Skip to main content

Cinderella Birthday Party for $20

Our oldest just turned 4.  It's so crazy to think how fast time flies! She told me she wanted a Cinderella party this year so I knew I wanted it to be kind of fancy and very princess-ish. It was a simple party with only cake, ice cream, chips and watermelon. Watermelon was her only request for her birthday so of course we had to have it! I'm going to show the pictures below and at the end I'll give you a breakdown of everything and how I ended up being able to have a party (hosted for 13) for only $20.

So, how did I have a party for $20?
  • We used a lot of things that we had on hand. The three tablecloths that we used was actually fabric that I had on hand. I purchased a plain white one for a runner. I also already had some ribbon and plastic utensils that I already had. 
  • I printed out the banner, cupcake liners and invites for free from this website.
  • I made the cake myself. I'm not the greatest, but I enjoy trying and it saves a ton of money.
  • I did not serve a full meal. I started the party at 2:30. Guests knew that it was only a cake and ice cream party.
  • Some things were given to me. My daughter bought the Princess balloon with her own money. (That's what she wanted from the Dollar Tree and she had money to spend.) The Cinderella carriage was bought by my mother-in-law at a yard sale about a month before the party and we saved it for the centerpiece. 
Here is the breakdown of things that I bought for the party: (some of these things were actually $0.97 or $0.99 and I just rounded up to a dollar. I also did not count tax.
  • 12-pack soda cans-$2.25 (store brand soda)
  • Confectioners sugar (for the frosting) $1.00
  • 2 cake mixes-$2.00
  • 2 packs of plates $2.00
  • Cups $1.00
  • Princess Napkins $1.00
  • Watermelon $5.00
  • Chips $0.88 (Kroger had a really good sale!)
  • Tablecloth $1.00
  • Platter $1.00
  • Tiara Favors $1.00
  • Cup $1.00
Total of $19.13

Cinderella parties are pretty easy to do on the cheap. Decor and toys are cheap everywhere! And check out the website I listed above for the free printables! That helped my decor a lot and I only paid to print them out on my printer!

What are some of your tips for doing a party on a shoestring budget? I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment and let me know!

Linking up to


Popular posts from this blog

My $100 Kitchen Cabinet Makeover!

I'm so excited to share today's post. It's something I've been working on for about 2 months, on and off. But it is finished and so today I'm sharing how we renovated our kitchen cabinets for about $100.
When we bought our house in a little over a year ago, I fell in love with the kitchen just by the listings photos.

UPDATE!!! Check out this post to see how I also stained my island!

It was HUGE and there was about a billion cabinets. The kitchen in our old house was a pretty good size also and I knew I would not be content with a smaller kitchen. So these pictures sold me.
We bought the house and moved in and I lived with the kitchen for awhile but the cabinet color was really bugging me. I liked the counter tops well enough but they clashed with the cabinets. We did not have the money to replace all those cabinets so the next decision was to either paint or stain them.
I stumbled upon General Finishes Gel Stain and thought the idea of it was awesome. There's …

$5 Laundry "Room" Update

I don't have a laundry room.

I have a laundry closet right off the kitchen. I actually love it there because it is so convenient to keep laundry going through out the day. I wish it was a little bigger and I have future plans down the road, but for now I have to keep it organized or there is just not enough room for it all!

Here was the state of my closet before. Not too bad, but there were things in there that shouldn't be in there (a sprinkler??) and it just was cluttered. Not to mention plain and boring.
I think I've mentioned before on here how much I love Dollar Tree. If not, I'll say it now. I love Dollar Tree! They have some of the cutest stuff! So I went there today to find some things to organize this with. Here's what I came up with.

I bought the 3 aqua colored baskets today and the green and gray tray I was already using. 
I wiped everything down and got to work. This is what it looks like now.

The two hanging baskets underneath are simply hooked through…

Bi-Weekly Meal Plan, $113 Aldi Haul and Freezing Sloppy Joes

It has been crazy around here lately! We were gone on our anniversary trip and as soon as we got back we found out that my husband's grandmother had passed away. So two days after we got home, we packed up again and drove 8 hours away, stayed for 3 days and came back.

Today I had to get groceries, so I planned out my menu and shopping list. But when I got to the grocery store, I realized I had forgotten my list! I got as many things as I could remember and even some I knew weren't on my list, and I think I did pretty good! After I got home, I re-wrote a list of things that I forgot, so I'll be going back out tonight and getting the few things I forgot. I'm going to try out our new Neighborhood Wal-mart grocery store. Do you have one of those near you? Our's has only been open about a month and I have not been in yet. I have heard great things about it though.

Here is what I ended up getting at Aldi. They have really great meat and produce deals. And their milk is a…