I am thrilled to participate in the DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 “Party On” Challenge!
This month’s “Party On” theme came just in time for our daughter’s fifth birthday party! We have some big-time expenses around the corner (family weddings, extended travel, showers to throw…) and so we wanted to see if we could throw a nice and memorable party on a budget.
Origami was the way to go for us!
We ended up spending just under $50!
Here’s how we did it!
1) WE HOSTED THE PARTY AT HOME.
This saved a lot of cash. Here, you can see our play room ready to host 8 kids. Yes, we had to clean up our play room afterward. (But, we do that for play dates all the time.)
2) WE MADE OUR OWN DECOR.
We used pieces from around our home (like that shadowbox from the living room, those vases from the kitchen and birdcages from our daughter’s bedroom)….
3) WE KEPT THE FOOD SIMPLE.
The party was at 3 PM so folks didn’t expect a big food spread. We laid out chips, dip and cupcakes for the adults with a couple of bottles of sparkling soda. The kids “dined” on croissants filled with organic blueberry jam and peanut butter.
We made origami pouches to hold the organic apples and yogurt pretzels (bought in bulk). We made our own cupcakes and decorated with toothpicks through origami cranes. And, our daughter helped to make the origami heart decor for the apple juice boxes!
***Note: Kids with peanut allergies were given peanut-free options :) ****
4) THE KIDS’ ACTIVITY WAS….ORIGAMI!!!
We had a lot of origami paper left over after the home and food decor were made. One pack of origami paper costs $10 for 150 sheets. It went a long, long way and the kids enjoyed learning how to make simple folds of hearts and rockets.
5) WE MADE OUR OWN ORIGAMI PARTY FAVORS.
The kids took home pencils displayed in vases as decor topped with origami flowers or rockets.
There were also some simple pinwheels to throw and little flower hair clips for the girls to choose from. Each child took home 8 sheets of origami paper secured with a paper clip.
The cost of the party favor materials? $2.99 for 20 hair clips from Hobby Lobby and $1.50 for 12 natural pencils from Target plus a few sheets of origami paper from the $10 pack. I bought a pack of multi-colored buttons at Ross for $2.99 (normally $8 value).
An origami party is a versatile, inexpensive, beautiful, and cultural way to throw a party for children.
- I definitely recommend this kind of party for children 5 years and older.
- Yes. There IS a time-cost to make the decor that balances out the money-savings.
- BUT…. the beauty of origami is that it is something that can be done anywhere and anytime.
- You could make just a couple of items a day months or weeks in advance. I started two weeks out and folded during episodes of CSI, The Apprentice and The Voice. :)
- I actually always have sheets of origami paper in my bursting planner to pull out with the kids wherever we might be.
- The best part of it all? I have a lot of leftover materials to do other projects with! (Like these Origami Paper & Mod Podge-coated Dollar Store Cookie Tray Magnetic Boards I’m making for my friends! Total cost…about $1.50 per board. :)
To See More Photos Of Our Origami 5th Birthday Party, Here’s A Slideshow!
(Ipads and Iphones may have difficulty viewing the slideshows, sadly…)