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Easy, Inexpensive Favor Bags

Paper Bag Party Favors | Five MarigoldsDress up a common paper lunch bag to be something extra special!  EClaire needed to take favor bags to school for her half birthday (summer birthday problems!). I had a few awkwardly shaped items so I needed a decent-sized bag, but I didn’t want to spend much.

As usual, I headed to the Dollar Tree fro some paper lunch bags and doilies. Then, I secured them with these tiny craft clothespins that you can get at Hobby Lobby or here on Amazon. I love how these turned out, and you can make 40 for just $6. Next time, I love the idea of trying these for birthday party favors with colorful doilies and clothespins.

These would be great for Valentines, Birthday parties or even for quick and easy gift wrap for small gifts.

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Free Valentine’s Day Printables

44I just love Valentine’s Day! Such a fun day for kids to express friendship to one another. Dub loves tearing open the goodies, but EClaire really loves to see the creativity of the Valentines and read the messages from her friends.

Today I’m sharing printables and ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Candy Necklace Valentine

Candy Necklace Valentine Printable | Five MarigoldsI designed these for EClaire’s princess party this summer, and adapted them again for Valentine’s to be more inclusive of boys in her class.  Just print these out, cut two slits,  add the candy bracelet (I get mine at Dollar Tree 10/$1) and sign the back. Find the original post and download here!

 

Be Minecraft Valentine

Be Minecraft Valentines Printable | Five MarigoldsDub is obsessed with Minecraft! So, I created this “Be Mine (craft)” printable to wrap a box of Conversation Hearts for an inexpensive Valentine. Just seal with some stick glue and sign the back.  Download here.

Straw Valentine

This Valentine by Paging Super Mom was a hit among the preschoolers Dub gave this to years ago – and their parents who loved the non-sweet Valentine. I used the heart shaped curly straws from Hobby Lobby (10/$1) and signed his name on the printable in PhotoShop. Super cheap and easy.

Kool-Aid Valentine

Kool-Aid Valentine Printable | Five MarigoldsLast year EClaire had so much fun putting these Kool Valentines together! Simply download the printable here and affix to the back of Kool-Aid packets with a heart sticker. I digitally added her name, but you can sign yours for a more personalized touch.

Candy Buttons Valentine

Valentine Candy Buttons | Five MarigoldsI absolutely loved the candy button favors I made for EClaire’s princess party this summer, so I recreated them for some homemade and very inexpensive Valentines. The kids think this is such a novelty that it’s always a hit! Find the full instructions here.

There you have it, just a few of the Valentines we’ve given over the years. What do you think? Will you be using any of these this year? Please take a moment to tell me about it, below!

Free Valentine's Day Printables | Five Mariolds

 

In addition to being featured in the fab blogs shown on the buttons to the right, this post was also featured on Huckleberry Love.

Candy Necklace Valentine’s Printable

Remember these Princess Party Candy Necklace favors?

Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

Well, I’m all about upcycling my work, so I made a few modifications so we can use them for EClaire’s classroom Valentines. The party favors have been such a hit among all my readers, so I’ve decided to offer these up as a free printable, as well.

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Just print these out, two-sided, on some cardstock, cut a slit on either side of the card and finish with a candy bracelet from the Dollar Tree (10 for $1!).

Click here to get your free Candy Necklace Valentine’s printable.

If you love these and plan to use them for your Valentines, please take a moment to tell me about it in the comments!

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UPDATE: A Huge thanks to I Heart Naptime for featuring this printable on her collection of 20 Valentine’s Day printables!

You can find this linked up at the buttons you see at the right, and also at Tator Tots and Jello, Craft-o-ManiacHuckleberry Love.and That DIY Pa

Eve’s Princess Party

It’s official: Eve is 4 years old, and she had a birthday party fit for a princess.

You’ve already seen the custom favors I prepared here and here (for less than $2 total!); now take a look at the rest of the party.

We created an extremely inexpensive table setting by purchasing five plastic tablecloths in two different colors from the dollar store. You can replicate the look by using  one color of tablecloth for your backdrop and base tablecloth. Then, use the three contrasting tablecloths to create the “curtains” and top tablecloth.  I Cut 12″ sections from the bottom of the curtains for the bows. Then, I bustled the uppertablecloth and secured it with safety pins. I used a 12″ strip of the base tablecloth to create the bow on the table. Voila! A super cute tablescape for just $5.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Next, I created a custom Princess Silhouette. Remember the silhouettes I made for the girls’ room? I made an easy modification in PhotoShop by making the background and silhouette our party colors. I labeled it “Princess Eve” using my favorite Jellyka Delicious Cake font. This time I had it printed at Costco for just $2.99 and reused the frame we scored at JoAnn’s for $3.99.

