6 Ways to save on your next kids party (and for it to still be fabulous!)

Every fortnight or the past few weeks I have been sharing helpful party planning tips from my dear friend Natty Faulks. Natty is a children’s party entertainer through her company Strawberry Fundaes, and she keeps your children happy at their parties by dressing up as their favourite character. Natalie is a complete expert when it comes to party planning, so here are her top tips for cutting catering costs at your next party…

Kids parties are so much fun! But sometimes we can get carried away with what we think it needs to be and then we blow out the budget. That is where I can help to keep you on track!

Here are my top 6 tips to cut costs on some of the wallet draining items, but still have an awesome party!

1 – Invitations
Create your own or go digital!
You can make your own invitations, at home on various online platforms and then you can either print at home or save as a jpeg or PDF and email out. My go to sites for this are Canva or Greetings Island. They look great too!

2 – Decorations
Firstly… Less is more! The most simple of decorations can look fab. Eg – a whole wall of single balloons stuck down makes a great backdrop and only costs around $5 tops! Also, I highly recommend choosing a colour theme to decorate with instead of using licensed product. Eg – Instead of using Frozen branded cups, plates and balloons, just stick to generic blues and whites and silver. You will save a stack of $$$ right there but it will still look really effective!

3 – Party at the park or at home
Venues can cost a bomb, so unless you really want to factor them into the budget, go for the free options – the park or at home. Just remember that wherever you choose to hold your party to always have a wet weather plan.

4 – Free online party printables
I have used this option many times. Simply google ‘free online party printables’ and there are heaps of options. You can download and print at home birthday signage, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, name tags, favour bag tags and more!

5 – Ditch the party bag
To be honest, I am not a fan of party bags. Lots of parents are not that keen on lollies these days (And it can get sketchy with allergies etc.) and I also find lots of party bag fillers really are just rubbish or choking hazards. And the average bag costs a min $5 filled. So my alternatives are – Bubble wands with a thank you tag or sticker (Wands are 75c at Kmart), Balloons on a stick (These can double as decorations at first and then the kids take home), keep cups (Buy $1 glass jars with straws and the kids take those home) Lucky dip gift wrapped in blue or pink tissue paper ( wrap random boys and girls stuff like rubber snakes, matchbox cars , lip gloss, bath bombs. These are all individually cheaper than a lolly bag.) Take home cupcakes.

6 – Cake Hack! (Or make your own)
I am terrible at making cakes so if I can’t afford to outsource one, I buy two mud cakes from Coles or Woolworths (Around $4 each) stack them on top of each other and then cover them both with butter cream (You can even just buy a tub of Betty Crocker Icing if you really are time poor!). Set in the fridge and then decorate with themed figurines or flowers! Super easy!

1 – Invitations
Create your own or go digital!
You can make your own invitations, at home on various online platforms and then you can either print at home or save as a jpeg or PDF and email out. My go to sites for this are Canva or Greetings Island. They look great too!

2 – Decorations
Firstly… Less is more! The most simple of decorations can look fab. Eg – a whole wall of single balloons stuck down makes a great backdrop and only costs around $5 tops! Also, I highly recommend choosing a colour theme to decorate with instead of using licensed product. Eg – Instead of using Frozen branded cups, plates and balloons, just stick to generic blues and whites and silver. You will save a stack of $$$ right there but it will still look really effective!

3 – Party at the park or at home
Venues can cost a bomb, so unless you really want to factor them into the budget, go for the free options – the park or at home. Just remember that wherever you choose to hold your party to always have a wet weather plan.

4 – Free online party printables
I have used this option many times. Simply google ‘free online party printables’ and there are heaps of options. You can download and print at home birthday signage, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, name tags, favour bag tags and more!

5 – Ditch the party bag
To be honest, I am not a fan of party bags. Lots of parents are not that keen on lollies these days (And it can get sketchy with allergies etc.) and I also find lots of party bag fillers really are just rubbish or choking hazards. And the average bag costs a min $5 filled. So my alternatives are – Bubble wands with a thank you tag or sticker (Wands are 75c at Kmart), Balloons on a stick (These can double as decorations at first and then the kids take home), keep cups (Buy $1 glass jars with straws and the kids take those home) Lucky dip gift wrapped in blue or pink tissue paper ( wrap random boys and girls stuff like rubber snakes, matchbox cars , lip gloss, bath bombs. These are all individually cheaper than a lolly bag.) Take home cupcakes.

6 – Cake Hack! (Or make your own)
I am terrible at making cakes so if I can’t afford to outsource one, I buy two mud cakes from Coles or Woolworths (Around $4 each) stack them on top of each other and then cover them both with butter cream (You can even just buy a tub of Betty Crocker Icing if you really are time poor!). Set in the fridge and then decorate with themed figurines or flowers! Super easy!

 

A huge thank you to Natty for these incredibly useful tips!

You can find more information on Natty’s packages here.
Explore her beautiful Instagram account here.

Lots of Love!

 

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Chloe’s Room Make Over – Swan Princess

I’ve had such a great time giving Chloe’s room a ‘Swan Princess’ makeover. From choosing products, to styling and shoot day it’s been a labour of love. I feel incredibly grateful to have been able capture it all, during our photoshoot with Nicola Holland Photography and within the words of my blog.

