I couldn’t think of what to do for an inexpensive but creative centerpiece for my sister-in-laws Fiesta Baby Shower. I remembered seeing these big letters at Hobby Lobby and it hit me: cactus letters! Admittedly, cacti are getting overdone and letters are way overdone but, every now and then, I like a few trends too much not to use them because they are just too cute for their own good.
It’s simple to do these and really cheap! Take any letter, or shape for that matter, from the paper craft section of the store. I’m not sure what you call this material…it’s like a thin cardboard. Help me out, people?
Paint your shape with any craft paint, cut toothpicks in half with scissors, add a dab of hot glue and place each toothpick half pointy side up in each glue dot and get er’ done! Lastly, attach any fake desert looking flower to the top of your piece like a good old real-deal cactus. It’s that simple! You’ll notice I pointed the “cactus needles” in sightly different directions for a real-life look. It looks weird for them all to be stuck straight up and down.
You can do whole words, colored toothpicks, different colored letters, ANYTHING! If you have a cactus themed room in your child’s room, you better do this right away! I know I made this but….I think it’s adorable all while being on trend and not too cute-sy. What do you think?
Hey, girl, hayyyyyyy! Check out this Fiesta Baby Shower for my sis-in-law this weekend! Fiesta is a theme you have heard of but, not as common for a baby shower. I love the bright colors and, obviously, the food. The colorful theme is perfect for anyone who is hosting for someone who is having a rainbow baby (a baby after the loss of a baby).
I love all of these details and I put a source list for you at the end so you can see where I got everything. Ole, y’all!
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Nacho bar, fruit, and churros for dessert! Small, simple menu that is on point with the theme. Who doesn’t like Mexican food?! Monsters, only I’m sure.
Believe it or not, that is 100 churros! 100 delicious foot long crispy, sugary goodness. No cake for this party, just churros alll the way. Make it more fabulous with ice cream and chocolate drizzle. Another bonus is that it only cost 50 bucks for 100 churros! This was in place of a cake/cupcakes and a decorated cake for 40 would have easily been 65 plus! It saved money and spiced up the old traditional shower cake theme.
Do you love this M I made? AHHHHHHH, I have a post just for this guy for tomorrow. I was thinking for a week about what I could use at the centerpiece and when I thought of making this, I knew it would cute, unique and affordable! AND this runner underneath, going across the food table? I could have bought a serape for the table for a range of prices depending on where I bought one from and it would’ve been cute, for sure. HOWEVER, how PERFECT does this tasseled rag rug under the centerpiece for a runner?!! AND guess what: 5 dollars from Five Below, a dollar store.
The kid’s table was ballin’ hard and out of control. Too bad kids actually sat there because it was super pretty.
Is there anything more fabulous than these Spanish canned goods as vases? NO. I used 2 sizes and you can see where to buy them on the source list. These are real canned goods….not decor jars/vases.
These guys are a given. You can buy them customized with words of your choice on Etsy. Add the baby’s name to the banner or get ones that have “baby shower” cut out of some panels with baby theme designs.
If you can’t find a napkin you want….you make it! I used waterproof ink so when the guests were wiping their faces, they wouldn’t be dragging pink all over the place.
I put these fans in the window above the kid’s table because nothing says cha cha cha quite like these colorful fans. Maybe.
Woo hooooo! When my now 3 year old asked for a french fry and ketchup party, I’m not sure who was more excited! Check yourself on this super fun, simple and mainly ALL DOLLAR STORE party. Below is all of the french fry and ketchup goodness you have ever hoped for!
Let’s start off with this entry way door with scrapbook paper splats I cut and a dollar store ketchup bottle. The bottles came 2 in a pack for 1 dollar so basically all of my dollars cheered for joy in my pocket. The BBQ products they had out this time of year sure came in handy!
Also, you can see through the doorway the island with the cute 3 dollar tablecloth from God’s country aka Target One Spot. I’m not sure that “One Spot” should be capitalized, but it feels like a legitimate place so technically, it’s a noun for me. The little red food baskets came 3 in a pack for one dollar from Mighty Dollar, which is a party secret weapon favorite. Never underestimate dollar stores for ANY party….even for the President, guys.
