Monday, May 8, 2017

Inexpensive Party Ideas For The Budget Conscious Parent

Birthday parties do not have to cost you an arm or a leg in order for them to be fun. Here are some ideas for celebrating your child’s special day on a budget.

The summertime is an awesome time to throw a party as there are countless inexpensive or even free venues! If you live near a beach or lake either would make for a really cool place to have a party as long as the invitees could swim, or better yet hire a lifeguard for you party to ease any worries. Pack the cooler with cold drinks and frozen treats to keep cool. Scavenger hunts or even having sand castle building contest make for fun activities. Buy a bunch of cheap beach balls and beach toys for hours of entertainment. Not only are beach parties free but can be a super relaxing way to entertain a group of energetic kids.

If your child's party is in the winter it makes for a little more difficult to take advantage of the free outdoor venues but it can still be done! If you live where there is snow you can find and hill and do sledding and have hot chocolate after. One year we did my son's birthday on the local train and we did our own "Polar Express". I bought chocolate milks and cookies and we read the book on the way to the stop and back, it was really inexpensive. Santa even got on at the last stop!

Sleep over parties are a really low cost way to celebrate your child's special day.  Heehee, it may be free but might cost you a few hours of sleep! You can make it a movie night and can rent a movie and make popcorn or make it a spa night and paint nails and do facials.For extra activities play board games or something interactive like charades. If your child enjoys camping you can put up some tents in the backyard and "pretend" you are camping, smores and all. Donuts or pancakes make for a perfect breakfast for your sleepover guests!

Another birthday party idea that is super fun and inexpensive is a cupcake decorating party where they can decorate their own cupcakes. Buy a bunch of cheap ready-made icing from the store and a variety of candies, some stores will also sell plain cupcakes with no icing. This is great fun as the kids are able to choose from different color icings and toppings. They can take their decorated cupcake home with them so it can double as a favor!

Finally, there is movie night at your local recreation center, or even a pool party if you have a pool. If you have a park nearby, they always make for a great place for a picnic type party which is always low cost and fun! I had my daughter's 8th party at a local park during the summer that had this awesome hill so we bought along a huge sheet of plastic that is got from the local hardware store and added some soap and water and had the most fabulous (and cheap) slip and slide! Add some water guns and water balloons and the kids will have a blast!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Super Mario Party styled by PartyMePlease

I was asked to style a Super Mario party for a friend and it was so fun! There are so many cute things you can do with this theme. The brighter the colors the better! Reds, Yellows and Blues make this party. I purchased the cloud background from the local craft store and used boxes with yellow card stock and "?" on them to create a 3D effect. I also added some green pipes to the clouds with green card stock. For the pipes on the table I spray painted plain white PVC pipes green.

Custom banner made with primary colors and matching papers (tutorial on my blog).

The centerpieces were styrofoam balls painted half red and the other half left white and added sticky foam for the mouth.

Fireball candies as "Fire Power"

I used plain red baseball caps and added the "M" with felt, so easy and looked great!

They played pin the mustache on Mario.

For the activity I hid things around the yard and they had to check them off as the found them.

A cute water label created "Ice Flower" water.

I put these on each place setting filled with chocolate coins, they loved this!

Monday, February 27, 2017

10 AWESOME Slime Recipes

Looking for a fun party activity for Tweens/Teens? Slime making is it! It's the fad! Here are 10 awesome slime recipes from Pinterest. 

1. Unicorn poop slime recipe (from 

5oz of white school glue 
½ tsp borax 
1 cup plus 1 tbsp warm water Food coloring (pink, blue, green & yellow) 
Cups and craft sticks for mixing 

1.Pour glue into a cup, add the tbsp. of water and food coloring and mix well with the craft stick.
2.Add borax to the remaining cup of water and mix until borax is completely dissolved
3.Pour the borax water into the glue mixture and stir, stir, stir. Mixture will start to immediately thicken.
4.Keep stirring until its too thick to stir with the stick.
5.When slime becomes too thick to stir, remove it from the water and start kneading with your hands until no longer sticky.
6.Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
7.Repeat 3 more times to make each of the colors. Braid colors together when finished

2. Gold slime (from

5 oz. bottle of Elmer’s Clear School Glue
2 TB Colorations Gold Liquid Watercolor
1/2 cup (4 oz. or 8 TB) of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch

1. Place all of the clear glue into a bowl or cup.
2. Add the gold watercolor to the glue. Be sure to stir it in completely before the next step.
3. Shake the liquid starch bottle to make sure nothing’s settled to the bottom.
4. Pour HALF (about 1/4 cup) of the liquid starch into the glue, then stir very well.
5. Add half of the remaining liquid starch (about 1/8 cup) to the mixture and stir well.
6. Add the remaining liquid starch and keep on mixing.
7. Knead the mixture using hands. It will feel like thick pudding at first. As kneading progresses, it will transform! After kneading for a minute, check the stickiness and stretchiness of the slime.  Knead for another minute if necessary, but don’t over-knead.
8. If need be, add another tablespoon of liquid starch to the slime and knead for another minute or two.

