Real Preperie: Bubbles & Bowties Pt. 2

First, the menu:

Bubbles & Bowties Southern Gentleman First Birthday Menu |
Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream Smash Cake  /
Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Cupcakes

Southern Fried Chicken Chick-Fil-A Nuggets
Little Man Munchies – Hummus and Bow Tie Pretzels
Little Man’wiches – Ham and Cheese sliders

Caramel Apple Sangria & Country Time Lemonade with Personalized Water Bottles /
Bow Tie Pasta & Broccoli Salad

And now for some some decor details:

Bowties Southern Gentleman First Birthday | preperie.comPatterned O-N-E

Purple, Blue, Yellow & Lime Green Garland

Parting Gifts: Bubbles with Personalized Labels and Marshmallow & Chocolate Pops

The vendors:


As I mentioned in my earlier post, I really loved the idea behind this party and the mom’s creative execution of her Southern-inspired theme.  She’s also an amazing cook, so I know the food was scrumptious. She used a combination of homemade and store-bought items but the party was still unique and beautiful. Her total spend: LESS THAN $200. Her secret (in her words):

“Making a plan early and shopping throughout the year.  I knew I wanted pastels but they wouldn’t be available in October, so I purchased end of season and bought the garland, balloons, and backdrop for the high chair – all purchased for 70-80% off.”

In my eyes, this advance planning is party preperie at its finest. Most importantly, everyone had a great time and the birthday boy will be able to look back on his first birthday and know how much he is loved.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for helping save money when planning a party? Please share in the comments!

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