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Allie Beth’s third birthday was March 14. Where has the time gone? We had cake and grandparents over that, night but scheduled her big party for the end of March in hopes of pretty, warm weather. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that weather and about a week before the day I had to make the call to move the party from our house to our church fellowship hall.
We decorated the night before and put the final touches like blowing up the helium filled balloons and sitting out the food the day of.
While it isn’t necessary to do a huge meal for a kid’s birthday party, we did decide to feed our family. On the menu was barbecue sandwiches, baked beans, slaw, chips, and pasta salad. The barbecue was catered through a local company. While it is a bit pricey, it was worth my sanity. We paired it with buns and I’m not sure I could have cooked that much food for the same price. The baked beans were made by my aunt in-law. The pasta salad was made by my mother-in-law. The only thing that I made was the slaw. I fixed it the night before just to save my sanity. Had I attempted to make the food alone, I probably would have gone crazy.
My personal favorite was the dessert table set up like a scene from Peppa Pig. The Peppa Pig House was DIY’ed from a cardboard box, table cloth, and cardstock. The tree was painted complete with pom pom apples. Dollar tree sells small pom pom strands. I cut them apart for individual pieces to look like the apples in the trees on Peppa Pig (The remaining pom poms were used on the gift table. The blue back ground was bulletin board paper purchased on Amazon. I used this for a few other things, but another good alternative is a solid table cloth. They can be purchased in many colors at any store like Wal-Mart ($0.97), dollar general ($1.00), hobby lobby ($1.99). I painted a huge muddy puddle in the center of the table and used a piece of blue poster board to make a duck pond in the right corner. The duck for the Jell-O duck ponds was made by layering construction paper. Besides cake, we had Oreo cake muddy puddles, gold fish, and Jell-o cups. This gave guest an alternative to cake.
The cakes were cost effective and purchased at Harris Teeter. The top cake was a generic chocolate cake with chocolate icing topped with a Peppa Pig character that we already had. They stood on top as if playing in a big chocolate muddy puddle. The cupcakes were also generic. I purchased 12 red velvet cupcakes, 12 white cupcakes, and 12 chocolate cupcakes decorated differently to set them apart. I added cake toppers that I made with printables, cardstock, toothpicks. We purchased 36 cupcakes and the top cake, but had plenty left over. The other dessert table snacks gave another option for the 60+guests.
The favors were also made of printables I designed, ribbon, and bubble wands. Occasionally Wal-Mart runs a 6-pack of bubble wands for $0.97. Buy them up to use for favors. I sat them buy the door with a board for guest to sign. The back drop was made with a wooden dowel, command hooks, and crepe paper streamers. The number 3 was purchased at Wal-Mart for $0.97. It won’t float with helium, butwas super cute hanging from ribbon for a cheap price.
Beside the favor table, we added a large photo opt for all the kids and families. It turned out absolutely adorable. You can read more about how it was made here. We used recycled materials other than a board purchased for under $20. The board can be reused for parties to come. It was the main hit of the party.
The table clothes were all purchased for under a dollar at Wal-Mart except for the two Peppa Pig table clothes also purchased at Wal-Mart for $2.97. The center pieces were different Peppa items with balloons attached. The lunch box and stuffed animals were items we already had, but the small peppas were snack containers in the Easter section at Wal-Mart. Hunter came up with the idea to fill them with Play Doh for added weight so that the helium balloons didn’t pick them up.
Allie had the best party and so much love. My heart could have seriously burst seeing all the people there to celebrate such a special little girl.
Peppa Pig Candles:
Peppa Pig Banner Printable File: http://eugeniakatia.blogspot.com/2014/07/alfabeto-peppa-vestido-vermelho.html?spref=pi