There were two important things that I wanted to consider when putting her room together.  Firstly I wanted it to be budget friendly and secondly I wanted all of the items to be able to be moveable i.e. no wallpaper. I’m happy to say that both of these goals were achieved and I’m thrilled to share the end results with you. My heart BURSTS seeing Coco love and enjoy her ‘Swan Themed’ room even more then I do.

Scroll down to shop by sections and to the very bottom for a bunch of AMAZING discount codes.

You can check out some inspiration for a Swan Princess Room on my Pinterest. As well as our sweet little video of Chloe’s room reveal on my YouTube.

Lastly I want to say a huge thank you to Nicola Holland Photography for her beautiful imagery and for also being one of my number one supporters.

Enjoy!

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Clothing Rack with Matching Wooden Hangers – Bubble Gum Royal
WD Dolls House – Winnie Dot
Swan Rug – When Crafting Is Life
Falling Petals Wall Decals – Sailah Lane
Custom Swan Artwork in Kmart frame – Bambini Wellness
Dusty Pink Feather Lights – Darlings of August
Sew Heart Felt Odette Swan Animal Head – Jack and Willow
Custom Flower Crown – Shabby and Sweet
Alimrose Designs Reversible Fabric Crowns – Little Timber Tribe
Bed of Roses Tutu Dress Blush – Giggle Me Pink
Valentina Tutu Dress – Ma Mer
Evie Play Suit- Moon Child (Cloth and Hide)
Rose Gold Sequin Bolero – Bug and Mouse
Maybel Ruffled Tutu Skirt – Bug and Mouse
Spinkie Pom Pom – Milk Tooth
Nana Huchy Sophia the Swan – Baby Donkie
Mumma Swan Wheelie – Love Tildy

 

Dolls Moses Basket including Timber Plaque and all Bedding – Little Mackie
Miniland Dolls – Baby Donkie
Dolls Dresses – Tailoring for Miss Polly
Vintage Baby Cot – Painted by my Mother and kindly gifted after the children would not return it!
Pom Pom Blanket – West Elm
Alimrose Aurelie Linen Cat Ivory – Sweet Little Dreams
Nana Huchy Velvet Star Pillow – Nana Huchy
Wood Rabbit Cloud Shelves – Willow and Wood
Books – A selection but out favourite is Uncle Bear Skin Productions
Bow Puzzle – Love Tildy
Alimrose Star Wand – Little Timber Tribe
Crysta Ballerina Wall Decal – The Mum Life
Avi’s A-Z Flashcards – Little Bambini
Feather Crown – Made by our beautiful friend (photographer) Nicola when Chloe was born
Alimrose Audrey Grab Rattle – Dreamy Kidz
Ice Cream Truck – Kmart
Numero 74 Canopy Grey –
Leo and Bella
Spinkie Pom Poms Large Sparkle – The Mum Life
Pillows –
Closely Knit, Milk and Sugar and Target

 

WD Dolls House – Winnie Dot
Furniture – Purchased from various Instagram stores (that currently aren’t operating) and from local shops.  I like to choose things slowly and pick cute items as I see them.
Figurines – Sylvanian Families

 

Dresser – This was Chloe’s old change table which was purchased from Pottery Barn.  It was looking very tired as it was the same table that Ari had used.  My Mother repainted for me and we had a friend add on cupboard doors as it used to be open.  I also purchased pink ceramic flower shaped handles from a vintages store.  I am in love with end result!
Hand Woven Wall Hanging – Rhino Republic
Alimrose Pink Suitcase Set Pink – Little Timber Tribe
Florence Swan – Darlings of August
Rose Gold Petite Mirror and Stand – Darlings of August
Pink Glass Container – Target
Glass Vase with Flower – Target
Vintage Hair Brush and Comb – A gift from Chloe’s Auntie Nicole
Wooden Tree and Bird Wall Decal – Little Interiors Australia
Swan Print in Kmart Frame – The Mum Life
Felt Ball Beaded Garland – Sewn and Wood
Rocking Chair – Gifted by my Mother from here house.  I found one for you here.
Sheepskin Rug – Milabert
Lily and George Sylvie the Swan – Milk Tooth
Side table – Kmart
Swan Night Light – Damon and Danae
Vase – Myer
Flowers – Target

 

Cot – Pottery Barn
Couture Fitted Sheet Set in Blowsy Blooms Pink – Tilly and Otto
Heirloom Blanket in Peony – Tilly and Otto
Handmade Custom Lace and Pearl Bunting – Shabby and Sweet
Paper Flowers – Sydney Paper Flowers
Wicker Dolls Pram Grey – Jack and Willow
By The Stables (Print) in Kmart Frame – Yorklee
Spinkie Star Garland in Gold – The Mum Life

 

Outfits and extra details –
Tulle collar Leotard in Milk White, Shirred Shorts, Silver Metallic Classic Ballet Shoes and Tulle Pom Pom Headband – Bug and Mouse
Bed of Roses Tutu Dress Blush –
Giggle Me Pink
Valentina Tutu Dress – Ma Mer
Evie Play Suit- Moon Child (Cloth and Hide)
Custom Flower Crown – Shabby and Sweet
Alimrose Designs Reversible Fabric Crowns – Little Timber Tribe

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Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram for more of life with my little loves.

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