Tie-Dye Birthday Party Ideas

The ideas here can be used for a birthday party or for a fun shower (depending on the bride to be…I have one cousin this would be perfect for ..ahem Britt!).

 

First thing is first. As I always say, the key to saving is planning ahead! Check your flyers for when tie-dye kits go on sale. Otherwise, stock up early using your 40% and 50% off craft store coupons. Check for special clearances around June on tie-dye. I was able to score small kits for only $2 that had all types of special tools such as lace templates and more. These were a big hit!

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You will need about one kit for every four to five tie-dyers! Splurge for the bottle kits. They save you a ton of time and are worth every penny. There is no boiling or extra work and clean up is a breeze! Also you can get rubber bands and dropcloths for only a $1 at most dollar stores.

Michaels and A.C. Moore typically have t-shirts on sale for $2.50 at least once a month. You can sometimes get them for $1.99 about every three months. Stock up when you see this price! Hanes shirts typically run about $8 for three so you are better off purchasing from the craft store sales. If this is still to pricey, opt for things such as stretchy headbands, socks or bandanas for more affordable options.

For a bridal shower, you can have people dye pajama caminsoles, socks,  underwear and boy shorts! You can also have them dye table cloths, cloth napkins, sheets and other fun items. Perhaps even the bride’s something blue!

 

Invitations: These are fun! Use a children’s spin art machine to “tie-dye” a square of white paper or cardstock. out a small t-shirt from a square of cardstock or paper. Create hearts in Microsoft Word to fill out with all the party information. Cut these out and attach them to your mini t-shirts with minimized clip art clothespins or the real miniature clothespins from a craft store (printable is cheaper!).  See the images below!

 

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Spin-Art Invitation

 

Favors: I gave out colored hair extensions ($1 for a pack of 6 at Michaels) so guests could tie-dye their hair. Check out my daughter modeling one!

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Games:

* We played pin the “pin” on the tie-dye shirt. I clothespinned a tie-dye shirt to posterboard and put stick backs on seventies inspired pins ($1 for 8 at Michaels). Closest to the center wins!

* I also had a t-shirt coloring page printed out. My daughter created a t-shirt design with eight elements on it. She showed it to the guests for thirty seconds. They then had to try and recreate her shirt on their blank t-shirt printable. The guest who had most of the elements included and matched won the game!

You can use this printable here from the Family Education web site.

 

Cake: We cut out a t-shirt from posterboard. We then attached mini-cupcakes to the board using glue dots. We iced the cupcakes in white icing and swirled in food dye. We arranged them on the cardboard so that it appeared to be a tie-dyed shirt!

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I have also seen this idea for tie-dye cupcakes from Betty Crocker.

 

Winnie the Pooh Party on a Beer Budget!

I can’t resist throwing in a beer budget birthday from time to time! I thought I would share some ideas from my daughter Maya’s first birthday! Enjoy!

I scanned a piece of scrapbook paper into my digital scrapbooking program to make this invite and then I had them printed for 10 cents each at Walgreens on photo paper.

I scanned a piece of scrapbook paper into my digital scrapbooking program to make this invite and then I had them printed for 10 cents each at Walgreens on photo paper.

 

Another shot of the Pin the Tail on Eeyore game!

 

 

I then made cake pops in the shape of honey pots. You can write HUNNY on them with an edible marker, mine didn’t work!

 

I baked the cake myself but found the cake pan on Craigslist for only $2! It didn’t take as long to pipe as I thought it would and I am not a superb piper!

 

My oldest daughter helped make this pinata using newspaper, flour, water and glue. She then painted it to complete the Hunny look. Cost: under $1!

 

Here’s a wider shot of the month by month pictures!

 

 

The link the to the Winnie the Pooh Playset printable characters from Disney can be found here!

The printable Pin the Tail on Eeyore game from Disney can also be found here!

You can also find other great ideas on the Disney Family Winnie the Pooh Site. These didn’t exist when I was planning but I would have loved the favor bags!

 

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Ice Cream Birthday Theme!

No this is not a wedding post! However I could not resist the urge to share some Beer Budget Birthday Ideas! Hey kids can come faster than you think! =) This ice cream theme can also be adapted for a fun bridal shower! Our oldest daughter loves interactive birthdays where the guests get to do something fun and different. This year we decided to do an ice cream themed birthday. About a month before the birthday party, I scoured the sale flyers in grocery stores for ice cream deals (I knew we would need a lot of ice cream!). I was able to get Friendlys ice cream for only $1.66 a container which was great! We stocked up on the basic flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and skipped the fun flavors (reduced the chances of fighting!). I also stocked up at candy sales at the supermarkets and Walgreens to score enough toppings for a fabulous Beer Budget Birthday! Here are some of the things we did on a budget, but the without losing the fun or experience!

