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If you ask anyone who knows me what my favorite movie is, they will be able to respond without hesitation; The Princess Bride

This movie has been my favorite since I was a kid and it always will be. No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old. And, I do watch it a LOT. In fact, I’ve watched it so many times I can put the movie on mute and pretty much quote the entire thing word for word. No joke. Yeah…it’s my favorite. Maybe an obsession, but whatever.

As any good parent would do, I have passed along my love for The Princess Bride to my children. My boys love the movie (almost) as much as I do. So when my oldest asked me to have a Princess Bride themed birthday party this year, I couldn’t resist. I said to him, “Gimme the 65, I’m on the job!”

So here is our Princess Bride themed birthday party…



I made Princess Buttercup crowns for the girls to wear and Dread Pirate Roberts masks for the boys. Everyone also received a fill in the blank name tag in the format of “Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya…” Below are some of the fun ways my friends and their children filled out their name tags.



I had so much fun with the food for this party! We had Iocane powder (pixie sticks), rocks (rock candy), Six-fingered man (chicken ) fingers, Lightning Sand, The Chips of Insanity, Shrieking Eels, Miracle Max pills, R.O.U.S. meatballs, and MLT’s.


I didn’t really do many games this time around. But I did create a Fire Swamp in the backyard for the kids to walk through. I acted as Princess Buttercup and my birthday boy was Westley. He lead us all through the Fire Swamp to safety. We battled fire spurts, lightning sand, and even R.O.U.S.’s.


I wanted to do something special for the favors. I didn’t just want to throw everything in a bag. Nope. This was a Princess Bride party, so that meant the favors had to live up to the quality of the book/movie. So, I asked a friend (with a die-cutĀ machine) to make paper book favor boxes with the cover of the Princess Bride book on them. They turned out amazing! On the inside, the kids received Iocane powder (pixie sticks), a Princess Bride button, a Princess Bride coloring page, Princess Bride stickers, and circus peanuts.

This party was such a blast! My son loved it and everyone had a great time. If you love The Princess Bride, I encourage you to try this yourself!

The printables I used for the party were from HERE and HERE.

I leave you with a picture of all the Princess Buttercup’s and Westleys, along with the cutest Dread Pirate Roberts ever. Enjoy!



We recently had some friends who moved to Florida and some who moved to India. I wanted to throw a going away party for them, but didn’t have a lot of money to do so. I was operating with a very tight budget. So I came up with a plan to throw a simple, but beautiful and meaningful party.


Start with simple decorations.

I found this beautiful chalk banner in the $1 section at Target. I can’t tell you the amount of times I come out of that section with gems like this! Love Target!


I also went to the Dollar Tree and found these pretty hanging paper puff balls. Super easy to open up and hang. The green ones were on a string and I bought some individual pink (pictured below) and purple (not pictured) as well.




We held the party at the house of a mutual friend and she had purchased some beautiful flowers that made wonderful centerpieces and really added to the simple decor.


Have Easy to Make Foods with Inexpensive Ingredients

We also went the simple route with food. Foods that were easy to make and didn’t have expensive ingredients. We had a veggie pizza, chicken salad with rolls, pasta salad, and easy desserts of brownies and M&M Pretzel Rolo Treats. Another way I saved money here was that a friend and I split the food. I made some and she made some.

Overall, it was a wonderful party. Everyone enjoyed themselves, the house looked beautiful, and I didn’t have to spend a fortune!


What are your tips for throwing a party on a tight budget?

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