3. Galaxy slime (from Twodaloo)

1 bottle of Elmer’s Clear School Glue (5 oz)
1/2-3/4 cup Sta-Flo Liquid Starch (I found mine at Walmart)
Liquid watercolors (several squirts until you get the desired color)
Fine glitter in a variety of colors

1.You’ll want to put your glue into a bowl first. 

2.Then add your coloring (I used liquid watercolors but I’ve heard that food coloring works, too) and glitter and mix well. 

3.THEN you can start adding your starch, but just add it in small increments at a time, stirring well to mix after each one to incorporate your starch fully. 

4.After the first couple of additions you’ll need to use your hands to knead the starch in, just like you are making bread dough. Another thing- I know the common wisdom is equal parts starch and glue, but I never needed the entire amount of starch. When I did use the entire 3/4 cup of starch, the dough become more like a gak and wasn’t as stretchy as I wanted. So, just add a little at a time and do a “stretch test” after each increment is kneaded in. 

5.Once your slime is the consistency you prefer, STOP!

4. Bubblegum slime (from Growing Jeweled Rose)

I cup of white school glue (two standard size bottles)
3-8 oz of liquid starch (added slowly)
Bubble gum flavoring
Pink neon food coloring

1.In a bowl combine the glue with a few drops of the bubble gum flavoring and several drops of neon pink food coloring & mix well
2.SLOWLY add liquid starch in small amounts & mix well.  Slowly add more liquid starch and mix until the desired consistency is reached.  The amount of starch needed varies slightly each time we make slime, I think due to a variance in other ingredients.  For this particular slime I used 3 oz of liquid starch to 8 oz of glue, and that gave me the perfect consistency
3.Just be sure to add the starch SLOWLY in small increments and mix well in-between.  If the slime is at all sticky add a little more starch.  After a bit of mixing you will have the most glorious & FUN bubblegum slime

5.Glow in the dark slime (from

2 Elmer’s white glue bottles (4oz)3-4 tablespoons glow in the dark paintWaterNeon food coloring1 teaspoon borax1/2 cup warm water


1.Pour the white Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Fill the empty bottles with warm water, place the lids back on and shake the bottles (this will help remove any remaining glue inside the bottle and make it easy to measure your water). Pour the watery glue into the bowl and mix with a spoon.
2.At this point you want to add food coloring to your glue (I used a neon green from McCormick).
3.Stir in the glow in the dark paint into your glue mixture.
4.In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of Borax (the warm water will help dissolve the borax).
5.Mix the borax water and glue mixture together with a spoon, but but don’t be afraid to use your hands to fully mix the two together.
The special ingredient that makes the glue turn into slime is the borax. Play around with the amount to get the perfect consistency, if you prefer a runny slime use less borax. Also, when you first began mixing the glue and borax water the slime will be VERY runny and a weird texture, don’t freak out! The more you play with it the better the consistency will turn out.

6. Dr. Seuss slime (from

    White Slime: 1/2 Cup White Elmer’s Glue, 1/2 Cup Water, 1/4-1/2 Cup Liquid Starch.
      Red Slime: 1/2 Cup Clear Elmer’s Glue, 1/2 Cup Water, 1/2 Cup Liquid Starch, red Food coloring.
      1.To make the slime mix the glue and water together in a small bowl. 
      2.Mix well. 
      3.If your making the red you will add about 8 drops or so of red food coloring to the clear glue solution. 
      4.Next slowly add in the liquid starch a little bit at a time. You’ll stir as you add the starch in the glue. 
      5.Add the starch until you get a big slime ball. 
      6.Now transfer the slime to a clean bowl and knead the slime for a couple of minutes until it’s no longer sticky. 
                                      The more you play with the slime the better it will set up.

      7. Floam slime (from

      Liquid starch
      Elmer’s clear glue (or white glue)
      Food coloring
      Polystyrene balls – from the Christmas crafts section at Hobby Lobby

      1.Pour 1/2 cup of glue into a bowl.  Add some food coloring and stir.
      2.Pour in 1/2 cup liquid starch.  Mix well and then squish the mixture with your hands.  It will go through a stringy/sticky phase.  Once it starts becoming a blob, it helps to rinse the whole mess under running water for a couple seconds.  If it’s still sticky, try adding more starch.  Just dip the blob in some starch and then work it in.
      3.You can add whatevever amount of styrofoam balls that you like.  

      8. Magnetic slime (from growing a jeweled rose)

      1 bottle of school glue
      3 tbsp of magnetic powder
      Up to 4 oz of liquid starch
      Neodymium magnets

      1.Combine the glue and the magnetic powder in a bowl, and stir until well mixed
      2.Once combined slowly add small amounts of liquid starch to the bowl and mix well.  Continue to slowly add the starch & mix until the desired consistency is reached. For most slime recipes we use equal parts of glue and starch, but for this particular recipe we needed more glue than starch, so I definitely recommend adding the starch SLOWLY.  We used roughly 2 ounces of starch in total, and that gave us the perfect consistency
      3.Once you have the consistency down remove the slime from the bowl and knead it with your hands.  After a bit of kneading the slime will be ready for play. 

