a fairy godmother. She read them stories and interacted with all the princesses. Godmother was my beautiful cousin Paulina, and books were Sophia’s favorite bedtime stories.

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

 

photo courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

photos courtesy Lizvette Wreath Photography (www.lizvette.com)

DIY Element

To add to the element of DIY, Sophia’s Grandpa created this awesome castle made out of boxes from our local storage place. He topped it with banners made from scrapbook paper and foam letters spelling her name. The little ones sure enjoyed this spot! Boxes, $14. Letters from Wal-Mart, 69 cents each. Purple spray paint, $3.99 (used 2 cans). Banners (left over scrapbook paper), free.

 

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