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Kids Birthday Party Ideas | Princess Tea PartyPrincess party costumes in pink, purple and yellow with lots of sparkles and frills. Princess tea party with muffins, cakes and tea sandwiches--a perfect girl's birthday party. Enjoying swimming at the princess pool party.

 Despite my initial reluctance, Maggie’s birthday tea party was actually a lot of fun to put together. And while it looked very luxe, the final cost came in well under $100 for everything, thanks to clearance deals, an abundant stockpile, & creative use of Groupons!

The highlights:

  • The cupcakes, from So Sweet Cupcake Bakery, were a lucky last-minute Groupon find. Because I had a little Groupon credit to burn, they ended up costing nothing out of pocket. Even so, I was feeling a little guilty about not baking them myself. That is, until I walked into the gorgeous little shop and saw the cupcakes! The flavors choices were to-die for and the cupcakes were a massive hit!
  • Most of the goody bag items–notecards, crayons, pencils, etc.–were clearance items I had picked up throughout the year for 75-90%off. (Often in the dollar section at Target–I always check to see if they’ve marked stuff down!)   I used candy leftover from Trouble’s Sweet Soda Shop Party a few months ago. The big “splurge” was the $2.00 tiaras which are pretty much a Princess party must! I actually found some cute ones on Amazon for only $0.99 each, but then completely forgot to order them and had to run to Target at the last minute. Even with the Tiaras, the total cost for the goodie bags was only about $3.75 each.
  • The paper buntings, tiara craft, treat holders, & cupcake picks (and invitations) were all part of the Princess Party Kits I found on closeout months ago at Stampin’ Up. (They have some fantastic clearance deals!)  I think they were around $2 per pack. The kits are no longer available, but for slightly more effort you could easily make your own from scrapbook paper and an Exacto knife (or a Silhouette Cutting Tool, if you’re really lucky!)
  • I purposely didn’t plan a lot of activities besides just simple paper tiara craft. Honestly the girls were perfectly content to play Barbies and hair salon, and then to swim after lunch. This was our first girl-only party and–no offense to boys–it was so calm!
  • Lunch was also very simple–tea sandwiches, grapes, & muffins served alongside a pitcher of sweet tea. The tea, despite being the most important element of a tea party, was decidedly NOT a hit. All but one of the girls immediately asked for water instead. Sigh. With the exception of the grapes, which I bought especially for the party, all of the food was made from the items I had on hand.
  • The silk flowers were found on clearance at Target (about $20 for all), and the vases were a quick & easy DiY project. The chair covers & table runner were also DiY projects. (I will post the chair cover instructions soon!)   I found the fabric at Walmart for $2 a yard, and spent about $20 total.
  • The way overpriced ($4!) Ariel candle was a bit of an impulse buy. Princess saw it at Publix a few weeks ago and begged to have it for her party. At least it looked cute on the cupcakes!

23 Comments

  1. Alisha
    September 6 at 01:26PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Your girls are so lucky to have such a fun (and creative!) mommy!! I only hope to be half as creative and energetic as you when it comes time for me to start throwing b-day parties for my kids! 🙂

    • Ruth
      September 6 at 05:47PM

      Aw, thanks Alisha. You will be! 🙂

  2. Maddy
    September 6 at 02:01PM

    Honestly?? You Totally rock it!! Very impressive and I love all the details!! Very nice!!! 🙂

    • Ruth
      September 6 at 05:47PM

      Thanks Maddy. 🙂

  3. Marcela
    September 6 at 02:31PM

    You are very talented Ruth! I like very much the photos with your beautiful girls and I am sure that you have a lot of patience to do all these. So, Happy Birthday to your princess !!! :0)

    • Ruth
      September 6 at 05:48PM

      Thanks Marcela!

  4. September 6 at 03:41PM

    Great job! This turned out very cute. You did wonderful.

  5. September 6 at 04:55PM

    Love this! Looked like fun!

  6. September 6 at 07:14PM

    You did a beautiful job! $4 for a candle IS expensive, but if it made your daughter’s day perfect than it was well worth it!

    Beautiful party 🙂

  7. Yvette
    September 6 at 08:24PM

    You did AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! That was all put together so wonderfully. I know that Princess will remember this party forever!

    God Bless,

    Yvette

  8. Claire
    September 7 at 01:56AM

    SO adorable!!! All boys here but loved the 006 Spy Party idea too!!

  9. September 13 at 09:31AM

    Awww what a pretty party! The birthday girl and her guests sure looked like they had so much fun! Those cupcakes look amazing…I wish I was a little girl again!

  10. September 27 at 07:37AM

    Woah! Princess overload! Cute over load too!

  11. Melissa
    September 28 at 12:27PM

    SOOOOOOO Cute!!! Sorry I had to miss it – but thanks for posting (of course you would!), I enjoyed looking at the precious pics our our girls!

  12. January 24 at 09:40PM

    Adorable, they’ll cherish these pics when they’re older

  13. April 29 at 07:02AM

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter
    to be actually something which I think I would never
    understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me.

    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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