This french fry garland below is cut up pool noodle, glued on to burlap string from Hobby Lobby. I added ketchup splats to cover up the end pieces and the McDonald’s french fry boxes I literally swiped from some Happy Meals the day before not knowing how I would use them. Yellow dollar store pool noodle for the win!
Large inflatable french fries from Target One Spot years ago that someone held on to and sold on Amazon. Score-ville! In real life it was probably about 9 inches across by 12 inches tall of super fun.
Work it, party people! I saw ketchup favor tags on Etsy from thepapervioletshoppe. I had her customize the wording and then I cut out the bottles from the tags, taped toothpicks on the back and smack your granny: cupcake toppers. They say, “She’s growing up! KETCHUP Mendel’s 3rd Birthday.” And in case you didn’t know…Mendel rhymes with Kendall. It’s Hebrew, y’all.
Hallelujah, I found these french fry food sticks from a fun Etsy shop: Cranky Cakes Shop with lots of vintage and off beat party accessories. How perfect are these!!????!!!????
Look at these french fry boxes I used for party favor boxes!!! I bought them 3 years ago from Target One Spot with a dream that they would someday, somehow, fit into my future. Sooo glad I did! I put the birthday girl’s favorite candy bar inside with One Spot fast food theme favors: a 6 color click fast food printed jumbo pens, old school hot dog crayon where you take a color tip–push it through the bottom and the next color pops up, and hot dog and pizza flashlight necklaces. Secretly, I like playing with all of these things.
Here is my fireplace decorated with hanging ketchup bottles and the burlap and tissue garland I used for Mendel’s 1st birthday: Growing Like A Weed party. The oversized french fry carton is a 2 dollar trashcan I spray painted red and filled with cut mini yellow pool noodles. I attached a number 3 and all of my dreams came true. Tip: pool noodles cut super easy with a large serrated bread knife.
Sweet Potato fries (that didn’t quite make it)
Steak fries and ketchup
AND THE BEST….
Sugar cookie fries with Nutella dip
I took 2 rolls of sugar cookie dough, rolled it flat, baked it, and sliced it into fries with a serrated knife. SOOO cute, theme appropriate and fun! Who doesn’t like Nutella? If you don’t, we can’t talk to each other anymore. The baskets, checkered liners, and condiment cups all came from Mighty Dollar. Mighty Dollar is so stinkin’ mighty.
If you don’t like Nutella, you can at least make it up to me by fully loving and appreciating this shirt. It’s a kid’s shirt. With a ketchup bottle. At a ketchup french fry party. Seriously.
I get shirts like this and this one from my daughter’s Diaversary Party (type 1 diabetes diagnosis anniversary), from Zazzle. You can find, customize and create anything under the sun on this site. I’ve used them for shirts, to stickers, to business cards, to your mom.
I had a BLAST doing this party! I did the whole thing for 30 people for 125 dollars. It may have been less but I’m erring on the safe side. Pin, share and enjoy all of the her party pants goodness! Until next time, players….
So every year I have tried to have a party at the in-laws horse farm…it rains. I tried to have one there on my eldest’s daughter’s first birthday and then again on the 7th. Both parties were cold and rainy. I had some BIG plans for a unicorn party at a horse farm. All in all, it turned out cute either way. Plus, I felt a little like jumping a plane and heading out of the country with my original plans anyways so, all’s well that ends well!
When you see this cake…do your bones light up with magic? If I could take this cake to bed to look at it every night, I would. Believe it or not, this is not a hard cake to make! Okay, so the fondant horn and ears maybe, but you can buy these on Etsy and add it to a cake you did all the icing work for. Icing swirling a bag is easy peasy and then, it is just simple, simple rosettes. I believe in you!
Tall birthday candles for the win! Target…you are my hero. You always are…
Next up, face painting! Hire a friend or artsy college student like I did and it will be good money for them, but savings for you! I snagged and printed some unicorn and rainbow face paintings from Pinterest, printed them out and let the kids choose.
Now is where the big plans came in and got smaller real fast, y’all. BUT, it was still magical! I made this horn/flower headpiece and fitted it on our mini horse. The fact the HE, yep, a dude horse, is mini, made it even more magical. The fact that when they came to the barn, they didn’t know a “unicorn” would be there? Even better! Every guest took a picture with the birthday girl and the unicorn…boy…the unicorn boy.
