It’s Fun to Be One and All Things Pink Party!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

I can’t believe it’s almost time for another party for my little girl! She will be 3 this October and I can’t wait to plan another party for her. Seriously having a girl is SO different than having boys! And I love every single second of having her as part of our family. My daughter is as girly as they come. She loves princesses, pink, music, dancing, and every single thing Frozen related.

In honor of her upcoming birthday I wanted to throw out this refresher of the All Things Pink Party we had a couple of years ago and ask for YOUR ideas for this year’s theme. What would be fun, easy, and not crazy expensive?


Remember how I told you I wanted my mom to make a cupcake cake for my cute little girl’s first birthday? Well, she did! And it turned out AMAZING! I am so happy with how it turned out. You can check out her cooking blog to see some of her recipes and she will have a cupcake cake tutorial coming soon. And I think it was a fairly easy cake to make since it’s all cupcakes. My mom also made the smash cake (pictured below) for a one year photo shoot. She is one talented woman.

Smash Cake

There were so many fun things at this party that I have to share a few. I found a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to my daughter’s first birthday party. One of the things at the top of my list was a highchair tutu. Buy some tulle, cut it, tie it around ribbon and put it on the highchair. I mean, come on. Anyone can do that, right? Wrong. Not this girl. I am craftily (totally a word) challenged. I bought some super cute pink tulle. And I cut it. But it was awkwardly crooked. Some pieces were just meant for the garbage. I tied the crookedly cut tulle onto the ribbon. And tied. And then tied some more. I felt like I was tying tulle for a LONG time (at least three episodes of Supernatural long). At this point my tutu just looked like a big, puffy, not even remotely straight mess. So how did I solve the problem? The dollar store!

I snagged two tutu’s, a princess skirt, and a chair cover. All I had to do was to untie both tutu’s and cut the skirt down the middle. I secured all of them to the high chair with glue dots and put the chair cover on the back. Done. Best $4 I’ve ever spent.


A couple of weeks before the party I had some pics taken by the absolutely amazing Maganda Studios. I had to post a couple to go along with this birthday party post. But don’t worry, there will be a whole post dedicated to this awesome shoot and a discount (squee!)

I mean, come on. Could my baby girl be any cuter? Oh, and the adorable Birthday Girl dress? Scored it for $3.20 from BabiesRUs last January when I posted about their awesome clearance sale. Fingers crossed it happens again this year.

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Very Cute “Party Decor on a Dime” Idea

Posted by on May 1, 2012

I found a super cute, incredibly affordable party decoration idea that could pack some real punch! Just make some paper chains with construction paper in colors to match your theme. You could hang them behind a buffet or cake table, behind a present table, or just about anywhere! So cute!

(Thanks Belles on a Budget)

Big List of Birthday Freebies: Sign Up Now

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012

Restaurants/Fast Food:

Archibald’s Restaurant: Get a free meal (this is bogo free).

Baskin Robbins: Get a free 2.5 oz cone.

Ben & Jerry’s: Get a free scoop of your favorite flavor

Benihana: Get a free Birthday Dinner certificate (valued at $30).

Chili’s: Get a free Brownie Sundae.

Dairy Queen: Get a special offer for your birthday.

Del Taco: Get a free shake. No purchase necessary.

Denny’s: Get a free Grand Slam breakfast. Only good on your birthday. No purchase necessary.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free drink on your birthday.

Famous Daves: Get a BOGO entree coupon for your birthday.

IHOP: Get a free meal.

Jack in the Box: Print a coupon for a free birthday dessert. Valid ID required to redeem.

Marie Callender’s: Get a special offer for your birthday.

Mimi’s Cafe: Get a special offer for your birthday (it’s previously been a coupon for $10 off $20).

Papa Murphy’s: Get free cookie dough with purchase.

Red Lobster: Get a special gift on your birthday.

Red Robin: Get a free burger.

Rodizio Grill: Get a BOGO free meal.

Rubio’s: Sign up for their Beach Club and get $7 worth of free food for your birthday.

Ruby Tuesday: Get a free burger.

Starbucks: Register your Starbucks Rewards Card and get a coupon for a free beverage of your choice for your birthday.

T.G.I. Friday’s: If you fill out the birthday card that’s on your table they will mail it to you before your birthday and it’s good for $5 off your next order.

Tucanos: Get a free meal (this is bogo free).


Back to Health Massage (located in Murray, UT): During the month of your birthday, you’ll receive any massage treatment HALF OFF, a FREE spa treatment of your choice, and a gift.

Disney Movie Rewards: Get 100 Bonus Points.

Grimm Ghost Tours: Get a FREE ticket for a Grimm Ghost Tour. Just use the code Birthday when purchasing a ticket online at their website. You must show your ID at the bus to verify that your birthday is within a week of the tour date.

Famous Footwear: Sign up for their free rewards program and get a coupon for $5 off $5 for your birthday. Sign up for a free account and you’ll get a $5 gift code on your birthday.

MyPoints: If you have an account you’ll get an email worth 5 points on your birthday.

Old Navy: Get an exclusive treat for your birthday! (Scroll down the page to where it says Sign Up & Save!)

Sephora: Become a Beauty Insider & get a free gift in store (or with a purchase if ordering online).

World Market: Join their Explorer Rewards Program and get a $10 gift certificate for your birthday.

For Kids:

Boondocks: Get a free unlimited pass. Must be used on your birthdate.
(To register select your location and then click on the Free Pass link on the left.)

KMart: Sign up for their Birthday Club and your kids will get a $5 Birthday Bucks coupon. Plus they’ll also get a birthday crown, a Happy Birthday Certificate, and a Birthday Fun Pack with surprise goodies

McDonald’s: Send an email to and put NEW MEMBER in the subject line. In the body of the e-mail include your child’s name, address and birthday (up to age 12).

