Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birthday on a budget!

Welcome to the birthday party planning center! Chase's birthday party is about 7 weeks away!

If you know me, you know I'm not one to be on a budget. My father calls me the Nordstrom Princess. I started out this party asking everyone on etsy to design a custom invite and shirt for my precious angel's first birthday. Then, I called my dad and asked him if he thought Hubs would go for $30-40 for custom invites. He said, "uh have you met your husband? The kid is turning one."

We decided on the theme for Chase's birthday a few months ago. I know, I'm crazy. I can't remember why I went to the dollar tree the first time but you bet your butt I was excited to see sports themed birthday invitations!!! P.S. Chase will from now on only have dollar tree themed parties or a sports bday every year.

When I was getting ready today and thinking of blog posts I realized that so far everything I have bought for the party has been from the dollar tree or on sale or clearance! Then I started thinking I could keep track of everything I buy for the party and see how cheap I can do it for! Of course I can blog about it and help out other moms plan parties for cheap!

So, if you couldn't tell from the picture Chase's theme is sports (balls, the kid loves balls and bats) with an emphasis towards baseball and (look away Uncle Chris and other nor cal readers) the Dodgers.

So, so far I have purchased his invites (I bought three 10 packs and need to get another. Yes, I know it's not a wedding. We have big families!), happy bday banner, and popcorn thing at the dollar tree. I got the other sport banner on clearance at target. The adorable shirt was on sale at gymboree.

(3) 10 packs of invites $3
1 happy bday banner $1
1 popcorn thing $1
1 allstar fabric banner $2.78
1 batter up t shirt $10.99
total $18.77

I need to buy another pack of invites, the favors, a bib, a hat, food, etc. Do you think I can do it for under $100?


  1. I cant believe he is almost one!

  2. That is great! Birthday parties can get so expensive. You have done well finding cute stuff that is inexpensive. His party will be cute :)

  3. I love planning birthday parties but can't even imagine the cost of a "little kid" bday. I guess I better take lessons from you because my husband? cheapest man alive.

  4. Can't wait to see what you come up with...I'm sure it will come out amazing.

  5. Good job budgeting!! I should take notes :)

  6. So impressed!! I need to remember this!! Love your blog. Newest reader! :)

  7. Dang... you did well!! :)

    I didn't know you were in the Sac area - I will do a shout out to those in our area next time we do a meet up... I didn't plan this one, I just went along with it!

  8. Good job!! I love finding great deals!

  9. You did great! Can't wait to see pics from the party!

  10. Wow! That's super cheap so far! That's great though!! You'll have to let us know how cheap you end up doing it for!