Our Baby Sprinkle for my sister-in-law this past Saturday was a success! Even though there was some initial confusion about what exactly a sprinkle is, all the guests had a great time. From the word "Go" we wanted to keep this event very budget friendly, so many of the ideas that we used were DIY or items that we purchased for very little.
(Check out last week’s post for more about Baby Shower v. Baby Sprinkle.)
For the invitation, I took my own advice and took the middle road, time and budget-wise. I wanted something custom, but I didn’t want to take the time to design it myself. Instead, I hired April at April Showers Blog Design to design a one-of-a-kind digital invitation which cost me only $25. Then I printed out the invites myself.
The decorations for the Sprinkle were fairly simple. We bought a blue tissue paper pom-pom set(7 poms) and then attached capiz shells with fish wire to create “clouds and sprinkles” which we hung from the ceiling. We also made a “Sprinkled With Love” sign that echoed the polka dot theme from the invitations. We kept the blue and green color scheme going with blue and green trays that I found in the $1 section at Target. We created a table runner from three blue and green polka dotted place mats. We also sat copper watering cans filled with blue flowers around the room which also doubled as the game prizes.
Rather than buying a pom-pom set which includes pre-cut tissue paper with score marks to make folding easy along with wire to tie up the folded paper, you can buy packets of tissue paper at the Dollar Store and DIY. CasaSugar has very simple DIY instruction. I bought our watering cans at Lowes for about $7 each, but you can find cheaper ones on eBay.
Like always, the food can be a direct reflection of the theme of the party. Guests were asked to create their own mini pizzas by “sprinkling” on the toppings to their liking. Caesar salad “sprinkled” with pine nuts was also served. For dessert, I made cake balls or “Cake Sprinkles” as I called them. They were dipped in green and blue chocolate and then topped with sugar sprinkles.
Try out your recipes ahead of time or else you could end up spending more money on the day of to fix a mistake. We had planned on serving Blue Sky Mocktails which I had found a recipe for a few days before the event. On the day of the Sprinkle we made the drink and it was awful! At the last minute my sister ran to the store to buy fruit punch and lemon-lime soda. It ended up costing us more money than we originally planned and the drink was red instead of blue.
We only planned two games to keep costs on prizes down and also to keep the Sprinkle itself to a two hour time limit. For the first game guests were asked to guess ten baby names based on picture clues. For example, a picture of Tom the Cat (from Tom and Jerry) plus a picture of a woman’s butt equals the name “Thomas” (Tom-ass) or a picture of a park and a picture of an Emergency room equals the name “Parker” (Park-ER).
After we tested our guests’ baby name knowledge, we asked them to try their skills at guessing songs that have the word “Baby” in the title. Before the Sprinkle I made a CD with fifteen songs. Guests had to guess the song and artist after I played a short clip of the song.
Budget-Friendly Tip: I downloaded all the songs from Amazon.com for $0.99 each. If you already have a nice collection of music already on your computer, use songs that you already “own.”
As favors for each guest we made copies of the Baby Song game CD and packaged it in a vellum envelope. We also handed out “Baby Sprinkles” (also known as Baby Blue Eyes flower seeds) which we also packaged in vellum envelopes and sealed with personalized stickers.
Budget-Friendly Tip:I specifically wanted Baby Blue Eyes flower seeds, so I had to special order them online. However, garden stores or Lowes sell bags of wildflower seeds for about $5. Also, keep in mind that anything you order from online should be ordered at least two weeks ahead of time, so you don’t get stuck paying expensive rush delivery charges.
As always I hope this ideas help keep your next Baby Sprinkle or Shower budget (and time) friendly!
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