Party Planning on a Budget

So for the last 5 weeks or so I have been planning a surprise birthday party for my mom (who turned 50) and my mother’s first grandbaby (who turned 1). When I take on projects like this, I like to do my best to do it right (ie. proper invitations, great food, pretty decor) but not spend too much. Some of you may think this party budget is extravagant while others may be amazed at how little I spent. It all depends on your point of view.

$100- Venue: Legacy Park @ Hollingsworth. I could have done this at my parents’ home for free but part of the gift to my mom was that she would not have to clean-up after yet another party in her home.

$34- Invitations and postage for 90 guests. I created personalized invites from ready-made Anna Griffin cards by Target.

$20- Paper products from Target and aluminum pans from Dollar Tree (I used fabric tableclothes and toppers that I already owned from previous parties).

$195- Picnic food and beverage to serve 80-90 people

Sweet cured ham and swiss sandwiches with honey mustard and onion puree (my sweet boyfriend helped me put together 150 of these tiny sandwiches!)

Southern slow-baked beans with bacon

Bowtie pasta salad with fresh basil

Mango Pineapple Sparkling Punch with fresh mango and pineapple “ice cubes”

Iced water with lemon and lime slices

$150- Cake to serve 80, carrot and strawberry cakes with buttercream swirl, Kathy and Company in Easley, SC. I just had them iced in plain buttercream so I could add whatever decorations I wanted. Kathy and her ladies always do a great job for me. I had planned to make these myself but at the last minute I decided toting (southernism for “carrying”) cakes to an event with all the other food I had prepared was just too risky! My sister-in-law picked up the cakes for me. Thanks, Holly!

$35- Party decorations, “spring trees”, birthday banners, cake toppers, party hats etc.

Finished Spring Trees with Birthday Banner

The guests of honor.They were sure surprised!
They were starting to figure out what was going on.
Bailee's 1st birthday cake

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