Of course I wanted to make it super special, but I needed to keep the cost down for two reasons...
1. We planned a trip to Disney to Celebrate!
2. Heath said because we were going to Disney we weren't having parties for the girls.
Well, when he told Ava Greer (The Oldest) she wasn't having a birthday party the tears started to flow and Daddy caved. Those of you that know me know that I couldn't have a party for Ava Greer and not Layla Westyn! So, the planning began and sweet Heath never, not once said another word. I knew I had to keep the cost down if I wanted him to keep his mouth closed though. I say that in the most loving manner imaginable. J I decided we would have a family birthday to keep it simple. I started brain storming what our little one loves and above all else the kiddo loves BOOKS!!!!!! She gathers as many books up as those itty bitty arms can hold. She makes her way to me, crawls into my lap and settles in for a story when my eyes are always drawn back to that trail of books that she dropped on her way. As I hold her in my lap, wrapped in my arms she will attentively listen as I read each one and when I finish she goes back to the path of those left behind and we read those too! She loves books! At, first I wanted to do a vintage theme, but I sort of did vintage for her first birthday…that post will be in the future! I knew I wanted to use pink and gold as the colors and I thought what better books than Little Golden Books. I technically did that a little backwards, but it worked nonetheless. I went straight to Pinterest to get my thoughts going and after I read how to glitter some things up…I went glitter crazy! What better place to go get all of my craft supplies than HOBBY LOBBY???(The employees at Hobby Lobby should probably know me by name as much as I go! Which can and will be an entire blog post in the future! ) What I bought…
- Mod Podge – around $4 I think
- largest container of glitter they had (believe it or not was waaaay too much) Go with the small! I did use my 40% off coupon though. It was around $5, but I still have ¾ left!
My first DIY glitter project for this storybook party was cake stands.
Luckily, I had some old candle holders at home and white Dollar Tree plates too and that was all I needed to make super cute and glittery cake plates.
Before I Heath glued the plates on the candle holders I took a sponge brush and applied the Mod Podge then sprinkled glitter on it until it was completely covered. I sprinkled over a box so I could reuse the sprinkles that didn’t stick. I was having so much fun I started looking around for other things that I could glam up! I decided a Mason Jar would be perfect to hold flowers and every southern girl has a mason jar or 20. J I took glitter halfway up a large jar to serve as a vase and halfway up a smaller jar to hold the utensils.
I must want that every year, because heath made a box for Ava Greer’s 2nd birthday and I’ve painted and used it every year since.
I grabbed that baby pink spray paint and sprayed away. It was missing something though…GLITTER!!!!!! So, when I made my next visit to Hobby Lobby I grabbed some gold scrapbook paper that happen to be ½ off! I spent a whopping $2! I used my Silhouette to cut out her initials for the front of the cake box to give it a glittery personalized touch. Since I had plenty of glittered paper left I cut out letters for her banner too. I couldn’t believe those two sheets were exactly enough to make her initials and all of the letters for both banners. YEA!!!!! Then I realized I needed paper for the actual banner too…back to Hobby Lobby I went! I wish I could just get it together and make 1 trip to the store rather than 15!
I spent around $3 for the pink cardstock that I attached the letters to and I came across a #2that was going to be absolutely adorable with glitter! It was $2.47.
The Ice Cream was BOGO at Publix for $3 and it was more than enough!
I used chair covers I made from Ava Greer’s 3rd birthday and pink tulle to tie around the chair backs that I had left over from a baby shower. The table cloths were just a few yards of white fabric that were also left over from AG’s 3rd birthday-That birthday post is soon to come as well.
The Only thing I had left to think about was food. I wanted cake, cake bites, macaroons, ice cream and milk.
- Mom made the cake-$1 cake mix
- I did the ruffled icing with Publix Scrumptious Buttercream icing. Around $10-I always use their icing when I decorate a cake! So good!!!!!!
- Mom attempted macaroons. It was a good attempt. We ended up using a strawberry cake mix $1in a mini Whoopie (sp?) pie pan. It worked. We squirted icing we were using for Ava Greer’s birthday in the middle of each one and mom rolled them in edible glitter.
- I made cake bites dipped in white almond bark and used pink candy melts to drizzle over the tops.$6
- For favors, I had little pink boxes I got from the Dollar Tree and Mom grabbed some pink and white marshmallows at the store to fill them with.$5
- Pink plates and napkins from the Dollar Tree-$2
- How much is Milk?!?! I buy it all the time and don’t even know! I’m so observant! Ha! Somewhere around $4.
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