      9.Star confetti slime (from Little bins for little hands)

      Elmer’s Washable Clear Glue
      Liquid Starch
      Measuring Cup
      2 bowls and a spoon
      Star confetti

      1.In one bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue {really mix to combine completely}.
      2.Pour glue into water.
      3.Stir the glue and water together well!
      4.Now’s the time to add color, glitter, or confetti! Remember when you add color to white glue, the color will be lighter. Use clear glue for jewel toned colors
      5.Pour in 1/2 cup of liquid starch. You will see the slime immediately start to form. You won’t be able to use a spoon for very long.

      10. Fluffy puffy slime (from sensory theraplay box blog)

      (1)  4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s white glue
      1/2 cup shaving cream
      1/2 cup of foaming hand soap 
      1 tablespoon of baby powder
      Food coloring (you will need a few drops)
      Hand lotion (optional, but makes your slime much stretchier)
      1 tsp. of Borax
      1 cup hot water
      1 large bowl for mixing
      1 smaller bowel for the borax solution

      1.Start off by making your borax solution. Combine 1 tsp borax with 1 cup hot water and mix until the borax is thoroughly dissolved. Set aside for later.
      2.Squeeze the entire bottle of glue into your large bowl. Add the shaving cream, foaming hand soap and mix until well blended.
      3.Once your mixture has no lumps and is a thick and fluffy consistency, add in a heaping tablespoon of baby powder. You can leave the baby powder out of the recipe, but this will result in thinner slime that doesn’t hold it’s shape as well.
      4.Mix well
      5.Add a few pumps of hand lotion to your slime mixture (this helps the slime be stretchy)
      6.Add in food coloring (about 4-5 drops) and mix well. We  made two different colored slimes and used red & yellow food coloring (separately, in 2 different bowls) to get both a nice yellow and pink pastel color. You can use any color you want!
      7.Add your “slime activator” (borax + hot water). Add 3 teaspoons of the borax mixture to your slime and stir. Keep mixing and adding your borax mixture in intervals of 3 teaspoons. Be careful not to add too much or else your slime will harden and break apart too easily.
      8.Mix well and knead.
      9.Rub more hand lotion into it if you want a stretchier slime- don’t be afraid to be generous with the amount of lotion you use!

      Wednesday, February 22, 2017

      Snapchat themed party from Time2Partay

      If you are like me and have a tween or teen in the house this Snapchat party from hit the nail on the head! This party looks so fun, love all the details down to the letters of her name created with photos! Love the emoji cupcakes, so awesome. My daughter would love this party! I can see her and her friends having a blast with the photo booth.

      Check out these fabulous pictures from, taken by Time2Partay.

      Monday, January 30, 2017

      Beauty and The Beast Party

      I recently heard of this company called My Princess Party to Go ( and I absolutely LOVE their Beauty and the Beast party package just in time for the new movie coming out in March! What is even better is that you can purchase this party on their website! Here are some pictures to show how darling it is...


      To purchase this party go to their website Here are the details of their Beauty & the Beast Package:

      Beauty and the Beast Tutu Party to Go Box for 6 Includes:
      6 Yellow Classic Tutus with Red Rose Trim
      (ONE SIZE FITS ALL  AGES 2-9.  Approx 11" length. Full elastic waist stretches to 30") 
      6 Gold Sparkle Tiaras
      6 Royal Gold Magical Wands
      6 Tutu Gift Tags
      6 Gold Glitter Tiara Crafts ( jewels included)
      6 Gold Necklaces
      1 Beauty and the Beast Trivia Game
      1 Feather Boa for Limboa Game
      Crown & Coins for Game
      ​Party Games and Activities Brochure
      * Only the above listed items are included in the Party Box. For the Party Photo shoot They try to include as many decorations and food ideas as possible, to help you create your own special Party.
      They purchased the beautiful Party Character Decorations: Belle, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip from the Etsy Shop ALoftyCraft 
      They purchased the Glass Cupcake Domes from Marshall's Home Goods

      Friday, January 27, 2017

      I was searching for Puppy Party ideas and came across this adorable Puppy Party by The Party Studio Events!

      For this Puppy theme party, The Party Studio went all out using fence and grass backdrops, a candy buffet as well as a memorabilia table. The main concept for the backdrop was to create the feeling that the Birthday Girl was in the backyard with her puppy, such a cute idea! The centerpiece was a dog house and with some small puppy stuffed toys, fence basket with grass balls and small felt cloud and a miniature street light. The detail is just adorable! They also used pastel colors and puppy paw prints to decorate around the party. The favors/souvenirs included paw prints, bones, and woof word plus the dog ear headbands for every kids. The desserts were puppy-inspired as well, there were dog house, puppies, bones and paw prints.

      Supplier List : Full Event Styling – The Party Studio
      Venue and Catering - Quezon City Sports Club
      Photographer - Cradles Host Magician - Alex Lagula
      Candy Buffet - The Party Studio
      Photo Credits : Official Photographer - 
                               Anne Naig of Cradles and Francisco Bonnie for The Party Studio