This party was affordably (and quickly) put together. Pretty much everything you see came from Michael’s. I would love to be one of those plan ahead, print out invites and order-it-all-online kind of moms, but I’m just not. Maybe one day?
The inspiration for the party’s aesthetic was this stripey graphic horse I found. This image summed up two things my daughter loves: vibrant color and horses. For the life of me I cannot figure out where it came from – please share if you know the source! Maybe it was on pinterest?
My favorite part of any party is always the favors. I just love surprising little treasures wrapped in fun containers!
I thought boxes would be fun. For their tops, I cut little squares of leftover newspaper on diagonal and wrapped with ribbon. Then I glued on the wooden horses. Boxes were 79 cents each at Michael’s. The wooden horses, 50 cents each.
The horses were unfinished wood, so I spray painted the day before. So easy. Even did a few that morning, hence the dirty barn boots.
Inside the favor boxes I placed knitted gloves and holiday-inspired bubble bath in different flavors. I usually try to avoid candy as party favors, although I cheat sometimes. Mittens were $1 a set from Michael’s and bubble bath came in a pack of ten from Tuesday morning.
To embellish our balloon garland, I printed out the graphic horse and framed it in a leftover IKEA frame. I like the modern frame against the rustic wood.
About the balloons: my friend Tamara’s husband, Brett, blew up every balloon for our garland. He told me he was happy to offer his hot air, ha ha. To give the balloon garland a “swag,” he put a little bit of water in the center balloon. Smart!
Since I don’t own a fancy punchbowl, I used one of our Tarjay jars for the lemonade and just wrapped decorative felt ribbon around the top and secured with a glue gun. Added one of our wooden horses. Ribbon $3 from Michaels. Straws $2 from Wal-Mart.
We set up a s’more station. You know it’s totally against the rules to have a bonfire without s’mores. Containers $1 each from Michael’s.
I had a professional s’more stylist : )
My cutlery container came from TJ Maxx. And in case you’re wondering about my extra fancy
unhemmed, white trash sophisticated tablecloth, it was a piece of scrap fabric I used from this picnic way back when. I have it in green too – it’s this cheapy from IKEA. I’ve loved that fabric forever and hope to make a tablecloth in it someday!
Thanks to Tamara, Brett, Judy, Maddie and my daughter, Sterling, for helping me put this all together. And to my amazing husband , Peter, for carting two carloads of stuff AND cooking all of our food. It’s always much more fun doing projects with loved ones!