From invitations to tablescape, this post includes close-up snapshots of a joint-birthday party we recently threw for our boys. Our theme? Mr. Potato Head!
I love creating hand-made invitations~
I found the Mr. Potato Head template here, and used 40% Off Michael's coupons to purchase the cards/envelopes, cardstock, and bowtie stickers. The googly eyes are from The Dollar Store
Our birthday parties are small family affairs, so this makes it completely doable for me to create the invitations~
I love layering and using various textures, materials, etc. and I usually have enough leftover supplies on hand to create coordinating thank-you notes to send after the party.
Making invitations that have a little depth to them usually requires a little extra postage, but because I don't send very many, it's no problem.
Inside the Invitation:
The colorful polka-dot background is gift wrap purchased from the Target Dollar Spot. The cardstock inserts were printed using Microsoft Publisher, and the monogrammed stickers were found at a yard sale for $.25.
I covered the front with a coordinating piece of cardstock and tied the bundle with some colorful twine. The twine is from the Target Dollar Spot.
This all helped to protect the invitation during shipment.
This Mr. Potato Head Birthday was so much fun to put together!
My Favorite Tablescape Tip:
Leading up to our celebrations, I will save boxes (usually various boxes from bulk-packaged items we have purchased at Sam's Club), and wrap them in festive gift wrap. I typically find my best gift wrap at Home Goods. These boxes provide a super cute display space that also gives a little height to the table!
My Mr. Potato Heads have come from yard sales, consignment sales, or free off of Craig's List!
I love Party City's plastic plate selection - fun colors and great quality every single time!
Party City also has a great selection of colorful candy!
Be sure to get your hands on one of their $5 off $25 coupons~
Serving bottled/canned drinks made it possible to go without cups!
Tricks like this can definitely help your party run smoothly.
*Whether using cups, bottles, or can, I like to offer guests a Sharpie marker so they can write their name on their drink.*
On the Menu:
We did a baked potato bar! I slow-baked potatoes in the oven for a couple hours leading up to the celebration. Just before it was time to eat, I set out a variety of toppings - butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, chili, etc. All super easy to prepare ahead of time, and our guests seemed to enjoy building their creations.
These fun little buckets are also from Party City - The cardboard label tags are from Target's Dollar Spot.
Caleb (along with his Granna) made the birthday cupcakes, and then all of the little ones in the family used our old-fashioned icecream maker to make homemade icecream. Allowing them to be involved in the process made it that much more fun for them! The fruit cups were also a fun, colorful option - I picked up lots of fruit and was able to quickly put these little gems together ahead of time and simply pull them out of the fridge when it was time to eat.
Hot Potato, anyone?
Following each birthday party, I breathe for five minutes, and then I begin mentally planning that child's next celebration. Throughout the year, I keep an eye out for items that will coordinate with the theme/style that I have in mind. As I'm browsing my favorite stores, bargain hunting, etc. I come across items that I love, and by the time the big day rolls around, I have gathered everything I need to throw the party that I've created in my mind. No rushing around at the last minute. No settling for cheap junk. No overspending. I try to approach holidays, special celebrations, vacations, etc. this way - giving myself more than enough time to carefully plan and execute.