My goal for Valentine’s Day was to show that you can throw a fabulous party on a very tight budget using things around the house and a trip to the dollar store. I managed to throw this party for $35 including food, decorations and favors.
My Shopping List
- strawberry cake mix – $0.88 (from Wal-Mart)
- white cake mix – $0.88 (from Wal-Mart)
- marshmallow fluff – $0.99 (from Wal-Mart)
- 2 pkgs. cream cheese – $2.00 (from Wal-Mart)
- 3 pkgs. conversation hearts – $3.00 (from Dollar Tree)
- 2 pkgs. doilies – $2.00 (from Dollar Tree)
- wrapping paper – $5.00 (from Target)
- tape – $0.97 (from Wal-Mart)
- candy melts – $2.50 (from Wal-Mart)
- heart marshmallows – $1.25 (from Wal-Mart)
- lollipop sticks – $2.00 (from Wal-Mart)
- straws – $1.76 (from Wal-Mart)
- puffy hearts on a stick – $1.00 (from Dollar Tree)
- 2 pkgs. silicone baking cups – $2.00 (from Dollar Tree)
- tulips – $4.00 (from Wal-Mart)
So my shopping trip was $34.23 (plus tax)! I already had baker’s twine from another event, but yarn or ribbon would be just as cute here and inexpensive. I also had mason jars (I’m going to start canning one day. Really!) and things like eggs, oil, butter and powdered sugar.
Shopping for Supplies
First, I hit up Dollar Tree to see what kind of goodies I could find. I picked up some silicone baking cups (6-pack for $1) in Valentine’s Day colors, some puffy hearts, two packages of paper doilies and three bags of conversation hearts.
Next, I hit up Wal-Mart and Target for the rest of my supplies. SOme wrapping paper from Target and food items from Wal-Mart.
I used my daughter’s desk to display our treats, but any table will do. I just like how narrow the desk was. If you are using a wider table, throw a white table cloth over it first.
Once you have a table selected, create your table runner out of wrapping paper. Believe it or not, the wrapping paper was my biggest splurge at $5.00 from Target. I love using wrapping paper. Table runners can be pricey, and I can’t always find what I want but I can always find wrapping paper I like. It’s cheap and you won’t cry if someone spills pink lemonade all over it. What’s not to love?
I originally wanted to grab a solid pink paper from Dollar Tree, but I hesitated and when I went back the next day it was gone. Lesson learned. But, I love the pink and glitter in the paper I used from Target, so it all worked out fine.
To help center my tablescape, I grabbed a large crocheted doily from my Grandma’s house. I pretty much had to pinky swear that no harm would come to that doily and that I would return it in a timely manner. My Grandma is 90 and is a hoot!
I love a good backdrop, but since the wall color was neutral, I decided to dress it up with a lovely doily banner. This was so easy to make! I used two packages of doilies I picked up from Dollar Tree (pink hearts and round white) and tied them together using some leftover baker’s twine from my son’s party. Embroidery floss, yarn or ribbon would also work well if you don’t have baker’s twine. If I was really ambitious, I would have unboxed my Silhouette, read the manual and cut letters out of each doily, but I’ll save that for another day. Now that the party is over, it looks pretty on mantle.
Part 2 will be about the yummy treats I served and how far your can stretch two boxes of cake mix. Vist the Valentine’s Day Party on a Budget | Part 2.