Surprise, surprise, I love fall. I love pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather, boots, and jackets. I love pumpkins, and autumn leaves , and the Anniversary Blend mugs at Starbucks. (Any current baristas reading this? Where is Anniversary blend this year? Or am I just early?)
Anyway, I love all things Fall and I love decorating but I also like to keep clutter minimal and I don’t like having to store a bunch of stuff and I don’t want to spend a ton of money. So what did I do? I improvised!
After watching some Fall decor videos on YouTube, I knew I wanted to make a leaf garland. I had twine but I needed leaves. So I took my kids out to the park one afternoon and they helped me collect leaves, it was a blast. I ended up making a little garland, and using other leaves here and there, and even pinned some around a picture. I also went to Dollar Tree and found four little pumpkins and a little owl. Here are some more photos:
And here is some music I have been listening to lately. I tend to listen to these songs each Fall; they tend to set the mood for me.
Do you have any Fall decorating ideas to share or special traditions with your family? Or any music you listen to each Fall? Let me know in the comments below!
My kids love Blippi. “B-L-I-P-P-I!” (if you have kids who watch this, you’ll understand this reference.
So for their joint birthday party this year, we decided to have a Blippi theme. We had a nice cake table decorated with toys they already had (like an excavator and monster truck), pizza and salad bar and goodie bags for the kids to take home.
Here’s how it turned out, our Blippi birthday party on a budget:
How I Did It
I kept the invitations simple, just from the 99 Cents Only store and they weren’t a special theme. I ordered the cake from the grocery store and just ordered it with blue frosting, because I planned on putting a birthday boy and birthday girl candle on it (from Dollar Tree) each with a Blippi action figure from Blippi.com.
Paper plates for the cake and the pizza as well as napkins
blue container for the treat bags
After Dollar Tree, I headed over to Party City:
Then I stopped by Big Lots:
summer salad bowl on clearance
summer ice bucket on clearance
My Walmart Grocery shopping list:
4 salad dressings
diet coke, coke, and sprite
snack packs for the goodie bags
Party Planning Tool
Here’s a printable I designed to help you do your party planning! All the lists are here, you only need to fill them in! This way you will be less likely to forget something and more likely to save money.
I spent around $280 total, which seemed reasonable to feed 20 people and have a complete party. I could have saved more money if I made the cake myself and omitted the goodie bags and kept the salad bar more simple. But there you have it! I was pleased with how everything turned out.
So tell me, how do you do birthday parties for your children? Do you have any good tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments below, and please subscribe if you like what you see!