I pretty much made all her decorations and tried to make and do things that could be reused. The only think I ended up not reusing (but recycling) were the streamers. I was going to make some out of fabric or something, but time was not on my side. Plus, it doesn't really feel like a party without streamers.
I also made most of the food, where I could. It was all "real food" that was local or organic with the exception of the meat (but it was the non-junky kind) and the cake mix for the dip (but it was so tasty I'll look the other way on this one)
Also, I'm pretty excited to say I stayed within budget, even before I returned some extra things that we didn't end up using at the party!
I could very well make like 10 more posts on the details of the decorations, so I'll try to keep it brief in this post. There isn't a picture of it here, but I used empty boxes and covered them in pretty wrapping paper to create levels for the food dishes on the table, I thought I was pretty slick with that idea.
Here is a sampling of the party decorations and of the birthday girl!
|Amazing cake dip recipe I got off Pinterest.|
I didn't want to overwhelm with too much red so I used a black tablecloth with red dots as an accent.
|Homemade plain hummus and roasted red pepper hummus.|
|The bunting I made with the Pin the Dot on the Ladybug game I made, in the background.|
|Aria let us try the cake first.|
|Then she went right for the ladybug and chowed down.|
|We created a cake monster.|
|When I took the tray away, she got upset and started to shovel it in with both hands.|
|Keeping some cake reserves for later in her hand.|
|All cleaned up! (notice my earrings from my previous post?)|