Hosting A Themed Birthday Party…On A Budget!


My daughter Sadie turned one on March 3 and we threw her a birthday party last month! I just love throwing parties. Finding fun things to decorate with has always been my favorite.

When a party can have a theme, I am all about it! Here are some affordable tips and all of the sources that I used for our DIY affordable birthday party, I hope this helps!

Essential Party Planning Tips:


What do you have lying around that you could use? What could you use from those dreaded storage bins in the basement? Craft bin? Seasonal Decor? Get creative!


I printed off “Some Bunny Is One” pictures and framed them in frames that I had sitting around. It took me a really long time to find an exact Peter Rabbit image on Google that I liked, but after finding one and selecting a font I liked, it made for a cheap, added touch.


 I purchased a balloon arch strip from Walmart for $3.00 and then attached balloons that I purchased from Hobby Lobby for a whopping $1.59 (for 20 balloons!) Hobby Lobby, in my opinion, has the best selection of balloons. There are many different sizes and a wide variety of colors to choose from. That ONE balloon? It was only $6.99 on Amazon and added such a cute touch!



Balloon arch-CLICK HERE






The best kept secret is the Kirkland brand smoked pulled pork. We used this pulled pork to make pulled-pork sliders. This stuff is amazing and at only $10.99 for a package at Costco, you pretty much can’t beat it. Toss it in your crockpot and set it to warm, and voila! It’s ready in a mere couple of hours. We also picked up several packages of King’s Hawaiian Rolls at Costco for $5.49 for a two-pack, and it seriously made food prep so, so easy!








5. Finally, USE AMAZON!

Did you know you can order photo prints on Amazon? Displaying pictures at a party or event adds such a fun, personal touch. You can print pictures on Amazon for $0.12 per photo and they are shipped right to your door. All you have to do is go to Amazon, type in “Print Pictures On Amazon” in the search bar, and then click the link where it says “photo prints”  and upload your photos! You can choose the size or color and once you are done, you can ship them right to your home!  Click Here


Sadie has a bunny that she hates to part with in the mornings (after snuggling with him all night). So, we figured what better theme than good ol’ Peter Rabbit?! Below you can take a peek at all of the decor ideas, and follow the links to see where I purchased some of the items.








Aren’t the above rabbits amazing?! Pottery Barn has these for sale, and I love them. They are seriously perfect for a Peter Rabbit themed party, but I love that I can use them all throughout the spring as well. There are four different sizes, so click the link below and browse through to see all of the options!

Sitting rabbit-CLICK HERE



Cupcake toppers-CLICK HERE

Gold Polka Dot Plates- CLICK HERE


Parties don’t have to be stressful, overwhelmingly expensive, and exhausting.

Keep it simple, set a budget, and use some of the key tips above to help you stay on track. I hope this helped inspire you in some way, for a future party ahead!


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Jenna Sims
Jenna Sims is a stay at home momma who currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Grant and daughter Sadie. Together, they enjoy exploring Toledo’s metro parks, scoping out some killer food at local restaurants, and finding fun events to attend within their community. When they aren’t exploring their community, Jenna and Grant are slaving away on their new fixer-upper. Check out their journey on Instagram @thisoldbrickhouse. Aside from renovations, Jenna is passionate about fitness, being outdoors, and anything vintage or antique related; especially shopping at local estate sales and the Maumee Antique Mall.


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