As I’d mentioned in my last post, we celebrated our daughter’s 4th birthday and she really wanted a Toy Story theme.
After doing some quick research and asking around, I found that getting Toy Story-themed decorations and party supplies was not only really difficult here in India but also frightfully expensive.
Did we really want to spend a grand on paper napkins? I mean, seriously people!
But we also really wanted to give her a Toy Story birthday, so we racked our brains and came up with a plan.
I did tell you, planning is key for birthday parties. **laughing**
Here’s how we pulled off a Toy Story birthday party on a fairly frugal budget:
The Toy Story-Theme Cake
Ooh, we LOVED the cake. Take a look, it is adorable. With Jessie and Woody on Andy’s bed, our daughter just squealed with delight when she saw it.
Courtesy, Divya of De Cakery, this gorgeous cake that was just as yummy to eat as it was to look at, we got the cake well within our budget. Couple of things that helped were our decision to have just a few characters instead of the whole Toy Story gang.
Manini just wanted Jessie, we got Woody too. Since the weight of the sugar characters adds to the weight of the cake and increases the overall cost, we could keep this down by just having 2 characters and a simple setting. Divya is awesome when it comes to design and detailing. She’ll give you great suggestions, send you neat sample photos and make the difficult task of choosing an option, relatively easy! Yes, she is quite the themed cake rockstar in my opinion!
Divya delighted us with her eye for detail and the scrumptiousness of the cake itself. Everyone, at the party, LOVED it. At 1300INR/kg, it was a steal. Want one for your next birthday party, call Divya at 8800339207 or mail her at divyasreeji(at)gmail (dot)com or head over to her FB page for more gorgeous options.
Now, I wasn’t going to spend a bomb on foil balloons for a Toy Story birthday party, that would only get ripped apart during the party. Since, we were having the party at Pizza Hut, we asked them to use the Toy Story colors – blue and green for the balloons. It was part of the package, so we didn’t have to pay anything for those.
Next, we got her a Toy Story piñata or Khoi as it is called here. It was hand painted and yet cost us just 200 INR or $4.
She loved those and didn’t even ask about anything else. Win!
Also, we’d bought a pack of temporary Toy Story tattoos at a Christmas fair last year and used those for all the kids. Yes, that’s Slinky on my li’l girl’s hand. The tattoos were a hit!
Finally, we wanted some Toy Story favors and again, budget was our consideration. Luckily, the lady we’d outsourced the piñata to came through for us here as well and got us some really cute Toy Story wallets and Toy Story light-up yo-yos, all well within our budget.
Putting It All Together
A themed birthday party does not mean having coordinated plates, paper napkins and decorations. If you have that, great. But if not, just a few key items can do the trick. The cake, a few decorations and fun favors are bound to be a hit with your child and what he or she would remember the most, along with all the fun that they had being surrounded by people they love.
Have you hosted a themed birthday party on a shoestring budget? What are your budget party planning tips?
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