We give our oldest daughter a $100 budget for her birthday party each year. Wanting to stretch her budget, she decided to have a theme that would allow her to shop the clearance sales after Valentine's Day. The theme she landed on was a sugar-loaded Sweet Shoppe. She knew that she would save money on the candy that would serve as decorations as well as goody-bag fillers. The day after Valentine's Day, we hit Wal*Mart and bought lots of candy. Then we struck gold at Target. Their Valentine's partyware was pink, red, teal, green, orange and yellow striped. We got a table cloth, napkins, and plates. We filled in the gaps with plain cups, balloons, and less-expensive candy. This is what we did:
Activities: Pin the Lolly on the Pop (the girls decorated their lollies before the game), Make Your Own Candy Necklace (Valentine's deal), Decorate a Cupcake (the cupcakes were placed on a stand for later), Guess How Many Gumdrops in the Jar, Sweet Shoppe Bingo (with gummy bear markers)
Goody Bags: Prefilled with bracelets, candy flavored lip balm, toothbrushes, and bouncy balls. As they left, girls (and moms) could fill their bags with candy.