I have a friend from my “former life” as a reporter named Lesley and she was and still is a very talented writer. But she’s also a super talented “do-it-yourself’” interior decorator and I just found out that she’s a super crafty, creative birthday party planner.
I’ve been mulling over the idea of paying one of those expensive mall stores to host a princess tea birthday party for my soon-to-be 5-year-old, but dropping that kind of cash right now wouldn’t be wise, so I have been trying to figure out how to make this party special without breaking the bank. Then Lesley did for her nieces exactly what I want to do and she wrote about it, giving me the details and the courage I need to try to pull this off (I’m not the crafty, creative type)
Here’s Lesley’s post. Here are some of my favorite parts:
“We made tutus out of ribbon and 6-inch tulle. We used craft foam balls, dowel rods, ribbon and glitter to make magic wands. And we bought lots of costume jewelry – and foam crowns to decorate – so the kids could dress up.” – BRILLIANT!
“We knew the kids probably wouldn’t much like tea so we put store-bought cupcakes inside (the teacups).” – GREAT IDEA.
“We used vinyl table clothes bought for $3.50 each at Big Lots, clear plastic plates and polka dot pink napkins. The placemats were just pieces of 59-cent scrapbook paper.” – EVEN MORE BRILLIANT!
I am amazed and how easy she made this sound in her post and how easy she is making it sound in all her email answers to my questions. One thing I did ask her was how much she and her sister spent and they didn’t really keep track because they planned the event over a couple of months, grabbing up things here and there. I worried that I might have to spend more because I’m going to try to do this in a few weeks, but I started today and found a kit with 12 foam crowns on eBay for $13.99 (Lesley said she paid about $3 a piece for the ones she used), so I think I might be able to do this for a reasonable price despite my short time frame.
Thus, I’m going to “re-create” her event and keep track of the costs. I will share it in a post in late October. Now here are some more awesome pictures from Lesley’s party:
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