 

 

My daughter and I made these scoop invitations out of construction paper.

My daughter and I made these scoop invitations out of construction paper.

The paper products all came from Party City. I ordered online in a Party City store (which means free shipping) and found these products on clearance for 75 cents a package plus I used a $10 off coupon!

The paper products all came from Party City. I ordered online in a Party City store (which means free shipping) and found these products on clearance for 75 cents a package plus I used a $10 off coupon!

 

We played a game where you had to think of as many ice cream flavors as possible. We then shared our flavors. If two or more people  had the same flavor, it was crossed off our lists. The person with the most unique flavors won!

We played a game where you had to think of as many ice cream flavors as possible. We then shared our flavors. If two or more people had the same flavor, it was crossed off our lists. The person with the most unique flavors won!

I made ice cream topping dice using the template found @http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs221-225/sb223-cut-out-box-net.html#.UXtwTuDzVjg. The template is blank but I used text boxes to personalize the dice. Roll the dice and follow the instructions to build your sundae! The favorite dice rolls were "Double Your Topping" and "Pick A Topping For A Friend!"

I made ice cream topping dice using the template found @http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs221-225/sb223-cut-out-box-net.html#.UXtwTuDzVjg. The template is blank but I used text boxes to personalize the dice. Roll the dice and follow the instructions to build your sundae! The favorite dice rolls were “Double Your Topping” and “Pick A Topping For A Friend!”

 

 

Next, we made Ziploc ice cream. It was so easy and tasted just like Haagen Daz!. You need two Ziploc bags, quart size and regular. Fill the quart size with ice and kosher rock salt. Then put 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the regular size bag. Seal both bags. Put the regular size bag into the quart size bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! We shook ours for five minutes while I put on music for the girls to dance around. I also found it easier to put the ziploc bags into a plastic shopping bag with a handle since the bags get slippery! It was DELICIOUS!!!!

Next, we made Ziploc ice cream. It was so easy and tasted just like Haagen Daz!. You need two Ziploc bags, quart size and regular. Fill the quart size with ice and kosher rock salt. Then put 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the regular size bag. Seal both bags. Put the regular size bag into the quart size bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! We shook ours for five minutes while I put on music for the girls to dance around. I also found it easier to put the ziploc bags into a plastic shopping bag with a handle since the bags get slippery! It was DELICIOUS!!!!

 

I made ice cream cone cupcakes (SO EASY). You put the cupcake batter into regular cupcake liners and then put the cone on top! As they bake they fill the cone and you just peel off the wrappers when they are done! As an afterthought, I should have added cherries on top!

I made ice cream cone cupcakes (SO EASY). You put the cupcake batter into regular cupcake liners and then put the cone on top! As they bake they fill the cone and you just peel off the wrappers when they are done! As an afterthought, I should have added cherries on top!

The favors! Less than $2 a piece!

The favors! Less than $2 a piece!

 

Now here are some items I wish I had found back when we were planning this party!

Check out this adorable Meri Meri Ice Cream Van with Cups and Spoons, 12-Pack It costs $11.95 and is eligible for free shipping. You can use the truck for a centerpiece and the rest for serving up your treats! If you feel like splurging…and this is a splurge but looks fun.

You can have kids kick around this YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker. It is pricey though. A pint size ball goes for between $24-$27 and a quart starts at around $36-$38. It does look fun though!

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Doc McStuffins Birthday!

 

Okay! I am flash forwarding for some of you Brides to Be! I had to include a post on our daughter’s Beer Budget Birthday party! Once you become a Beer Budget Bride…your planning switches to planning budget friendly and kid friendly parties! Birthday parties can run upwards of $500! Not in this house! We use our skills, the Internet and a little creativity to plan some great parties for our kids!

We have a two year old who is a huge fan of Doc McStuffins. Since the show is new, you can’t find many paper products (we stuck with purple and pink solids and dots) to match the occasion. However, Disney Family Go has these adorable cupcake toppers! We printed them on cardstock at Staples (the colors come out great there!) and cut them out. We attached the figures with toothpicks. My older daughter and I then baked sugar cookies in the shape of small hearts. We frosted them in pink with pink sparkle sprinkles. The rest of the cupcakes were frosted with lilac frosting to complete the look of the Big Book Book of Boo Boos!