The DIY unicorn horn I made below took only about 15 minutes. I didn’t follow any plans. I just went to Hobby Lobby and looked for anything horn-like. I settled on a Styrofoam cone that I shaved down with a bread knife. I wrapped it in 2 white felt sheets, added fake flowers to the bottom, and wrapped the finished horn in a skinny gold ribbon from the trim aisle. I added two sturdy wide cotton ribbon to the underside at 12 and 6 o’clock. Those straps were used to tie the horn to the bridle of the horse so that nothing was attached to the actual horse. I used hot glue to make this whole horn which is perfect because hot glue has the power of 20 marines.
For one of the party activities we did sand art! Why is this awesome 80’s/90’s craft forgotten??!! Kids LOVE to do this! It isn’t near as messy as you think and the kids have a blast doing it. It’s colorful, creative, and something the children have either NEVER done or haven’t done in a while. It’s an activity AND a favor! Double duty party details are MY FAVORITE! JUST LIKE USING CAPS OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THIS PARAGRAPH! Hobby Lobby has all you need to make your sandy dreams come true!
I threw my first birthday party for one of my children where activities were 100 percent of the entertainment. In the past they have wanted inflatables etc., and with those, you don’t fill the time. You just let those puppies run! I was nervous to do an all activities party because I didn’t know how many activities I would need or how long each would last with a bunch of 4-ish year-olds. I pictured flying through everything and then all of the kids just sitting there staring at each other and their parent’s staring at me and I’m naked! No wait, that is the nightmare I had about it the night before. I did wear clothes and successfully left them on.
This simple activity was what dreams are made of and how cavities come to be: DIY Candy Necklace Bar. They can wear them, eat them, or take them home as a super unique and easy favor they made themselves.
I bought different colored string and used Fruit Loops and several different types of Life Savers (gummy, orange mint, etc.) I also tried to use one inch cut pieces of Twizzlers, but the holes were not big and circular enough. Note to yourself: If you do this activity, use Red Vines instead. I think those would work much easier!
How cute and fun was this?!?! It’s affordable and not something you have likely done at a party before! Pin, share, enjoy and follow all of my party pants, right here…right now, y’all.
My sister-in-law wanted to do a gender reveal for her last baby and what better theme for college basketball fans than March Madness! This is a house divided between a die-hard UK fan and a die-hard U of L fan. whose teams of course just happen to be rivals! For the party, U of L red stood for girl and UK blue for boy! Everyone who came was asked to wear their favorite team apparel. It was simple, low stress, and fun!
Concession stand food was served for this midday reveal. This cotton candy is from Fluffy Puff Gourmet, a local gal and old friend who spins up some delicious stuff!
If there was all the money in the land, we would’ve gotten foam fingers for everyone because…hey…that is so fun.
Confetti cannons are as boomtastic as they sound. They shoot 10 feet up in the air with a pop. I liken it to confetti fireworks! It wasn’t the original idea but my sister-in-law wanted something less messy since we would likely be indoors. Bonus: it’s like the confetti at the end of the championship game during March Madness so 4 cheers for being theme appropriate!
We brought out a karaoke machine and had my husband take on the role of arena announcer. He announced the family of honor, one member at a time like players while they ran out to the Bulls entrance theme song.
3, 2,1…twist and BOOOOOOMMMMMM! The ceiling fan swirled this cloud of pink around and around as it floated around. It was a really neat effect!
PARTY AT A GLANCE:
Huge 4 by 5 March Madness bracket used as a guest list and/or bracket for guest’s gender guesses
Invitations that looked like final four tickets
Concession style foods for snacks
Guests in favortie sports team apparrel
Announced family of honor to Bulls theme song as they ran out to do the reveal
Confetti Cannons to reveal the gender, just like end of championship game confetti
“One Shining Moment” playing on a speaker after the cannons went off
Basketball theme decor: foam fingers, MVP he or she cake, Spalding balloons, pom poms, and cheerleader horn things (Haha…What are those called, anyway?)
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Before I found out I was even pregnant, much-less with a BOY, I told my good friend and photographer for lots of stuff on my site, that I had the most fun party idea! Being a mom of 3 girls, I had never really dreamed in boy for parties, but the idea of a food fight party came to me and really got me pumped! We decided to do it for my friend’s son’s birthday and it was the perfect, affordable summer, boy-approved theme to date. All you need to achieve this is a water hose, clothes you can ruin, goggles, and some cheap throwing food!
