4 Easy and Cute Party Ideas. Chic look dollar store price

Cupcake-table-700x484 Party planning can be a lot of fun (and a bit stressful)  but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look fabulous.

This year, we had a Shabby Chic party for my daughter and I love the way it turned out. You can’t tell but many of the items that we used were Free, repurposed or found at the dollar store!  Regardless of your party theme, you can use these ideas for any occasion and impress your guests, for less.

I must confess, her party was 6 months ago and I’ve wanted to write about this for awhile, but being a busy momma on the go..it just hasn’t happened. SO, I’m going to break it up into a few posts, highlighting a few of my favorites in each post. For today’s post, I’m sharing how to make a  super cute cupcake table.

  1. pennantpics Pennant Photo Display: We wanted to show off pictures of her from every month so we simply taped them to some jute string to make a pennant. Since this was a shabby chic party, I made them all a soft sepia color, which was a nice contrast against the rose backdrop and then printed off 4X6 prints from my computer. Once the pennants were made, they were strung across the backdrop, which is this case was a mirror that was covered in fabric.

cupcake stand 2. Glass Cupcake Stand:
To make this you need

  • 3 large glass plates
  • 2 glass bowls or fishbowls
  • doileys or paper to cover the glass (optional).
  • Topper (This was a decorative owl my MIL had at her house)

Just stack em’: Plate-Bowl upside down-Plate…Repeat.

Then just place your cupcakes on the plates, making sure to taste test them first ;)



suitcase 3. Paint Chip Pennant: Grab some FREE paint chips from a home improvement store in various colors.

  • cut 1 into a triangle to make a template, then use that to cut the remaining triangles
  • attach to jute string or ribbon
  • Then just pickup some letters to spell out their name or Happy Birthday (the ones used in the pic were from Hobby Lobby) To go with our theme, the pennant was strung across a vintage suitcase where we also displayed her cake


4. Custom Treat Bags: Get ya some good ol’ fashioned paper bags and fill them with some themed goodies.

  • Then fold over, cover the fold with a doiley, colorful paper etc and staple.
  • You can take a step further, like in the picture, and punch holes through the top and string the jute/ribbon through it.
  • Then add the guests initials or names to the front for a custom gift.

Her first birthday party was a true celebration of our little girls first year and I have lots of money saving ideas from that to share. I have to give a big shout out to my mother in law Linda for helping me with this party, there is NO way I could’ve done it without her. My family lives several hours away so she helped me with the entire party from the awesome decor to the food and SO many of these ideas are hers-she’s a decor mastermind.

*What’s to come: I work as a Marketing Director and planning parties is one of my favorite things to do, so in addition to sharing inexpensive yet fabulous birthday ideas, I’ll have other decorating/party posts to come. (It helps to have a MIL that decorates for events and a mom who’s uber creative and savvy so when the 3 minds get together, watch out :)



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5 Comments on 4 Easy and Cute Party Ideas. Chic look dollar store price

  1. Nancy
    September 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi! Stopping by from Bloggers Digest link up!
    Great ideas – my daughter’s 1st birthday is coming up in a few months, will have to remember some of these. I love the photo display and paint chip pennant – so clever to use free paint chips!
    Look forward to more ideas! :)
    Nancy (mylittlecriatura.blogspot.ca)

  2. Christine
    September 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm (4 years ago)

    omg, that is one incredible looking set up….Lucky girl

  3. maria
    September 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this post on shabby chic party for your daughter, WELL DONE!

  4. marykatbpcsc45
    October 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this. My daughter is about to have her birthday party at the end of the month. Maybe we can do cupcakes rather than a cake? I will see what she thinks. ;)