A couple weekends ago was my daughters 5th birthday, so far every year I've done a party at home to keep the cost down, the weather is nice so the kids can play in the backyard and I don't have to rent a party room somewhere. My daughter wanted a Unicorn party so here are some of the ideas I came up with. I based the color scheme on a quilt and unicorn pillow pet that she had and I set it out for decoration.
I made these pennants to string all around the room from 1 book of craft paper from the dollar store and some curling ribbon.
I bought this game pin the horn on the unicorn from eBay for less than $5, the did have them at oriental trading cheaper but if I paid shipping it ended up being more expensive. It was an easy game that little kids could play and it also served as a decoration.
One trick I like to use is to buy a couple colors of plates and napkins at the dollar store and then alternate them, or to save money on the preprinted theme plates and napkins buy one of each and then buy a plain colored plate and napkin that goes with the preprinted theme plate and napkins and then alternate one theme plate, one plain color plate and so on. The theme plates and napkins are so expensive, they only put 8 or 16 in a package for $3.99 so if you bought enough for everyone you would end up spending $20.00 just on plates and napkins, you can find packages of 20 of the plain color supplies at the dollar store, I spent $4, 2 packages of plates and 2 napkins!
I bought the marshmallow poles from the dollar store, I thought they looked like unicorn horns. I used a vase I already had and shredded the leftovers from the pennant decorations to put in the bottom of the vase.
I ended up not buying a table cloth I just laid out some old baby blankets that were pink and white, I got some of the smooth n melty mints that had the pastel unicorn colors that I was looking for. We just blew up our own balloons (package of 25 from the dollar store) and hung a bunch from the ceiling with curling ribbon, there is a helium shortage in the US right now so I wouldn't have been able to get them filled even if I wanted to.
Ok don't laugh, the cupcakes were supposed to look like unicorns but they ended up looking like gnomes, oh well it was a bunch of little kids and they didn't care, they just thought it was fun to eat a sugar cone and a cupcake. I did have a bunch of food, veggies, fruit, hummus, I don't have a picture but I didn't buy anything precut I just cut everything myself and used my own platters to keep the cost down.
I found this great idea for water bottles on Pinterest, you can find duck tape now in fancy designs, I found this at Joann Fabrics and used a 40% off coupon so it ended up being about $2, then you just wrap the tape around water bottle labels or anything you want to decorate.
As thank you gifts for all the kids I decided not to do the bag of goodies that usually gets thrown out right away anyway, I made everyone a journal out of the plain journals that you can buy for $ .50 or less right now wherever they sell school supplies, then I glued a ribbon to the inside of the back cover to pull forward and use as a bookmark, you can see my tutorial from an earlier post Journal w/Bookmark Gift I personalized the front of each one with the child's name, I just used my printer and some fun fonts and glued it to the front. The parents were happy not to get a bag of junk and all the kids are just learning how write their letters so they can practice writing or coloring in their own special journal.
I was happy with the turnout, I spent a minimal amount of money and honestly kids would have fun no matter how much I spent, they just want to play and eat cupcakes!