Saturday, August 02, 2014

Elijah's Birthday (on a Budget)

So--first birthday as a single mom=birthday on a budget.  We had a simple home party and here is what we did.
 
Pokemon theme--
There is absolutely nothing Pokemon since noone has had a pokemon party since the 90's (or so it seems).  Thanks Netflix for those cartoons :)  So I didn't have to worry with plates/napkins etc. in the theme. 
 
Here is the breakdown:
 
The invites--I made a file in Paint.net and printed off 4x6 pics for .07/each at the Walgreens.  Total cost for invites was under $1
 
Decorations:
Streamers (red, black and yellow)-$2
Light up Balloons-4th of July Clearance-$1
Red Tablecloth and polka dot table cloth-$2
We reused plastic banners on the front of the house so those were free.
We printed out a banner with his name and some pokemon, which I guess has some cost associated with paper and ink but it is small as it was only about 15 sheets of paper.
Plastic utensils and plates and napkins-$3
 
Cake: I made it. 
$2 for the cake and ingredients for icing etc.
$6 for the fondant from Hobby Lobby with my coupon
We had the little plastic figures
$.75 for the cake board

 
Food:
We popped popcorn-.$25 with our air popper
Chips-$1
Watermelon-$2.99 (thanks Aldi!)
Rice Krispies-$3
Chick-fil-A tray-FREE with a coupon
Punch-$2



 
Goodie "bags"
Weren't really goody bags--just pencils and coloring sheet.  Thanks to back to school sales I got the pencils for $.80 including tax so the cost for this was only $5.60 (including pencils for my own kids)

 
Games:
Pokeball Scavenger hunt-$1.87 "practice" golf balls spray painted with leftover paint from another project
Dart gun target practice: Free (borrowed nerf guns from grampy and painted a toilet paper box)

 
Grand Total $35!!
 
Awesome time!
My boy was thrilled!
 
 

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