First we will begin with my favorite element of the party: decorations! (This is a long post but it's mostly pictures.)
Those of you who know me or who have been following my blog have probably figured out that I'm a bit of a craft nerd. So I held nothing back at the challenge of creating a Disnerd-ified space on a budget.
Here's what I came up with!
I started with the idea that I was going to use Disney children's books purchased at Goodwill as my materials. I bought these 14 books for a steal, $25! (Sorry to Goodwill shoppers, there are no longer any Disney books in stock.) From these books I made garland, ornaments and coasters.
Materials needed: 2-inch hole punch, string, scotch tape
Pinwheels (from here)
Materials needed: paper trimmer, stapler, hole punch, string
I used two pages each cut in half lengthwise after trimming the ripped edges. I folded each of the 4 halves into twelfths, accordion style. This was the most time consuming, but I fell into a rhythm by first folding in half, then fourths, to make my folds even. Then I stapled one end together to make a fan.
After all four halves were folded, I stapled the non-stapled ends together to form a circle.
Then I punched a hole through it, tied a piece of string on, and voila!
Lantern balls (from here)
Materials needed: paper trimmer, hole-poker & self healing mat, brads, string
I sliced the square into 8 even strips.
Then I pierced two holes through all strips lined up together, about an inch or so away from each end. I fastened the strips together by putting a brad through each hole.
Then I spread out the strips and formed them evenly into a ball shape.
I had a few board books (for babies) as well as all the hard book covers leftover. So I cut them into 3.5-inch squares and made coasters out of them! Since they have glossy surfaces I didn't need to laminate them. I did add cork board ($3 for a sheet) to the bottom of a few thinner pieces. These coasters were used at the party but I also gave them away as favors for guests. I still have a bunch left if anyone wants some!
A few extra things
I also printed out a small poster of my logo and made people sign it at the party, so I could record who came. And I put up the Tangled birthday banner that I got last year at my work birthday celebration.
Total cost for decorations: approximately $36. Not bad, I say!
Total hours spent: unknown. :) I did this over the course of about 2 weeks. So yes, it took a long time. But seeing the impressed reaction of all my friends made it totally worth it!