Princess Silhouette | Five Marigolds

To make a special napkin ring, I used the leftover napkins from ‘Belle’s Bow Birthday Party and made these little princess dresses.  Cute, right? To make them:

  1. Make two folds on your napkin so the two outer edges meet in the middle.
  2. Then fold it one more time so that those two folds now touch back-to-back (and the side with those original outer edges is face out).
  3. On the folded side, cut a “V” into the napkin.
  4. Secure with a bow or glue a small piece of paper to secure, if desired.

That’s it! A festive napkin ring for no additional cost than the napkins and tableware you would have already supplied.

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The center of attention on our Princess Party table setting was a sweet princess cake I got from our local bakery, Sweet Pea Cakes.  I then topped it with a gold paper tiara I made using scrapbook paper from JoAnn’s on my Silhouette SD.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Princess Birthday Party $20 Favors + Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Like the ideas you see here? Take a moment to tell me about it below!

Princess Party Favors: Candy Necklace Cards

For Eve’s Princess Birthday Party, I was going for a generic princess feel rather than a Disney princess kind of feel. As part of that, I wanted to create some custom party favors. I didn’t really find anything out there I loved for purchase, so I went about creating my own.

You already saw the Candy Button Crown favors I made for the party. Today, I’m sharing the hit of the party – Candy Necklace Cards. I’d seen a similar concept online, but nothing princess themed. So, I went about creating these myself in PhotoShop, using hair and dress colors that somewhat inspired by Disney princesses, but with look that still felt sweet and unbranded.

Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

I love how they turned out.  On the front I printed these sweet princesses on heavy cardstock.

On the back, a thank you note for attending Eve’s party, written in Jellyka Delicious Cake font.Princess Party Candy Necklace Favors Printable | Five Marigolds

I simply cut a slit on each side, then hooked the candy bracelet on the card.Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

The best part? This favor is very inexpensive – 10 favors for just $1 when you buy the candy bracelets from the Dollar Tree candy section, like I did. Or, buy them in bulk. You can package them in clear cellophane from the craft store.

I have no shame in sharing that I’m already planning to recycle these babies for Valentine’s Day cards, bagged in cellophane . What do you think? Would your little princess love to receive these as a party favor or Valentine? Would you like a printable copy of this for your little girl? UPDATE: Download the free Princess Party Candy Necklace printable here! I would love to see these printables in action. Please be sure to send me images of your princess parties!Princess Candy Necklace Party Favors | Five Marigolds

Baby Girl Bow Birthday Party

My baby girl just turned one and because her birthday is exactly a week after Dub’s, I’ll admit I ran out of steam on the party planning. However, I wanted to do something special and celebrate as a family, and was able to put together a cute Bow Birthday theme really inexpensively.BOWBIRTHDAYSTORYBOARD

Birthday parties in general are somewhat inexpensive for us, because for each child we buy a few essentials that we reuse year after year.

These include:

  • Bunting and banners
  • Centerpieces
  • My Special Day chair covers that we reuse for birthdays, first days of school, and any day we want to recognize and celebrate each child individually.

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Additionally, we always save leftover party supplies such as napkins, plates and plastic cutlery and every few years we find we don’t have to buy these supplies at all because of that stash. That was the case for baby ‘Belle’s party.

For the cupcakes, I whipped up a batch of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and frosted them in pink and white buttercream frosting. I wanted them to carry out the bow theme, but because I’m lacking in fondant skills I purchased these toppers. You can find similar fondant bows on etsy.

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We served homemade vanilla ice cream and a simple punch using 7-Up and raspberry sherbet.

I bought inexpensive plastic tablecloths from the dollar store and used one of them as a decorative sash across the front.

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Next, I made bow napkin rings – I love how these turned out! I bought rectangle shaped napkins at the party supply store, but you could do this by folding traditional napkins in half. Simply pinch them in the middle, place them on top of your cutlery and wrap a small band of paper around the bow, secured with tape.

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I used leftover napkins to make the bow you see on the front of the table to carry the theme through.

I took a little photo shoot of baby ‘Belle sporting her birthday bow. I’d say the cupcakes were a hit!5m bow birthday cake smash