While I LOVED the BBQ theme last year, I decided to scale down a bit this year with everything going on. We had an afternoon celebration with light snacks instead of a full meal. I also toned down the decorations a bit and focused on easier projects that would still look nice.
It’s been fun choosing birthday party themes for Parker while he is still too young to know the difference. I actually started pinning ideas shortly after his party last year for a nautical theme this year.
Overall, we stayed close to our initial of $100 for food and $150 for decorations. Luckily, the nautical theme is very popular and I was able to sell most of the decor so we only ended up paying about $50 in the end. I definitely recommend joining your local Facebook Yardsale group. It’s a great way to sell unwanted items and get some money back for them!
Even the chalkboard got a little sprucing up! I had planned on hand drawing something but just ran out of time. I used the Life Is A Beach cartridge for my Cricut to cut everything out.
I loved making Parker’s digital chalkboard last year and knew I wanted to have another one this year. They have been a popular item in my Etsy shop, designsBYmcm. Since I plan to do one for both kids each year, I found a frame at Michaels for $18 that I could reuse for each birthday party. I was able to order the 16×20 print through Costco for $5.29.
Rob was sweet and whipped up a mini table for me to go in the dinning room so that I could display the print above the desserts. We usually have a wedding photo hanging there but that got the boot for the weekend!
I borrowed quite a few ideas from Pinterest but after seeing the “you float my boat” Cricut image on the Just Because cartridge, I knew I had to add rootbeer floats to the menu. They were a huge hit with the adults and I even caught a few toddlers sneaking sips.
We used milkshake straws and I tied Life Savers around each of our Aladdin plastic mugs. Those were great to use since everyone had ventured outside to play in the pool by the time we made them.
While I could have loved making my own cupcakes we were able to get 24 for under $10 at Giant. For that price, I was instantly sold! The cupcake stand what on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics for $15 and completely disassembles for easy storage. I had to add a little something to the cupcakes and found a lot of 25 Sailor Picks from Oriental Trading for $5.
We still wanted Parker to have his own cake and Giant’s “baby cake” was perfect. I found a tutorial on YouTube of how to make an origami boat to put on top with the candles.
This was a really easy and inexpensive addition to the table. I got the popcorn containers from Oriental Trading for $6 and the fish bowl from Jo Ann Fabrics for $6. My Mom found a small fish catcher that went perfect and contributed her famous Crispix Mix.
The kids loved carry these around to snack on during the party and the parents didn’t mind “holding onto them” when they went into the pool.