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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!

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