Friday, October 28, 2011

:: Party Time - ava's halloween party

So, I decided I wanted Ava's Halloween Party to be simple.
I know. I know.
You're dissappointed that I didn't make halloween aprons for all of the kiddos, huh.
{yes, I'm mocking myself}
Anyway, it would be a Halloween breakfast.
I was gonna make pancakes, but that was just stressing me out.
Crazy, huh. Pancakes = stress?
Who knew?
So I just decided to go with a good 'ole fall treat.
Donuts and apple juice.
And some yogurt and fruit was also available.
We don't have a ton of money to spend on our parties,
so I try to make do with what we have, find it on clearance, or make it myself.
And guess what? It actually works.
So, I thought I'd give you a run down:

invitations - free (made on
food - total of about $10-$12 (with a ton left over)
black sheets (used as a tablecloth) - bought awhile ago to be used as a photography background (. . . never slept on)
cheesecloth (on top of sheet) - bought awhile ago as a photography prop (comes in packages of 1 or 2 and are cheap)
black cakestands - made a few years ago with thrifted candlesticks and thrifted plates
napkins and plates - bought on clearance for $0.50 a pack
paper pinwheels - seen these all over and decided to do my own little version out of newspaper and cupcake liners I already had (to go with the grey/orange theme of course)
ikea glasses - I've used these for almost all of my parties cause if one breaks, it's not a big deal ($1.50 for 6 of them - - I even let the kids use them . . . while the parents are usually silently freaking out - I try to have sippy cups available though)
paper straws - found a good deal on them awhile back in grey, turquoise, pink and red (so, I try to plan my parties with at least one of those colors so I can use them - weird? possibly.)
witches cauldron and goodie baggies - found in the past years' after Halloween sale so they were super cheap
So there you go.
Who said parties had to be expensive?!
I know mine aren't.
But they're still enjoyed.
And that's all that matters.

Here's a picture of the girls before the party.
Reese's costume isn't finished so she wore this cute halloween-y outfit.
{Ava was trying to keep her still so we wouldn't have a blurry picture - -
love my photog assistant}

Did you have a Halloween party?

I'll be linking to these parties here.


  1. Those pictures are of your house? I'm incredibly jealous of how nice that looks!

  2. very well done- you should feel clever for achieving such a nice feel for less!

  3. What a fun time! LOVE the pic of the girls!

  4. Love the photos! Have a fab weekend:)