February 27, 2012

Party On A Dime

So today is actually my son Jude's 6th Birthday (and his cousin Graham's B-day who is 8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM!). We had a family party on Saturday. A party that was thrown together in about 3 days and one that had a very small budget. You have to get creative when you can't just go buy everything. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

I made a couple of fabric banners completely out of thrifted material. Oh how that material comes in handy. And I happen to love the vintage feel it gives.

His Birthday banner was cut from an old book on hand from the thrift store. I loved the colors in this one.

The party hats were made from paper grocery bags.
Just trace a paper plate and cut out. Then overlap them like so and glue. 

I also made little mystery sweet treat bags. Just some sewn parchment paper filled with some cavity bites.
 These are our "Thank You" treats to our family that drove for more than half an hour to celebrate with us. I made one of my favorite cookies. Chocolate Mint Crinkles (recipe below) My mom always made these at Christmas time. These suckers are made year round at my house. Ho Ho Ho

Jude wanted a hot dog party. And I have the need to put everything in a pretty container. Including mustard and ketchup. I can't have those ugly bottles sitting out. I mean really!

Over the "Cake Table" we had to have something pretty. My thrift store books came in handy once again. Devil Streamers it is 6 6 6 

A simple hot dog buffet 

His birthday cake was humble but delicious. I made regular round cakes and cut out circles with IKEA cookie cut outs. I opted for a little less sugar by using powder sugar instead of icing. The cake banner was made with the same book paper as his Happy Birthday Banner. Again, humble but cheap.

Cupcake toppers were made with left over paper bags. I just used a punch I picked up at the thrift store for a $1

Lemonade in mason jars

Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
(Not  just for Christmas)

Combine in one bowl
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2  tsp peppermint
  • beat in 4  eggs
Combine in another bowl
  • 2/3 cup cocoa 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Combine the two bowls together, chill for 3 hours
Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar bowl, place on cookie sheet
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.


  1. Again, you are amazing! I love how simple this is, but also so special! You are a wonderful mom! Awesome, you could get a job doing this for other people!

    1. Thank you so much :) You're very sweet. I would love to do this for peoples parties! It's so much fun!

  2. Love it! Love all of it! What fun ideas!

  3. Adorable! Adrianna just referred me over here. Great ideas and photos!

    1. Thank you :) Back at ya! May my blog be as beautiful as yours one day. You are one talented gal.

  4. That was one stylin party. The ONLY thing that would've made it better would've been if we were there! Maybe next time... Wink,wink ;) Happy belated birthday Jude!! Your "far away friends" miss you so much.

  5. Cutest party ever, you could write books. Maybe someday you will!

  6. Hello Ardelle,
    I came across your blog while searching for eco-friendly decorating ideas for a series Im writing for my blog and
    I am so glad I came across your blog! I love everything about this party, you were so clever to repurposed so many items! I will love to feature your pictures in my blog with a link back to your site if that is ok with you ;-) thanks for sharing!

    1. Of course, of course! I'm so glad and thank you :) I would love to see what you come up with as well. Good luck!

    2. Thanks Ardelle, here is the link to the post, I linked back to your main page and this page. :-)