Smooches & ‘Staches Valentine’s Day Party on a $50 Budget

I was so excited when Jessica from Let’s Get This Party Started and Suzanne from Fanciful Events contacted me about contributing a Valentine’s Day party. So I came up with a Smooches & ‘Staches Valentine’s Day Party on a $50 budget. Yep! Just $50.

The inspiration for my shoot came from the mustache Duck Tape I picked up from Staples for $5. Duck tape is such a fun product and so versatile, and I used it to create flags, milk bottle labels, bubble labels and more. It’s great because it sticks well (but is removable), and it gives you a lot of bang for you buck and saves your poor hands from trimming pages and pages of card stock printables.

The Bubble Gum Favors were picked up at Sam’s Club for $10 for a 24 pack. They already come in the cutest packaging, but I removed the plain heart tag and added one of my own (see the free printables below.) From Dollar General I picked up two packs of suckers, two packs of bubbles, and a small metal tray for $5 total. From Target’s dollar spot  I picked up the adorable lips & straws set (6 total), cupcake liners, and two packages of Valentine’s Day ribbon ($ each).  I also picked up some cake mix for the cupcakes, marshmallow fluff, graham crackers for a total of $19. Next, I hit up my local grocery store for flowers and Oreo Cakesters for $16.

I already had melting chocolate, my mustache lollipop mold, lollipop sticks, sprinkles, chalkboard spray paint and twine from some other projects, but those can all be picked up inexpensively from local baking supply shops, hobby stores and online. Or just use what you have around the house.

To make my inexpensive chalkboard prop, I covered the edges of my $1 tray in Duck Tape and spray painted it with chalkboard paint to create a cheap and fun chalkboard. I wrote “I {mustache}” you to be my sweetheart” on it to carry on the mustache theme.

I used a mix of homemade and convenience items jazzed up with homemade touches. I made homemade “Kiss Me S’More Cupcakes” using chocolate cupcakes (from my box mix) covered in homemade marshmallow icing and graham cracker bits. “Smoochie Pies” were a play on whoopie pies and were Oreo Double Stuff Cakesters rolled in red sprinkles from the pantry. Chocolate mustache lollipops were made using melting chocolate and a mustache mold leftover from another party. Other treats included dollar store strawberry suckers shaped like lips and a 2-liter of cherry soda poured into old Starbucks Frappucino bottles pulled from my party stash, but individual soda or milk would work just as well.

For party favors, I gave out bubbles and tubes of bubble gum.

This whole party was done for  a budget of $50, assuming you already have some things on hand like eggs and oil for the cake, card stock, twin or ribbon, tape, etc.

Now are you ready for some freebies? I have two versions of FREE party circles from the party for you to use. Use them for cupcake toppers, gift tags and so much more!

I used these party circles for my cupcake toppers. You can download those here: VDayPartyCircles

I used these as tags for my Bubblegum Favors. You can download those here: VDayPartyCircles2

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. says

    What a cute party! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Thank you for sharing these printables, too. I used them at a little-kid Valentine’s party this year, and they made it extra sweet.

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