Too many weeks have gone by since my Hoolie turned two, but it was more about savoring the moment than hopping on the blog the moment it was over.
She is so precious I can’t stand it.
She too wanted a Tink Bell party.
Hmmm… just a couple weeks after Christmas and her big sisters party… how to do it on a budget?
Let’s begin with the cake.
Homemade by her wanna-be cake decorating Momma.
One of my tricks for a budget  birthday party is printable coupons for Michaels Art and Crafts.  If you google “printable Michaels Coupon” within a few clicks you will find a printable 40% off coupon.  I’ll go to this store four days in a row if I have to to save 40%!  I got her cake pan, regular price $13.00 for $7.50.  I had everything else except the peach food coloring for her face.  So let’s call the cake $10.00!
Tinkerbell plates, napkins, tiara (my girls gotta have tiara!) and hanging decor…
$19.00 – Party City
Flowers –
I bought the multi colored roses at the local grocery store.  They usually aren’t the nicest and I am sort of ornery you know so I stand there and pull out the dodgy ones and replace them with better ones from other bouquets – I figure this is my right and that it’s unacceptable for a store to sell roses with brown edges.  Humpf.  $10.00 
The other yellow roses someone brought over earlier in the week.  They were almost dead so I cut them very short and put them in the wine glasses with these darling, very Tinkerbell-esque glitter floral accessories from Michaels.  Found them on the Christmas clearance pile.  $.07 each!!!  Total $.40
Wrapping paper and ribbon.  Loved the color.  Bright and cheery and Tinkerish.
$1.00 bin at Michaels.
As you can see, I also used the paper as the runner on the table and simply taped it tight underneath.  I love the look.
$3.00
Forget paying a fortune for balloons… and what child isn’t elated by a room full of balloons?  Hit the dollar store ladies.  For her Tinkerbell look we chose silver, green and butterflies.  One dozen.  $12.00

Your kids, my kids… kids don’t need as much as we are tempted to spoil them with and I think it’s important to make sure we aren’t buying them too much for how it makes us feel.  In our home we are all about Melissa and Doug toys.  Available at Michaels too.  You guessed.  We printed two coupons that day and tag teamed.  Hubby ran in and then I did!
Melissa and Doug toys are creative and well made.  
Gift total with discount about $25.00!!!
For dinner we had Juliette’s favorite spaghetti with her Momma’s sauce.
Cost to feed six adults and three children
$30 Including Wine
My Sweet Hoolie – how can you be two already???
My Tiny Tink.
I love you so much.


Now you’re my whole life,
Now you’re my whole world,
I just can’t believe, the way I feel about you girl,
Juliette Élisabeth,
Stronger than it’s ever been,
We’ve come so far since that day,
And I thought I loved you then.*
Each of my children has their own song. 
 A popular song customized by adding their name. 
 This is the chorus to Brad Paisley’s song, “Then”.