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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #141

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got to share here at this week's party. Here are a few of the awesome posts shared at last week's party:

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Red, White, & Blue Cherry Almond Cookies by The Kitchen is My Playground
DIY Mini License Plate Game by Comic Con Family
Apple Spice Granola with Almonds and Coconut by From Playdates to Parties
Printable USA Banner by Carrie Elle
Wonder Woman/Superhero Style Party Banner by Rain on a Tin Roof
Classic Southern Style Sweet Tea by Fluster Buster
Vintage America Party Decor by Robb Restyle
Chia Bumbleberry Pastries by Busy Being Jennifer

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Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

Thanks to Oriental Trading for helping make our Shopkins Birthday Party even more amazing!

Throw an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget with Oriental Trading and FREE printables!

This year my daughter was adamant that she have a Shopkins-themed party and had been making plans for months. This was her first birthday party with friends (rather than just family and cousins), so the pressure was on to make this party awesome!

While "Pinterest-perfect" parties are the goal most of us strive to achieve, our budgets don't always agree with these huge birthday party plans. I know I'm not the only one in this predicament, so I wanted to share some simple tips, FREE printables, and more about how we were able to throw an amazing Shopkins party on a budget for my daughter that her friends are STILL talking about!

Throw an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

Shopkins are a popular item right now, so of course Shopkins-themed party supplies will be more expensive in stores - ultimately eating up your budget quickly. After shopping around, I found that Shopkins party supplies at Oriental Trading had the best prices. Best of all, it was shipped to my house so I didn't need to set foot in a store!

To prep for the party set a table with a Shopkins plastic tablecloth, and arrange the banners and centerpieces from the Shopkins decorating kit. I also taped a Shopkins door cover on our wall for some extra decor and a fun background for photos with friends throughout the party!

I also placed some colored pencils on the table inside Shopkins paper cups to get the party started along with some free printable Shopkins coloring pages to work on while waiting for all the guests to arrive!

Throw an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

Once everyone was done coloring, we took a break to enjoy some Shopkins-themed snacks like Pretz-elle's pretzels, Kooky Cookie's chocolate chip cookies, and Poppy Corn's popcorn on Shopkins paper plates. We then played a few rounds of Free Printable Shopkins Bingo, which is always a favorite game to play at birthday parties!

Free Printable "Pin the Candle on Wishes" Party Game for an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

When my husband and I were growing up, we always played some kind of "pin the..." game at birthday parties! I haven't seen it played in ages, so I put together a fun "Pin the Candle on Wishes" (the official Shopkins birthday cake) that is totally free for you to download and use at your own birthday parties (personal use only, please)!!

To play the game: place a blindfold on the player, spin them around a couple of times. Add a piece of tape to the back of a candle piece and the player tries to place the candle on Wishes in the empty spot. The player that gets the closest to the missing candle is the winner!


For best results: print the party game on cardstock. Because printing posters can get pricey, I've put the poster file together so that you can print it on just 6 pages and piece it together (as shown above). To get more life out of the party game, I would recommend laminating the candle pieces and the poster itself.

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Grab a Kooky Cookie Piñata for an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

The highlight of our party was definitely the Shopkins Kooky Cookie Pull-String Piñata! This isn't your average piñata! This one gets filled with candy and prizes, then party guests take turns pulling the strings to release the candy instead of ducking for cover while a blindfolded kid takes a whack at the nearest object(s). Plus Kooky Cookie stays intact, which made my daughter beyond ecstatic to make him (her?) a piece of decor in her Shopkins-themed bedroom! Win-win.

Adorable Shopkins Party Favors for an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

Along with candy, we also put together party favors for our guests. We gave two Shopkins temporary tattoos, a few Shopkins stickers, a Shopkins pencil, a stretchy Shopkins rubber bracelet, a candy bar to look like the character Cheeky Chocolate, and a Shopkins 2-pack (the most expensive part of the favor)! As always, these are just ideas! You can go as big or as little on the party favors as you want depending on your budget.

Adorable Shopkins Party Favors for an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

Place all of the party favor items into a clear plastic gift bag and tie with a ribbon. For more Shopkins cuteness, some stability, and a great way for guests to hold all the piñata goodies is to give the gift bag with an empty Shopkins paper cup!

Free Printable Cheeky Chocolate Candy Bar Wrappers for an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget!

I'd also love to help you with party favors by offering some Cheeky Chocolate candy bar wrappers for you to use! They will fit around most chocolate bars. Print the designs on regular copy paper, cut, and tape the edges together in the back. Simple as that!!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Throw an Amazing Shopkins Birthday Party on a Budget with Oriental Trading and FREE printables!

This party was a ton of fun to put together, and it makes it even sweeter that my wallet didn't take a huge hit from it. I need to try to remind myself that these parties are more for creating memories, not perfection. If you're looking for party favors, decor, and games for your birthday parties, be sure to check out Oriental Trading to make life easier!

What do you think? If you've got any ideas or suggestions to help make parties even better on the budget, let's hear them in the comments!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #140

Thursday is here once again, so that can only mean one thing: Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been wonderful and that you're ready to get inspired at our party! Here are just a few of the awesome recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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DIY Unicorn Party Headbands by Birds Party
Bacon-Cheddar Potato Salad by Home Cooking Memories
Emoji Lollipop Labels by City of Creative Dreams
Surprise-Inside Brownies by The Monday Box
American Flag Krispie Treats by Marilyn's Treats
Hey Pop Father’s Day Gift Tag by Tauni + Co.
Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Cups by Midwest modern Momma
Polka Dot Ping-Pong Lights by Heart Handmade uk

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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