We have T-15 days until Knox’s birthday party. Yikes! How did that happen so quickly?? It’s down to crunch time, and I am in crazy-party-planning mode. I’ve been slowly collecting things for the past month or so, but now, I am having to hurry up and get everything taken care of. I have mentioned that this is all happening on a budget, and I have been hoarding my “allowance” to use on this party.
With our Dave Ramsey budget, Trevor and I each get cash as our spending money from each paycheck. This keeps us from going overboard on spending and keeps us out of debt since we use cash. It’s slim pickins, too, y’all. We used to get $100 each, but we decided that was too much, so now we get $75 every two weeks to spend on frivolous purchases. If I didn’t have something to spend, I would lose my mind, but let me tell you- $75? It ain’t much when you are a recovering shopping addict. Anyway, thanks to my frugality, I now have a couple hundred saved up to use on the party “fluff”. I want it to be nice, but I knew I couldn’t go crazy, so I think that’s a good amount. We’re using our bank account for the party necessities (read: food and a few presents), but I figure it’s not necessary to buy cupcake toppers or animal figurines, so I’ll take care of that with my fun money to be more budget-minded.
With the “Great Outdoors” theme, I decided to go with a more rustic food menu. We’ll have grilled hot dogs, homemade chili, warm potato salad (no mayo involved because I HATE MAYO! This stuff has bacon, instead. It’s a worthy trade), baked beans and a s’mores station. I am most excited about the s’mores station because 1) they are yummy and 2) it will pull people outside because my house is way too small for all the people that will be there. Since it’s cold out, I knew I wanted to use our fire pit, and I figured that s’mores will lure people out there despite the coolness.
This menu will be filling (since the party is at 1) but is also budget-friendly. For drinks, we’ll probably have lemonade, and I am splurging on some glass bottled cokes because I have the best idea ever for some bottle labels. You’ll have to wait to see what I’m planning on, but I will tell you this: it’s cheesy and awesome.
Instead of cake, I’m doing cupcakes. Even Knox’s smash cake is going to be a massive cake-sized cupcake from a cupcake bakery downtown (only $18… way cheaper than most “professional” cakes). I thought about making one, but then I have to buy one of those big cupcake pans, and it would end up being cheaper just to buy it. I’m making the other cupcakes myself to save on money and so I can decorate them! I found the cutest cupcake idea ever at The Party Dress for campfire cupcakes, so I’m doing those. I may throw in some toadstool cupcakes, too, for good measure.
As far as decor goes, I’ve been hitting up TJ Maxx, World Market, etc. and getting some cute decorative items for the table, etc. Let me tell you, it is a very good thing that “woodland” was such a hot theme for Christmas this year, because I picked up a bunch of stuff on the cheap at after-Christmas or pre-Christmas sales. The theme is also a good one for easy decor because I will be using nature items on the table, too.
I’ll be making Knox’s banner myself, thanks to some cute scrapbooking paper, kraft paper, a hole punch and ribbon. If I find some time to actually do it!
I would also like to take this moment to say that I LOVE BLOGS. I think we all know this, but seriously, party blogs? Are awesome. I have gotten so many ridiculously adorable ideas from them that I have an abundance of them to chose from. Some of my favorites have been the aforementioned The Party Dress, Party Like a Kid (by Jill who also writes one of my fave baby blogs, Baby Rabies) and Hostess with the Mostess. So if you’re planning a party, check those out!
I will try to do another party update with some more pictures before January 15th arrives!