Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson







Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Party on a Budget

 Have you ever had to put on a dinner for 75 on a very small budget?  Well, we did and I think it turned out pretty good.  We served a baked rigatoni pasta, green salad, french bread, and cupcakes for dessert.

 I found these cute napkins at IKEA and they became our inspiration. 
 We made invitations out of scrapbook paper with a silver star glued to the top. I forgot to take a picture of the invitations. These were the favors that were at each plate.  A little star ornament I got at a local craft store 50% off.  They came in a package of 24.
The cute poem I found on the internet.  I'll share it with you on another post.
 The centerpieces were made out of computer paper that I glittered and the red paper is the stuff that you cover bulletin boards with.  Fifty cents a yard, can't beat that.
We glued them to a dowel that I spray painted silver and the mister made a little wooden stand to stick the dowel into.  We set them on a cake plate filled with cupcakes that sat on a piece of polka dot oilcloth.  I stuck a little greenery around the cake plate. Every one had fun and the best part was I only spent about $125.00.

17 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Very nice! Looks like a RS party? Beautifully done, love it! ;D

Robin said...

Wow! Great job. I love your star theme. I'm sure everyone had a fabulous time!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Way cute stars! I love the "mimi" dot oil cloth, and the cup cakes. I'll bet it was a hit!
Mercy

Lisa said...

Now I need to know what you're doing with that oil cloth, as it seems impossible to put it back together again and gift it to Lisa. But whatever. The party looks FANTASTIC and all I can say is I pity the fool who has to follow in your wake.

Gayle said...

You did such a great job Sue! Wish I'd known about it beforehand - I have a small tree full of silver star ornamaments that would have been PERFECT to display for the evening - I would have loved loaning it to you since I'm not using it this year. You know those silver round lids that you get for your to go food at Cafe Rio? That's what I made the stars out of - very cool - and FREE!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Great job Sue! You are amazing! I am sure the sisters really enjoyed themselves!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Linda said...

This party really turned out well~ the decorations are really pretty and festive!

Lallee said...

You created a lovely setting. I bet the food was delicious too.

Aubrey said...

That's the best centerpiece for a RS dinner I've ever seen--super cute. Next time I have to come up with something for one of our dinners--I'm calling you.

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow! Adorable party and the budget can't be beat. You made a gorgeous party:>)

Brenda Kula said...

Very nice, and on a budget too! I like to try to do that because it's more fun than just throwing money around anyways.
Brenda

Manuela@TPOH said...

Wow you did great with your budget! It all looks really nice and I love the theme.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

Manuela

Annie said...

I'm going to have to steal your idea. Really, really cute! I miss you so much. Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!!!

Connie said...

Wow! It's beautiful and sounds delicious! Love the star theme.

Kelly said...

I think I need you to budget for me for dinners and decorating :) It looks wonderful, Mimi.

Donna said...

Wow, Mimi, great party on a budget! Looks wonderful and the food sounds so good. I like your whole theme.

Hugs,
Donna

Ferrill said...

Love your table decor! I'm saving this post for future idea-stealing!