Munchkin Radio: When you sign up for this birthday club kids under 8 get freebies from Mrs. Fields, Marble Slab, Rock Creek Pizza, Chili’s, Boondocks, Fun N Motion, Menchie’s, and any Utah Chick-fil-A. Plus they’ll get their name displayed on the Birthday Banner and have their name announced on Munchkin Radio on their birthday!

Old Spaghetti Factory: Kids will get a free birthday meal.

Red Robin: Kids get a free kid’s meal.

Sonic Drive-In: Kids will get a free Wacky Pack meal.

The Children’s Place: Get a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase.

Toys R Us: Kids will get a birthday card from Geoffrey that includes a $3 gift card. And a free birthday phone call from Geoffrey.
Also, when you take them into the store if you let customer service know it’s their birthday (or close to their birthday) they’ll sing Happy Birthday over the PA system and your child will get a free crown and a balloon.

This list is regularly updated, so make sure to check back often for new birthday freebies. And if you know of one that’s not included on this list, please let us know!

Birthday Freebie: Free Ticket for a Grimm Ghost Tour in Salt Lake City

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

Here’s another awesome birthday freebie! You can get a FREE Grimm Ghost Tour ticket! Just use the code Birthday when purchasing a ticket online at Grimm Ghost Tour’s website. You must show your ID at the bus to verify that your birthday is within a week of the tour date.

For more info about this awesome ghost tour which recently won the award for BEST City Tour on KSL’s Local A List you can check out Michelle’s review over at Enjoy Utah!, also a KSL Local A List winner!

Make sure to sign up for all the other Birthday Freebies we’ve found!

(Thanks Michelle!)

Famous Footwear Discount and Birthday Freebie

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012

We’ve added another freebie to our list of Birthday Freebies: When you sign up for the Famous Footwear rewards program you’ll not only get points for every dollar spent (which means free gift certificates), but you’ll also get a discount coupon just for signing up and another coupon for $5 off $5 for your birthday!

Another Birthday Freebie: Lofthouse

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011

You can also sign up for Club Lofthouse. In the past we’ve received coupons from them for a FREE package of Lofthouse cookies. Jacki hasn’t received one yet this year, but we think they’re still doing this program. We rarely get emails from them so it’s definitely one worth signing up for!

To sign up:

  1. Head over to the Lofthouse website
  2. Click on the CONTACT link in the upper right corner
  3. Fill out your info, including your birthday, in the pop-up window (pictured below)
    • Choose Birthday Club Coupon Sign-up for your subject

Birthday Freebies… Are You Signed Up?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011
My birthday is today and my inbox was filled with Birthday freebies this morning. Yay!
Who did I get freebies from? I can’t list them all, but I will tell you a few of my favorites.
  • A FREE meal at IHOP
  • B1G1 FREE blizzard at Dairy Queen
  • FREE scoop at Ben & Jerry’s
  • BOGO entree at Famous Dave’s
  • FREE shake from Arby’s
  • FREE brownie sundae from Chili’s
  • 100 Points from Disney Movie Rewards
Make sure to check out our full list of Birthday freebies.

Radio Flyer Birthday Club: $10 Gift Card plus 15% Off

Posted by on May 22, 2011

Join the Radio Flyer Birthday Club and get a $10 birthday gift card every year for each birth date entered. Plus, you get 15% any online order.

(Thanks Don’t Make Me Nuts)

Frugal Birthday Party Ideas Part Four: Games & Activities

Posted by on May 19, 2011

Part four of our Frugal Birthday party ideas!

I think kids can have more fun and are much easier to please than sometimes parents realize. There are many games that can be played indoors or out. Some of the classics are the best games for birthday parties. Musical chairs, tag, duck duck goose, and even pin the tail on the donkey (you can even make it yourself and match it to the theme of your party).

Carnival games and relay races are also easy to do yourself and lots of fun for the kids. Becky saved some empty soup and soda cans and used a ball (any type would work) for the kids to throw and knock them down at her son’s a couple of years ago.

To give or not to give? We consider this a gray area. My kids are young so I’ve never given favors at a party yet. Some years Becky does them and some years she doesn’t. For one of  Colton’s parties she had the kids do their own craft. They made little foam visors that they decorated themselves with markers and stickers.

So, we say give them if you want. And don’t, if you don’t want to. But it’s possible to do a favor without spending a lot of money and without giving out a bunch of what we like to call “5 minute toys”. Find more homemade birthday party favor ideas.
We would love to hear your frugal birthday party idea. Send them to us in an email or comment on one of our posts. We are always looking for new ways to save.

Frugal Birthday Party Ideas Part Three: Presents

Posted by on May 18, 2011

Here is part three of our Frugal Birthday Party Ideas Series.

For presents last year I got Beckett’s super cute fire truck couch from Amazon using gift cards I earned from Swag Bucks and Expo TV.

Marshmallow Fun Furniture Flip Open Sofa with Play Mat - Fire Truck

And I already have presents for my 4 year old, Holden for his 5th birthday in November. If I see a toy or book I know he will love and it’s 75% off I snag it and tuck it away. I also have a few presents for friends and family in our gift closet as well. I find that if I buy ahead of time during sales and clearance I ALWAYS save more money.
As an example, I stocked up on Toy Story Operation with the recent sale and coupon that were available! I paid only $2 per game instead of $20. Great gifts for any birthday parties that they’re invited to.

Daily deal sites are also a great resource for gifts. Mamapedia recently had a deal with Little Tikes to get $50 for only $25. I snagged this deal and got Beckett the way cute tool bench below for way less than regular price.

Make sure to sign up for the daily deal sites so you know of the deals coming up.