First, i was lucky enough to find a party store going out of business! i scored these really cute hanging ceiling decoration's and more. i started extremely early since the store was going out of business i grabbed everything Elmo. Around October i was able to find an Elmo Halloween bucket that i used for both Halloween and her party at the same store.( picture below)
I want to be completely honest on the prices so here is how much i found these decorations for..
- Jumbo letter banner - $4.00 (reg. price $7.50)
- Swirl ceiling decorations - $3.00 (reg. price $6.00)
- Table cloth $2.50 (reg. $5.00) still too much, not sure why i bought it lol
- Elmo and friends napkins 50 cents x3 ( reg. price $1.00)
- streamers 50 cents x2 (reg. $1.00)
- Elmo Halloween bucket $4.00 (reg. price $7.50)
Total $15.00 + tax
Next, i found these cool sticker books, coloring book and snack containers at one of my FAVORITE stores Target! i found them in the dollar section that is usually in the front of the store. the sticker books and coloring books were a dollar each and the container was $3.00 each. i bought a sticker book for each kid (20 kids), 3 coloring books (two for prizes and 1 for arts and crafts) and two containers for prizes. i plan on playing about 4 games so i finished with prizes.
Total $29.00 +tax
So i spent about $44.00 on all the Elmo stuff above. Now time for creating! last year i did a HUGE goody bag for each child filled with snacks, toys and candy this year i wanted to do something different. So i decided to make these cool party poppers. i got the idea on Pinterest from birthday express. really is to do and the kids will love it! i saved a bunch of rolls for a two months. This project cost me $3.00. all you need is tissue paper OR gift wrap , ribbon and tape. Here's how my poppers came out :)
Now we are at $47.00, so excited and still under my budget!!
Next i decided i didn't want to hire a clown and i needed to keep the kids occupied and entertained so i came out with an Arts and Craft table. When the kids entered they needed to find their name card and in front of their cards each kid had sesame street coloring books. I made the name cards with my Cricut and the coloring books were made at a friends job :) The name tags are availble at kayliemp
Yummy Cookie Monster Bar
My daughter had a cookie monster balloon in the house from when she went to a Sesame street show so i used it to decorate the table. I then cut out "cookies" and a "cookie bar" sign out of brown paper. To store the cookies in i used cookie jars, glass vases and any glass jars that i found around the house. i purchased different types of cookies so everyone had many options to choose from. i waited for the cookies to go on sale and spent about $20.00
For Centerpieces i used my cricut to make the characters and used Styrofoam to hold it up. i found these red pail at Walmart for 60 cents! i already had Styrofoam but if you don't you can find a long sheet for maybe $4.00. this project cost me about $3.00
These party centerpiece characters are available for sale at
for the cake table i used party streamers available at any party store or most discount stores for about $1.00. i twisted the streamers to give it a nice look and used a "happy birthday" sign i purchased a while back ( as described above) then i created these Medallion sesame street hangers which are available at my shop kayliemp
the pinata cost me FOUR dollars. I purchased 2 tissue papers ( yellow and pink), two Elmo ballons and i used old boxes
Total Cost $80.00 +tax
I did not have this party at my home but have i done so i'm pretty sure i would have spent wayyyyy less. to spend even less money on other things such as food i had a few family and friends cook something and went to my local Kmart and found juices and soda for less then $2.00