tip#3- have a designated party box
I got this tip from this blog where Jackie has a whole cabinet filled with reusable party supplies. I don't need a whole cabinet full of stuff, so I just used a 30 gallon plastic storage box with lid.
All of the banners and things that I cut in advance like water labels, treat bags and food signs went into plastic bags, then got stored in the party box. All the candy for the pinata went in the box as well as the plastic cutlery and paper plates.
Now that the party is over, my up-cycled bottles, leftover treat bags, and unused cups and plates are stored in the box. I was also able to flatten the paper lanterns I bought so I can use them again. I also stored the felt birthday banner I purchased, so I 'll be using that a couple times a year, for the next few years.
I also got the bottle idea from Jackie, and you will find lots of ideas for the starbucks frap bottles on pinterest. I got my bottles from someone on freecycle, but you can buy these on ebay. I have also seen a set of four bottles with reuseable straws at five below. Dollar tree sells these bottles too, but I don't like that they have a raised pattern on them.
Since there were only a handful of kids coming to the party, I filled some treat bags with candy in advance and printed out the treat bag toppers with each child's name. Once the bags were stapled shut, I put them in the pinata with the rest of the loose candy. When all the pinata candy fell the floor, each child found the bag with their name on it.
The pinata, and the pre-filled treat bags were stored in the party box until I needed them.
tip#4- Start executing well in advance
All of the decorative things that had to be cut and assembled were done a month in advance. This included the custom labels for the water bottles, and the paper circles that had to be punched out. I ended up using the paper circles for the straws as well as the cupcake toppers.
I used this circle punch to cut out the circles. If you don't have have one, you'll have to cut them by hand, which can get old fast.
For the water bottle labels, I used this cutter that I purchased when I was doing some craft projects for our wedding.
I also used the paper cutter to cut the treat bag toppers and the menu place cards that were included in the printable party pack.
In the weeks leading up to the party, I cut the letters for the banner, cupcake wrappers and more stuff that I'm forgetting. The point is, don't wait until the last minute to do all your crafting and cutting!
Everyone had fun and so many people complimented me on the theme! Going the extra mile to make this birthday party special was totally worth it.