Throwing a Princess Birthday party on a budget!

By Lauren
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    Throwing a Princess Party on a Budget

    My daughter Hannah turned 3 last Sunday, and last week I spent hours searching Pinterest for ideas on Throwing a Princess Party on a Budget and was getting very frustrated!  It seemed that the only ideas that I could find looked like they spent a year to put together and execute, and as a busy mom/business owner I just don’t have that kind of time.  Many of you gave me great ideas when I asked over on the I am THAT lady Facebook Page, and I think that I put together a great Princess Party on a Budget!  The total cost for this was under $30!!

    I first made a table for the food – I used a recycled pink sheet (you may remember what happened to the bottom of that sheet with the ‘marker incident‘) and I also used some white linens that I had lying around the house, plus some toile that I had from a baby shower that I threw a year ago.  I put up some pictures of her as a baby and while I was pregnant with her.

    I made her name out of scrapbook paper that I bought at walmart for a few dollars and used other pieces around the house to help decorate the table.  I purchased some pink straws and small mason jars for only $5.00 (using coupons 🙂 ).

    The menu was pretty simple, my favorite part of the menu was the waffle cone fruit bowls.  The kids were so excited that they could eat the bowls!  I spend around $7.00 on the fruit and waffle bowls.  I had a coupon for Joy Ice Cream cones and thought this was a cute idea so that they could eat the bowls too!

    I also served PB&J sandwiches. Pretzel Rods, and Goldfish crackers.  I made a salad and sandwiches for the adults, and served ‘Pink Princess Punch’ i.e.: Pink Lemonade.

    We did manicures for all the little princesses that came to our her party – it was so cute how all of them were lining up and so excited to get their fingernails painted!

    She opened presents under the ‘Royal Canopy’, which was a blanket on the ground with a bed canopy that was from her bedroom.


    Instead of doing a craft or game, I decided to let them decorate their own cupcakes, which basically turned into a frosting eating party 🙂

    We got a bunch of toppings and just let the kids decorate their own – they had a great time and I didn’t have to send the moms home with a craft that will sit on the bottom of their toy box for a year.

    We had a great time celebrating Hannah’s birthday and all for under $30!   For more ideas for decorating on a budget – check out my Decorating on a budget section and also my DIY ideas.

    Interested in sharing this – I would love for you to Pin it below – this way other searching on Pinterest can find some ‘practical’ birthday party on a budget ideas!

    I would love to hear your frugal princess party tips!