I have a friend who can get perfectly good shirts for free that were considered slightly defective by the manufacturer, so I headed to him to get colorful over-size t-shirts that would be perfect for….destroying. Goggles are a necessity for a party like this to protect the eyes from flying who knows what. Each shirt was wrapped in, yes, dollar store goggles. Perfect to wear for the fight and perfect to toss when it’s done!
Hit up Aldi or any food discount store for cheap food fight weaponry. Boxed spaghetti, dry cereal, whipped cream, ketchup, mustard, rice, flour, chocolate sauce…the list goes on and on. A little goes a long way and you can get these things for next to nothing.
Line them up on the hose line, set 2 table food stations on each side for each team, count em’ down and let them go!
You really can’t help but smile when you are launching spaghetti at your friend’s heads….
Birthday boy for the win!!!!!!
They had a blast and they were quite the food tossers.
Have every guest bring a change of clothes, line them up, hose them off, and toss the goggles and shirts. So simple. Believe it or not, they got really really clean from the hose off.
The messiest of them all won the 1st Place Mess Bucket full of silly string, slime, water bombs, water balloons, and candy because….kids love it. Here I used a paper popcorn bowl from the dollar store that I spray painted gold and embellished. All of the items inside the bucket are from the dollar store as well. Easy peasy and cheap!
I was going to make a crazy cake for this party but 2 things happened: I was 37 weeks pregnant with crippling insomina in one of the hottest summers of my life and 2: I saw this hamburger cake at Meijer for 12 stinkin’ dollars!!!! What is better than a hamburger cake for a food fight party? Unique AND cute! Just stop it already…. If you have a Meijer in your town, this is cake they have that you can order year round, even if it isn’t in the display case or cake book.
Other fun party details were a taco pinata and napkins that looked like pepperoni pizza. The tablecloths and plates were yellows and reds to match the hamburger cake. Let’s break for a cell phone picture from Target. Either pinata is cute, but I used the taco one since the cake was a burger. 15 bucks doesn’t get much cuter!
You can use any hodge-podge of food looking products for a food fight party! I had a few party details that didn’t get done for this one because of the aforementioned about to give birth and not sleeping. Another party, another time… Lacking from this post are invites and the container idea I had to package the candy from the taco pinata. Just pretend like you saw it and it was everything you had hoped for.
If you have a little grass, a good hose, a small budget, and an adventurous boy…or girl…. I highly recommend recreating this food fight party! Please pin, share and enjoy!!
When your awesome idea falls through for a baby costume the day before Halloween, you use another idea and score this doozie for 9 bucks. Thank you, beloved dollar store. This is what my 11 week old wore in the cool 86 degree “fall” weather (har har) and this is what I did.
Comfortable for him to wear, unique for a baby, easy and cheap! You DO NOT need to be crafty to nail this one! I will save my other and much more unique idea for next year so….stand by….or don’t…because it’s a year away. But boy if it weren’t, the suspense would be killing you by now!
Check out past years with my stay at home mom toddler costume, DIY Playdoh, pizza slice, and claw machine costumes in the Holiday/Halloween. I’m on my phone, but I will embed those direct links shortly!
Okay so, this isn’t a party…but I do have a before and after category and it’s for home stuff, mainly decor. You MUST accept this because I HAD to share it. With just a pressure washer, I took this outdoor rug that stayed out exposed from last summer, through winter and spring, until this summer back to new! I have a deep love for pressure washing and it’s instant, no scrub needed results. I couldn’t help but to run it over my precious white detail on my last season Target rug and it. was. CRAZY! Check out the 15 second video and be amazed and feel the waves of instant gratification! You are welcome, patios everywhere.
Look at this 15 second video! This is the easiest and simplest way to restore your outdoor rug and I did this WITHOUT any cleaners applied first! Just water and a pressure washer doing it’s magnificent job! Whoa.
Food parties are the best because you can get as quirky as you want! I dream of the day that my child wants a sushi party or peanut butter and jelly party…. Anything your child just LOVES, can turn into a party and food is no exception. Here are some cute food theme parties to get your wheels turning and don’t be afraid to diverge into weird or random foods! That’s where creativity starts! If you need help, ask me!!