We’ve got the sweetest Valentine’s Day party on the cheap and easy!
Like all party obsessed bloggers we can make anything a cause for celebration, especially when that “anything” is Valentine’s Day. Obviously we spent the actual day with our significant others, we’re not so bad we’d blow them off for a party (not yet anyways…), but we had a little belated Valentines and it was gloriously pink and delicious and amazing.
We wanted to share some of the little details, because we had so much fun baking all that pink, and because it was actually SUPER easy and inexpensive (think cheat cheat cheat) we knew we were on to something.
So if you are a regular follower you’ve probably noticed the giant dark wood hutch that’s featured in a lot of party pictures. Given our parties are invariable when it’s dark (and we live in Canada, so “dark” is like, 4pm onwards these days) and my apartment is CRAMMED with Party Box materials and furniture and pillows and pictures (I have issues with empty space, okay?) the dining room table is pretty much the only available space for the spreads we put out for parties. And behind the table is this gorgeous old hutch I stole from my grandparents. It keeps my mother’s English Rose china and about a dozen cake stands nice a snug, BUT it’s a bit of a sore thumb when it comes to theme photos. So one trip to Canadian Tire and a skeptical but game Justin later, I bought a CLOTHES HANGER THING and we rigged up a white tablecloth. Officially my new favourite purchase. We had to take it down and shove it behind my bookshelf afterwards, but still, worth it.
Anyways, as you probably noticed I OBSESSED over this diy X’s and O’s tablecloth and had to give it a go. In case you are tallying, that’s the backdrop and table cloth for a grand total of $2 right now. Thank you Dollarama, for making my dreams come true.
The candlesticks are my everyday ones (that are real silver I have never in my life polished because I’m a terrible person, don’t tell my grandmother) and the cake stands are also salvaged from around this apartment because I am also obsessed with those.
Given the fact this blog could be essentially about cupcakes, that’s how often we make them, I can whip up a batch like these guys in about 20 minutes. Including bake time. I know. I’m not super proud of it either, but maybe it’s going on my resume. “Pinterest-party worthy cupcakes in half an hour or less” under skills. Hm…
I could have used the Cricut to make the toppers but Justin is about as tired as hearing about my magical machine as I’m sure our entire social media following is, and honestly hearts were pretty much the first thing I mastered in art class, circa fourth grade, so those babies were also easy. And I had glitter paper lying around. Who doesn’t?
I’m going to skip right over the cake pops because they were horrible and I cried and Fernanda will be the one making them from now on. I tried this whole hack using Timbits (we just got real Canadian up in here) and royal icing but they wouldn’t stay on the sticks and then I didn’t understand what you do with them with they dry and just…ugh. Fernanda mentioned they make things for that. I am uncertain.
I also cheated with the donuts and bought plain ones and then made my own glaze. They cost $5. Including the Timbits. I could live at Tim Hortons.
I haven’t been tallying but going off my knowledge of baking supplies this whole party cost like, $20. Max. And took about an hour to set up…counting baking time. COUNTING BAKING TIME. Guys, just throw this party every day.
And that’s how we celebrated Valentine’s Day! We now weigh 1000 pounds, and if you’ve been following us on Instagram (@bythepartygirl) you know we aren’t ashamed.