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Throw a Cheap TuTu Birthday Party Without Looking Cheap

By March 6, 2017 cheap birthday party ideas, General, Party Ideas
girl's tutu birthday party ideas

Your children very important to you. So of course you want to make their Birthday party nothing less than special and memorable for them. Many mom’s and dad’s find that the Birthday party of their little girl’s dreams can cost a small fortune. Money that can be set aside to begin their college tuition fund.

No need to fret. I have solutions for your party needs that won’t break the bank. Lets take a look at how you can have an amazing tutu Birthday party while still being frugal.


Girl’s Love To Play Dress UP
Make tutus and crowns for each girl attending, says Jae Craig  of designdalle.blogspot.com. If you are crafty, this can be a great party favor your your little girl’s guests.

ballerina birthday party ideas

Location, Location, Location
When and where? These are the first and most important questions that you need to answer when planning your little girl’s party. If you live in a warmer climate or if it is summer time, consider your local public park. Many parks have a designated picnic area which is perfect for hosting a family party. If a park is not an option, consider having your party at home or a family member’s home.

I love the idea of making pom pom’s out of tissue paper and hanging them from a tree like this example found on Martha Steward Weddings. Or even putting some pallets together and covering them with a table cloth and using pillows as seating as the one found on Kara’s Party Ideas.

Food
As you may have guessed. Food is my favorite part of any celebration. I love to cook and entertain. However, aside from the venue, food can be one of the most expensive parts of a party. However, you can easily cut the cost of food at a kids party with these simple ideas. Make it a pot luck event. Supply the burgers and hot dogs, and ask family members to bring a side dish. Buy your burgers, hot dogs, and buns in bulk. This will save you a lot of money. Or you can skip the meal and just serve chips, snacks, and of course, lets not forget the Birthday cake.

Guest List
The guest list for your Birthday party will naturally affect the cost of your event. The more people you plan to invite, the more seating and food you will need. If you want to keep cost down, keep the guest list small. Perhaps only inviting family members and close friends.

Invitations and Decorations
Part of throwing a fun party is the decorations and invitations. But they can eat up a good portion of your funds. Choose a color and them for your child’s party and stick to it. For a girl’s Birthday party, you might consider a ballerina theme with pink invitations, bunting, and some pink and white balloons.

ballerina invitation bunting and thank you card pink

Instantly download an invitation like the one above for $9. You can easily edit and print your invitation from home on premium white 8.5×11 card stock. This option is also good if you are running short on time and your child’s Birthday is quickly approaching. The invitation fits nicely in a standard A7 envelope. Depending on the number of guests you have on your guest list, this will cost you significantly less than having invitations professionally printed. And they look so much prettier than emailed invitations or the kind that you write the information in. Plus your guests will appreciate receiving an invitation in the mail. These invitations come with the fonts, so there is no need to worry about downloading them. See the complete line at www.diyInvitationDivas.etsy.com

Fun and Games
Fun and games are a fairly traditional part of a Birthday party. So if it is your wish to go with tradition, I have a an old favorite that won’t cost a lot, if anything at all. Musical chairs will add life to any ballerina’s tutu party. If you have never played this game as a child, I will wonder a tiny bit about you. Just kidding. The game is simple. All you need are kids, music, and chairs. Have one less chair than there are children. When the music plays the children dance around the chairs. When it stops, everyone has to sit in a chair. The one who is out has to stand aside. Then you take one chair away and repeat the process until there is one kid left. I loved this game as a kid and remember that it kept me and my friends entertained for hours.

Chipping In
Most likely, at least one other person in your family has thrown a child’s Birthday party. It stands to reason, then, that they probably know a little something about planning a party. You might even have a talented musician or magician in your family who is willing to chip in their skills to save you some money. Don’t be shy about asking for help from your loved ones, as they might be delighted to help.

tutu birthday cake

The Cake
What little girl doesn’t love cake? And what Birthday party would be complete without one. The Birthday cake is the highlight of the whole party. The cake of your dreams doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Here are some suggestions. You can buy a cake mix, frosting, sprinkles and candles. Have dad take the guest of honor out for a few hours while you and the siblings work on baking and decorating the cake. It is a fun family project that you all will enjoy. If you are strapped for time, look at your local supermarket or bakery for a pre-made cake.

If you follow these tips, your child’s Birthday party doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Do you have ideas for saving money on a child’s Birthday party? We would love to hear them. If so, won’t you share them in the comments section below.

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Pineapple Coconut Carrot Naked Cake

By February 12, 2017 Brunch and Bubbly, Desserts, General, Party Ideas, Recipies
cream cheese frosting recipe

With this weekend’s brunch and bubbly with the girl’s quickly approaching, I am scrambling to get things done. My theme is tropical and I wanted to bake something special for the ladies that would be pretty and have a tropical flair. Now I love a good cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t right? The problem is carrot cake is the only thing that comes to mind when thinking of cream cheese frosting. So I added some pineapple and coconut to the recipe. It is sure to to leave my guests obsessing over this cake.

pineapple coconut carrot cake

Make this indulgent cake the next time you are having guests for brunch or dinner. You are sure to be the belle of your ball.

PINEAPPLE COCONUT CARROT NAKED CAKE

Cake Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbl all-purplose flour, divided
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 lb grated carrots
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Frosting Ingredients
3/4 lb cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 lb unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 lb confectioners’ sugar sifted
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter 2 8-inch round cake pans.

Cake:

Beat sugar, oil, and eggs together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light yellow. Add vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups of flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the large bowl. Add carrots, pineapple and coconut to the batter and mix well.

Divide the batter equally between the 2 cake pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans.

Frosting:

Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a  bowl with an electric mixer until just combined. Add sugar and mix until smooth.

Optional: Arrange rosemary or thyme on a cake pedestal for decoration. I am in love with this rustic look.

Place 1 cake layer, flat-side up, on a cake pedestal. With a spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top with the rounded side up. Spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. To achieve this trendy naked cake look scrape the frosting from the sides.

Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top of the cake. If desired add a slice of pineapple and a sprig of rosemary as a garnish.

At a loss for what to do with the extra cream cheese frosting? Try my cheesecake filled strawberry recipe.

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