Guest post from Heidi
My daughter turned recently turned 14 and her most favorite thing in the world is to go to Starbucks — so I decided we could throw a fancy and frugal Starbucks birthday party for her and seven of her friends.
Here’s how I was able to throw a Starbucks birthday party on a budget…
What I Bought:
From Dollar Tree = $31
- white goodie bags
- 1 package balloons
- 1 package green streamers
- 1 package plates
- 1 package napkins
- 8 white mugs
- Piñata fillers (candy, chapstick, face masks, nail polish, etc.)
Walmart: = $26
- Cake pop sticks and candy melts
- Starbucks drinks for prizes
Aldi: = $5
- Cake mix
- White frosting
I also bought the Starbucks stickers I used on the goodie bags from StickerMule.com. They were running a special… 10 stickers for $1 shipped!
How We Partied:
I printed the “Frappy Birthday” banner off the internet at no cost, pasted it on construction paper, cut it out, and hung it up.
We hung green and white streamers, white balloons, and used all white and green paper products.
Each girl got to pre-order a Starbucks drink and it was waiting for them when they arrived to the party. The total for 8 drinks was $32, but I used 15,000 Kelloggs Family Rewards points to buy 2 Starbucks gift cards and that took off $10 — only $22 for the drinks!!
When I picked up my drinks, I asked for a few empty cups for the popcorn and the cake pops. Starbucks provided these at no charge.
At the party, each girl got to decorate their own coffee mug using paint pens and sharpie markers I already had.
We also played a “Who knows the birthday girl best?” game which I made and printed at home for no cost. The prize was a Starbucks drink purchased at Walmart.
Using old coffee beans I already had, I set up a “Guess How Many Coffee Beans Are in the Jar” game. The winner got a Starbucks drink from Walmart.
Total spent for this very fancy and VERY fun birthday: $85 before tax!!!
My daughter and her friends had so much fun and she said it was one of the best parties she’s ever had. All for well under $100 and 8 girls! There you have it — a Starbucks birthday party on a budget!
I am Heidi Evans. Mom to 6… 5 boys and 1 girl. Always looking for ways to save money!
Thank you so much for this idea and all the details!
You’re so welcome! I’m glad you found it useful! -Jordan, MSM Team
Love this idea. My girl also loves Starbucks. Thanks for the tips!!!!!
Love this! I don’t do birthday parties only because the stress of preparing them. I also have four kids, so it felt like every time I turn around I was planning a party. We just do more intimate things now. But this year my daughter had a couple more friends in school and was invited to sleepover parties. So I gave in and planned one for her. It was a success and decided, since she was the only girl, it could be something special for her. She loves Starbucks! So this will perfect for this year. Thanks for helping with some of the stress of planning 🙂
GReat ideas! I just recently did my sons 2nd birthday for about $60. We just had family over for dinner.
Did the piñata come with the green and white sparkly heart and the green stripe on the straw or did you add those things?
I LOVE this! I want to have this party for my 32nd birthday party 😀
Super clever! I love it!
What a great idea! Happy birthday to your daughter!
Where did you get that pinata and how much was it? That looks like a great party.
I got it at my local Walmart for $13.88! I believe you can order it from Walmart.com also .
What a neat idea for a party! I have a soon-to-be 14 year old girl who would love this.
Thanks for sharing,
Debbie Callan says
How fun and unique!!
What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!
What a bunch of great ideas!
This is adorable!! Makes me (almost) wish I had a teenage girl!! 🙂 #boymom
Kimberly in NC says
Hilarious comment! Made me laugh and agree with you! (All boys here, too!)
So thoughtful and creative! I wouldn’t mind a party like that for myself!