A Crafty Pool Party

So today was the big day–Maggie’s Crafty Pool Party.  Amazingly enough, it went off without a hitch, (which is no small feat when dealing with 4 and 5 year olds), and we had a really fun day.  All the planning definitely paid off, the decorations were a hit, and I even came in $50 under budget!

The face painting was definitely the surprise hit of the party.  I pulled out my Klutz face painting book at the last minute and rediscovered why it is one of the best things I have ever bought on!  The menu was simple & kid-friendly–homemade mac & cheese, mini-hotdog crescent rolls, & grapes, sprinkled with a generous helping of sugar via cookies, cupcakes, & candy!  (Sorry moms!)
 My big splurge was paying a babysitter to watch the younger siblings during the party, but even that was a pretty good deal because she brought a friend and we got 2 babysitters for the price of 1.  It was really nice not to have to worry about Annie during the party, especially since we took the baby fence down by the pool.  Overall, I don’t think I would change a thing.  Of course, maybe I should’ve spent my extra $50 on paying someone to clean my house afterwards!
Here is the breakdown of what I spent:
Invitations-$0 (handmade using scrap materials around the house)
Cake-$0 (had all ingredients in my pantry)
Candy & Favors: $21.54 (mostly to fill pinata)
Ribbons:  $6.95
Scrapbook Paper: $10.00 (used for most of the crafts)
Tissue Paper: $9.09
Table Runners: $5.03
Clear plastic paint buckets: $18.18 (for 8 buckets)
Aprons: $4.00
Pinata: $1.25
Picture Frame Craft: $15.00
Tray (for water): $3.47
Babysitter: $35 for 4 1/2 hours.
Total Spent: $149.47 (Budget: $200.00)
It was a lot of work but it was so much fun!  I can’t wait until my next bash!


  1. Tawanda
    August 22 at 02:41AM

    WOW! WOW! WOW! It ALL looks adorable.

  2. Jennifer
    August 23 at 04:58AM

    Awww…..Everything looks amazing!

  3. Olenka
    August 23 at 07:27PM

    Will you come to my house for my daughters 3yr old Birthday!! You did an excellent job!!! WOW!

  4. Ruth
    August 27 at 12:19AM

    Thanks ladies! It was so much fun! Olenka, I would love to do your daughter's party–if I could just plan parties all day long, I would be a very happy girl! 🙂

  5. Anna @ Around My Table
    September 3 at 04:26AM

    Congrats on the wonderful party! Fantastic theme and the decor so fresh and nice.

  6. February 15 at 11:12PM

    Super cute decor!!!

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