giddy up! a horse themed birthday on a budget

I absolutely love planning birthday parties for my kids.  I love creating the invitation, the decorations, and making the food.

When my second little one asked for a “horsey” birthday this year I wasn’t quite sure how I would do it.  Her baby brother was born about five weeks before her birthday.  I knew I would be very busy with a newborn baby and since I was on maternity leave, I also knew I would have to be very frugal!  To top it off, Easter was very early this year {the day after her party!}.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to throw together a big party, so we decided on a small family dinner.  Instead of going crazy with the theme like I have in the past, I chose a few areas to implement our horse theme in order to make the atmosphere festive.  I kept decorations and food very simple and homemade.  I searched my home for things I already had and was able to pull together everything except the paper plates!

I first found napkins I purchased a year ago for another party and had never used.  I liked the pretty red, pink, navy, and yellow colors, so I took the colors in the napkin as my inspiration and went from there!DSC_0040

I searched my scrapbook stash and made little flag banners held together with black and white baking twine I had from my pumpkin gender reveal party last October.  I found a cute old red and white picnic tin, pulled out some of my mason jars, tied them with the black and white baking twine, and used them to hold the utensils.

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I used beautiful Breyer horses for decoration on the table along with a straw table runner from Target, a cute brown gingham table cloth I purchased from a local country general store…

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…and a “sunburst” sign for the middle of the table I created using the leftover flag pieces and a label I made in Microsoft Word with “Caitlyn is 3” in the center.


I made a simple sheet cake {basic yellow cake with a chocolate frosting} and decorated it with small horse figures.

We have a wonderful and generous family who helped with the food.  All Caitlyn wanted were “spaghetti, strawberries, and a horsey cake,” but we added a beautiful green salad, some garlic bread, and a pretty tray of strawberries and blueberries.



I then created a fun little “water trough” sign to put next to the water.  That was that!  A simple horse party on a budget for my beautiful little three-year-old.

During the party Caitlyn came up to me, gave me a hug, and said, “mommy, this is the best birthday ever!”  It melted my heart and helped me to remember that the decorations are not the most important part of a birthday party… the most important thing is spending time with family to celebrate the birth of God’s little blessing in our lives!




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