{party on a budget} Hop Into Spring!

When I first got into party planning, I was researching ideas and resources for my own wedding back in 2010. Candy buffets and themed parties had just started to gain popularity, so basic things like striped paper bags and straws were few and far between (hard to believe, right?). It took me an entire afternoon to find bright pink and white striped treat bags for my circus themed wedding, and once I finally tracked some down I was willing to pay any amount for them!

Everyone sells them now, and I mean EVERYONE. There is no reason to pay a premium price for items that can be found at Walmart and Target. Now, If I have a client that is looking to throw an all-out amazing party for their child with no expense spared, I’m not shopping at those stores. I’m creating one of a kind, handmade details and purchasing the best of the best.

But if you’re on a budget (which most moms are) there is no reason you can’t throw an adorable party using items you scored at discount stores. It just takes a little more creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. I can help you with that! Click here to find the 4 major tips I used to create this “Hop Into Spring” party on a budget. But first, let me break it all down for you.

My main source for this “Hop Into Spring” party was The Dollar Tree! Yup, I said it! I pulled off an adorable, one-of-a-kind party using the dreaded Dollar Store decor. But before you roll your eyes think about this… This party cost $75! And the best part is that you can invite as many kids as you want because the cost for each child was just under $10! Below, I have a breakdown of how much each item cost as well as pointers on what to splurge on and why.

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4 Bunny Chair Covers: $1 each @ Dollar Tree

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2 Small Chocolate Bunnies: $1 each @ Dollar Tree
1 Chocolate Duck: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Bag of Grass Filler: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Bag of Candy Eggs: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Roll of Easter Ribbon: $1 @ Dollar Tree
{splurge alert} 1 Jumbo Chocolate Bunny: $4 @ Target. I loved how the Dollar Store chocolate bunnies looked in my small apothecary jars, but I wanted one with height to even things out on that end of the table so I spent a little more on the large chocolate bunny.

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1 Bag of Green Grass Filler: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Package of 3 Pink Bunny Snack Containers: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Package of 3 Large Carrot Snack Containers: $1 @ Dollar Tree
1 Package of 8 Small Carrot Snack Containers: $1 @ Dollar Tree
4 “hop into spring” Jumpropes: $1 each @ Dollar Tree
{splurge alert} 1 Package Pink Pearl Gumballs & Carrot Gummies: $4 each @ Target…No rhyme or reason. I just couldn’t resist ; )

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1 Package of Cotton Candy: $1 each @ Dollar Tree
5 Carrot Pops: $1 for 1 package of Easter egg shaped marshmallows @ Dollar Tree, then dipped in homemade orange frosting and stuck into homemade cake “dirt”.

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4 Bunny Masks: $1 each @ Dollar Tree
4 Carrot Shaped Bubble Necklaces: $1 for package of 2 @ Dollar Tree

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1 Package of Green Gingham Plates & Napkins: $0.80 for 20+ @ Target
1 Box of Flower Pot Craft{including stickers, paint & brushes}: $4.99 for Box of 3 @ Target
Green Gingham Treat Bags & Green Rock Candy Sticks: leftover from Christmas Party

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{splurge alert} Come on!! Who wouldn’t splurge on this cuteness?!? These cookies were $3 for the carrots and $5 for the bunny masks from Sweet Indulgence. Here’s the thing, though… If you have a budget for the sweets just tell the bakery! There is nothing wrong with walking in and saying “here is my theme, this is what I would like them to look like, and this is my budget for each cookie”. Chances are your baker can whip up something adorable to fit your budget. And ask for small cookies because that may cut the price a bit. Besides, the kids never finish the big cookies, anyway.

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Napkins & Cutlery: $0.80 Each in Packages of 20+ @ Target
2 Boxes of Malted Milk Ball “dirt”: $1 each @ Dollar Tree
{splurge alert} Carrot Props: $4.99 @ Marshalls. I splurged on these because I’m not patient or creative enough to make my own.
{splurge alert} Meri Meri Easter Muffin Set: $5.99 @ Marshalls. I splurged on these because I’m a sucker for anything Meri Meri. Plus, it came in a set and I kept the other one for next Easter!

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1 Package of Extra Wide Paper Straws: $2.99 @ Target
{splurge alert} “Spring” Bunting Flag Banner: $4.99 @ Target. Sometimes you purchase items because you just know it is going to make the party that much cuter. I knew that banner was perfect for the photo booth stand.

That’s it! That’s all it took! Cute, right? I was super proud of it, it didn’t break the bank, and the kids had a blast. I’m so happy I could share this with you! If you have any questions leave them as comments, below and I will answer each one. Don’t forget to check out my 4 major tips on how I pulled off this party on a budget.

{Vendor Credits}

Photography by Michael J Larson Photography

Customized Cookies by Sweet Indulgence

Party Concept, styling, and handmade details by Party Pants LLC

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4 Responses to {party on a budget} Hop Into Spring!

  1. Maryann Bouchard says:

    I LOVE IT!!!! So cute for such little money!! I’m in the dollar store all the time and don’t see what you see!!! Very, very creative!!!!

    • Thank you so much! That’s the thing about The Dollar Tree- you really have to be able to envision the items at the party, not the way they look in the store. With the right setup they could look like a million bucks!

  2. Brooke Parker says:

    Thanks for the AMAZING party ideas! Love that you did it on such a small budget.

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