When I first started looking for inspiration for this party, I was disappointed that I couldn’t find many girlie takes on Curious George. Add that to my less-than-flexible party budget and February weather-woes and I was sort of stumped on how to pull this party off. With the help of some wonderful ladies and some unlikely party supply sources, Ada’s Curious George-themed ice cream social came together beautifully. Here’s an overview of the party details with some helpful tips on planning a richly detailed birthday party on the cheap! This week I’ll share more tips and tutorials and will be introducing the many wonderful women who helped me pull it all together. And if you don’t already, like A LOVELY PLACE TO LAND on Facebook, where this week you’ll be able to take advantage of freebies and giveaways from my sponsors!
Believe it or not, I’d rather shop Goodwill for party supplies than the party supply stores. The key here is going in with an open mind. Early in my party-planning, I take a trip to Goodwill and just wander down the aisles. If your party’s theme focuses on a character from a book, browse the book bins for slightly damaged books that you can cut up and use for party decorations or check the household shelves for serving pieces that can be shaped up with a little paint. Here’s some of the thrifted party details from this party:
Sure, I love champagne and mint together but if you’re planning a birthday party on a tight budget, stick with primary colors. This may sound strange but the more basic your color scheme, the more likely you’ll be to find details on the cheap. In keeping with the Curious George theme, I used a lot of red and yellow which worked out perfectly for a February birthday because I got to take advantage of red leftovers from Christmas and yellow, early-Easter decorations!
When I’m planning a party, I try to choose materials that will give me a big impact without spending a lot of money. Some of my favorite go-to materials are pom-pom yarn, tissue paper and crepe paper. Of course, it takes some time to make the details but if you’re like me, you are more likely to have time than money!
When I was a kid, my grandparents saved everything from jelly jars to Clorox bottles to recycle into fun toys or useful household products. I’ve adopted that habit and always rely on recycled items for parties. Here’s a few of my favorites:
I’ve already sort of touched on this but it’s an important tip for throwing a budget-friendly party. If you have a vision for your party but don’t have the skills or money to pull something off, consider working out a trade agreement with someone who can help you. Use your talents and time as currency!
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Gluten-free Curious George cake designed by Sweet Escapes Cakes of Kentucky
Curious George sugar cookies designed by Cupcakes by Joanne
Ice cream containers, hand-stamped wooden spoons and cupcake toppers by Ella Jane Crafts
Pinwheels designed by Halo’s Haven
Curious George banner and labels by Printable Parties
Curious George bow by Geneva Diva
Curious George shirt by Sha-Bebe