Butterfly Party on a Budget

My daughter turned two recently, and we threw a small butterfly-themed party at our house.  It turned out great, and the kids had a blast!  I usually make a few DIY decorations, but I just couldn’t beat some of the decorations I found ready-to-go this time!

I found this cute butterfly invitation on another blog (www.inspirationmadesimple).  It’s a free download!  I personalized it for our party, and I also added my daughter’s photo to the back by converting the invitation to a JPG and back to a PDF after.  Then I had them printed on cardstock at Office Depot and cut them out!  Cute and cheap!

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We set up as many fun things as possible in the backyard like this bounce house I bought used from a trading site…

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…a basket of dress-up goodies, including butterfly wings from Dollar Tree and some tutus…

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…a couple of sand tables with all kinds of buckets and scoops…

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…bean bag toss, balls, and a Step 2 roller coaster borrowed from a sweet neighbor.  We also hung some paper lanterns from the trees, which I apparently did a poor job of photographing.  Lanterns are from Oriental Trading.

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In the garage, I set up a butterfly painting table.

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I bought these wooden butterflies from Hobby Lobby along with a cheap pack of small paintbrushes and added some paints and aprons I already had.

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The kids made some real masterpieces!

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I also set up the drink table outside.

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In the kitchen, I cut this hanging doorway curtain from Oriental Trading into smaller sections and hung them from the light.  It turned out really cute, and the bright colors were perfect!

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I lucked into some butterfly party decorations, banners, plates, and napkins from Dollar Tree too.  Love that store!

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For the cake, I took a print-out of this photo to Randall’s and told them to add some more color, and they did a great job.

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Inspiration

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Final product

Take home goodies were the painted butterflies and some plastic butterfly slinkies from Oriental Trading that I wouldn’t recommend.

My little girl loved it, and that’s what I loved the most!

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