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 Coffee Birthday Brunch 

Theme: Coffee Birthday Brunch
I have been super excited to participate in this Designer’sChallenge for $100 budget.  Thereare 11 other super talented party stylists participating.  I couldn’t be more honored to sharesome of my affordable party ideas! Thank you for including me!
About the theme: I know we allhave a girlfriend who is addicted to coffee right?!  I know I have several. Starbucks seems to be the favorite spot for my girlfriends and I to hangout, drink some coffee and catch up on our lives!  It seems there’s always coffee served at get togethers withour girlfriends whether is a jewelry party, candle party, bunco, etc.  I really wanted to stick with the colorgreen so, as I was driving one day by a Starbucks, my light bulb went on andtold myself “That’s it!”….This will be the theme for the $100 partychallenge. I was very inspired and the ideas started rolling in my head.
Set up: I own lots of tables, butI used to borrow from my friends when I didn’t have any.  Since I throw lots of parties now, Ihave invested in tables.  I thinkit’s great to have those handy and you only have to buy them once. I did borrowthe black chairs for the card table from one of my friends.
I have tons of white dishes.  These are super easy to find.  I shop at thrift stores and garage sales frequently.  I have found the best bargains outthere.  White dishes are alsoavailable at Target and Walmart for affordable prices.  I know your neighbor or friends will letyou borrow some too.
I went to Starbucks and they were happy to give me freecups.  Most of my frames are fromgarage sales, but some are from Target and the Dollar Tree. The blacktablecloth is from Target. The tablecloth for the square table is from Goodwillfor $2 bucks! The white teapot with little cups was a find last weekend at agarage sale for $4 bucks and it’s from Pier 1 Imports. It was brand-new stillin the box with tags….love it! The black and white “Coffee” mugs were a find at Ross for $5.99.
Decor: I kept the decor supersimple.  I used one of the plants Ihad in my house for the right of the table.  I have green storage boxes that I used as well.  I made the coffee garland hanging onthe front of the table.  I hang itwith twine. I made the pot warmer under the teapot with lids from recycledStarbucks frappuccino jars. I punched out the scalloped doilies from a cerealbox. I added some green scrapbook paper with mod podge.  I placed them under the coffee mugs onthe black table with chairs.  Ialso put a plant from my house on the middle of the table.
Printables: The invitation,signs, tags and poster were designed by my friend Summerlyn  She opened anetsy shop recently, but we worked together back in 2008 when my youngest turned1.  She is an awesome designer! Shetook my vision and created the most perfect designs for this party.  Her link:
Food/Desserts: I chose to keepthe food and desserts simple and affordable.  I decided to bake the zucchini bread only because we love itin our house and I have the BEST recipe ever!  The rest of the sweets included- donettes, mini cinnamonrolls, coffee cakes, and some grapes.
***Other suggestions/ideas for food NOT on this table: muffins,cinnamon sugar toast, bagels and cream cheese, green apples, bananas, poundcake, and more!
Drinks: Regular cofffee, decaf,Starbucks frappuccino mocha, hot chocolate and green hot tea for the non-coffeedrinkers 🙂  I purchased 3 creamerchoices: Caramel Machiatto, Hazelnut and French Vanilla along with splend andequal sugar.
Thank you favors were a littlebox of green tic tacs with a label saying “Thanks a latte, my friend!”
*Food and drinks: $41.25 (I used several grocery coupons)
*Printing labels at local UPS store: $10
*Black and white coffee mugs from Ross $5.99
*White teapot with cups $4
*Square black tablecloth from Goodwill $2
*Scrapbook paper for garland and doilies $2
*Black tablecloth from Target $15.99 (I didn’t buy this though.I’ve had it for a while) I’m just adding this in case you have to buy one toadd to the budget.
Total I spent for this party $65.24
If you had to add a black tablecloth from Target at $15.99 youwould spend $81.23
I didn’t spend anything on professional pictures.  I took all the pictures with my pointand shoot Kodak EasyShare 🙂
I hope you feel inspired to have a sweet birthday brunch for oneof your girlfriends! It could also be an excuse to just get together, playgames, host a jewelry or candle party for one of your friends!
  Final Tally 


  1. says:

    Nancy; Beautiful job~ love it and coffee too!

  2. Jill {peasandthankyous} says:

    Nancy this is PERFECT! Every detail!!

  3. Pink Peppermint Paper says:

    So cute! And I can't believe that final cost! Love the tic tacs too!

  4. Mayra Rivera says:

    Love it!

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