June 16, 2016

4th of July Bash on a budget

Wanting to celebrate the 4th in style but have a tight budget??? We styled this fab 4th party on a very low budget! Check it out and see how you too can have a great party on a low budget. Please see info below photos for details on price and where to get as well as how we did it. I of course couldn't have done it alone. A huge thanks to Aimee, our designer/coordinator, for all the help!!! 

I created the Pledge sign and printed out on white card stock and framed in a white frame I had on hand. We had all platters and stands on hand. We also placed a festive picnic blanket on top of a regular table cloth for a more festive feel. Using old banister posts from the habitat for humanity store and tied a banner from the Dollar Tree, we created the backdrop.

For food, we cut up a banana and drizzled with chocolate and sprinkles. All items we had in the kitchen. Rice Crispie treats were purchased. We cut in half and placed a stick in each one. We placed a bowl of strawberries from the fridge.

For the festive water bottles, we cut strips of scrapbook paper and wrapped around and taped each paper over the label of each bottle.

We crafted the blue and white container by re using an old oatmeal oats container and wrapping a piece of scrapbook paper around it.

For the striped pin wheels, I cut 4 squares from a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper, folded and cut to create pinwheels. I created and cut out the center circles. Will post a DIY for this project shortly. I used the paper straws as well as the sticks/base for the pinwheels.

Cupcakes I made using a box mix from the clearance section at the store for $.50. I hand made cream cheese icing and piped on to the cupcake. I topped it with cupcake toppers from Hobby Lobby that were 50% off.

For the Straw Sparklers we purchased patriotic paper straws from Hobby Lobby at 50% off. We got a pack of 20 for only $2.00. Then using tissue paper we had on hand, we crafted these sparkly decorations. 

For cups/jars we re used old spaghetti jars and filled with red gatorade. Tied twine around each glass and adorned with a strawberry and paper straw sparklers.

In advance, at a craft party night, we crafted the fire cracker blocks and america blocks with a group of friends. All using materials we had on hand. Scrap wood, glue, stickers, and paper.

Cost and items used:

Posts - $5.00 each Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop
Pennant banner - $1.00 Target Dollar Spot

Blue/red metallic pinwheels - $1.00 each Dollar Tree
Mason Jars - Free (reused spaghetti jars)
Cupcake Toppers - $2.00 Hobby Lobby
Star straws - $2.00 Hobby Lobby
Red, white, and blue paper banner - $.99 Party City
Fire cracker table cover - Picnic Blanket (from Target, bought many years ago, but think was around $10)

Cupcakes - $.50 (found box mix on clearance and hand made icing)
Rice Crispie treats - $3.50
Bananas with chocolate and sprinkles - free (had on hand)
Gatorade - free (had on hand)
Bottled water - free (had on hand)

DIY Items:
Fire cracker Blocks
America Blocks
Blue Striped container - Oatmeal oats container with scrapbook paper
Blue Striped pin wheels
Star water bottle labels - Scrapbook paper
Straw sparklers
Pledge of Allegiance Sign
 All DIY Items were free since they were DIY and made by myself or our co worker using materials we had on hand. Scrap wood, scrap paper, and such. 

Total cost for entire party - $25.00

I hope everyone has a fabulous and safe fourth of July!


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