Be sure to look at the end of this post for fun ideas for Doc McStuffin favors! I have also included a link to Amazon at the end featuring some fun Doc Mcstuffin items that can be used to create a fun and affordable party for your little one!

 

The cupcake toppers came from the Disney Family site. This site has AMAZING resources. They only cost me $3 to print out on cardstock at the UPS store. You can also find Doc Mcstuffins Edible Image Cupcake Toppers on Amazon or Etsy but they are a little pricier at $13 for 12 before shipping.

 

 

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The hearts are sugar cookie cut outs with pink sugar sprinkles for the Doc glittery effect!

I then took the band-aids from the Disney Family Go site. I used these as markers for Pin the Band-Aid on Stuffy game. I wrote each child’s name on the band-aids (which were printed on sticker paper but can also be printed on cardstock too!)

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I then took a coloring page of Stuffy from the website The Suburban Mom and imported it into a painting and coloring program (Kidpix) to color it! You can also just use crayons of course! I had this enlarged for about $5.00 at Staples and printed out in color (WAY cheaper if you do it in black and white and then color it in!). I put contact paper over it for durability. You can also laminate it at a teaching store for less than $1. This became our gameboard for Pin the Band Aid on Stuffy! The kids had to pin the band-aid either on the tip of Stuffy’s tail or the center of his belly! They played multiple times and loved it!

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Another fun activity might be to order these Doc Mcstuffins titles that have 24 pieces and come in sets of 4. They are about $13.10 for 4 which isn’t bad for a keepsake party game. You can split the kids up into teams and have them try to put the puzzles together. The team who gets it together first wins! Your child can then keep the puzzles to play with…BONUS!!!!

There is a really neat Doc McStuffins Floor Puzzle that is about $15…a little pricey but can be taped for a temporary decoration that is colorful and impressive and then reused for playtime. I am a big fan of reusable party items!

You can also find free printable coloring pages for goodie bags or activities here!

There are many party extras at Disney Family Go such as invitations and thank you cards!

 

FAVORS!!!

There are some great ways to make favors without breaking your bank! First you can make kids’ their own “doctor kits”. You can add fun band-aids like the ones below (Latex-Free Kids Bandages/Bandaids- Multiple Colored 40 Count Full Size) and you can even put on a heart-shaped sticker in the center to make them for McStuffins authentic! You can also include lollipops (an old-fashioned doctor favorite) and purchasesticker rolls like the ones they give out at the doctor office. They run cheap! They are only about $4 for 100! They now even sell 75 Doc McStuffins Stickers like the ones at the doctor’s office but they are a little pricier at $9.99.

If you have the time, you can print out the doctor’s kits on Disney Family’s site and include the pieces in the goodie bags!

You can also make band-aid and thermometer chocolate mold favors!

If you have a budget of $3.50 a child for favors, then you may want to use these Zak Designs Doc McStuffins Melamine Bowls, Set of 6 which can serve double duty as favors and partyware! Parents love reusable favors!

Another fun favor are the new Doc McStuffins Golden Book which can be pre-ordered and out in July for less than $3 a book! You can use these in centerpieces as well. You can find other Doc McStuffins titles ,they start at about $3.49 each.

 
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Does your little one want to look like the Doc? You can use a Doc McStuffins outfit for double duty! Use it for the party and for Halloween! There are some boutiques (such as Etsy sellers) that will sell you the complete outfit or a tutu outfit. Tutu outfits on Etsy range from between $28-$40 before shipping. The tutu outfits are really cute and can be personalized. I like the one from Pretty as A Princess. It can be personalized and starts at about $28. It takes 4-6 weeks to create and deliver. However, you could also make it yourself with a little clipart and word art from Microsoft Word. Print it out on t-shirt transfer paper and voila! That would probably run you closer to $20 after buying supplies and a tutu.

I am loving these new Doc McStuffins sneakers! The ones below and are from Payless (look for coupons) for $17.99. You can find them here!

There is another Doc McStuffins sneaker from KMart for $19.99. Check them out here!


The costumes are being sold for $80 on Etsy. WHAT?!!!

Want a lot of the accessories with the Doc Mcstuffins logo, lab coat and name badge? Then get this Doc McStuffins dress up kit for $33.04 from Amazon (includes shipping).